Unwittingly raising the specter of some of the worst moments of human history, two Democrat lawmakers are proposing a bill that would order the Department of Justice to scour the Internet, television and radio for sites or shows that encourage quote-unquote violent acts and hate crimes.
Sen. Ed Markey of Boston and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York have proposed the one-page 2014 Hate Crime Reporting Act. According to a release from Markey’s office, the act “would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes.”
The act does not tell the DOJ to pursue specific allegations or incidents. It instead authorizes a massive fishing trip in which the DOJ and the obscure U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will cast the broadest net possible in search of the legendary white whale of hate.
And make no mistake it is a very white, very conservative whale they’re going to be looking for.
The bill would require the inquisitors to “analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.”
So it’s not even actual commission of violence the bill seeks to stop but the “encouraging” of violence and hate, an act that the bill clearly leaves open to interpretation.
Imagine a scene like the recent federal marauders raid in Bunkerville, where a rancher and a group of armed supporters faced off against equally armed feds.
If you support standing up to a runaway government, especially after the New York Times’ hatchet job turned Cliven Bundy into a nationally loathed “racist” (which he’s not), then you better not write about it, talk about it or call up your favorite talk show to tell anyone about it, because under this bill, you’d likely be committing a crime in the DOJ’s eyes.
The Obama Administration has issued numerous reports claiming that people who believe in the Constitution are potential terrorists. And its IRS has repeatedly and consistently harassed conservative groups. Can anyone seriously believe they wouldn’t use an act like the Democrats are proposing to shut down every conservative news or opinion outlet that says a discouraging word against Obama, his Administration’s policies or just about any aspect of the liberal agenda?
If you think you catch flak now for opposing gay marriage, just wait until liberals have a Grand Inquisitor to back them up.
Just this weekend, across the pond in Britain, a man was arrested and charged with a hate crime for publicly reciting from the writings of Winston Churchill about the dangers posed by Muslims. Now he could be facing up to two years in prison.
If the Markey-Jeffries bill passes, we’ll be well on our way toward becoming just like Britain.