If you ever wanted to find a good example of why you should never give the state an excuse to increase its power, look no further than “hate crime” laws. These laws outlaw thoughtcrime:, punishing people for their intent rather than for their actions.
This is an incredible broadening of the punishment-inflicting powers of the state. Give them an inch, they’ll take a light year.
The Louisiana legislature has just made this obscenely obvious., with it’s “Blue Lives Matter” law, which defines any violent acts against police as “hate crimes.”
This points to an obvious lesson: once you’re described intent as punishable, who defines the limits? There are no limits.
The advocates of traditional hate-crime legislation (against gays, Mexicans, black people, me for that matter–I fall into one of the PC “oppressed classes”; and that oppression is very real) whine that “this isn’t what we intended.”
You made intent a crime. Live with it.
Isn’t it time that we stripped the government of the power to punish us for our intent?
I hope you’ll agree. I hope that you’ll want to hold people accountable for their actions, and not their thoughts.
Do you really want to give the government that much power? The power to punish people for their thoughts?