Do you believe that life begins at conception, and therefore deserves protection under the Constitution? Are you a fan of the 2nd Amendment, which protects an individuals right to own guns? What if you are a firm believer in the 10th Amendment, the provision that protects states rights?
If that describes you, the Democrats want to throw you in jail.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) has introduced an amendment to the defense authorization bill that gives Attorney General Eric Holder sole discretion to label groups that oppose government policy on guns, abortion, immigration, states’ rights, or a host of other issues. In Mr. Hastings world, people who hold to these beliefs are guilty of hate crimes.
If this sounds familiar, it should. It was just a few months ago that the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, released a report that labeled citizens concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms – even singling out returning war veterans – as “rightwing extremists,” and should be considered terrorist threats.
In addition, Mr. Hastings has proposed another bill (HR 645) that authorizes $360 million in 2009 and 2010 to set up “not fewer than six national emergency centers on military installations” capable of housing “a large number of individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster.” However, an additional provision – Section 2 (b) 4 – allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to use the camps “to meet other appropriate needs” – none of which are specified. This is where it gets scary.
What constitutes an “appropriate need?” Could these “hate groups” be rounded up by the govenment and interned in concentration-styled camps? Would this provision allow this or any administration to silence political enemies? It should give every American pause.
In their post on this issue, Hot Air brings up another bill (HR 1966) proposed by Linda Chavez (D-CA) this past April. Referred to as the “Cyber-bullying Bill, the wording of this legislation is so vague that it could easily be used to silence free speech on the internet. Could that lead to a legal tool to use against “politically incorrect” bloggers like moi?
This past election has given the Democrat party full control of Washington. It’s been awhile since they’ve been in this position and they intend to keep this power as long as they can.
Even if it means putting their opponents in jail.
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