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If the polls say it, we must have it
Posted by: McQ on Friday, May 18, 2007

First, consider this:
A substantial majority of the American public favors the expansion of federal hate crime legislation to include crimes against people based on their gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed such legislation, which is now being considered by the Senate. Republicans, conservatives, and religious Americans are slightly less likely than others to favor the expansion of hate crime legislation, but a majority of those in each of these conservative and religious groups favors the proposed legislation.
Now, tell me how any of that matters in terms of whether it is right and proper for the government to arbitrarily be deciding what is or isn't a "hate crime"?

This is becoming a disturbing trend. Gallup says "most of us want this" and a substantial number of Americans then say "well then we should have it". Whatever happened to the concept of minority rights? We are not a democracy, thank goodness. But we sure are trying to act like one.

Instead of legislators who weigh seriously the moral impact of their legislation and are mature enough to reject ideas, such as "hate" crime legislation, because it strays into some very gray and arbitrary areas, they compliantly hop to the will of the poll majority.

We've been through the discussion about hate crimes, and most know I oppose such legislation because it is, essentially, premised on making it worse to commit a crime if "hate" is involved (however that is defined that day and by whomever gets to decide whether to apply it or not) than if, say, greed or envy are involved - even if the result of the crime is precisely the same.

I feel like a broken record, but, again, beware of the law of unintended consequences. This sort of a law is ripe for establishing a classic case study of legislation gone wrong.
 
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We are not a democracy, thank goodness. But we sure are trying to act like one.
Of course we’re a democracy. We’re not a pure democracy, but then again, few democracies are. Hate crime laws may or may not be a good idea, but to bring up minority "rights" in this context is silly - unless, of course, you think anyone has a "right" to commit otherwise criminal acts as long as they are motivated by racist/sexist/*.ist animus.
 
Written By: Xrlq
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Mind control to Major John, Mind control to Major John. You must turn your P.C. on. It’s National Brotherhood Week.

Oh, the white folks hate the black folks,
And the black folks hate the white folks;
To hate all but the right folks
Is an old established rule.

But during National Brotherhood Week,
National Brotherhood Week,
Lena Horne** and Sheriff Clark*** are dancing cheek to cheek.
It’s fun to eulogize
The people you despise
As long as you don’t let ’em in your school.

Oh, the poor folks hate the rich folks,
And the rich folks hate the poor folks.
All of my folks hate all of your folks,
It’s American as apple pie.

But during National Brotherhood Week,
National Brotherhood Week,
New Yorkers love the Puerto Ricans ’cause it’s very chic.
Step up and shake the hand
Of someone you can’t stand,
You can tolerate him if you try!

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Moslems,
And everybody hates the Jews.

But during National Brotherhood Week,
National Brotherhood Week,
It’s National Everyone-Smile-At-One-Another-Hood Week.
Be nice to people who
Are inferior to you.
It’s only for a week, so have no fear;
Be grateful that it doesn’t last all year!
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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Sounds like a perfect candidate for jury nullification.
 
Written By: Jordan
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goes back to the bane of existence, professional politicians. The people put us in power, so we do what they say...
 
Written By: josh b
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In school or elsewhere we talk about democracy in such a simplistic way that few people question of the obvious truth that "majority rule" is an undisputed virtue.

It’s just not. But I think that’s where a lot of this poor thinking comes from, that a poll or a majority or a consensus is somehow proof of rightness.
 
Written By: Synova
URL: http://synova.blogspot.com
… what is or isn’t a "hate crime"?

I see taxation as a hate crime by the envious masses against individuals of achievement. We’ll you asked McQ!
 
Written By: Jason Pappas
URL: http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/
you think anyone has a "right" to commit otherwise criminal acts as long as they are motivated by racist/sexist/*.ist animus.
Lookie! Strawman!
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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unless, of course, you think anyone has a "right" to commit otherwise criminal acts as long as they are motivated by racist/sexist/*.ist animus.
Isn’t a version of that exactly some opponents’ argument? That you have to right not to be treated differently than someone else who committed otherwise criminal acts, just because you were motivated by racist/sexist/*.ist animus and they were motivated by the more palatable, run-of-the-mill greed? Or do you believe that once someone commits an otherwise criminal act, they lose any and all rights relating to punishment?
 
Written By: Jinnmabe
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well get used to it, soon it will be a hate crime to oppose illegal immigration, and many of us will have to pay the Cracka-jizya, the special tax for being white.
 
Written By: kyleN
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Of course we’re a democracy.
Amazing then that the founders managed to author the document establishing our republic without using the word democracy. The most infuriating part about our culture’s misunderstanding of our own history and system of government is that there are people ignorant enough to argue that the United States is a democracy, and to invent phrases like "pure democracy" and other such silliness to support their positions.
 
Written By: vermin
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That you have to right not to be treated differently than someone else who committed otherwise criminal acts, just because you were motivated by racist/sexist/*.ist animus and they were motivated by the more palatable, run-of-the-mill greed? Or do you believe that once someone commits an otherwise criminal act, they lose any and all rights relating to punishment?
What?

I don’t want people to murder at all. I don’t want people to steal at all.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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