A threat to the freedom of Americans is the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. In the Senate, its chief sponsor Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), said, "No members of society – none – deserve to be victims of a violent crime because of their race, their religion, their ethnic background, their disability, their gender, their gender identity, or their sexual orientation." (Boston Globe) Mr. Senator, who does deserve to be a victim of a violent crime? And what state does not already have laws that make violent crimes illegal and appropriately punish the acts?
Hate crimes legislation is a bogus subterfuge of pompous politicans who want to control the thoughts of their citizens and punish them for thinking a certain way. That should be obvious since the crimes that they intend to punish are already illegal and already have harsh penalties associated with them. The "hate crimes" concept is really about "thought crimes". (Perhaps we just thought the "thoughtcrime" and "thought police" in George Orwell's 1984 was futuristic fiction.)
Mr. Chappaquennedy, what were you thinking when you drove off with Mary Jo Kopechne? What were you thinking when you left her to drown? Were you ever prosecuted for what you did, much less for what you were thinking? Seems to me that Ms. Kopechne was the victim of your crime because of her sexual orientation! Physician, heal thyself.