I hate the fact that my government is pushing me toward taking a more and more radical sounding stance. I would prefer to take the middle-American “everything is mostly fine” stance. I would rather use this blog to talk about what a pain it is to take a CD out of its packaging, or how I’m looking forward to seeing “I am Legend.”
No, unfortunately, I live in a country that is sliding down a slippery slope to someplace very very painful.
Enter Senate Bill 1959, stage Far-Right. This bill criminalizes “‘…ideologically based violence’ [which] means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs…”
This bill just passed the house by a 99% margin, and the Senate is sure to fight this like a paper tiger.
On the surface it may look like a token bill to show that we’re getting tough on terrorism. But here’s the thing, is it currently legal to use violence or threaten force (for any reason)? Answer: no. Then why pass another law to make it illegal? Answer: to word it differently with vagueness that allows the government to criminalize a wider margin of dissidents.
The pieces are all in place. Now all we need is a national disaster.