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POTUS Signs ‘Anti-Hate’ Resolution, a Major Assault on America’s First Amendment

Article author: 
Raheem Kassam
Article publisher: 
Breitbart
Article date: 
September 15, 2017
Article category: 
National News
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... President Trump signed that anti-free speech resolution I warned about just a few days ago...

... it’s not just symbolic.

The resolution demands “the President and the President’s Cabinet… use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups” and requires “the heads of other Federal agencies… improve the reporting of hate crimes and… emphasize the importance of the collection, and… reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of hate crime data by State and local agencies”.

As egregious and disgusting as many of the groups mentioned are, this is still — last time I checked — the United States of America. The only country that has enshrined in law its commitment to defending people’s rights to say whatever they want, no matter how nasty, depraved, absurd, or “deplorable”...

This isn’t just an attack on the KKK and fringe groups. It’s a veiled attack on anything the establishment considers to be a threat to its long-standing though swiftly diminishing hegemony over the political discourse in this country. If you’re on the political left — especially if you’re a Bernie supporter — don’t think they won’t try and apply this to you, too. This is real fascism.

As I said recently of the intentionally vague and sometimes meaningless terminology used in the resolution:

Today, a “racist” is someone who believes in legal immigration. An “extremist” is someone who doesn’t believe in mass, state-funded abortion. A “xenophobe” is someone who takes pride in their nation. An “anti-Semite” is — curiously — someone who supports the State of Israel, and “white supremacy” now occupies the Oval Office. The Overton window has shifted so far that even practicing Muslims are now decried by the most heavily quoted sources as “Islamophobes”.

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This is a heinous betrayal, and the fact no one seems to care about it is even more concerning.

 


 

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Congressional “Hate” Resolution Opened Door To Cultural Marxist Police State. Only Trump Resisted, James Kirkpatrick, VDare, September 18, 2017:

... It looked like it could have been written by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Perhaps it was. Needless to say, the Resolution did not condemn the Antifa terrorists who actually created the violence in Charlottesville...

Yet this Joint Resolution isn’t just empty virtue-signaling. Such a resolution, passed—unanimously—by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President, has the force of law. From a legal standpoint, it is the same as a bill. At the very least, it must influence judicial deliberations. And this Resolution called on federal government to “use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of… hate groups.” It could well be used to harass whatever organizations are designated as “hate groups” by the SPLC and other Leftists enforcers.
 
At the very least, the effect (intent?) of this Joint Resolution could be to suppress free speech by threatening dissidents with the prospect of government prosecution. (“Chilling effect,” anyone?)...
 
What is dangerous about this Joint Resolution is not that it targets too many people, but that it exists at all. It is Herbert Marcuse’s concept of “repressive tolerance,” of intolerance against movements of the Right and tolerance for even the most extreme movements of the Left, given legal form...