When duly elected officials engage in politically expedient knee-jerk reactions like the endorsement of The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act then I have already been disenfranchised.Online Etymology Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This
disenfranchise"deprive of civil or electoral privileges," 1644, from dis- + enfranchise. Earlier form was disfranchise (1467).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
I believe this legislation has made the American Revolution illegal. This legislation has overturned the rights and privileges guaranteed by the framers of the Constitution. This legislation makes a mockery of the lives sacrificed by the women and men who fought and died to keep this nation free. This kind of politicized flip-flop-flappery only serves to debase this great nation further in the ethical and moral court of world opinion.
What is worse, much worse, is that by succumbing to such social paranoia in drafting this sort of legislation we have lost faith in the very democratic process that we hold so dear. When dissenting voices are suppressed either by the rule of "Law" or by violent means then we have become no better that the most petty despot.
History, and full prisons, have clearly shown that we can not legislate morality. It is laughable that our current political leadership somehow believes that they can legislate "faith" in this manner.
The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act