Put aside my contempt for a blasphemy law, put aside my contempt for criminalizing the misuse of pronouns, put aside my contempt for how either of those things will protect us from the next white supremacy terror attack and put aside my argument that the Christchurch atrocity was a cascade intelligence apparatus failure, put all that aside and let’s just focus on what you think you are getting here.
I appreciate you all think you are gaining the power to smite the dirty racists, the dirty misogynists and the dirty transphobes with this hate speech power.
I appreciate that, but you all seem to be living under this delusion that Labour and the Greens are going to stay in power forever and because we are so noble and good on the Left, we would never abuse these powers.
But we aren’t going to be in power forever!
Currently Judith Collins is gleefully executing members of her own Caucus for disloyalty, imagine for one second what happens if someone as ruthless as Collins takes the Prime Ministership with the power to imprison you for political opinion?
Because you all realize that Political Opinion is one of the protected groups as well right?
With the boot on the other foot, you don’t think all those National Party and ACT Party activists you all love to spit on won’t immediately report us all to the Police for our comments against National?
To be fair to Judith, she has come out and said she will reverse these new hate speech laws if elected in 2023, but if implemented by Labour, Judith could milk all the kudos for opposing the powers and then if she wins the election could just keep them anyway.
Whenever the people give the State powers to strangle free speech to protect us from those we loath, it’s never used against those we hate, it’s always been used against the Left!
If the immorality of robbing others of free speech because you are easily triggered won’t make you sit back and reflect, then maybe the knowledge that the legal hammer you so desperately want to use against others could be easily turned on you might.
Comrades – we are the Left, we should be championing free speech, not repressing it! We can’t allow brittle millennial trigger culture to hand the State powers that history tells us will be used against us!
COME ON PEOPLE!
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