The Hate Crimes Law has passed the Senate, but we have had a Hate Law principle in American law as long as I can remember. About sixty years ago the Supreme Court ruled that a person can be fired for belonging to a Hate group but not for belonging to the Communist Party.
This was the Hate Crimes Law principle in force, but no one even mentioned it, much less criticized it.
This is like those land mines and machine guns I routinely saw at every Communist border to keep people in: Nobody ever mentioned it. Nobody ever complained about it. Until the Berlin Wall, which was simply too big to ignore, no one, conservative or liberal, ever MENTIONED the prisons that ALL Communist countries were.
When I was coming up, the only slaughter Stalin was accused of was his Purges. This was when he killed Communist Party members. Just as all anybody every talked about was the Berlin Wall in the general Communist prison system, of he tens of millions of people Lenin and Stalin killed IN PEACETIME, the thousands killed in the Purges against the media’s fellow-leftists was all that was talked about.
In their usual knee-jerk reaction, conservatives are opposing the Hate Crimes Law, which demands more punishment for killing a minority than a white male. In ten years, no one will be more fanatically in favor of these laws than conservatives. They will be groveling and begging to be forgiven for ever opposing them, just as they are now doing with civil rights laws.