(March 10, 2016)
The US Department of Justice has been considering whether people should be prosecuted for the offense of climate change denial. “This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, responding to a question from green activist Sen Sheldon Whitehouse at a Senate Judiciary Hearing.[emphasis added]
In George Orwell's tortured masterpiece "1984", citizens of Oceania could be prosecuted for thinking 'wrong thoughts'. T
Today, in the era and the country where the First Amendment is first among our most treasured freedoms,, our government has been considering whether there are certain opinions which cannot be expressed. It's not a matter of grammar; it's a matter of Thought Crime.
It appears that Orwell's premonition is now verified. It just took a little longer (32 years) for it to come about in America.
Let's call the crime "BadSpeak", and make it a law. Which will require a Constitutional Amendment .. eventually.
(But no hurry, as long as another Democrat is elected to hold the highest office in the land.)
Judging by the words and threats of the Attorney General of the United States of America ... we have finally caught up with George Orwell.
Aren't we so proud of ourselves today?
(PS: Yes, I did steal the title from a current internet blog. It was too rich to resist.)