We've long since wiped our ass with the Constitution on free speech.
Hate crimes are essentially normal crimes just like any other, where the prosecution goes through your history, determines you to have acted because of racism based on things you said, and then gives you that extra time for those words. If you shoot up a women's strip club, whether you can be shown to have said misogynist things or not will impact the severity of your punishment. Being an emotionally unstable throwback could get you more time in prison than the actual crime if you really suck and happen to miss them all. It's written to be indirect, but it's a work around to punish thought that can't stick with an honest court ruling, regardless of how repulsive the victims of such an injustice are. Just one of the many aspects of our country that depresses the hell out of me and causes me to look forward to the impending doom of civilization.
We respect each other and what I see from some is a lack of respect towards each other.
True, I have a lack of respect for marshmallows who can't handle an argument on the internet without getting pissy, and dismiss everything out of hand while they use cherry picked statistics as if they mean something. It's okay though, I don't respect myself either because I'm an asshole with little use for people in general.
And if you think this issue exists on one side of politics only, then you need to wake up. Gay marriage is a classic example - the religious right trying to impose their view of marriage on the broader population. Sounds eerily familiar to say, the crazy left attempting to impose their view on what can and can't be said at a university campus.
While I'm hardly one to say the religious right doesn't try to impose their views on the broader population, what sounds eerily familiar to the crazy left is how after having gay marriage rammed down our already restricted by the need to get a license in the first place lives, we're now expected to participate in such affairs, not just allow them.
I find just the idea of being hit on by another dude creepy and exceedingly gross, but I don't give a flying fuck what they do with themselves so long as they leave me alone. Trying to force a church to host their wedding, or a caterer to run the party, is exactly what the poor religious right was afraid of, enforced normalization. Now we're being pushed to accept mentally ill men and women in the opposite gender bathrooms, which is insane, and we're still going to get the bad end of it. I'm just glad I don't want kids and my fondness for cooking came with the understanding that I'd never be fast enough to make money.