Do you have any radical views? Said any radical things on a blog or forum? Belong to any radical organizations? Maybe one that advocates private citizens patrolling the border or calls the 2nd Amendment the "Reset Button"? Call yourself a "People of the Gun"?You see H.R. 1955 - which passed the House today, does exactly that.
It is a bill to "To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes." What those other purposes may be, is not too clearly spelled out.
We must intervene before a person crosses the line separating radical views from violent behavior, create an environment that discourages disillusionment and alienation, and instill in young people a sense of belonging and faith in the future.So they must stamp out any ideas that are not government approved. And make sure everyone is properly socialized like good little socialists.
We have to take action against anyone who might have a radical notion.
Like maybe you think the War on (Some) Drugs is a bad idea. Or you do (or you don't) believe in global warming. Or you are in favor of (or against) gay rights. Or you believe anything that the government deems is a bad (or radical) belief.
They can attack the Jews for believing they are the Chosen People.
They can attack the Wiccans and the Pagans because those beliefs are not going to make you feel like you belong to the larger group.
They can attack the libertarians (small "L" and big "L") for worrying more about individual rights and personal responsibility.
They can attack the home-schoolers because they don't belong.
In short, any government - Democrat or Republican - can attack any idea they don't like, by labeling it "radical."
You can write your senators here (and President Bush too). Or you can bow to your lords, and hope that the people who define "radical" are like you.