A distinctive feature of an autocratic or totalitarian regime is making it a crime for a private citizen to criticize official policy. Specifically, that's the crime of sedition.
To criticize a royal edict, to criticize the policies or Stalin or Chairman Mao, is seditious. It is unlawful to criticize the law.
A distinctive feature of American Constitutional democracy is the freedom to criticize the state. Freedom to criticize the law. Freedom to criticize officials or official policies.
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are intentionally and diametrically opposed to the crime of sedition. Under our system of gov't, there can be no crime of sedition, in the sense of speech that's critical of ruling regime.
Until recently, "sedition" had become a rather quaint term in American discourse. However, by criminalizing dissent as "hate speech," the homosexual lobby is making America revert to a political era when it was illegal to criticize the gov't.
How many voters are aware of this development? How many voters appreciate the consequences of this trend? Do they think it should be against the law to criticize the law?