Sunday, June 23, 2002

What about hating John Walker Lindh? Hating traitors has a long and honorable history, but whenever a member of a traditionally hateable category comes along we stick an "alleged" in front of him; it covers him from head to foot like those ancient Greek shields used in phalanx formations, so that anyone who hates him before he is proven guilty is accused of hating Our Way of Life. If you think you can hate him after he's been proven guilty, guess again: Hating after "closure" makes you a hate-aholic.

Florence King, "Misanthrope's Corner," National Review, July 1, 2002 (56)

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