Magazine article The American Prospect

The Roots of Treason, Explained. (Devil in the Details)

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Roots of Treason, Explained. (Devil in the Details)

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FROM SHELBY STEELE, writing on American Taliban John Walker on the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal (December 10, 2001):

   Walker came out of a self-hating stream of American life. Yes, alone in
   Yemen and later in Pakistan, he may have been seduced by charismatic
   people. But he was prepared for this seduction not just by the wispy
   relativism of Marin County, but also by a much broader post-'60s cultural
   liberalism (more than political liberalism) that gave his every step toward
   treason a feel of authenticity and authority.

From Tammany boss George Washington Plunkitt, as recorded by reporter William L. Riordan in his 1905 classic Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, discoursing on "The Curse of Civil Service Reform" (which, of course, made it difficult for Tammany to put its supporters on the city payroll):

   Say, let me tell of one case. After the battle of San Juan Hill [in the
   Spanish-American War], the Americans found a dead man with a light
   complexion, red hair and blue eyes. They could see he wasn't a Spaniard,
   although he had on a Spanish uniform. Several officers looked him over, and
   then a private of the Seventy-First Regiment saw him and yelled, "Good
   Lord, that's Flaherty. … 
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