“A Time to Hate”
By Andy Joppa
When did “hate” itself become a crime? When 10 to 15 FBI agents were rapidly dispatched to examine the circumstance surrounding a “noose” hanging in the garage of Bubba Wallace, a NASCAR driver, there was no indication that an underlying crime had been committed. In the more rational days of our justice system, hate crimes occurred when an act of violence (for example) was perpetrated and the underlying motivation was hatred.
While, even then, I disagreed that a crime became more egregious based on motivation, at least that application was open to marginal debate. In the Wallace scenario, one now totally dismissed as yet another bogus act of racism, it became obvious that merely an expression of hate has become a crime worthy of investigation, and potential punishment.
I would certainly like to see the law that was written that made that the case. I don’t believe it exists but, even if it did, I can’t believe it would pass Constitutional muster. The fact that FBI agents responded to the non-event in Wallace’s garage indicates that someone in our justice department thought a federal crime had been committed.
If so, it would have to have been created by a legislative act of congress. If so, it would also have to specify what variations of the expression of hate became illegal. If so, it would also have been weighed against the congressional prohibition against limiting free speech. Certainly, the law could not pertain to just any expression of hatred; for example, BLM hating the police and whites would seemingly, judging by current events, fall outside the purview of that legal definition. So, what kinds of hate are they talking about?
Within the actions of The FBI are their degrees of hatred that become more onerous than others? Would a big noose be more hatred than a small noose? Would a drawing of a noose be the same as an actual noose? Would the whispered word, “noose” also become a profound indication of criminal level intent? Would pillow talk, husband to wife, where he said he’d like to hang a noose, cause a SWAT team to show up at 6 a.m.? Would my writing this essay and talking about a noose be a crime? All are “who knows?” answers.
Of course, I don’t think if anyone hangs a noose, with the intent of shattering the, apparently, fragile psyche of an African American, is anything but a moron. The question, however, is not that, it is whether or not it is a criminal act. If hatred itself, in any form, is a criminal act, perhaps a felony, then I have to plead guilty to being a felon…many times over… in fact, a habitual, repeat, offender.
I remember, many years ago, reading the words of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in his essay, “Moral People Must Learn How to Hate.” Here, in part, is what he wrote. It best explains why I hate…and what I hate.
The Rabbi wrote;
“I have heard all the arguments repudiating hate. Hatred is evil. It is the cause of all wars. It consumes the soul of he or she who hates. Silly arguments all. Hatred is only evil when it is directed at the good and at the innocent. It is positively Godly when it is directed at cold-blooded killers, motivating us to fight and eradicate them before more people die….”
“…. Hatred is the moral response to those who have gone beyond the pale of decency by committing acts which unweave the basic fabric of civilized living. To encounter evil is to come under the injunction of never showing even a morsel of sympathy lest we weaken our determination to destroy it….”
“…. The demonization of hatred in our time has derived principally from liberalism for which toleration of nearly everything is paramount. Hatred of evil implies both the right to make judgments, as well as a belief in absolutes, both of which are anathema to liberalism. While it has some redeeming qualities, my foremost argument against liberalism is that it harbors no abhorrence or detestation of evil.”
It is this line of the Rabbi that most activates my hatred, “Hatred is the moral response to those who have gone beyond the pale of decency by committing acts which unweave the basic fabric of civilized living.” In America, we are being destroyed by those who are doing just that. Do I hate those involved with this form or primitivism? Of course, they leave me no other choice. Do I want them destroyed? Yes… If only figuratively…but destroyed, nevertheless. Loving America Is not enough. You must love America enough to hate those trying to “murder” it.
It is “hate” that has driven the major positive changes in human progress. We hate slavery and, as a result, have pursued freedom. We hate anarchy and have written laws. We hate injustice and then pursue justice. We hate poverty and, therefore, pursue economic well-being. We hate ignorance and have tried to educate. It has not been love of freedom, law, justice, economic success or enlightenment that have driven human action. It has been the hatred of the alternative. It should not be presumed that this is little more than an inconsequential semantical difference. It is critical as the future unfolds.
We are now experiencing the loss of what we’ve achieved as a nation by forgetting what we hated to get here. As examples of this idea, we can cite that the American Revolution was fought because of the hatred of British oppression; The Constitution was created as a reflected hatred of tyranny; and the Civil War was fought because of the hatred of slavery.
What happens when “hate” is lost? Currently, freedom is being willingly yielded to the ever-encroaching arm of government…and the vicious mob. Law has become subject to the arbitrary whim of judicial interpretation, creating a near state of anarchy. Justice has been politicized to be little more than vendettas. Education has more to do with indoctrination, than minimizing ignorance. Economic choices have yielded to centralized systems that have always failed historically. Without a sustained “hatred” for the negative alternative, politicians and the public are almost casually yielding the benefits that “hate” has driven.
Hate is an evolutionary remnant, like love, designed into us for purpose. That purpose was to give us the motivation…the energy…to overcome obstacles in our path. We developed the emotion of hate to survive. Without that motivator the human response to evil is, all too often, lacking in the intensity needed for success…or survival.
Ecclesiastes 3 offered these words, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven… a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Now is the time to hate. If they survive and thrive…America will die.
On this Independence Day, we must once again earn our right to be a free people. The starting place must be the reelection of President Donald Trump. If history is fair, he will be defined as one of the great political leaders in world history. It is impossible for me to process that he might lose to a man who even 32% of Democrat supporters accept is in an active state of dementia. My next four months will be dedicated to trying to ensure that our president is given the four more years he so richly deserves.