More of a hero than ever

by Sam Kriss

“Thanks to Hugo Chávez, the legacy of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet as the only Latin American military dictator in modern times to voluntarily give up power through the ballot box is preserved this morning. Pinochet looks like more of a hero than ever.”
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 8 October 2012

“Thanks to Martin Luther King, the legacy of Jefferson Davis as the only Southern politician to fully integrate Negroes into the workforce is preserved this morning. Davis looks like more of a hero than ever.”
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Klansman’s Voice, 30 October 1963

“Thanks to Emmeline Pankhurst, the legacy of Jack the Ripper as the only man to truly open women up to the wider world is preserved this morning. Jack looks like more of a hero than ever.”
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Anti-Suffrage Review, 7 February 1918

“Thanks to the French revolutionaries, the legacy of Pontius Pilate as the only procurator to carry out a thorough democratic-judicial process before passing a death sentence is preserved this morning. Pilate looks like more of a hero than ever.”
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Le Réactionnaire, 22 January 1793

“Thanks to Jesus Christ, the legacy of King Herod as the only client monarch to implement a concrete and workable plan for the future of our children is preserved this morning. Herod looks like more of a hero than ever.”
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Sanhedrin Report, 5 April 33

“Thanks to the Archangel Gabriel, the legacy of Satan, Prince of Darkness, as the only Heavenly personage to display a properly entrepreneurial spirit is preserved this morning. Satan looks like more of a hero than ever.”
– Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Pandaemonium Gazette, 23 October 4004 BCE