"It isn't just our homes and selves that need defending," U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas proclaimed to the National Rifle Association Convention in April 2005, "it is our freedom... God gave it. The Constitution preserves it. And together we will defend it."
President Bush of Texas concurred via videotape, promising to fight new gun controls and calling for Congress to grant immunity to gun manufacturers. Politicians and gun-rights advocates present at the convention also denigrated Democrats, belittled the liberal media, and condemned the United Nations to hell.
Mr. DeLay's gun-loving speech got a standing ovation, an image that he hoped the national media, now preoccupied with the corruption charges against him, would broadcast to the people of America: "I hope the national media saw that." Gun sales are presumably booming as a consequence of Mr. DeLay's speech, not only to neofascist pseudo-conservatives but to those who want to protect themselves against Mr. Delay's version of god, constitution, and freedom. In the final analysis, freedom-loving liberals feel Mr. DeLay's god is arbitrary, his constitution unconstitutional, his freedom anarchic, and his character corrupted.
Serial bomber Eric Rudolph is back in the news; he obviously sympathizes with Mr. DeLay's love for gun-toting freedom as well as his well known prejudice against abortion and homosexuality - control over other people's genitalia and the womb is a traditional concern of patriarchal regressives and political primitives. An analysis of Mr. Rudolph's 'Manifesto of Hostility' indicates that, under different circumstances, Mr. Rudolph would be an ideal candidate for succession to the neoconservative presidency of the This Great Homeland of Ours.
According to Park Dietz, the forensic psychologist and former F.B.I. profiler who linked the Olympic Park, gay nightclub, and abortion clinic bombings, Mr. Rudolph is not original. "He doesn't say anything in this manifesto that hasn't been said by a lot of other characters." Unlike Unabomber Kaczynski's complex and sometimes novel manifesto, Mr. Rudolph's work is the product of a "second-rate college." Mr. Rudolph, he said, has an ordinary human need to be accepted and admired: "I think he has an eye on retaining fans." And, "What his manifesto shows is the expected inflexibility and rigidity of thought that's necessary to have carried out these acts."
That is not to say that Mr. Rudolph is a moron, not in the loose sense of being a fool. His clever evasion of the authorities proves otherwise. Still, he was not wise: he was personally identified and apprehended, which disqualifies him for the presidency of the United States at this time. If he had limited the commission of his heroic crimes against humanity to perceived enemies in foreign countries by means of surrogate terrorists, he might stand high on the eligibility list today. Once in the oval office, he would be able to vent his fear and hostility, in the form of massively organized terrorism, almost to his heart's content given the natural admiration of high authority and love of violence providing people are bored and provided the violence is justified by the god-given constitution.
Mr. Rudolph's self-justificatory manifesto is "an unapologetic letter from an arrogant, defiant commander," said Brian Levin, California State University's Center director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The manifesto, he says, displays the typical black-and-white thinking that intolerant, paranoid people need to carry out violent acts against an enemy they perceive is out to get him. This sort of attitude would be most appreciated in the White House, where those who are for the president's agenda are patriots, and those who are against it are traitors, or enemies not entitled to the protective conventions of "civilized" warfare. If Mr. Rudolph were president, he could go before the world assembly and demand that it sanction the application of his malice aforethought; if the judges disapprove, he could then spit in their face and proceed with impunity, cheered on by patriots led by the super-patriotic, card-carrying members of the National Rifle Association. But he did not take the right tack; he went astray in his youth, and wound up murdering only two persons and hurting only a hundred and twenty or so instead of killing a half-million people and hurting millions. Therefore he is "paranoid" and "delusional."
"Paranoia" of course is the ubiquitous disease of modern individuality, which is beset by the insignificance of the individual unit who naturally longs for absolute power: life would persist forever without impedance if it could. The physical and social world is in fact out to get the individual, who is doomed by death; but he is told he can save himself in the interim, at least for the next world - he might save a great deal of time by means of war and suicide.
Of course the term 'paranoia' ordinarily refers to the more pronounced delusions of persecution and grandeur. Experts described Mr. Rudolph as representative of persons suffering from "delusions of grandeur, paranoia and a classic antisocial personality." Nonetheless, the two delusions, of persecution and of grandeur, are really the flip sides of the same coin. Paradoxically, only a grand person would be insignificant enough for world to conspire to persecute him - I am sometimes amazed by the grandeur of my own insignificance. Mr. Rudolph felt that a monolithic government was out to get him. That government of course was monolithic and liberal - worst of all, it encouraged and condoned the fatal sins of abortion and homosexuality. Both sins are an attack on life itself and must be avenged. Wherefore Mr. Rudolph was elected by his god and moved by his homophobia and desire to own the womb and to liberate life with bombs and so on and so forth.
"If you thought you were just a cog in the machine... if you didn't have some high self-image, you wouldn't think yourself worthy of taking other people's lives," stated Jack Glaser, psychologist and expert on hate crimes. Running for high political office does require a high self-image; the highest of political offices, the office of President and Commander-in-Chief, requires a willingness to kill millions of people. We know from Mr. Rudolph's letters to the media that he is Commander-in-Chief of the "Army of God," serving not the insignificant, selfish "I" but the grand, social "We".
Furthermore, we now know from Mr. Rudolph's manifesto that he is fighting for the same independence alluded to in the Declaration of Independence. So he is, after all, not "anti-social." He had his friends, although they did not dare come forth under the circumstances; for instance, the armed power of the United States government, still infested by mother (expletive deleted) liberals.
Well, we recall that no more than ten percent of the population, led by traitors, favored the North America Revolt against Great Britain. In any case, it is not easy to move the masses without dividing them: the "great men" of history thrived not on compromising consensus but on divisiveness, often in violent times, of war and revolution. The majority prefers the herd, and are not easily moved to do great good or great evil, for they know the road to paradise may be the way to hell, and that people are more readily moved to hate one another than to love one another - their love is often hate-others-based love. A war against injustice at home? No way. A war to make the world safe for our Republic? Yes, indeed.
Mr. Rudolph used high technology to avoid collateral damage: he carefully shaped his explosives in order to develop a reliable "command-detonated focused device." Of course innocent bystanders will always be killed in wars, but self-righteous commanders who read the Bible will do their best to save them. More importantly, if guilty people repent, they will be spared. Mr. Rudolph portrayed himself as a compassionate conservative, willing to "forgive" degenerates who change their ways.
All in all, if only Eric Rudolph were high-born, and had a better upbringing in the modes of violence and how to avoid prosecution, a case could be made for nominating him the neoconservative candidate for President of the United States. Who needs a separate god when the President is in the White House?
Quotes taken from:
'Manifesto of hostility', Miami Herald, April 17, 2005
'DeLay: Guns crucial to liberty', Miami Herald, April 17, 2005