A Man for All Extremes

dorner tattoby Glenn Fairman   2/11/14
(On the anniversary of the Christopher Dorner manhunt, I offer this meditation on how a lunatic can become strange bedfellows with those that have an ideological axe to grind.)

Living at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains below Big Bear, the palpable fear that accompanied a desperate fugitive wanted for perhaps the cruelest of murders was not lost on our community. Indeed, our proximity to the manhunt stimulated that wide variety of stark observations that arise when the media firmly secures its jaws into a story that has long legs. In this case, the sordid tale of a rogue ex-policeman bent upon exacting his pound of flesh from the Powers-that-Be that “did him wrong.”

To hold that Chris Dorner was a madman is perhaps a term of imprecision. He was not mad in the way that people are when they believe they are poached eggs or vampires. He displayed cunning and forethought in his plans that resulted in the violent deaths of four people and the serious wounding of several more. To be sure, he was mad in the way that was said of Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now: “His mind is sane, but his soul is mad.” His madness was manifested in the way he utilized means towards his final goal—which by the grace of God, he did not bring to fruition. But the cost in treasure and precious life that was necessary to arrest his dark gambit is a price that we willingly pay when men grow feral in their imaginations and attempt to bring about a barbaric justice as payback for their perceived indignities. Mad dogs are not often captured alive; and a mind like Dorner, having broken its moral restraints, is loath to return to its default boundaries. Having made his deadly statement, he could not go back.

Altogether surprising, however, was his chrysalis into a Folk Hero of sorts to seemingly disparate groups. The Left is well known for their hatred of police authority; and although Dorner’s ex-cop status might have been initially off-putting, he came to represent that patented counter-cultural animus to “The Man” by virtue of his race and politically charged manifesto. Even now, ex-cops are crawling out of the woodwork. Many are coming forward baring their own separate grievances and nodding in assent to Dorner’s anecdotal claims of discrimination—perhaps as a means to gain an air of credible urgency in protesting their own terminations.

So many of the Left evoke a kneejerk hatred of police authority; and the far Left even more so. One conjures up images of President Obama’s confidant Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn rigging bombs on squad cars in their Weather Underground Days. For the Left, the Rodney King affair and the ensuing Christopher Commission Report merely gave flesh to everything they believed about cops. Chris Dorner immediately became a lightning rod illuminating those subterranean cultural and racial sentiments. In many minds he has been fashioned as a Dark Crusader–hopelessly fighting back against an intransigent biased system of illegitimate power. He will perhaps forever remain in death a martyr to that cause

But perhaps more extreme were those voices on the Right. Although less invested in Dorner the martyr, so many perceive him a victim cowed within the pincers of the Leviathan State. Seeing these events shaped through their own peculiar prism, certain factions of the Right have marshaled their congenital distrust of concentrated power; and rightly or wrongly, portrayed him as another canary in a statist coalmine. As the Right is prone to conspiracy types, Dorner’s death has been cast as a predetermined execution to prevent the “truth” from being let out–even though Dorner favored liberal politics. Those with advanced stages of Obama Derangement Syndrome are even tying his execution to that byzantine cabal that radiates from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. One is not altogether certain if Monsanto, fluoridated water, or drones and black helicopters somehow fit into the equation: although a grassy knoll was noticed nearby the smoking cabin.

It is a rank understatement to claim that Americans are irrevocably splintered along ideological lines and one could make a great case that the Obama administration flourishes through this political division. The stakes of power and human nature being what they are, both camps would have you believe that they are the forces of light while the other was in league with Beelzebub. As our country is either facing the ushering in of utopia or the Abomination of Desolation, the hammer of American discourse has been reduced to hair trigger sensitivity and all news events are by necessity politically filtered and analyzed with the anxious scrutiny of a Sibylline Oracle’s divination.

The tragic and ultimately infuriating figure of Chris Dorner is no exception. I have no idea if he was a spoiled narcissist or a victim of injustice. I do know, however, that in bypassing procedural justice or the press and going full Rambo, he shot to hell any shred of credibility he might have had. By stalking and shooting his Union Representative’s daughter and boyfriend out of vindictive malice for his termination, Dorner entered into the realm of desperate animal brutality. By phoning the aggrieved father after the murders and taunting him for not adequately protecting his daughter, Dorner settled into a more discrete category of monstrous evil.

As the ashes blow around a snow capped mountain, there will still be those remaining on the Left and Right to shed either dripping concern or to weave intrigues about his grim departure. I literally blew up at a Christian woman on a website who insisted that we ought not to judge him and that he should have been somehow wrangled from where he made his Last Stand and brought to justice. She became affronted when I told her that I wished it was she that had went in after him instead of the police. She was oblivious to the pain that Dorner had caused to families she would never know–especially the death of that officer who at the very end lost his life: who would never kiss his children again. It is easy to be compassionate and magnanimous when you have no skin in the game—when you are secure pontificating behind your keyboard.

The maxim that rough men stand guard and do hard things so that decent people can sleep soundly at night is lost on the morally retarded who regard all killing as a categorical evil. Chris Dorner and a handful of people who had no part in his rampage are dead. For those of you who have a problem with how the deeds of hard and caring men handled this senseless obscenity: sleep well.
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Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at arete5000@dslextreme.com. • (3178 views)

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7 Responses to A Man for All Extremes

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    As the ashes blow around a snow capped mountain, there will still be those remaining on the Left and Right to shed either dripping concern or to weave intrigues about his grim departure. I literally blew up at a Christian woman on a website who insisted that we ought not to judge him and that he should have been somehow wrangled from where he made his Last Stand and brought to justice….It is easy to be compassionate and magnanimous when you have no skin in the game—when you are secure pontificating behind your keyboard.

    Dennis Prager would call such people “moral idiots.” I’m not even sure if pontificating behind the keyboard is the problem. This “non-violence/non-judgmentalism” is what many Christians actually believe (values that have their place but make absolutely no sense and are quite destructive as a one-size-fits all guiding principle isolated from common sense and immediate circumstances). It is thus clear (as Dennis Prager notes) that many people who think of themselves as practicing Christians are actually practicing Leftists.

    Moral idiots are not just the product of the Left, but they do make more than their share. It’s tempting to come up with a psychological reason why these people are this daft. But I’m convinced it’s narcissism and just plain moral cowardice (masquerading as “non-judgmentalism”). It’s become more important to seem compassionate than to actually be compassionate. It’s nothing more than moral exhibitionism. It’s all about me, me, me.

  2. steve lancaster says:

    Glenn,
    Written like a combat Marine. I welcome you to the wall.
    Semper Fi

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    “It’s tempting to come up with a psychological reason why these people are this daft. But I’m convinced it’s narcissism and just plain moral cowardice”

    While your observations are correct, I believe there is more to it. Too many people have simply lost touch with reality. They avoid looking at the hard realities of life because this makes them uncomfortable. Never having experienced a true emergency or life threatening situation, they have not had to make hard decisions. Lacking critical thinking abilities, they fall back on a sound byte culture promoted by various purveyors of pap whose aim it is to keep the masses quiescent. For if the masses summoned up the energy to think logically and actually watched what happened in life, they might get uppity and start thinking for themselves. Where would we be if that happened? No, better to keep them stupefied and muddled with their TV’s, smart phones and other various types of addictive substances. You know, things that are really important.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      They avoid looking at the hard realities of life because this makes them uncomfortable.

      I agree, Mr. Kung. Throw that on the pile of reasons.

      How blessed we are in civilization to live above brutal and unforgiving nature. But there’s a downside: We lose touch with the hard realities underneath.

      And this is the core difference between conservatives and Utopianists. A conservative supposes that if some pillar of civilization exists (such as marriage), it has a reason. One takes a sledgehammer to society’s institutions only at one’s peril.

      A liberal/Leftist/Progressive/Communist/socialist, on the other hand, forgets those hard realities underneath. And if there is a discomfort, it is considered something to be cured, if not an outrage sufficient to start whacking away a pillars.

      Thanks for that correction/addition, Mr. Kung. It is central to understanding the loony Left.

      For if the masses summoned up the energy to think logically and actually watched what happened in life, they might get uppity and start thinking for themselves.

      In many ways, it’s worse than that, Mr. Kung. Inculcating dullness and stupidness is one thing, and a serious enough thing it is. But the Left (and the Democrat Party) stoke a mob mentality. If someone can’t get their birth control paid by others then this is stoked into the flames of “a war on women.” If one simply wishes to protect the sanctity of the ballot box, this is a “war on black people,” if not an outright return to Jim Crow.

      If one thinks that marriage is a sufficiently important aspect of society that it shouldn’t be redefined, this is “hate toward gays.”

      And on and on. The Democrat Party and the Left stoke the rabble.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    The response of certain Christians is perhaps unsurprising; we saw something similar in Amish country a year or two back. The leftist response shows the great irony that leftists hate bureaucrats and the police — but support policies that would give both more power. (A good illustration of liberal attitudes toward different groups can be seen in the movie Starman, in which the treatment of every character — minor or major — reflects the liberal mindset.) The leftist support for Dorner also reflects their fondness for violence in support of the Cause. Conservative sympathy presumably reflects the fringe groups, such as some of the western militias, which are as hostile to government officials of the Left (but at least don’t support policies that would strengthen their power).

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The leftist support for Dorner also reflects their fondness for violence in support of the Cause.

      Amongst the pantheon of liberal gods is Victimitus (you can add that to your FOSFAX lexicon, free of chrage). It is the cult of non-self-responsibility. Everything is always someone else’s fault. One is a victim. All other are villains.

      Indoctrinate people in this as a habit, and apparently the idea of bringing justice to evil murders is beyond their ken.

      There is a good reason that Saul Alinsky dedicated his book, “Rules for Radical,” to the devil. Whether one believes in an actual devil or not, it’s sufficiently clear that what animates these Obama types is grievance and the will to destroy.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Note, too, that responsibility is usually “something else” (such as a gun). Incidentally, this is a good place to mention that Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller has an article including a video of a European immigrant satirically proposing (to a town council) a bill to make everyone feel safer without actually doing so. Among other things, he noted a British suggestion of banning knives.

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