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  •  I asked anyone (0+ / 0-)

    to think of the colonists from the point of view of England,  the colonists were committing treason.  The Founding Fathers recognized it.  They even wrote their own manifesto, we call it the Declaration of Independence, but that followed the bloodshed (and civil disobedience that included running Crown personnel out of town after tar and feathering and destruction of private property) by quite a while.

    I am amazed that people can't stand in the other guy's shoes and try to see what the other person sees.

    Dorner will always be a murderer, a man who broke some of the most universal rules of society, and he might well be crazy.    But if, in reopening the investigation,  it is shown that he was right, that changes happen in policing, that better management and training, and a non-tolerance for police brutality takes hold, I can well imagine that many people will minimize the murders  aspect of the story over time.  

    •  Here's what amazes me (0+ / 0-)

      That anyone could compare a guy who specifically says that he's going to kill people because he wants to restore his name - a purely personal goal that he thinks justifies murder of innocent people - and American revolutionaries.  Any change to the LAPD that might come from this incident doesn't matter to Dorner according to his own words.

      If you truly and honestly can't see the vast difference between them and think that "well, maybe those murders will be minimized someday," there is nothing further to be said other than to note the similarity of your theory with the looniest loons of Free Republic.

      •  I am not a loon (0+ / 0-)

        but I do know how much history distorts what really happens in many cases.   People are constantly suprised when heroes weren't very heroic, and bad guys really were freedom fighters.

        I am not saying that will happen, just that it is possible.  Plus plenty of revisionist historians, some famous ones, say the founding fathers were just a group of rich guys wanting more of the pie, and they started a war to exploit people, kept slaves, etc. to feather their own nests.

        •  So, what's the chance of that? (0+ / 0-)

          Seriously; this is the problem that I have.  Either Dorner killed three innocent people in his quest to clear his name or he didn't kill them and it's just the most interesting coincidence since about ever that he targeted these people and someone else just happened to have killed them.

          Either way, I don't see how any sane person equates Dorner with American colonists and all you and a few others have offered is some theory that the gloss of history will provide a justification or he'll become some kind of sick cult hero.  Well, what justification was there for killing Ms. Quan and her fiance?  "Can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs?"  

          •  you keep want to make it personal (0+ / 0-)

            no one here said they would personally make Mr. Dorner their hero.   It was an abstract discussion about mythologies that build up around certain people,  how they do become cult heroes even after doing evil things, how some disenfranchised subcultures view things differently than the main culture.

            If the US colonists had lost, they would have been traitors justly hanged by the Crown in the history books.  

            No one says Mr. Dorner has any personal traits that justify his being or becoming an icon in history where all his sharp edges and worst motives are hidden, rubbed out of the books.   But some of us, maybe those of us who have had some exposure to questioning how 'mainstream' history gets written and rewritten, realize that odd things happen with enough time, a few inaccurate biographies or sensationalized and fictionlized accounts are accepted as serious academic work,  and suddenly, contemporaries couldn't recognize someone in the myth.   And sometimes societies create these myths, champions, out of people who are not deserving.

            I am perfectly ok with Mr. Dorner being caught, tried and punished.  I am perfectly happy if he becomes some odd little footnote or is never noted in a history book.   He didn't set out to help the world when he started his murder spree, once upon a time, he might have meant to do good, but that's not where he ended up.  But could history ignore some of that middle that was just wrong and bad, yes, it could.

            At this site, it wouldn't be hard to find people who understand that the cowboys were not always good guys even if that is what most movies portrayed for decades, but out in the larger population, how much of Hollywood's mythos has replaced reality?

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