My, my, I do not know exactly what to make of this.
It could be that Michele is just being her usual stupid self. But, it could also be that she isn’t.
As I noted awhile back, Bachmann hero Ayn Rand was absolutely ga-ga over murderer William Hickman, a guy who slaughtered and dismembered a 12 year old girl. She based her most famous character, John Galt, on Hickman. This is what Rand had to say about this heartless murderer, who actually delivered the dismembered girl back to her father.
“Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should,” she wrote, gushing that Hickman had “no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel ‘other people.’”
This is how Ayn Rand saw a murderer so vicious that he continues to stand out among even the vicious murderers who have come since he was snuffed by the State of California. And given that Michele Bachmann has professed her admiration for Rand and Objectivism many times, I have to wonder if Bachmann actually made a mistake here. It is entirely reasonable to suspect that Bachmann knew EXACTLY which “John Wayne” she was talking about.
Seriously… you can’t just dismiss it as a possibility. Gacy was certainly the kind of “Superman” Ayn Rand saw as the ultimate kind of hero.
The Bachmann campaign staff might want to double-check their Google searches. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who on Monday launched her presidential campaign in her original hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, appears to be just a bit confused about the town’s history of favorite sons.
In an interview with Fox News, Bachmann boasted: “But what I want them to know, just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”
About that spirit of “John Wayne” in Waterloo…
In fact, the actor John Wayne (real name, Marion Morrison) was from Iowa, but not from Waterloo – he was from Winterset, Iowa, about 120 miles away. But as it turns out, there was another “John Wayne” with some history in Waterloo: Serial killer John Wayne Gacy, known as the “Killer Clown,” who raped and murdered over 30 young men before he was finally incarcerated and put to death.
Though if it helps Bachmann at all, Gacy is not known to have committed any murders when he lived in Waterloo, though he was imprisoned for a sexual assault case that was committed there.
To be exact, John Wayne Gacy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In his 20s, he lived for a few years in Waterloo, with his first wife and their two children. However, at age 26 he was sentenced to prison for sodomy, in a case that involved his having sexually assaulted two teenage boys, and then hired another Waterloo teen to physically assault his accusers in order to intimidate them out of testifying against him.
Gacy never lived in Waterloo again. Upon his release from prison after less than two years, he returned to Chicago and the surrounding metro area, where he went on to commit his various other crimes of murder and sexual assault. There was also a run-in with the law in 1972, in a case of sexual battery, but charges were dropped — and Gacy went on to commit his many known killings.
Yep, John Wayne GACY was surely the kind of a guy who had no regard at all for what society holds as sacred, with a consciousness all his own. A Randiot like Michele Bachmann couldn’t help but be impressed by him. But she would do better to not let her mouth get the better of her from now on when she decides to talk about her heroes.
Gacy was truly one vicious Iowa-bred sociopath. And so is Michele. So I guess her admiration for her Iowa fellow traveler is understandable, at least.