It seems unfair to judge a political candidate by something they wrote decades ago, especially if they’ve never expressed those beliefs in more recent years.
But Neomi Rao, who was just confirmed as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s replacement, had to go through that rigamarole with Democrats during her confirmation process. Perhaps Beto O’Rourke, who is hoping to be the leader of the free world, should also be subject to that level of scrutiny.
Just to be fair.
45-year-old Rao got raked over the coals for writing in college on the subject of date rape that if a woman “drinks to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice,” according to Politico. She has since apologized for ever expressing that view.
“I particularly regret the insensitivity demonstrated in my remarks on rape and sexual assault,” she wrote in an apology letter. “While responding to events and debates on campus, I failed to recognize the hurt that my words would cause a survivor of such crimes. I recognize now the arguments I made might discourage a victim from coming forward or from seeking help.”
Those writings were from around 25 years ago.
Now in a lengthy investigative piece published Friday where Reuters scrutinized O’Rourke’s membership in the Cult of the Dead Cow, America’s oldest hacking group, they have revealed a deeply disturbing piece of fiction he wrote for the online club back in 1988, when he was 15. Under the pseudonym “Psychedelic Warlord,” young O’Rourke wrote about fantasizing about running children over with his car and deriving great pleasure from it.
In a story called “Visions from The Last Crusade,” O’Rourke shared his repeated “dreams and visions” about a “strong desire” in his mind to make the “one and only goal in life” be “the termination of everything that was free and loving.”
It gets worse from there.
Speaking of what happened in his visions, he said, “one day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.”
Then he took action in the dream: “As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two.”
“I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head,” he added. “My dream was abruptly ended when I heard a loud banging on the front window. It was an old man, who was using his cane to awaken me. He might have been a witness to my act of love. I was not sure, nor did I care. It was simply ecstasy.”
“As I drove home, I envisioned myself committing more of these ‘acts of love,’ and after a while, I had no trouble carrying them out,” O’Rourke wrote.
“The more people I killed, the longer my dreams were,” he said back then. “I soon quit my job, and stayed at my house in an almost comatose state. My dreams grew longer and more vivid. They kept me alive and proved to be the only thing to live for.”
“I had killed nearly 38 people by the time of my twenty-third birthday, and each one was more fulfilling than the last.”
One wonders how quickly the authorities would have been contacted if O’Rourke had posted that story today on Facebook, Reddit, and another modern social network, especially in light of the New Zealand mass shooting suspect reportedly posting about his planned attack on the controversial 8Chan social network, according to The Atlantic.
Again, what a politician wrote years and years ago probably shouldn’t be an issue, especially if they weren’t committing a felony and have not expressed those views since, but Democrats have now made a practice of digging up people’s dirty laundry and airing them out for all the world to see. Perhaps they should give O’Rourke the same treatment.
Perhaps O’Rourke, like Rao, needs to apologize for what he wrote in the past, too.