I looked up manifesto just to be sure I knew the proper definition. The following is from thefreedictionary.com:
n. pl. man·i·fes·toes or man·i·fes·tos
A public declaration of principles, policies, or intentions, especially of a political nature.
intr.v. man·i·fes·toed, man·i·fes·to·ing, man·i·fes·toes
To issue such a declaration,
So by definition, there is no requirement for a manifesto to be negative or for the actions following the issuance of the manifesto to be malicious. But that's what seems to follow a manifesto: violence and harm.
The Declaration of Independence is a manifesto. There was a little bit of violence after that was issued. It's a more sensible example of a manifesto than the three above, maybe because it was written by committee rather than by a unshowered guy alone in his basement, shack or bunker. Other members of the committee were there to talk the crazy guy down off the ledge.
Manifestos require that you state your belief on something, state what you wish to achieve and that you share these statements publicly. That's what Jerry Macguire did, but his was a called mission statement. If the plot of Jerry Macguire included him shooting up the sports agency office, it would have been a manifesto.
On a positive note, today is Girl Scout Cookie Day. Sadly, I have no Girl Scout Cookies to show for it. Where are my friends with daughters? Why have they not sold me any cookies yet? I'm going to carry my checkbook with me today in case I run into a Daisy so I can buy some Thin Mints. I hope I see a Brownie so I can get me some Samoas. If I see an Junior running around, I'll get some Tag-alongs.
In case you didn't know, those make up the Holy Trinity of Girl Scout cookies.
All Hail the Cookies!
If the price of Girl Scout cookies keeps rising as it has over the past few years, I wouldn't be surprised if we hear about a new manifesto with the chief complaint being the cost of the cookies. It won't be from me though. I will pay top dollar for the Holy Trinity.