Friday, February 19, 2010

Why Did Stack Do It?

Desperate times create desperate people.

In Austin, Texas, Joe Stack burned his house down and then flew a plane into a building that housed offices of the IRS.

Here is his suicide note
- (H/T

This whole thing was so incredibly tragic - but the message was clear:
Joe Stack didn't want to live the life of a slave.
Guaranteed there are many more who feel like this guy; they feel that they have lost everything - they feel they can't do a damn thing to get ahead or to keep from being pushed further down the hole by government rules and government agencies.

I don't view Stack as being justified in his actions at all. It was criminal, and always is criminal, to take the lives of other innocent people just because you are desperate, discouraged, or angry.

What we have to take away from this is that we have an enormous problem with the way our government treats its citizens, especially in the manner in which they take our wealth from us and take advantage of us and ignore us. In his suicide note he speaks of double standards and hypocritical politicians and a government that abuses its authority. He was right about that. His solution to deal with that problem was totally wrong. There ARE other ways.

I truly feel sorry for this man, but more than that, I fear that his feeling of desperation is growing in this country, and I truly fear that this is not the last we'll see of this kind of action. What's worse is how political factions will spin this story to suit their own needs. Joe Stack will suddenly become "a crack-pot tea partier" or "religious nut" or some other epithet used by the pundits. The fact is, he was probably a regular guy who simply got fed up with being treated like crap. He had had enough.

This kind of desperation is not going to be fixed by a Jobs Summit, or another Stimulus plan, or wealth redistribution schemes .... it will be fixed when we can have an ethical government run by people who respect the Rule of Law and who do not routinely loot its citizens so that its elitist politicians can spend that hard earned money foolishly and without a thought except for their own political careers.

It's a tragedy all around.