Joe Stack- harbinger of the revolution?

In case the name Joe Stack doesn’t ring a bell, read about his kamikaze attack on the IRS building in Austin.

And while some will say he’s deranged and others will question whether this could be counted as “domestic terrorism” – I’m inclined to believe that in the modern age of instantaneous journalism and a 24-hour news cycle- he’s just the start of a string of acts of frustration we’ll see over the next few years.

You didn’t know who Joe Stack was on Feb. 17, 2010 – but you do now. His message, as difficult as it is to accept by some, is that this is what people think they have to do to be heard.

Running for office isn’t an option- with the millions of dollars it takes and the hoops that are placed in front of people. Nope, much easier to blow things up. How many American’s had heard of Osama Bin Laden on Sept. 10, 2001- not near as many as after. It’s instant infamy.

Bin Laden said we had it coming. We’ve yet to accept that view- but, now, we’re starting to hear it from our own people- ones who’ve felt that the only option was to take things into their own hands.

I highly recommend you read the whole suicide note/manifesto- it’s only a few pages long- and consider his positions. Do you empathize at all with him?

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self- serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.
And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is…

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010) 02/18/2010

20100218-stack-suicide-letter.pdf (application/pdf Object).

While tens of thousands of Americans die from lack of proper preventive medicine each year, while health insurance CEOs take home hundreds of millions in “salary” Congress does nothing-

Yet, when a few Toyotas crash- it’s a major investigation.

Yep, Joe Stack will have copy cats. How Joe Stack figures in the history books all will depend on how much longer the American people remain gullible.

Here’s our Dayton Grassroots Daily Show discussing the Stack Attack:

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14 Responses

  1. Joe February 20, 2010 / 1:56 am
    Could he have sold his plane and settled some of his tax problems? Instead of committing an act of terror? Just throwing that out there.

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  2. jstults February 20, 2010 / 10:54 am
    On the Cover of the Rolling Stone (not really, I just like that song):

    Beyond a few such bleats of outrage, however, the huge payout was met, by and large, with a collective sigh of resignation. Because beneath America’s populist veneer, on a more subtle strata of the national psyche, there remains a strong temptation to not really give a shit. The rich, after all, have always made way too much money; what’s the difference if some fat cat in New York pockets $20 million instead of $10 million?
    — Wall Street’s Bailout Hustle

    Sorry, but it’s pretty hard to muster any righteous indignation when they are trying to pay the bailout money back early.  Joe Sixpack Stack was basically upset about a change in the tax law from 1986, and had spent his time and fortune fighting it (and the evil CatholicChurch-WallStreet-MenInBlack iron triangle of doom) instead of learning to live with it like the rest of his competitors providing professional technical services.  His little manifesto displays all of the classic, “it’s not me, it’s them”-conspiracy-nut tendencies.
     
    Most Americans still value playing by the rules, even if the rules are way too complex and unevenly applied, and even if we grumble about the guys on top seeming to get a different rule book sometimes.  The banality of evil notwithstanding, we certainly don’t value killing shoe clerks and secretaries when you face financial ruin.  Dress up like indians and dump a little tea in the river to prove a point, ok; crash your plane into an occupied office complex, not so much…
     
    (Also, no video is showing up on the page, youtube technical difficulties?)

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  3. David Esrati February 20, 2010 / 12:06 pm

    Fixed video- sorry.

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  4. Drexel Dave Sparks February 20, 2010 / 12:56 pm
    Poor Joe Stack?
    Tell that to the people he killed and maimed.

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  5. Juan DeFucha February 20, 2010 / 5:03 pm
    Joe Stack is the red button that pops up on the Butterball. This turkeys done.

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  6. Allison February 20, 2010 / 5:06 pm
    Empathy? You’ve officially outdone your poorly conceived campaign poster.

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  7. David Lauri February 20, 2010 / 11:20 pm
    I like how Dave Cullen on Slate.com takes apart Joseph Stack’s manifesto and suicide/homicide. Particularly pertinent is the question with which Cullen ends his piece:

    Before Stack crashed the plane, he burned his family out of its home. How to justify that vindictive act in the diatribe?
    Stack just left it out.

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  8. jstults February 21, 2010 / 4:44 pm
    From Drexel Dave’s vid (thanks btw, it was interesting):

    You cannot solve the problem of violence with violence, any more than you can solve the problem of darkness with darkness.  You can only solve the problem of darkness with illumination.  You can only solve the problem of evil with moral clarity, clear, rational, empirical and passionate communication.  The same way that you can only solve the problem of darkness with light.
    […]
    Morality is consistent and clear and rational principles.  Until we can get people to understand…the moment that evil is recognized in general as evil, it ceases to have any power.

    While that sounds nice (and I agree about the rational ethical theory stuff), I’m reminded of this:

    It is useless for sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion.
    — William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

    Big ass-kicking sheep dogs are the usual solution to this dilemma, not rational discourse with the wolves.  I guess by ‘sounds nice’ I really meant ‘sounds like effete philosophizing’ (and that guy Godwined himself towards the end, nice!).  If your solution to the problem of evil depends on educating the evil-doers, then that’s a philosophical fail as far as I’m concerned; Gandhi’s approach only worked because the British actually had a conscience to prick.

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  9. john b February 21, 2010 / 4:59 pm
    i guess this is why he burned down the house his family lived in as well?
    the guy’s a nutcase as is obvious by his rambling manifesto.

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  10. David Esrati February 21, 2010 / 5:03 pm

    @John b- welcome. But I think writing off Stack as a nutcase is the easy answer.

    Hitler was a nutcase- and Germany followed him.

    Bin Laden is a nutcase- and 19 guys with 4 airplanes changed this country forever.

    When one writes off an opponent as unworthy, one leaves oneself vulnerable to defeat.

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