A Home-Grown Terrorist

I see today that an American guy crashed his plane into the IRS building in Texas where over 200 people were working. 

The article in the S.F. Chronicle states that he:  “ranted about the tax agency, government bailouts and corporate America’s "thugs and plunderers."

"I have had all I can stand," he wrote, adding: "I choose not to keep looking over my shoulder at `big brother’ while he strips my carcass."

Hmm.  That sounds like Tea-Party language, if you ask me.  It will be interesting to see what groups he hung out with, both online and in person.  You have so many people whipped up into making statements that Obama is a Marxist, Communist, Socialist thug and some people actually believe it.  So instead of dealing with it rationally, he tried to murder 200 people.  He is a terrorist, pure and simple. 

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2 Responses to A Home-Grown Terrorist

  1. Justin says:

    Kevin, I went and read Joe Stacks manifesto that he posted and I must disagree with you that it in any way sounds like "Tea-Party" language. As to your statement "He is a terrorist, pure and simple." I \’m sorry but it is not that plain and simple. (Do we label the Professor who shot three of her peers a terrorist?) No, she was a individual who evidently had a very troubled past. I could no more say it sounds like she followed some liberal left wing philosphy of acidemia leading her to murder people. She as Stack was a sick individual that one day broke and went over the deep end neither one of them rise to the status of terrorist. Of course you could make the case that any one who murders another person or group of people is a terrorist to some degree. Reading Stacks manifesto it is clear this was a individual who had a very troubled past and like most who suffer from paranoia he had to have some group to blame for his own failures. His problems go back much further than any tea party movement and just as many on the left and right he felt he was being screwed over by the poloticians, the government and most of all the IRS. I know its chic to take the actions of some one and put them in with a group of people be it either left or right and label their actions as a direct result of that groups belief. People saying Obama is a Marxist, Communist, or Socialist thug had absolutely no bearing on what Stack did. Read his manifesto, his frustration and paranoia goes back much further than Obama. He even references GW Bush in it. He referenced how churches recieved huge exemptions and were stealing from their congregations and government all in the name of G-d (not a very right wing statement). As to the groups of people he hung out with, he hung out with muscians, lawyers and many others. You need to understand that Austin is a very liberal city in Texas. It is often equated as being the San Francisco of Texas. It seems from statments by his closest friends they never knew of his problems or beliefs about the government. Rather than try and link this individual and his actions to a group that we disagree with lets place the responsibility for his actions where they belong. At his feet, he is the individual who finally lost all touch with reality and went over the deep end. There is no group here to blame with the exection of the perpatrator himself. Let\’s just play a little game here. Suppose a gay individual who is feeling persecuted by Prop 8 walks into a Mormon Church and starts blowing people away. How quick would you be to say that his action should be laid directly at the feet of the gay movement because of the effort to over turn Prop 8? There are those who would do just that. Just because it hasn\’t happened doesn\’t mean it couldn\’t or wont happen at some point however, this individual would not be a terrorist he would be just like Joe Stack. A toubled individual who came to a point he could no longer deal with his percieved persecutions so he decided to commit suicide and take a few of the people he blamed for his problems with him.

  2. Kevin says:

    Hey Justin! Rob told me as well some of his statements, so he may not be part of the tea party movement. But anyone who tries to kill 200 people, all at once, is a terrorist in my mind! I don\’t see how he is any different from the Shoe Bomber or the Underwear Bomber…

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