I have read Joseph A. Stack’s manifesto, amounting to an indictment specifically against the IRS and the Tax Code, and generally against the tyranny of the U.S. Government. Taking an excerpt from John W. Whitehead, Is Joe Stack’s IRS Attack a Wake Up Call to America?, OpposingViews.com (blog), (opinion by the Rutherford Institute), February 21, 2010:
Stack is representative of a burgeoning class of disaffected Americans who are waking up to the reality that the American governmental system no longer works as it was intended–that is, it no longer works for them. In its place, a government of elites comprised of politicians and unelected bureaucrats has emerged that views the average American as little more than a source of tax funds and labor to keep the massive machinery of government operating. We have shifted from having a government that is “of the people, by the people, for the people” to one that is largely seen as predatory, a “government of wolves.”
Continuing with another excerpt from John W. Whitehead’s opinion at OpposingView.com:
The question is: what are we going to do about these disaffected, disconnected and discontent Americans? How do we reach out to them and persuade them that there is a better solution than the one-way exit proffered by Stack? Note, by “we,” I’m not referring to the politicians or law enforcement officials or any other government official who might view this as a problem behavior to identify, stamp out and sweep under the rug.
It comes back to what I’ve said all along: if there is to be any hope of turning things around, it will have to start with “we the people” first recognizing that there is a problem and then working toward a solution together.
But with leftist main stream media smearing and demonizing anyone or any group standing up to abusive, totalitarian, tyrannical government practices “we the people” as individual citizens will be intimidated and terrorized by the leftist main stream media into delaying what ever lawful action we may deem appropriate because of our induced fear of government retaliation and prosecution. For examples of the smear campaign against Joseph A. Stack click the following links:
The Smear Campaign:
Machelle Malkin, It’s All the Tea Party’s Fault, Washington Examiner, Columns and OpEds, February 21, 2010
Doctor Zero, The Shroud of Contempt, February 20, 2010, posted on Michelle Malkin’s blog, Hot Air.
Nathan Hegedus, With One Crazy Act, Joe Stack Unleashes Real Political Insanity, TheFasterTimes.com, February 19, 2010
Michelle Malkin, Blaming The Tea Partiers: First Step To Criminalizing Dissent, February 18, 2010
David A. Patten, Media Use Austin IRS Terror Attack to Slam Tea Party Movement, NewsMax.com, February 18, 2010.
The Mocking or Emulating Side of this Story? (Can’t tell which it is):
Stephen C. Webster, Video Game Commemorates Austin Suicide Pilot, The Raw Story (blog), February 20, 2010. NOTE: The 8-bit video game plays the Russian National Anthem as background music implying that the United States is now the Russian Federation or the old Soviet Union and Joseph Stack is representative of a Chechen rebel, as my guess to the symbolic nature ot the video game.
The Hero Side of this Story?:
Dexter S., Joe Stack The Tea Party Hero and Father of a Revolution?, Gather.com, February 19, 2010.
Tim Cavanaugh, Folk Hero Push For Andrew Joseph Stack, Reason.com, February 21, 2010.
The Villain Side of this Story?:
Editorial, Not a Hero, Huron Daily Tribune, February 20, 2010.
Michael Trapido, Joe Stack Birth of the Non-Aligned, Individual Suicide Bombers?, The Richmark Sentinel, February 20, 2010.
Big Sister, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security Weighs In:
Washington (AP), Napolitano: Domestic Terrorism Should Be High Concern, February 21, 2010:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said terrorists who are U.S. citizens or live in the country legally and plot against the U.S. are just as big of a concern as international terrorists.
She said that when she started as secretary a year ago, the focus largely was on international terrorists who want to harm U.S. interests. But in the past year, more of the violent extremism that has been seen overseas is showing up in the U.S.
She said officials need to drill down and analyze the factors that make a young person, raised in the U.S., migrate to extremist beliefs and actions.
Napolitano was speaking to governors who are in Washington for their annual conference.
Taking the excerpt from Josep A. Stack’s Manifesto:
I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.
I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.
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.
Comparing the excerpt from Joseph A. Stack’s Manifesto above with Napolitano’s new focus on “Domestic Terrorism” I have the inescapable conclusion that Joseph A. Stack’s “knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are” was a prediction of Napolitano’s new focus on domestic terrorism and her declaration that “officials need to drill down and analyze the factors that make a young person, raised in the U.S., migrate to extremist beliefs and actions.”
Will Napolitano’s officials discover that it is the U.S. Government’s own action at cracking down on law-abiding U.S. citizens in reaction to terrorism is a factor behind this new breed of non-aligned, individual, “Americanized-kamikaze” suicide bombers? Will Napolitano and her officials realize that it is time to BACK OFF and GET OFF the backs of the law-abiding American people?
Maybe Napolitano and her officials should read psychiatric/psychological studies on bullying, torture, stress, and the breaking points of the human psyche. Oh! Wait! They are already aware of this particular human trait, what with all the fuss about water boarding! Maybe that IS their objective—oppressing the American people to submit to the militaristic, totalitarian, Socialist form of Government that is being shoved down our throats to the point we are gagging and convulsing into rebellion.
May God Save us all from our own Government!