As you undoubtedly know by the time you are reading this, Joseph Stack apparently burnt his house down and then flew a jet into an office building containing nearly 200 IRS employees
He left behind a manifesto/suicide note that can be read in full HERE
People are already latching onto his anti-government tone and disgust with the tax system and calling his action a result of or linked to the Tea Party Movement. After reading his statment, I would have to disagree.
To generalize, Stack seems like a typical American waking up to the realizations of this system's intended inequalities and not having any clear direction for action."... there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind.
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."
There are some indications of perhaps a rightwing influence in Stack's writing. He mentions attending "tax code readings"
which have been popular with libertarian capitalists. He also disses unions and sympathizes with the middle class. Both of those sentiments resonate with the right. However, it is very interesting (and perhaps unexpected) to note his very non-rightwing sentiments."...there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us..."
"I didn’t trust big business to take care of me"
Towards the end of his writing, he spends a good deal of space writing about his struggle to make a difference. Those only resulted in failure. I think this is typical for Americans so divorced from direct political struggle. I am curious how (or if) his futile attempts at reform/change will be analyzed by the corporate media. To be honest, I doubt it is worth it to present a progressive/radical critique to counter whatever is spewed forth.
Eventually Stack comes to the realization that this system only responds to violent force. He also seems to allude to the idea that only when things get worse will people demand real change."But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. "
"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."
He then ends it in a most surprising way."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."
Will the right reject this "terrorist" and use the last passage to link him to socialism? Because I have a feeling that if he just espoused Tea Party rhetoric, Glenn Beck and the like would place blame at Obama's feet.