When a plane flies into a building, Americans sit up and take notice. Even a small plane gives us a twinge of “Oh no, not again.”
When the incident happened this week in Austin, and before local law enforcement had the opportunity to give the face the national media and some bloggers (including some Virginia bloggers) rushed to their keyboards to tell us about the “Tea-bagger” in the “stolen plane.”
They were wrong. Twice.
Over at Bearing Drift Brian Kirwin skewers the media for ignoring the political leanings of Stack.
So, this psycho who slammed his plane into an IRS building was not a part of the anti-tax tea party movement, much to the disappointment of MSNBC. If he was, it would be all they’d write and talk about.
Stack’s manifesto reads more like an excerpt from Hillary Clinton’s thesis, or maybe Barack Obama’s. That is if we’d ever been able to read anything he wrote in college.
Truth is, in spite of Michael Savage’s bumper sticker wisdom, being crazy is not partisan.
Stack had a grudge against the government, against the IRS. He was a disturbed man who thought the only way to make his point was to burn down his house and fly his plane into that office building.
May his victims rest in peace. May their families be comforted.
As for the rest of us, we need to take a serious look at what caused this. What drove Stack over the edge? Three words.
Internal. Revenue. Service.
Stack felt trapped by the IRS, and he was desperate not to let them ruin him. I think he missed in that regard.
We must now take steps to make sure this never, ever, happens again.
Quite simply, we must abolish the IRS.
It’s our duty. It’s our mission.
It’s for the children.