Months ago, when the nation was just beginning to wake to the reality of an orgy in government spending and a representative Congress rife with whores and thugs, when the Tea Party movement was only in the embryonic stages, it was warned that our protests should be only peaceful. We were warned that should they turn violent and our demostrations become destructive, we risked illegitimizing the entire movement and could potentially destabilize our economy further. As it was, liberals were mounting antagonistic counter-protests and the media was looking for any way to discolor those in attendence. We met peacefully, showed solidarity not only as white or black or rich or poor, workers or business owners, but as Americans. The close to two million protestors who marched on DC in September who left less of a mess than a modest convention of hippies, managed this showing without a single police incident.
Then comes Joseph Stack. The media has, as usual, jumped the gun in absolute imprudence and has asserted that this anti-government murderer is somehow connected to the Tea Party movement.
Joseph Stack has given the left-wing media the tooth to pursue the extremist label for those attending the Tea Parties. As we have all seen, truth is an irrelevent element when dealing with the leftist media. Everyone has seen the quote from this nutcase's manifesto where he's railing against the IRS, its been everywhere. This is the quote that the media outlets have been using to prove that Joseph Stack was an anti-government, right-winger:
Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
What they don't mention is what immediately follows:
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.
Now, I am not a brain surgeon, but I am pretty sure that since a hearty percentage of Tea Party activists are also small business owners [myself included], trying to lash them to this capitalism -hating, whiney whack job isn't an argument that is going to hold with any person with full brain function.
Here's a ditty that precedes the "big brother IRS man" quote. It shows just how far down the spiral this guy had gone because if he hadn't been completely eroded mentally he would have seen the irony in his own words with regard to his final plan.
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.
So, Islamic terrorists crash planes into buildings to disrupt our economy and kill innocent people and it plunges us into a worldwide war to pursue those who have wounded us. It becomes the Pearl Harbor of our generation. Each attempted attack further strengthens our resolve and somehow Joseph Stack thinks that committing the exact same action will somehow lead to lucidity instead of revulsion and rage?
This was an act of bitterness by a man who had had his ass kicked by life just like every one of us. Only this man chose not to learn from mistakes. He chose not to evolve his business with ingenuity and meet the challenges of the changing market. And when his inability to adapt caused him to lose his business, he allowed his rage to swallow him. He wanted punish those who had wronged him. This is what happens when everyone gets a trophy- you end up with grown persons so consumed with bitterness over the fundamental unfairness of life that they mentally and emotionally cannot cope with failure.
To Joseph Stack, the end- bringing light to his perception of an injustice- justified the means. That's Saul Alinsky, Mr. Potok, not the Tea Party movement.