Austin IRS Domestic Terrorist Act
A Zipdrive Blogitorial
When I first heard the news announcement that "a small plane had crashed into a 7-story building in North Austin" I was seized with panic.
My beloved Big Sis, whom you might know if you regularly read Pulp Friction comments, happens to work in a multi-story office building in North Austin, and I was frantic that the building in question might be her workplace.
Thank God she immediately replied to my e-mail and said it was not her building; she was safe.
But it was the workplace building of people who were equally loved, and those feelings of panic and dread were real for tens of hundreds of people.
The local news posted a poll: was this an act of domestic terrorism?
I didn't bother voting, but hell yes it was domestic terrorism, in my opinion.
The suicide pilot was Joe Stack, a disgruntled nutcase who was having marital problems and a feud with the Internal Revenue Service.
Big fucking deal. Who among us have not had occasional relationship problems or IRS snags?
This maniac's actions clearly were inspired by America's climate of blame, outrage, terrorism and an utter disregard for human life.
Here's a poll for you:
Do you think Joe Stack would have endorsed the teabagger movement, or not?
I think a guy like this is exactly the type whose rage and anger at The System would make him just adore the enraged teabagger movement.
Oh, how special Joe Stack must have thought he was!
I'm sure in his delusional mind, his marital problems were his wife's fault.
I'm sure he felt the IRS was singling him out just to be big meanies.
I'm sure he never once considered that IRS employees are just working civil service shlubs paid to do an often unpleasant job.
I'm sure he boarded that little Cessna yesterday, crazed with the thought, "I'll show them!"
Well, I guess he did. Innocent people are dead and injured. He's dead.
I'm sure his estranged wife and kid are horrified.
He set fire to their home before his suicide mission, so the wife and kid can add homelessness to their horror.
His widow will still have to answer to the IRS. Ironic, huh?
People like Stack and the outraged teabaggers and Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin and their ilk all share something in common. They are angry and resentful, and they don't think they should have to participate in government-sponsored activities they don't like.
They think it's perfectly okay to bitch and moan, and even destroy anything that upsets them. They think it's okay to rile people up and inspire acts of rage, and even domestic terrorism.
They don't consider that taxes finance the roads they drive on, collect their garbage, educate their children and provide for them in their old age.
It's fine for them to reap the benefits of taxation and government programs, they're just much too fucking special to have to chip in their share.
Burn in Hell, Joe Stack.