I’m kind of curious as to why, when it’s an angry white man flying his plane into a federal building, it’s not considered an act of terrorism?
For those of you who haven’t heard, Joseph Andrew Stack, 53, of Texas, flew his Piper Cherokee PA-28 into an IRS building in Austin this morning.
Are white men in their 50’s automatically given a pass, or do you think it has more to do with not wanting to ignite the furor of those of the far right who might sympathize with Stack and his jihad against “big government”?
It’s kind of funny when you think about it, how the Republicans have no problem insinuating that Obama and other Democrats are terrorists, but how they get all up in arms when the same label is used against their party faithful, like the man who recently murdered abortion doctor George Tiller, when they use violence to bring about political change… which, to me, seems the very definition of terrorism.
But we don’t yet know where Stack, today’s attempted mass murder, stood on the political spectrum. Certainly, based on the “fan” groups that popped up today on Facebook, it’s a distinct possibility that Stack was an anti-government teabagger, but, to my knowledge, no photos have yet surfaced of him at a Tea Party rally, carrying a gun and waving around a sign about how the tree of liberty needs to be watered with the blood of tyrants… I suspect that might be coming, though.
As for what Stack believes, I’ll let him speak for himself. The following is a clip from the message that he left behind:
…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…
Nothing changes unless there is a body count. 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…
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.
Sounds like teabaggery to me, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.