A 53 year old computer softeware programmer and part-time musician (identified as Joseph Andrew Stack--pictured here-- and living near Austin, Texas) apparently set fire to his house early this morning then jumped into a small private plane. He then crashed the plane into The Eschelon building in Austin and, kamikaze style, killed himself and at least one other person.
Why did he do this? Apparently he owed the IRS some money and decided he wanted to make a "statement". He left behind a 3,000 word essay about how bad the government is and how they have been taxing him unjustly and so on and so on.
I know some far-far-right conservatives will say this guy is a hero; to me he is a desperate and messed-up human being who didn't or wouldn't get psychological help in time for himself.
That he tried to take other people's lives in this terrorist manner only goes to prove not how bad things are in America, but how a few people refuse to live decent lives and let anger and rage draw them to the mouth of madness.
I report this not just because of the obvious links to terrorist events in the recent past, but because I personally find it disturbing to see so many people on the Internet reacting to this twisted dementia as a positive political statement. Political it may have been, but the cause was not ethical, just, righteous or remotely in keeping with the idea of seeking redress from the government guaranteed in the Constitution. No one likes to pay taxes; no one likes all the things their taxes go to; no one completely trusts government. But attempted mass murder is not the answer!
Stack forfeited the right to be anything but a terrorist when he drew blood against innocent people in a personal vendetta I'm not even sure was as hopeless as he made it out to be. Violence is only the course of last resort; Mr. Stack, a man with a house and a family and friends, was far from that "last resort". This, to me, was ego-driven insanity.