Stack’s apparent suicide note has received careful attention. Business Insider thought to look at the source code, revealing that Stack amended his diatribe 27 times, finishing at 12:42 EST on the morning of his rampage.
Patrick Beach of the Austin American-Statesman realizes he knew Joe Stack and played with him in 2007. “My boys played with their daughter while we woodshedded tunes by Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash,” he recalls. Beach contacts a bunch of other people who knew him, all of whom say they never expected anything of him like what happened yesterday (“I know everybody says that, but it’s true”).
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram delves into Stack’s beef with the taxman, which featured prominently in his note. His business was suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board in 2000 for failure to file a tax form in 1994, and again in 2004 for not paying taxes totaling $1,153 for 1996 and 2002. Kathy Kristof of CBS MoneyWatch says Stack’s anti-tax stand, if it were known to the tax authorities, would have instilled in their examiners a “‘no mercy’ category’ that’s reserved for a relative handful of Americans” toward Stack.
Some imputations of Stackism against the Tea Party movement and its sympathizers, against which rightbloggers pre-emptively defended themselves right after the attack, have materialized. “I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement,” says Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post. “A lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a tea party rally,” writes Chris Rovzar at New York‘s Daily Intel. TP people rushed to distance themselves from Stack, and to insist again that Stack was a leftist.
There are some people for whom Stack is definitely a hero, though.
“To me?? He’s a hero,” Scott of The Adventures of Scott & Chrissy says, “… The people sitting up on Capitol Hill are somehow above the law and nothing applies to them… They eat the finest cuisine. Dress in the finest Italian suits… The Internal revenue Service did not go after anyone sitting up on Capitol Hill… Instead of
Osama Obama spending upwards of billions and billions and billions of dollars erupting our nation’s national deficit… why in the fuck don’t you start helping out the little people in our country?… Fuck all of you. After reading his entry, I wish the whole fucking building would’ve collapsed in ash.”
Dr. James P. Wickstrom, D. Litt., commends the Stack attack as “a total act of bravery to awaken the entire nation by this personal act for every man, woman, and child in the United States who have been robbed by the JEW bankers who also control the I.R.S. who are their money collecting lapdogs.” Along with Jews, Dr. Wickstrom attacks “the political ‘representatives’ (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate)” who “have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the ‘terrible health care problem.’ ”
Militant Libertarian says “all of us can sympathize with some of what Mr. Stack had to say,” including his “general feeling that the government is not so much out to protect and defend as it is to take and redistribute.” Also: “The media and the power mongers will no doubt make a lot of Joe Stack’s ‘Tea Party’ message and use it like they did Timothy McVeigh’s (supposed) actions in Oklahoma City.”
At this writing, the postings there suggest it is either a spoof or a sincere tribute overrun by smart alecks (“most of us are here to mock those people”), but several rightbloggers suggest it is a serious false flag operation meant “to ruin the credibility of the tea party” movement, and demand to know who Emily Walters is, which must tickle her to death.
One thing’s for sure: the Billy Eli Band, in which Stack once played, is getting the showcase of its life.