I know it is a massive temptation for the Left to make Austin flyer Joseph Stack into a product of white man’s rage and the Tea Party movement. Rob attempts this today with his post, but, it’s just not a correct reading of the article he links, and is a complete misrepresentation of the totality of the lunacy of Joseph Stack. He may have hated the IRS because of what he perceived as a personal attack against him, but, his political views (such as they were) , trended Left, and this may better explain his daughter’s “hero” remark.
Recall that in Stack’s manifesto, he railed against the current medical system. Sounding a lot like Representative Alan Grayson, he wrote, “the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple…It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.”
He certainly was no fan of GW Bush, “The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government,” and he closed with “The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.”
In fact, the truth is that his daughter left the states for Norway not because of high taxes, but because she lost her job while pregnant and Medicaid would not cover her (so she claims). In fact, she does pay higher taxes in Norway and she gets more from them, like this health benefit. Of course, as a NATO member, Norway is largely protected by the United States, so her taxes don’t fund too much defense, but that’s another story.
Calling her father a hero was wrong, and she later recanted and offered her condolences to the the victims. But, again, painting Joseph Stack as an angry, white, IRS-hating, teabagger, is also wrong, and misses what he truly was – an angry man with two failed marriages, a ton of debt, not too swift a businessman, a Left-leaning lunatic, and finally, a murderer.
Is Samantha Bell a hypocrite? Despite that charge losing all its punch coming from the Left’s overuse of it, I don’t think so. I think her actions are exactly what the Left would have their haters of capitalism do. Escaping from “capitalist greed” to a model Euro-Socialist state like Norway? Why, that’s just what the doctor ordered. If Samantha Bell’s father wasn’t a murderous psychopath, the Left would be using her in TV ads demonstrating all that is wrong with the American health care system, with words like “the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple…It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.”
You tell me who’s messed up here?