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Monday, February 22, 2010

Glenn Beck on Joe Stack

Say what you will about Glenn Beck, but there is no doubt to anyone that the man is one hell of a communicator.  As he breaks down the actions and motives of Joe Stack, the man who flew a plane into the building that held the Austin, TX offices of the Internal Revenue Service.

The one thing as you hear his monolouge that it does not matter what your ideology is or his.  He killed innocent people and that is wrong.

What is interesting to me is that, he says that "you don't want 'these kind of people' around you..."  Then explain this....

Not only were you around them last weekend, Mr. Beck, but you were their keynote speaker.

But let's stay with the first part of Beck's screed, which was right on.  THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR KILLING PEOPLE. This morning on Good Morning America, Stack's daughter said this:

AUSTIN, Texas -- The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into a building housing offices of the Internal Revenue Service called her father a hero for his anti-government views but said his actions, which killed an IRS employee, were "inappropriate."

Joe Stack's adult daughter, Samantha Bell, spoke to ABC's "Good Morning America" from her home in Norway. Asked during a phone interview broadcast Monday if she considered her father a hero, she said: "Yes. Because now maybe people will listen."

Authorities say Stack, 53, targeted the IRS office building in Austin on Thursday, killing employee Vernon Hunter and himself, after posting a ranting manifesto against the agency and the government. He apparently set fire to his home before flying his plane into the office building.

Hunter's son, Ken Hunter, said he's alarmed by comments that the pilot was a hero.

"How can you call someone a hero who after he burns down his house, he gets into his plane ... and flies it into a building to kill people?" Hunter told ABC." "My dad Vernon did two tours of duty in Vietnam. My dad's a hero."

Bell said she offered her deepest condolences to Hunter's family. She said her father's last actions were wrong.

"But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished," she told ABC. "But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government...." 

Now there are people of midsets left and right who have called Samantha Bell  out on this.  Actress Marlee Matlin, for instance (from her Twitter account)

@MarleeMatlin About the Joe Stack ordeal, I completely agree with you. I think his daughter is really brainwashed to be calling him a
But then, there is this:

In the note, signed "Joe Stack (1956-2010)" and dated Thursday, he said he slowly came to the conclusion that "violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer."

And some people on Facebook couldn't agree more.

"Finally an American man took a stand against our tyrannical government that no longer follows the Constitution," wrote Emily Walters of Louisville, Ky.

The problem I am having is that there are people who are now at the end of their incdividual and collective ropes.  There are some who are seeing the lifestyle they have lived for so long change.  The President is different, the government is different.  Traditions thay have held on to for centuries, some right...many wrong, are changing.  Nothing seems to make sense.  People find themselves out of date, or not compatable with the world around them.

Then there are others who have never fit in....wanting what the majority have, but what the majority say that can never have, believing if certain things are accepted, the Wrath Of God would decend upon them (though in many cases, some of those same members of the Majority are actually misfits in stealth).

They have done the things that people have said they should do.  They voted.  They got involved. They were good citizens. 

All for nothing.

When people get desparate, they do desparate things.

Joe Stack was not the first.  I fear he will not be the last.

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