Joseph Stack was angry at the Internal Revenue Service, and he took his rage out on it by slamming his single-engine plane into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas. We now know this thanks to the rather clear (as rants go) suicide note Stack left behind. There's no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.
Capehart goes on to highlight complaints by Stack about the GM takeover (yeah, and the only ones upset about that are "tea party extremists", apparently), his desire to "make a difference", and...well, that's about it, apparently.
What did Capehart leave out? Well, let's see...Stack's Bush-bashing, anger at bankers and brokers, the lack of health care reform, and, of course, this little ditty:
Sound like anyone who would be protesting at a tea party?
Maybe more like the type of person - and there are plenty of them - who blames all of their problems on phantoms such as "big business, big oil, big insurance", and then demands that the government solve it all for them?
In other words - Mr. Stack sounds like an Obama voter to me. And I'll bet Mr. Capeheart knows it, too. Thus his pre-emptive attempt to put a spin on this ugly event, and his lame excuses for his lack of scholarship (the FBI took Stark's site down, so he could only grab a handful of paragraphs, Capehart claims, all easily spun to indict the Tea Party. Try Google, you flippin' idiot. No wonder the media is held in such low regard).
Is Stack an extremist? Hell yeah. So is Capehart; what else can you call someone who distorts the news in order to create a lynch mob against honest citizens?
But who's extremist fringe is Stack and Capehart on? Oooh, I'd better not say it....!
UPDATE: From the comments, most of which take Capehart to task:
Nice try. The guy hated --
business (GM and others)-- leftist
healthcare industry -- leftist
corporate profits -- leftist
the Catholic Church -- leftist
the rich -- leftist
the American public -- leftist
company management -- leftist
the airlines -- leftist
wealthy bankers -- leftist
GW Bush and his cronies -- leftist
He was a flying Amy Bishop. The guy could have been an Obama Administration official with the views he expressed.