February 22, 2010

Joe Stack's Daughter Calls Him a "Hero"

In case you've already forgotten the name, Joe Stack was the man who set his house on fire last week, and then suicide-crashed his small plane into a building containing IRS offices in Austin, TX, killing Stack and Vernon Hunter, an IRS employee.

Samantha Bell, Stack's daughter, considers him a hero. Sorta:

The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into an Internal Revenue Service building called her father a hero for his anti-government views but said his actions, which killed a tax service 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."

It sounds like someone is living in what we here at CY like to call a "community-based reality." I think it is normal for most well-adjusted people to hold a somewhat idolized view of their parents, even as they know that they are far from perfect. But when one of your parents spends the better part of his life making the same bad decision over and over again, and then decides that his bull-headedness is justification to try to murder a building full of people, it's time to shake off that idealized view, and realize that you know, Dad was a real prick.

Dennis the Peasant, an accountant by trade, didn't know Stack in person, but certainly has had his fill of the type. I have no reason to doubt Dennis' insights. Stack was a crank and tax cheat, who blamed others for his failures.

The tax code is a mess, and is in drastic need of reform. I think everyone outside of the Beltway can agree on that. But problems with the tax code—and multiple attempts to defraud it—aren't grounds for mass homicide.

And Joe Stack is anything but a hero.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 22, 2010 09:50 AM

What kind of moron would even think to ask a question such as if "..she considered her father a hero..."?

Only an MSM "reporter" would even come up with a question as idiotic as that.

Posted by: Stoutcat at February 22, 2010 10:38 AM

What Joe Stack and McVeigh before him show is that the government will completely ignore your complaint that lead to their reflective action.

Sorry Sam, nothing will change except that your father won't be around any more.

Posted by: Neo at February 22, 2010 10:46 AM

So what was the reason he did it???? I mean why? To say its the IRS is not enough info to satisfy the reason.

Posted by: Larry at February 22, 2010 03:17 PM

There's no point in reading Stack's missive. Respect for the dead ... and I mean for the poor guy, a Viet Nam vet who died when that plane hit ... warrants ignoring this rant. Dennis the Peasant is right on the money. The guy was a loser and a whiner and a crank and his rant is but sound and fury ... signifying nothing.

Posted by: zhombre at February 22, 2010 06:54 PM

What he did was down right awful. He flew an aircraft into a building. I think his sentiment towards the IRS is undeniably echoing how most people view the Government and the IRS.

Even on Commie News Network only 26% say they trust our government!

All I am trying to say is this; I would not condone anyone doing this, he should have done it a different way (show his disgust), perhaps got politically active? I do NOT think that he should be demonized though. People break. He broke the wrong way, he will probably have to answer to a higher power now...

Push push push. The average Joe will snap....

Posted by: Stick at February 24, 2010 06:13 AM

"perhaps got politically active?"

Seriously? Do you actual think anything will change? The Bureaucracy is forever. The only change that counts will be at bayonet point and not for the better. The system does not have problems, The System IS the problem.

Posted by: Jeremy at February 24, 2010 12:26 PM

There are millions of average Joes under pressure who do not snap; who not write execrable, ranting suicide notes; who do not fly their airplanes if they own an airplane into public buildings; and who do not set their homes on fire with wife and children still inside. Average Joes carry on and keep it together in the face of adversity. You do a great disservice, Stick, comparing this pathetic lunatic to millions of normal guys.

Posted by: zhombre at February 24, 2010 06:00 PM