Joe Stack Did Not Have Tea Party Principles

When describing how the government seemed to carry out a personal vendetta on his earnings, Stack digresses in what appears to be a belief that the government was responsible for 9/11: “Ironically, after what they had done the government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of tax dollars … [and] as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out the rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY!”

Apparently Stack sees himself as more important than the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on 9/11. It’s not as if the government came to his doorstep for a physical shakedown to collect bailout money. Government coffers now are filled by loans financed off the backs of our posterity; not that such skulduggery is any better. But let’s not interrupt Joe in his self-indulgent diatribe and contemplation of martyrdom.  It is after all the overarching theme of his rant.

The most stomach-turning page is when Stack tells his audience to “look around,” presumably at his carnage at the crash site, to see the results of his visit with a CPA. As if he didn’t realize “cannibalizing” his IRA would have tax implications. This man has the audacity to blame and kill others for his own ignorance.

Although the mainstream media will gobble up Stack’s rant as anti-government rhetoric from the “right-wing fringe,” there is nothing self-indulgent about the tea party movement or its patriots. Tea party people understand the coming collapse and are willing to do the honorable thing: live now as though we are in another Great Depression (or worse) and prepare themselves, friends, and family for such a possibility and sacrifice. They are the people who have looked calamity in the eye and said, “Take me, not my kids.” They don’t crash planes through government buildings just because times are tough.

When the desolate and unpredictable time arrives, there will be millions of people who feel betrayed by the false sense of security promised by those who think we’re too stupid to govern ourselves. Our apathy towards freedom was the precursor to this false security. Many will wake to this harsh reality in much the same way Joe Stack did -- with self-pity and vengeance. Self-reliance and personal responsibility will be necessary to weather tough times; and oddly enough, it is also required to maintain our liberty. “People willing to trade freedom for security deserve neither and will lose both,” said Benjamin Franklin.

In the end, I am still hopeful. Just as surely as one 9/11 brought buildings down with planes, causing chaos and despair, there was a new day -- 9-12 -- that embodied the best in Americans through unity and patriotism. The principles from the 9-12 movement form the backbone and defining characteristics of what it means to be a patriot of the tea party movement. Although elitists continue on the attack, it’s imperative we hold ourselves to high standards and remember who we are as a nation.

The “times that try men’s souls” are coming.