Campaign for Liberty -
"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind." - Gandhi
These are just two of the many lessons it appears that Joseph Stack, aged 53, never learned. For those unaware, Mr. Stack set fire to his family's home and crashed a private plane into the IRS Austin branch during the workday, killing one other person, injuring 13, and two of the injured are in critical condition. While full details surrounding this incident are still unclear, the FBI believes that his suicide note is genuine. Accounts from Stack's friends indicate his acts were completely unexpected.
If Stack's note proves genuine, it is clear that this was not only premeditated murder but also an act of political terrorism, eerily similar to the hijacked airliners of 9/11. After reading his note, it is plainly obvious that this man was adversely affected and bitterly unsatisfied with the over-taxation practices of the IRS and Congress (a theme of the Taxed Enough Already, aka TEA party movement) and government-sponsored crony capitalism (a theme commonly associated by the media with the political left). In his note:
"It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country... I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change... I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are."
Truth is often a bitter pill, but the terrorists who died while murdering 2,973 civilians on 9/11 also had a similar goal; to create a "knee-jerk government reaction." Congress and recent Presidents from both parties have bled our nation of the blood of our bravest by instigating the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, ruined our economy with bailouts and rampant unemployment, created "draconian restrictions" like the PATRIOT Act which stripped Americans of their civil liberties, enabling warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, revoking habeas corpus, and leading to the torture of defenseless captives. Congress foolishly rushed headlong into this trap of epic proportions, assisted by unwitting saps like my district's Congressman Charlie Dent, who approved the banker bailouts, accelerated the deficit spending, reauthorized the PATRIOT Act, and voted to increase insane levels of military spending at every opportunity.
I condemn Stack's cowardly act of murder and political terrorism. While one of my campaign's planks is the abolition of the Marxian federal income tax and the IRS, the route I have taken -- placing my engineering career on hold for 18 months to run for office - is peaceful and logical. As Gandhi taught, messengers for the truth are almost always best served by acting in a non-violent manner.
By erecting a prison in his own mind where Stack's only recourse became violence and self-destruction, Stack has just created a way for Establishment shills to defame the liberty movement as hailing this terrorist as a "hero" as ABC's Lee Ferran has done.
Where Stack murdered, many others, myself included, argue the moral case that the government simply should never have any claim whatsoever on the fruit of an individual's labor.
Where Stack raged about a vague clause in the IRS code that plundered him, I have pointed out that not only is the federal income tax immoral, but fiscally it is completely UNNECESSARY.
Where Stack rants about the injustices of a hopelessly corrupt political process, I have calmly pointed out America's greatest political secret -- that a determined minority can ultimately destroy the ability of Republocrat apparatchiks to control which candidates are selected, especially in party primaries like the Republican party in Pennsylvania just did, which truly does make a mockery of the democratic voting process.
LOOK ACROSS THE LAND! Listen to your families and friends! Plenty of people grumble about politics and say they could do the job better, but many do not have the financial means, drive, or knowledge to mount legit challenges to the Republican and Democrat machines that are destroying our nation. This is despite the fact that nationwide the numbers of independents and third parties are LARGER THAN EITHER MAJOR PARTY.
When I made the decision to run as an independent under no political party in May 2009, I was fully aware of the challenges ahead. However, my race is certainly winnable -- I am already at 8% in a January poll run by a Republocrat opponent, and the vast majority (about 92%) have not even heard the message yet.
Liberty may once again teeter on a knife's edge in the months and years to come. Whether America eats the bitter, evil apple of socialism, and falls to war, poverty and endless debt for our children is a choice now left to US.
Americans need to hear the truth -- a message of prosperity, liberty, love and peace. The Republocrats can only offer more lies, tyranny, hate and war. This choice is OURS. My choice is to rally at the breach, to defend freedom and restore the rule of law and our constitutional republic.
I have faith that the truth will prove sharper than any sword.Jake Towne
"Veritas numquam perit. Veritas odit moras. Veritas vincit."
Truth never perishes. Truth hates delay. Truth conquers. - my personal mottoTu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it.