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Austin Killer Becoming a Hero to the Radical Right

By Mark Potok on February 19, 2010 - 1:39 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Tax Protesters

In the hours since a man enraged at the government slammed his small plane into an Austin, Tex., IRS building, white supremacists and their fellow travelers have elevated Joseph Andrew Stack into an icon of resistance to tyranny.

“The Guy is a true HERO!!!” wrote “northroad” on Stormfront.org, the largest white supremacist Web forum in the world. “God bless him,” chimed in “Rudyard,” following a comment by “suepeace”: “This was quite heroic. There is a gradual awakening underway. I wonder how racially conscious he was.”

Shortly after Stack slammed his Piper PA-28 into the IRS building Thursday morning, killing himself and one IRS worker and injuring another 13 people, a manifesto the man apparently wrote just before the attack came to light. In it, Stack bitterly railed against a wide variety of targets — big business, corporate executives, unions, the Catholic Church, the recent bailouts of various industries, and more — but he kept coming back to the alleged evils of American government in general and, more specifically, the Internal Revenue Service and tax law. That made him a hero in the eyes of many on the radical right — so-called tax protesters — who have long believed that federal taxes were illegal or simply voluntary. Although many tax protesters who call themselves “sovereign citizens” subscribe to a racist ideology, there was no indication that Stack entertained racist ideas.

Nevertheless, white supremacists were thoroughly excited by his attack. “I can feel the crunch coming,” wrote “Lady Spirit Warrior,” another poster on Stormfront. “This is just the beginning. Prepare for battle!” “Things are heating up in America,” added “Astragoth.” “This man won’t be the last to do something like this.”

“Leshrac,” writing at another radical Web forum, the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network, said: “Only bad I see about this is that he didn’t kill enough.”

A few other white supremacists suggested that lionizing Stack could be a bad thing for the radical right, but they appeared to be in a minority. At the White Revolution website, “stephen3” said that “although Mr. Stack’s reasonings are true and correct, I am not hinting by any means that this is the way to protest against our corrupt government. … Although the time for direct action is here, do not go out and kill yourself to make a point.”

A more common point was made on Stormfront by “berdoofool,” who asked simply: “Are there ANY innocent IRS employees???”

  • http://www.kurtin.com Beverly Kurtin, Ph.D.

    It is hard for me to attempt to understand why those things have not yet learned to read. All they have to do is pick up a copy of the Constitution and READ Amendment 16: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration. Nowhere does it say that it is voluntary, nowhere does it say the IRS is the enemy of the people. CONGRESS has the power to lay and collect taxes on INCOME. CONGRESS appointed the Internal Revenue to do the collecting.

    The “government” is us, the people who live next door to us, our friends; they are not “the enemy.” But then again, I am not mentally imbalanced; I do not fear our government, I have broken no laws. I am not a racist. I prefer not to vote because in my state the radical right has taken over and I see nobody worth voting for. However, I DO register to vote so when someone worth voting for comes along I can cast my ballot.

    Calling an out–and-out cowardly murderer a “hero” makes the word itself meaningless. Any person who can do what that unmentionable coward did and any person who can think what he did are mentally unstable, okay, they’re nothing more than craven cowards.

  • JAY

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    Snorlax said,

    on February 26th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    “Leftists are worse than the far right!” – by Mark

    The left isn’t dragging blacks behind pickup trucks or blowing up a federal office building.

    The far right includes murderous domestic terrorists. The left has nothing anywhere close to that.

    Your dry cleaners called, Mark. Your white robe and hood with the eyeholes are ready, but they can’t get the blood stains out of your brown shirt.”

    Amen, Snorlax!

  • Mike Magruder

    Did this dude blow his stack? Did he imagine himself to be the Hindenburg? Robert Stack traveled on the Hindenburg when he was a boy. Why attack Elliot Ness?
    Was this man sacrificed by sinister authority to make a point? Was sinister authority resting comfortably while the suicidal fellow ordealed himself and others? What do we say to sinister and spineless authority? Do we sacrifice ourselves to benefit worthless parasites or find out who they are and get rid of them? How do doctors get rid of tapeworms?

  • Jack

    All this KKK bs is amusing. The only thing the KKK and skinheads can do is help fill the coffers for the SPLC.

    The SPLC must have its boogeymen or their hundreds of millions in their endowment account would not grow.

    The KKK and skinheads are nowhere near powerful enough to warrant all the hand wringing about them.

    But as far as the IRS goes, once the government no longer governs in a constitutional manner they are no longer a legitimate government.

    To Snorlax:
    Surely Amy Bishop could not have left your memory already? She’s a left wing kook.

  • Snorlax

    “Leftists are worse than the far right!” – by Mark

    The left isn’t dragging blacks behind pickup trucks or blowing up a federal office building.

    The far right includes murderous domestic terrorists. The left has nothing anywhere close to that.

    Your dry cleaners called, Mark. Your white robe and hood with the eyeholes are ready, but they can’t get the blood stains out of your brown shirt.