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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.

Here are excerpts I was able to snag before the FBI took Stark's site down:


If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?”

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers.
Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?
In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.
I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.
Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
02/18/2010

My Facebook and Twitter buddy Steve Beste made a wry observation about Stack's last stand. "If a white Texas guy flies into a government building it is a contained criminal act," he Tweeted. "Oh. OK. McVeigh was disgruntled." McVeigh was more than disgruntled. He was murderous. And the alienation he felt from his government in 1995 still affects more than we care to admit 15 years later.

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The guy's manifesto (it's up at the Smoking Gun) expressly denounced for-profit health care, George W. Bush, and capitalism. To try to tie him to the Tea Party in the face of this evidence is political opportunism of the cheapest and ugliest sort.

Posted by: tomtildrum | February 18, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, I think you're acting prematurely in equating this guy with the tea baggers. The time may come for that but we should wait for more facts to emerge. Frankly, after reading through his "manifesto" his political leanings aren't clear to me. I noticed he slammed George Bush in there.

I do agree with your last point. A man of Middle Eastern origin disgruntled with how the government is treating him attacks others with the intention of killing them while dying in the process? Terrorism. A white guy disgruntled with how the government is treating him attacks others with the intention of killing them while dying in the process? Isolated incident by a disturbed individual.

Posted by: baltova1 | February 18, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Some 200 Native people went to Wounded Knee on Feb. 27, 1973, to hold an early morning press conference. The government attacked. The press conference was never held. And the big business media did not report the total government deployment of 17 armored personnel carriers, 130,000 rounds of M-16 ammunition, 41,000 rounds of M-40 high explosives for grenade launchers, helicopters and other aircraft. An army assault unit in Colorado was put on 24-hour alert.

The standoff held the attention of the world. Support committees formed to help educate non-Native people about the conditions of the Indigenous on the reservations, and the significance of Native American Indian culture, language and the land in the fight against genocide.

Attorney General Janet Reno approved recommendations by the FBI to mount an assault after being told that conditions were deteriorating and that children were being abused inside the compound. Because the Davidians were heavily armed, the FBI's arms included .50 caliber (12.7 mm) rifles and armored vehicles (CEVs). The assault took place on April 19, 1993.

Posted by: alance | February 18, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

So his irrational behavior and his attitude towards government makes him a Tea Bagger? What are you smoking Jonathan? I've read some ludicrous premises in the Post before, but your conclusion simply appears to have no factual basis. Do you just hate everyone who believes we have too much government?

Posted by: Ken430TX | February 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

You inexplicably have removed several parts of the note. It should end:

"I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010"

My bachelor's degree is in journalism; if I had pulled this, my professors would have had something to say about integrity!

Posted by: neodissension | February 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Please don't give hard-core conservative types an excuse to claim liberals think Tea-Partiers are to blame for this horrible act of violence. It just creates more divisions. Let's wait for all the facts to come out.

Posted by: kerewin1971 | February 18, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?"

Here's the rest of that paragraph that Mr Capehart apparently missed ...

"Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in."

Another excerpt missed by Mr Capehart ...

"As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government."

And here's how Stack concludes his manifesto ...

"The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

That's some real right-wing nuttery, eh?

Posted by: kbash33 | February 18, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Another Christian terrorist. Will these crazy people ever go away? This one is an escalation as it was a suicide mission.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 18, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

chopin224: "Another Christian terrorist."

Oh, yeah ... just look at this ...

"Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy....

... The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country."

Posted by: kbash33 | February 18, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Capehart and his ilk are the "problem" with this country. His whole take is nothing more than juvenile partisan/racist hackery. As others have pointed out, he is anything but professional.

Posted by: bolt55 | February 18, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Very trashy reporting. A cursory read of the note indicates no such affiliations. Perhaps you would like to arrest those who harbor dislike against the government? That's the logical extension of your thinking.

Posted by: drc231 | February 18, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Typical, typical, typical, typical liberal. I just did a search on Google news for "Joseph Stack" and "Tea Party". Now, how did I know the state-compliant media would spin this story this way? Am I some kind of seer? A modern-day Nostradamus? Am I some kind of visionary? If the MSM--which is hemorrhaging money--wants to save some coin, it should replace its live staff with some bots that can just string together canned responses based off of input from the AP wire, because you're just too predictable. Although, I will say the pre-traumatic stress disorder spin on the Ft. Hood shooting did catch even me by surprise, so maybe it's too soon to fire up those bots.

Posted by: kbarker302 | February 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Great job at an attempt to try and tie this "Far Left zealot" with "teabaggers". Perhaps instead of policing the "Far Right" you should probably stay within the Far Left, Mr. Capeheart? The roots of violence and hatred has always been there.

Posted by: cmb551 | February 18, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

If you think you live in a free country don't send in your tax return. I just received and paid the property tax on my van, along with the notice was a card that says if you don't pay this tax we will put a lein against the van and charge a fee and interest.After all the taxes we pay on an automobile to still have to pay property tax just shows how greedy even county goovernment is,I read the sad letter from Mr Stack but I see nothing about him being a tea bagger he sounds too intelligent to be one of those nuts

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | February 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Nice try. The guy hated --

business (GM and others) -- leftist
the 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.

Posted by: ooyah32 | February 18, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

It's also ludicrous to suggest that the country somehow treated McVeigh lightly. McVeigh was put to death. They investigated his connections and convicted the people who helped him. They cracked down on other white-supremacist groups around the country.

Posted by: tomtildrum | February 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Fail.

Posted by: sarner | February 18, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This wasn't a terrorist act? This can only be true if it is assumed that terrorists must meet a certain profile, which does not include white, educated middle class people, unless they are Muslims. When you take violent action against a government you feel oppresses you instead of engaging in sanctioned political and legal activity when it is available to you, you are committing a terrorist act. A terrorist does not have to be a member of a group, and a terrorist does not have to subscribe to particular beliefs; zealotry in defense of any belief system, religious or political, can lead to terrorism. Both left and right wing radicals can be terrorists, as can be Christians as well as Muslims. It is the act of terrorism that is wrong, not necessarily the motivating belief. Until nations reject terrorism for any reason (e.g., Mossads’s assignation of a Hamas leader is just as much terrorism as the assassination of an Israeli official would be) there will be no end to the violence. The idea that the ends justify the means must be clearly and strongly rejected as a principle for civilized nations.

Posted by: csintala79 | February 18, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how it's possible that you keep your job, Mr., Capehart, after the incredibly ignorant and hateful post you made. Even if this left-wing murdering nut had been a tea-party person, so what? Does that have any relevance? Now that we know he is a big time radical leftist should we be questioning the sanity of all left-wingers? You are a disgrace!

Posted by: McTex | February 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

by these standards, we should castigate
all college professors because of the unibomber.
bishop, obama, ummm...
never mind.

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic. I'm a journalist myself, at a major paper, and I can scarcely believe that a responsible pro would serve up such crap. Read the entire document--http://tinyurl.com/y8ovz9a--and see that the guy's an all-purpose crank, denouncing taxes, big business, the Bush administration, the Catholic Church and religion in general, capitalism, communism...he's probably opposed to Daylight Saving Time too. This guy seems to have hated everything and everybody. To ascribe his act to any particular political ideology is a contemptible and stupid attempt to score points off a sad and tragic event.

Posted by: wpjunk | February 18, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan,

Have you considered a career in the entertainment industry as your punditry fails to betray the slighest hint of familiarity with the grassroots movement called the tea party.

I have attended several tea party events and do not recall anything that might hint at the promotion of this sort of terrorist act.

Rather, they promotes such things as the boycotting of the MSM, much to the chagrin of your employer, perhaps soon to be exemployer.

Posted by: BlackMinorcaPullets | February 18, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This is unquestionably the most malicious, cheesy, cheap-shot I've ever read in a serious newspaper. It is disgraceful that the Post retains such a sad hack.

hugh prestwood

Posted by: loring42 | February 18, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I hate the tea-baggers with the force of a thousand suns but it's WAY too early to blame this tragedy on their little movement.

Posted by: mikenimzo | February 18, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I'm disappointed in the extreme at your cheap, tawdry, amateurish attempt at decency here. Shameless opportunist is a title that comes to mind. Not only did you heavily edit the "manifesto" of a crazy murderer, but you managed to completely misconstrue what you did cherry-pick. Perhaps a journalism refresher might be in order for you... not to mention the need to audit an ethics or logic class early and often. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: dameavalon | February 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The suicide attacker's entire rant, as a PDF, is online at CNN and elsewhere. Better to have asked the Post to treat it the same way, as an intact (and deeply stupid / psychotic) document, than to quote it at such length here, as you couldn't realistically post the whole thing.

I completely agree that this was terrorism. How in the world this is considered by the authorities not to be a terrorist act utterly eludes me. This idiot hated the government for reasons he was incapable of stating clearly, he flew a plane with a full gas tank into a building occupied by IRS contractors who are fellow Americans innocently going about their daily lives, working for a living to pay the bills and serve their country in the process, and thank goodness, he apparently wiped himself along the way. He was a terrorist. Goodbye, Mr. Stack, we do not miss you.

I also agree with the commenters that it obviously did not take Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, or the Tea Party movement to tip this nutcase into psychotic violence. On the other hand, it does seem that extremist rhetoric of any era may help to point people like this as to who to take out their inner rage on. As of this writing, there's still one occupant of that building who is "unaccounted for." If the worst case comes to pass, that person's relatives will have every right to think about who directed this man's rage toward their loved one and that particular building / agency.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | February 18, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party are supposed to be protesting and holding rallies on April 15th. Let's see how this pans out at their rallies.

Posted by: ATLGuy | February 18, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Some folks get creeped out by right wing creeps; some get incensed at left wing whack-a-moles.

It depends on whose ox is Gored and where your bread is buttered.

Mr. Capehart: you work for the Govt. Salon Employment Corporation, no!?

Payday.

Posted by: adamnescot1 | February 18, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Not like the Tea Party because he criticized Bush? Hold on there.

Teabaggers slam Bush. Anytime you mention him, they'll claim they hate him as much as Obama. "Just another politician." Teabaggers decry corporate influence over government (all the while being sponsored by corporations!). It sounds like many of Stack's frustrations - a sense that government was helping big corporations rather than the little guy, that government held him down - resonate with the Tea Party quite loudly.

From his note: "One of these (Founding Father principles) was 'no taxation without representation'. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a 'crackpot', traitor and worse."

"...there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind."

What is the essence of TEA? Taxation, big government. Why do Tea Parties have a lot of anger? They say the MSM ridicules them, and fat-cat politicians aren't listening to them.

Now, I don't claim the Tea Party is defined by this man and his mental instability - but I will claim that it attracts such people, and we will probably see more similar anti-government violence in the coming year.

Just keep shouting "Obama is destroying America! Marxism!" Yeah, that's helping things.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 18, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

So his irrational behavior and his attitude towards government makes him a Tea Bagger? .... Do you just hate everyone who believes we have too much government?
Posted by: Ken430TX

You bet'cha!
Nope, just folks who are greedy and use patriotism as a screen...

Posted by: mloaks | February 18, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

tomtildrum:

Call me stupid but the tea partiers have disdain for anything gov't (local/state/federal), and want either everyone to have pure independence (wild west) or *following their* beliefs (in other words, their control and culture--guess what, it's still CONTROL).

Metaphysically, they are on the extreme right. And by this guy's document, he may blame the last administration, but he has the same disdain for gov't and is extreme (violence) as well. GWB isn't a favorite of the tea partiers as well. So, don't spin this please.

Since tea partiers, some ultra conservative Republicans (which is defined as pro-state/local gov't), and some ultra-liberal Democrats think 2-dimensionally, as this guy did, pretty much throw them all into one bucket is the conclusion...

Posted by: recharged95 | February 18, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Man, the Tea Partiers are SCARED :) What, is this bad PR for you guys? You spew anti-government rhetoric and hatred, encourage folks to buy guns and prepare for "the revolution," foment anger to the brink of violence--and then run for the hills when someone throws the first punch.

Guess what? Tim McVeigh was a terrorist because of his beliefs and actions, not his associations (though he did embrace the militia movements that are fast becoming part of the Tea Party movement.) THIS guy held YOUR beliefs and his actions were very close to the garbage YOU spew at rallies. I think its pretty clear he's a terrorist in the Tea Party vein.

And BTW, we know the Tea Party is also against the corporate fat cats that this guy railed against. That's not a leftist thing. Though its ironic, given that most of you support that fat cats' biggest friends...Republicans.

Posted by: youba | February 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The guy was mad at government.

Though he focused his anger on the IRS, it really was much broader -- his sense that big businesses were being coddled while the little guy was being screwed. Its not particularly directed towards any political party as much as politicians that give preference to big business. There is a valid point in this.

Thing is, I know people who do the type of stuff this person did and they do just fine in business.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

There is a movement out there that is rumored to be started and rallied around a book, an excerpt from the book is posted at alexanderjustice site. The excerpt is a manifesto that mentions the JKK, Justice Kamikazes for Kapitalism – coined by the author but interesting to read!

Posted by: mark710 | February 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Really? You just equated this psycho with conservatives? It's like comparing Hitler to socialists. Rooster.

This is my last posting on this site, I'm canceling my subscription (as are 3 other people I know). It has been a long time coming, but this is the last straw.

Posted by: nothappy1 | February 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

If it had been Saul Alinsky, Mr. Capehart would have been OK with today's events.

Trying to advance your WaPo career using this tragedy is sad, Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: grunk | February 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Obviously this guy is a Tea Bagger. There rant for freedom is limited to tax cuts and no government spending.

True freedom comes in opposition to the Patriot Act and illegal spying. This is something totally lost on the Tea Baggers. Since it was Bush that signed this stuff into law the Tea Baggers must feel they are freedom producing acts. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Tea Baggers do not love freedom, nor do they know what it is. They are simple racists that hate themselves. They hate themselves so much they are willing to kill themselves.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 18, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan seems to have left out parts of the manifesto that did not uphold his narrative. That might be shoddy "journalism" or simply just dishonest. Either way, Jonathan is not someone readers can trust. The WaPo cannot afford this kind of yellow journalism. It is shameful.

Posted by: d1carter | February 18, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The guy wasn't "Left" **OR "Right". He was a failed kook. He was obsessed with the IRS Section 1706 of the tax code, which he felt "... may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d)." He'd obviously gotten stung in some crackpot tax scheme to the tune of $40K, got himself into a frothing lather over perceived injustices against him, started a letter-writing campaign that (predictably) went nowhere but cost him another $5K and "at least 1000 hours", plus "countless hours on the LA freeways driving to meetings". If the poor stupid schlub had dedicated himself to working instead of nursing his NUMEROUS grievances, gripes, and woe-is-me's, he'd be quite successful. I'm 3 years older than him, have a similar engineering background, but started at the bottom and worked my up. He was bent at having to pay taxes, got divorced (gee, I wionder what that was about?), couldn't make it in Austin and blamed everyone from the IRS to his own accountant for his lot in life. In his angry, bitter rants against the government, he couldn't sound MORE like a Tea Partier. THAT shoe fits pretty well.

Posted by: Quatermass | February 18, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating that you chose to remove his endorsement of communism at the end of the letter. It is almost like you are intentionally trying to deceive people.

Nah!

Posted by: benmzion | February 18, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice job of edititing, or should I say lying Capehart.

I am struck by how Capeharts lies and selective editing are similar to that used by all liberals.

Posted by: robtr | February 18, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow Mr. Capehart.

I think this guy's ramblings sound a lot more like...

Jeremiah Wright!

Now, please remind me again, who associated with that racist, marxist, tool?

Posted by: John1 | February 18, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

So typical of the dishonest liberal media. To leave out relevant "facts" (see neodissension's comment for the facts left out) in order to try and make something fit into an altered reality.

Dishonest. Of course, liberals place no value on integrity, so I'm sure you see nothing wrong with being dishonest, Capehart.

Posted by: HughGKnutts | February 18, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Maddogg: The guy was an avowed communist. "Tea baggers", as you call them, are very anti-communist. This guy was on the opposite side of the political spectrum of the group you are blaming for his actions.

I know that is hard for you to admit, but both sides have loons. I am not sure why the left feels the need to tie this guy to the right, but if that is how you want to frame the debate, he is clearly of the left. He is one of yours. Enjoy.

Posted by: benmzion | February 18, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I knew the liberals, including you Mr. Capehart, would brand him as a tea partier. You sir, are stupid. If you read his rant, it was from the left and the right. He was a nut, plain and simple. But as a good liberal and propagandist for a dying newspaper, you have to brand everything in the image of your imagined enemy.

Posted by: timmeh5564 | February 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

What sloppy and exploitive writing.

Of course the writer is going to do anything he can to support his idol, Barry.

Even if in the suicide note, the pilot goes after Bush, the writer here, ever loyal to his government bosses (and let's face it, the press these days harkins back to the Soviet model)still says it's like the tea party movement.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | February 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

To try and tie this kook in with the Tea Baggers is just another example of the left's never missing a wonderful (almost racist) opportunity to blame the right for everything, even when they are wrong.

Posted by: DL13 | February 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I see several posters who seem to think that being anti-Bush somehow means Stack was also opposed to what the Tea Party stands for. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In a recent NPR program on the Tea Party convention, a representative of Dick Armey's FreedomWorks group, which is closely affiliated with the Tea Party, called Bush "the man who destroyed the Republican Party."

Posted by: continental46@aol.com | February 18, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You deliberately left off the last couple of lines of Mr. Stack's manifesto (which preceded his signature) and you failed to provide any indication that you had done so.

Those lines were:

"The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

I am sure you left these off because they contradict your assertion that he was somehow carrying the "Tea Party banner." To the contrary, he seems to have been advocating a socialist ideology.

I'm not sure, I would go so far as to say that Joe Stack was definitely a communist, but it is without doubt that you, Mr. Capehart, are a liar and dishonest journalist....

It this really acceptable to the WaPo?

Posted by: KHauser | February 18, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Funny, when Amy Bishop went on her rampage, I immediately thought she sounded like an Obamabot--unable to handle being denied a government entitlement. And of course it turns out she was an Obamabot.

No, I didn't really think that (tho she really was an Obamabot). But how does it look from the other direction?

Posted by: Compared2What | February 18, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

ooyah32 wrote:

"Nice try. The guy hated --

business (GM and others) -- leftist
the 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."

Great post, ooyah. Nice to see your hard word isn't limited to Lost Central!

Indeed this loser, like Nidal Hasan and Amy Bishop, has far more in common with the left than with the right. Which of course doesn't make all liberals terrorists...but it's even further from making all conservatives and/or libertarians terrorists.

Posted by: UniqueID | February 18, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Obviously a major malfunction in Homeland Security, Patriot Act, and illegal spying!

Posted by: Maddogg | February 18, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement."

I am struck by your pathetic, juvenile and dishonest hackery...

Posted by: KHauser | February 18, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Post partisan my ass. I knew within twenty minutes of reading that nut job's blog that the MSM (liberal media) would try to pin this on the Tea Party movement. You are so pathetic. Where were your comments about super left winger Amy Bishop?

Posted by: mathscience411 | February 18, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

You are a hacker of the worst sort. Not even up to the kos or huffpo level of propaganda. Just childish, mean distortions.

Man, it must hurt to see Obama going down in flames. I understand that you are bitter and clinging to your bolshevik agenda - but you are still a bowl of warm vomit.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | February 18, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

benmzion, Stack is a Tea Bagger. Very anti-big government to fly a plane into a federal building to commit suicide.

From reading the material he left behind it sounds like Stack received inspiration from Dick Armey and Fox Newz.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 18, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You are really embarrassing yourself, Capehart. First of all, this man was a recent resident of Texas, but he was from California. Secondly, he was about as far from a tea partier as you could get. He railed against capitalism, Wall Street, Bush, the Catholic church, the IRS, the FAA, etc. The Tea Parties are a protest against big, out of control government that is spending us into oblivion and turning us into a nanny state. Third, he stated that he believed that violence was the way to get results - no Tea Partiers would ever promote or condone violence.

The Tea Parties are all about changing the leadership in Washington - not getting revenge while playing victim.

Posted by: anna_78750 | February 18, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This guy fits the tea party perfectly. Not everyone in the tea party loves Bush, in fact most dislike him and call him a "RINO" or a fake conservative. Medicare Part D? Sacrificing his free market principles for the bail-outs?

His attacking of GM and the health care industry makes sense too. He's not against capitalism, he writes in his note how he had his own business, which shows that he supports capitalism, believes in it. What he hates is corrupt capitalism, and I'm sure tea party members would agree with him.

As for the "communist creed" and "capitalist creed" at the end, he wasn't praising communism, he was insulting the corrupt American capitalistic system as it is today. He was saying the corrupt capitalism system we have today is as bad as communism. Considering that his capitalistic efforts failed so badly, he certainly wasn't going to praise our current capitalistic system.

This guy is not left or a liberal. He's not even a Democrat or a Republican. He is a hard core Tea Party Libertarian. He embraces the destruction of the federal government as the answer. He embraces anarchy as the answer.

This is at the heart of the tea party movement. They want to see the federal government gone completely. They don't want the government to do anything: roads, street, police, firemen, social services, courts. Everything can be replaced by a system of Anarcho-Capitalism: private security companies, tolls on streets and roads, arbitration companies. They're idiots though, because that's exactly what the corrupt capitalistic system wants. It wants the government to fall apart, and it wants the people to fall apart, because then it will swoop in and establish its own, capitalistic form of order, complete with an annual subscription fee. Big business will win, and it is only when the people revolt up against big business that any Democratic order will be restored, and then we will have a government, again.

The tea parties and the right-wing will be quick to swoop in and try to discredit this truth, you can already see this happening.

Posted by: paulflorez | February 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Capehart,
The idea that you would compare this crazy man to me (being a 50 yr old Mother of 4, Grandmother of 2, Master's Degreed, Fiscal Conservative, Social Moderate) a Tea Party person (funny how I don't fit your little-minded thinking of who Tea Party people really are). You are being beyond DISHONEST and slamming people that you do not like because they do not follow your political ideology. I thought the Washington Post was going to stop slandering people and start reporting the truth. I have been to 3 Tea Parties and have seen only a couple of offensive signs (those people where not given credence and did not represent the Tea Party people in attendance). The people who attend are innocent regular Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Young families, children, Professionals, Doctors, Academics. These rallies are peaceful, safe, and even environmentally conscious (we choose to leave a place tidy after we leave). For WAPO and you to continue to smear me and other American citizens is PURE POLITICAL HATRED and is beginning to look pathetic.
You and the Washington Post owe Me an apology for this disgusting rhetoric.

Posted by: TigerLady | February 18, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart is a filthy liar, and tools like "maddog" parrot his lies. Joseph Stack was a leftist. His deliberate snipping of the ending communist quote is telling.

"Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
02/18/2010"

And the rest of Stack's webpage was full of rhetoric against the insurance companies, religion, capitalism--all very leftist.

And the newspaper circulation keeps dropping, and no one will say why. Could it be you fabricated one too many stories?

Posted by: NickB1967 | February 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

What a LIAR this author is.

Stack, the pilot, wrote in his suicide note that he wants socialized medicine, hates George Bush, and is a communist.

The author of THIS article didn't even accurately report how Stack ended the suicide note. WORSE, THIS ARTICLE'S AUTHOR EDITED IT - SO IT WAS INTENTIONAL.

ACTUAL END OF THE NOTE [BEGIN EXCERPT]

"Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

[END EXCERPT]

The author of this article left the communist stuff out. The pilot was obviously not a tea party protestor, he was CLEARLY a LIBERAL. The author of this article is a liar.

Posted by: ForTheFamily2006 | February 18, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, watching all the tea partiers spin this guys anarchist/libertarian tea party manifesto as a left/liberal ideology in their comments is making me dizzy.

He tried to start a business, which showed he supported capitalism. He believed in capitalism.

What he disliked was CORRUPT capitalism. He disliked corrupt capitalism so much he equated it to communism as a form of insult.

If the stereotype is that liberals love communism, then why would Joe Stack use communism as an insult if he himself was a liberal? The answer is because he's not a liberal, he's a hardcore Tea Party libertarian.

Posted by: paulflorez | February 18, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, watching a dupe like paulflorez lie to himself, let alone the rest of us, is truly amazing.

Posted by: NickB1967 | February 18, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Paulflorez, you're an idiot. You don't have a clue what the tea parties are about, and it shows in both of your posts.

Posted by: anna_78750 | February 18, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps really the scariest thing is to find how much of these so-called "crazies" sentiments -- about government ineffectuality and intrusion, whether tea-party or activist groups -- actually resonate within one's own feelings sometimes. I guess we're all lucky that we all don't act upon our "crazy" feelings.

It takes a good deal of reason & courage, especially when one might earn so little and yet are charged so much to live, to keep on the straight and narrow. It gets to be a trouble to pay taxes when basics -- such as road & bridge repair, health care, employment, and education -- are not repaid in kind.

Posted by: scottjb9 | February 18, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Telling Lies on the WaPo Editorial Pages

Dear editors,

Seldom does the WaPo, my local paper, make its agenda so blatantly clear as it does in this article by Jonathan Capehart. In the article entitled: Alienated in Austin, Jonathan writes a slanted story that attempts to connect the suicide in Austin with extreme elements of the Tea Party movement. He purports to quote the last testament from the fellow that killed himself but in doing so, he purposely alters the post to remove the following phrases:
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

This was an attempt to smear Tea Party attendees with a violent act. In fact, Mr Stack’s favorable comments about Communists combined with his rant about President Bush would far more likely make him an Obama supporter than they would a Tea Partier. Either Jonathan is incompetent in his job or he planned this smear, either way, he shouldn’t be writing for your paper.

What the article said:
Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
02/18/2010

What the manifesto really said:
Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
02/18/2010

Posted by: gspencer1 | February 18, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

First the tea partiers spin then they insult, not surprising!

Where in his manifesto did Stack say he wanted "Socialized Medicine"?

Why are tea partiers and conservatives alike defending what he is saying?

They say he's not one of them, that's he's a left/liberal, but then they say "but we feel his pain and agree with what he is saying." Yeah, sure, he's not one of you, he just sounds like one of you!

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

Posted by: paulflorez | February 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Either Capehart didn't read Stack's entire piece or he is intentionally leaving out information. The only President Stack refers to is George W. Bush, calling him the "recent Presidential puppet" and blames him and his "cronies" for the financial mess. Capehart, I attended Tea Parties. I saw zero violence. In fact, people even picked up their own litter. I would never engage in any act of violence other than self-defense. I am against big government and believe in the founding purposes of the Constitution. If you think that makes me a right wing extremist, then there's nothing I can do about your narrow-mindedness and intolerance. But you can't keep lying about us, because we KNOW who we are and what we stand for - it's for the things that made America great - not violence.

Posted by: mendacityuncovered | February 18, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Do people in the tea parties love Bush?
Do they love the government spending increase that was Medicare Part D?
Do they love the bail-outs, TARP, that Bush signed into law while admitting that he was abandoning his free market principles?

Posted by: paulflorez | February 18, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

You are struck by the similiarity of his alienation and the tea baggers? He is feeling what a lot of us are feeling, that the game is rigged and cant be be fixed. For most of my life I have listen to capitalist promote the strong survive and the market corrects, the weak shld perish bcz it clears room for the strong. And yet, when it was the markets time to fail our government spent trillions of dollars to prevent it. If a small or medium sized business owner had run his company into the ground he wld have been allowed to fail, this is not true for big business and Wall Street. There is a sense of an overwhelming unfairness in how our government picks winners and losers and people who have lost their jobs and health care are getting tired of it. I am sorry that Mr Stack decided that killing himself was the only way to fight against our government but I certainly understand why he felt that way. If the Tea baggers are able to rid themselves of the Dick Armory's, neocons, and racists in their midst, they may do some good.

Posted by: rbprtman23 | February 18, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

As many other commenters have noted, you left out part of the guy's suicide note so as to fit your agenda. This is just as bad as making the whole thing up. You are either incredibly sloppy, or incredibly dishonest. I'm betting on the latter. Disgusting!

Posted by: jasonaslinger | February 18, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who is interested in reading the entire manifesto, instead of reading what others are posting out of context, you can find it at the Austin Statesman:

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/02/18/internet_note_posted_by_man_li.html

Posted by: woodsme | February 18, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that didn't take long for another Tea Party hit job. Mr. Capehart, did you get a free toaster with your journalism degree since you display absolutely ZERO critical thinking skills. Mr Stack, or as you call him, Mr Stark (I guess you were in such a hurry to blame the Tea Party that you didn't proof your pathetic work)Mr. Stack's work more closely resembles that of an SEIU or ACORN thug!! Nice try scooter!! Seems the only folks that "DON'T" want to pay taxes are those in the Osama Been Lyin administration. lmfao!!!

Posted by: jose_cruz25 | February 18, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Capehart,

How awful of you. The Tea Party has been the model of peaceful, organized behavior. They don't break windows, destroy property, or cause the police a lot of trouble. They are generally in cheerful but determined moods and have music at their rallies.

Mr. Stack's letter railed against the Catholic Church and was PRO-Obamacare! How on earth is that anything remotely like what the Tea Partiers stand for?

Good grief.

And where's your outrage against Amy Bishop's people? She was rabidly pro-Obama. Obviously that association led her to kill three people, correct?

Posted by: EowynR | February 18, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I am struck by how your comparison is similar to what we've heard in the past from the extreme elements of the African-American community such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Posted by: jasonaslinger | February 18, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Shorter Capehart: It would be irresponsible not to speculate. Shorter me: Fail, Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: lopence | February 18, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I think it is patently ridiculous to imagine that this guy is not a tea partier. All of this push back to frame this guy as anything else BUT a tea partier is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in my short forty years on this planet. Thats like saying that a guy that loves Hitler hates Jews and attends Nazi rallies with his hand in the air is a pacifist. Really? Sure I believe that. Where do these people come from? Is there some IQ minimum?

Posted by: scuzzy19 | February 18, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, now I'm convinced that you sir, simply cannot comprehend the written word. You do know that your simpleton take on what he did is the very problem he was discussing, right?

Posted by: mapaiko | February 18, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement."

Please point out to us where the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement are? When did you see violence break out a at Tea Party rally? You are the extreme element, as well as that fraud in the White House, and those that support him. He and his friends are destroying this nation, you owe us an apology Capehart, for the mess you and your ilk are making in this country. You speaking of the Founding Fathers? Give me a break, you reject the Founding Fathers, just like the fraud Obama!

Posted by: aprilnovember811 | February 18, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Lady wrote: "These rallies are peaceful, safe, and even environmentally conscious (we choose to leave a place tidy after we leave)."

Now that's not true. You seem to forget that the grand finale of the original Tea Party protest was to be the dumping of one million teabags in Lafayette Park (for government employees to clean up).

Fortunately they were denied permission as they'd forgotten to apply for a permit.

Posted by: Bud0 | February 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that liberals, leftists, Communists, what have you, are accused by the Right as wanting more taxes, more government, tax anything that moves and redistribute the wealth.... and along comes an unstable guy who hates taxes, hates government, joined a group that claimed it was completely legal to refuse to pay income tax and got burned, then targets his murderous anger at the symbol of taxation, the IRS, and the Right calls this guy a leftist!

Hilarious. I thought a leftist would send the IRS flowers and ask for a tax hike.

Who do you you associate with groups that claim "income tax is unconstitutional and you don't have to pay"? Democrats? Leftists?

Or anti-tax anti-government, strict Constitutionalist, black helicopter-seeing, Posse Comitatus types? Like the types who'd join a tea party?

Posted by: hitpoints | February 18, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

He quoted Marx you imbecile. How does that remind you of the Tea Party movement? Never mind...I forgot you work for the WaPo.

Posted by: crazywater2 | February 18, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

It seems that unlike some of the commenters (as well as the writer of the post), I actually read the manifesto before I knew any of the details beyond the name of the perp.

The screed was definately NOT a tea bag work. He appeared to espouse views expressed by both sides, but mainly was angry at the IRS and his CPA. He obviously hated Bush and the establishment that backed him. He hated the Catholic Church, and you can find people who agree on both sides.
The clinchers, though, were his rant against the current health care system, and the quote at the end. No tea bag person (or conservative) would so favourably paraphrase Marx. And no tea bag person would appear to argue in favour of the Health Care monstrosity.

Just by reading the manifesto with an open mind, I come to that conclusion. The fact that the writer of the blog post above missed that tells me that he is hopelessly biased. It was also unethical to use selective quoting of the screed to support the premise of the blog posting (as well as the writer's preconceived notion), while ignoring something IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE which argues against the writer's view. For shame, Washington Post, for allowing a 'journalist' to attempt so blatant an act of journalistic malfeasance.

Posted by: ooac | February 18, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that to be a terrorist one must want to incite terror (fear) in the general public or in some group of members of the public. My reading of his suicide rant is that what he wanted to do was to go out in a really large demonstration of anger, thereby making himself seem heroic, at least in his own sick mind. I just don't think this qualifies as terrorism, and as one whose office is less than 5 minutes away from the Echelon building, I must say neither I nor the other people in my office felt any terror as such. Certainly nothing like Oklahoma City or 9/11.

Posted by: Inkstain58 | February 18, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

He was one of yours Capehart. A left wing Marxist loser, like Obama.

Posted by: aprilnovember811 | February 18, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but left-wingers don't crash planes into IRS buildings.

The guy is being identified as a tea partier because the primary thrust of the tea party movement has been anti-tax populism. The tea party movement has often taken pains to say it's not affiliated with either party because it dislikes all politicians. How is that disconnected with what he wrote in his manifesto?

The guy was a brat who couldn't handle the fact that you have to chip in if you want to live in a developed country. Sounds like a textbook teabagger to me.

Posted by: jeffwacker | February 18, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The author of this article should be FIRED for knowingly leaving out VERY RELEVANT facts in order to portray this man as a Tea Partier. What a disgrace!

Posted by: isaachubbard | February 18, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Once again, we see why the Washington Post is failing.

The pilot espoused communism, hated George Bush and had a private plane.

He sounds like he is from Vermont.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 18, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan: ain't yer mammy calling PMSNBC right about now to defend your down-low-low-down self? Ain't no natural grandkids coming from you.

Mark Levin called you tonight on his show what you are: a punk.

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | February 18, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

With all due respect, you article was as predictable as it is pathetic. It was very little surprise that you would attempt to link this man’s horrific actions with the Tea Party. No doubt you celebrated the opportunity. The fact that you omitted lines from his blog that dispute your claims shows that you're as dishonest as you are pitiable. Any honest person reading your opinion would no doubt have to assume that it would be best to disregard you in full. Any respectable man would print an apology forthright. I won’t hold my breath.

Posted by: Vinnie3 | February 18, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Kneeeeeee......Jerk!
Capehart, get it right, in full, get it done, and get on with it. But to pick and choose to support your premise? Lame. Very Lame.

Funny how the ones who love to use the term teabagger are the ones most likely to engage in the activity. No?

Really, watch the Sunday Morning Chat shows, and see who uses the term, then imagine ... wait, no, strike that. Push those mental images away!


Posted by: Piumartian | February 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps instead of policing the "Far Right" you should probably stay within the Far Left, Mr. Capeheart? The roots of violence and hatred has always been there."

Nutcases come from all political camps.

Witness Timothy McVeigh.

I think the larger point is that the Tea Party folks are fomenting a mindless rage against the government that could easily be the trigger for already unhappy people to commit unhinged acts.

I don't see similar rhetoric from the left.

Posted by: Hillman1 | February 18, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

It's worth noting that Capeheart does NOT call this guy a Tea Party member.

He points out, accurately, that the alienation that this guy felt (wrongly or rightly) is similar to a lot of the angry rhetoric on the fringe of the Tea Party. Particularly the anti-government, rabidly anti-tax rhetoric.

That is NOT the same thing as saying this guy was a Tea Party member.

Posted by: Hillman1 | February 18, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama has an obsession about apologizing for American actions which anger killers.

In this case,
1. will Obama apologize for Members of Congress and presidents who impose taxes
OR
2.will Obama apologize for the IRS which collects taxes
?


Posted by: dumbreddown | February 18, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time a bonifide liberal committed an act of tyranny, sedition or terrorism? Yet this fool flies into a building, a la 911, and you conservative wing-nuts have the audacity to insinuate that stark was a liberal. You are beyond hypocritical.

Replace stark with a Muslim or a Black man and ALL of the headlines would have read - TERRORIST attacks building in Austin, Texas. There would be NO CRIES for pity, empathy or for waiting for the facts. Since when has the right EVER relied on facts to tell their story?

There is no way any credible pundit can place this attack at the feet of liberals. No amount of vitriol, racist venom or revisionist history can change the fact that the right wing (conservatives, tea-baggers, et al) are responsible for the rise in membership of the militias and hate groups like the kkk, white supremacists and neo-nazis. I know one thing for sure and that is you won't find a liberal in the bunch (unless he/she is a government agent trying to infiltrate).

Stark's so-called manifesto is much more reflective of conservative ideology and to deny that is to deny reality. But based on the majority of these wing-nut posts, it is safe to conclude that reality is a concept that is foreign to the right/wrong!

Posted by: roxlaw | February 18, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Stack wrote: "violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer."

Sounds like something BILL AYERS could have penned.

Posted by: dumbreddown | February 18, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, frankly I think a lot of Americans are wondering why Geitner and quite a few other Obama appointees or would-be appointees could get away with not their paying taxes while the average Joe or Jane cannot. Think about it. There really is a double standard in this country.

Posted by: georges2 | February 18, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

You GD liar, you should be fired for this blatant and misleading editing, but you work for the Post so no worries on your end right. Pathetic.

Posted by: planesmith | February 18, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

This man was raging against the system. That makes him either far left, or far right. Given his final line, which you left off, I'd tag him a Communist, which certainly puts him at the far left. And he hated Bush -- which also puts him at the far left.

Hating taxes put him where we all are, unless you are a taxomasochist.

Flying a plane into a building made him a jihadi, which I'd class as far right except the left loves jihadis and would leave them alone if they could.

Gee, I have no idea what this guy was -- a Lee Harry Oswald -- somebody both the left and the right would disown in an instant?

We "tea partiers" have done no violence -- our SEIU opponents have done that to us. We work for peaceful change. My neighbor down the street is a super liberal and marched downtown every Friday (while Bush was in office) against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She marched, but I've never seen her hurt anyone. She works for peaceful change. We know each other's politics, but we are on good terms.

This guy wasn't on good terms with anyone -- least of all the wife and child he left in a burning house.

Posted by: unclesmrgol | February 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I think that the professor down in Alabama must have had some Cozy Chamomile tea to drink before she shot her colleagues. Leave it to a clown at the WaPo to write crap. Crazies, unfortunately, come in all colors, shapes, sizes and ideologies. The WaPo, however, is an undeniable piece of garbage.

Posted by: sombreropoint38 | February 18, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

From the article:"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."

Funny, I'd have worded it differently:
"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 Democratic party, such as MoveOn.org and DailyKos and DemocraticUnderground."

See, since this guy hated religion, capitalism and the rule of law, my version makes a whole lot more sense.

Posted by: Wanderer13 | February 18, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Read the first comment that was posted. The person who wrote it is exactly correct. The author of this article is an idiot.

Posted by: sombreropoint38 | February 18, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

One nut job down....So So Many more to go.....

I truly applaud those that want to take their lives for their pitiful manifesto....

GO RIGHT AHEAD.....

Posted by: andio76 | February 18, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

This guy fits the tea party perfectly. Not everyone in the tea party loves Bush, in fact most dislike him and call him a "RINO" or a fake conservative. Medicare Part D? Sacrificing his free market principles for the bail-outs?

His attacking of GM and the health care industry makes sense too. He's not against capitalism, he writes in his note how he had his own business, which shows that he supports capitalism, believes in it. What he hates is corrupt capitalism, and I'm sure tea party members would agree with him.

As for the "communist creed" and "capitalist creed" at the end, he wasn't praising communism, he was insulting the corrupt American capitalistic system as it is today. He was saying the corrupt capitalism system we have today is as bad as communism. Considering that his capitalistic efforts failed so badly, he certainly wasn't going to praise our current capitalistic system.

This guy is not left or a liberal. He's not even a Democrat or a Republican. He is a hard core Tea Party Libertarian. He embraces the destruction of the federal government as the answer. He embraces anarchy as the answer.

This is at the heart of the tea party movement. They want to see the federal government gone completely. They don't want the government to do anything: roads, street, police, firemen, social services, courts. Everything can be replaced by a system of Anarcho-Capitalism: private security companies, tolls on streets and roads, arbitration companies. They're idiots though, because that's exactly what the corrupt capitalistic system wants. It wants the government to fall apart, and it wants the people to fall apart, because then it will swoop in and establish its own, capitalistic form of order, complete with an annual subscription fee. Big business will win, and it is only when the people revolt up against big business that any Democratic order will be restored, and then we will have a government, again.

The tea parties and the right-wing will be quick to swoop in and try to discredit this truth, you can already see this happening.

Posted by: paulflorez | February 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse


Good Lord Paul. You are a selective as the hack that wrote the piece. How can you people completely ignore his outright denunciation of capitalism at the end of his manifesto? He's "obviously a capitalist because he owned a business"!?!?!?! Seriously, I cracked up when I read this. You all are SO sophomoric and that is a major factor in Obama and crew going down in flames. When you readily assume the stupidity of the electorate and believe that they will swallow your line like good robots you're setting yourself up for failure and disapointment. There is no Orwellian Minitruth out there to sweep facts down the memoryhole. Your attempt to alter reality requires control of information which you and your ilk do not have.

Posted by: pflynn1 | February 18, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

What this episode points out is that the corporate bailouts not only hurt the nation economically, it tore at the fabric of trust between the government and the people. I always thought it bad economic policy, now I see how it was bad political policy as well.

Individuals simply don't see the government step up for their interests the way the government bailed out corporations. They DO see the IRS collecting taxes from them to fund a government they increasingly see as not acting in their interests. And as the bailouts were bipartisan, there's no real prospect that, say, turning out Dems in favor of Repubs is going to make any change.

Mr. Stack had lost hope. Is there any reason for any of us to have hope? Say what you will about his sanity - and as anyone who's been in a criminal court can tell you, an extreme act is by itself no evidence of insanity - he is going to make a difference, precisely because the roots of his alienation are so widely shared. Even Capehart gives him credit (and Jonathan, just because YOU call it a rant does not mean readers will read it and credit it any less).

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 18, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

If I had a nickel for every communist sympathizer I saw at the Tea Parties - I would be broke.

Nice try linking him to the Tea Party crowd.

Actually he reminds me a lot of the unhinged left wing posters on these boards and on Huffington Post.

Posted by: sold2u | February 18, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jonathan, you need to become self aware of the prism you see the world through. I read the same text you did and saw this guy as pro-Obama, anti-capitalist. Exact OPPOSITE of Tea Party. This is someone who blames the bankers and business fat cats for his problems, just like Obama does. He is not much different than the Alabama woman who shot 8 of her fellow professors and who has been described as a left winger obsessed with Obama. Blaming others for everything without any awareness of their own accountability. Come on Jon, put that Raritan education to work. Try to see things more evenly and not be so biased.

Posted by: neilcohen | February 18, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Let us not assassinate this movement further, Columnist. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

Posted by: GEAH | February 18, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

roxlaw:

I DO see a connection between Stack and the KKK.

They both expressed anger at the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted by: dumbreddown | February 18, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget the events of 2009 shall we. That's were it all began with the election of President Obama. Everything change. Politics changed. The CBO changed. The Treasury changed. The House and the Senate changed. The Democrats changed. Our national security changed. Our interrogation methods changed. Attitudes toward the insurance companies changed. The attitude toward profits changed. The attitude toward Wall Street changed. The attitude about our past, present, and our future changed. The attitude in granting enemy rights changed. President Obama is not from the far right. He's from the far left. Joseph Stack's suicide note could have been one of President Obama's speeches. On 9/11 the terrorist attack the Twin Towers because it was a symbol of this country. Stack attacked the IRS building because of the role it was going to play in forcing the American people to purchase the government health care. Let's not pretend we don't know why Stack did what he did and left a note written about the greed of the American people, Who has criticized this country because of the greed of the businesses and banks. Who's imposing fines on the banks because of their greed. Who has gone around the world apologizing for this country because of our arrogance and greed. President Obama. Stack did what he did because he thought there was no hope left for him in this country with Obama as President. It wasn't because of the far right, the right wing, talk show host, Conservatives, or Republicans. It was because of the cultural shock of having to live in a country rule by President Obama.

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Posted by: weryrtuitriytjrtjytieyu | February 18, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Stack's comments are VERY SIMILAR to comments we are hearing from the vocal members of the DEMOCRAT PARTY.

Liberals like Capeheart are so laughably transparent. I suppose Capeheart expects this kind of uncle tom suck up to the man will sustain his phoney baloney job.

Posted by: oldman1 | February 18, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Sounds more like another crazed Obamanut like the "I kill for tenure" lady...

...This guy hated capitalism, loved communism, was anti-Christian, supported healthcare reform and hated George W. Bush.

You liberals are a violent bunch, aren't'cha?

Posted by: deadmanwalking | February 18, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I worked as a reporter and editor for three decades. If Capehart had pulled this crap while working under me, he'd at least be on probation ... maybe even looking for a new job. It is unprofessional to use quotes in such a way that they appear to say the opposite of what was intended.

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | February 18, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

If I give up a few dozen IQ points, can I, too, join the WaPo editorial board?

Mr Capehart: Are you stupid? Dishonest? Or both?

No wonder the MSM press is going under... I can sit at my desk and do more research in five minutes than you appear to do all day.

Lame.

Posted by: Robert20 | February 18, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is a big fat liar. Man, liberals are really frickin' scared when they have to write drivel like this.

Posted by: nroreader12 | February 18, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Well this didn't take long. About 5 minutes after this tragedy, I wondered how long someone would equate Stack's rant with the Tea Party.

Destruction of government buildings is more of a Weatherman/William Ayers thing, don't you think?

Appalling lack of judgement, Mr. Capehart. Reading the comments should make you realize that, at the very least, you should perhaps wait until more is known rather than rush to judgement.

I do understand that you probably wanted to say it first before anyone at Huffington Post wrote about it.

Appalling.

Posted by: fenriswolf | February 18, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Is he a Texas guy? The latest from the Austin American Statesman says that Stack was a Californian who moved to Texas in 2004. Said to be a nice guy, played in an alt country band, wife gave piano lessons. One of the victims now in the burn unit at San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center with extensive injuries.

Posted by: laloomis | February 18, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The ignorant Media Pimps like Capehart are slithering out of the woodwork...
Hey dofoos, yes that's YOU Capehart. Tell me ONE Tea Party incident of Violence. HUH? Name ONE... Oh there's some goofy Americans, but they're justly against this Obama government that is spending them and their children into oblivion... They have a RIGHT to protest and vote them out...That's what they are doing...

No, Joe is MORE LIKE OBAMA'S FRIEND, BILL AYERS....
Bill Ayers, protested by BLOWING UP GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS and the liberals have the audacity to allow him to Teach. OUTRAGEOUS.

Capehart, you're a scumbag, Demagogue Media Pimp and if the WP had Any decency, they would summarily fire you....Pathetic creep...

Posted by: sophic | February 18, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Latest reporting out of Houston says Stack is originally from Harrisburg, Pa.

Posted by: laloomis | February 18, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Well of course you're struck by the similarities to "Tea Baggers". It's what you want to see.

Reading the entire thing, it's clear that this guy harbored as much anti-right sentiments, as, oh, say Amy Bishop. He was not anywhere near close to Tea Baggers. He was a narcissist, self-absorbed jerk. You can deduce just about anything from his self-absorbed rant, because he pretty much hated everything, right and left. In fact, his rant was much more apolitical, and revenue-antithetical. Anyway, no doubt you're singing to the Post's leftist choir of readers, which is to be expected. Down here, the local press is that he was a wack nut job with vague, wildly unfocused themes mixing politics, self-obsession and frankly a little psychosis mixed in.

Finally, as a "white Texas guy", I can read down here (I live just a few miles from the site). Stack was no more a "Texas guy" than you. He only spent the last couple of years here in Austin, much more in the East and in California. Nice attempt to stereotype us. Guess ah'l tawk wiyth a 'twang so's yew kin poot me in that thar' kettle, tooo! Yee-haw!!

Posted by: mikeinaustintx | February 18, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

For those here, and at the WaPo, that can read - this guy hated Bush...and CAPITALISM, as he declared in his blog.


and loved OBAMA.

A Tea Party participant he was not.

So, please go pound sand Capehart.

Posted by: mdsinc | February 18, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Capehart: Did you notice how similar his alienation is to what we've heard for ten years from the extremes of the single-payer movement? The anti-war movement? And other leftists movements? And your extremism?

What extremist elements are there in the Tea Party movement? We know there are extremists in the leftist movements---that is not a fringe in them, it is their center. But can you even identify an extremist element in the Tea Party movement? You certainly don't bother to in your rather clear (for a rant) smear.

Posted by: d1stewart | February 18, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I cannot understand it, that an editor at the Post would not have refused to publish this. It seriously damages the reputation of the paper to publish even on the web anything that is written so completely in opposition to the facts as this is. The Post cannot be taken seriously when hateful, fraudulent rants like this get published. Everyone knows the Post does its best to support the Democrats and to agressively dig up dirt on the Republicans, but that cannot extend to publishing something like this that is a lie from beginning to end.

Posted by: rfhirsch | February 18, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The ridiculous attempts by some on this board to paint the guy a leftist are laughable. This guy was obviously a tax protestor with anti-government leanings that are all too common in right-wing circles, including the Tea Party movement. Heck, the very name of the group comes from a tax protest. Get real people. I'm not saying that all tea baggers are murderers, but the ideology is the same.

Posted by: dcdude1 | February 18, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I am really appalled at Capeheart's lack of professionalism. He should be ashamed of himself. And the editors of this paper should take a hard look at his work; perhaps, this isn't the first time, Mr. Capheart has taken such liberties with sources. I understand he is an opinion writer, but at least he should impose on himself the duty to treat source material fairly.

Posted by: Daedulus | February 18, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Spin, spin, spin. Tea baggers, conservatives and Republicans alike spinning this event like crazy to try to blame the liberals, or conspiracy theorists, anyone but the tea party movement!

Also, people like pflynn1 too dense to understand what Stark meant when he quoted Marx are trying to spin. He was using the "communist manifesto" as an insult to the current CORRUPT capitalistic system. He basically said that our current system of capitalism is just as bad as communism, the only difference that in communism you take from talented hard workers (Stark was a software engineer) and give to the needy, while in the former you take from the same workers and give to the ultrawealthy, greedy. Stark didn't want his hard earned money going to the needy anymore than he wanted it to go to the greedy. He wasn't praising communism at all, but trying to spin it that way shows how desperate some people are to prevent the tea party movement from taking any responsibility for this guy's actions.

If it comes out that this guy attended even 1 tea party rally, the tea party movement will be badly hurt.

Keep throwing insults though pflynn1, maybe if you raise enough dust you'll be able to re-write this event to better fit the reality you are trying to fool yourself that you are living in.

Posted by: paulflorez | February 19, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I am frightened.
A man, desperate, angry, mentally sick or whatever steers a plane in a building killing himself.
And now a discussion starts here if the man was a"rightist" or a "leftist".
Are you not aware that this is just insane ?

Posted by: mixedbreed | February 19, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this nut a big Obama supporter- for universal coverage??

Posted by: barakobama | February 19, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

What is truly insane is that Americans are torn between two patries that don't give a damn about them!! Our politicians are puppets to the puppet master Federal Reserve independent central bank!! The Federal Reserve is NOT a branch of our gvernment!!! Yet they own and control our currency, our economy, and our polical system!! America WAKE UP!!
www.AmericaWakeUpNow.net

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUPNOW | February 19, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Hot Air -- WaPo columnist: That insane pilot sounds kind of like a tea partier, huh?
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/18/wapo-columnist-that-insane-pilot-sounds-kind-of-like-a-tea-partier-huh/

Posted by: StewartIII | February 19, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

NewsBsuters -- WaPo's Capehart: Austin Suicide Pilot's 'Alienation Similar To Extreme Elements of Tea Party Movement'
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/02/18/wapos-capehart-austin-suicide-pilots-alienation-similar-extreme-eleme

Posted by: StewartIII | February 19, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

The IRS is America's principal terrorist group --- so we know why he chose his target. I read his lengthy blab about all these other folks whom he thought were victimizing him in some fashion, however, and I concluded that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Possibly he thought his house and plane were subject to hijacking by the IRS and he adopted a "scorched earth" policy, leaving them nothing worth seizing. Too bad it cost him his life --- he just needed a little time "gone fishin'" --- and away from pernicious theories about class struggle, etc.

Yi Ha ***
Minister of Information
Peoples' Capitalist Republic of Whizbangistan

*** Pronounced "YEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"

Posted by: OsamasPajamas | February 19, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

"This wasn't a terrorist act?"

csintala79, I'm shocked that you neither understand the difference between a terrorist and a lone nut, nor the significance of their acts.

Posted by: GEAH | February 19, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, those crazy tea partiers and their hatred of capitalism and their love of communism.

Weird that you cut that out of his quote and all. Wouldn't his attack on capitalism help understand why he was a free-market small government um... communist supporter?

And his hatred of Organized religion and the Catholic Church; pure conservative ideals there. Conservatives hate Christians and Catholics especially like nobody else...

"The recent presidential puppet GW Bush..." Yep, those tea partiers hate Bush and call him a puppet. Who else would call Bush names like that? Must be a tea party conservative.

Yeah, you really nailed this guy. Tea Party Movement all the way. Communist, anti-Christian, anti-Conservative tea party enthusiast.

Anything else would be foolish, what other group could have a pro-communist anti-capitalism anti-christian supporter calling Bush names? Must have been an arch-conservative for sure.

Good job on that identification. Amazing levels of genius there to sort that out so well.

Personally I doubt he had any real affiliations as he was... um.. crazy. But if he had on,e it was definitely the pro-communism anti-christian anti-BOOOSH um... conservatives.

Is that a party of one by any chance?

Posted by: gekkobear1 | February 19, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Caphart, do you really get paid for ignorant uninformed demagogue Crap like this...

Posted by: sophic | February 19, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capeheart: I won't bother to comment on your stupidity and out-of-control, Left-wing, Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson/Jeremiah Wright, Hate-filled vitriol, because I assume that by now you are no longer employed by the Washington Post, a newspaper which, compared to you, is probably a corporate member of the Tea Party and the John Birch Society! No, wait - let me tell you how I really feel!

Posted by: ImRobbie | February 19, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Where exatly is the "report abuse" link for your *snicker* news *snicker* article.

Who do I report to when you misprint or purposely omit a VERY IMPORTANT part of a persons statement.

Here let me correct it for you.

"Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

What ... you don't think that properly qouting someone is important ... ok let me try it:

You said, "Joseph Stack was slamming his plane. I am struck by his movement.

I was took Stark's down"

Wow ... this half a$$ reporting is FUN!! where do I sign up

Posted by: 2AforLife | February 19, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart displays the astonishing ignorance that only liberals possess. This guy not only exhibited a hatred of Bush but was anti-capitalist aswell.

These are not Tea Party attributes, they are atributes of liberals.

In such haste to denigrate Tea Partiers Capeheart exposes himself for the moron he is.

Posted by: drjohn3 | February 19, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

"Post Partisan"

What a colosally stupid name for this Forum.

And anyone who uses the term "Teabagger" is an execrable cretin. Would I love to force the scum who use this term to explain what it really means to their children.

Posted by: drjohn3 | February 19, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Capehart redacted a suicide note for the purpose of trashing Tea Party activists and covering up for an insane lefty.

The actual language of the note makes that plan.

Joe Stack and Amy Bishop had something in common, they both hated capitalism.

Posted by: TerryeC | February 19, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Capehart redacted a suicide note for the purpose of trashing Tea Party activists and covering up for an insane lefty.

The actual language of the note makes that plan.

Joe Stack and Amy Bishop had something in common, they both hated capitalism.

Posted by: TerryeC | February 19, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

This is quite possibly the most poorly thought out and written piece I've ever seen from the Washington Post.

Posted by: RightFullRudder | February 19, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to a liberal writer to spin this into a Tea Party attack. Since Tea Party Americans are conservative, I guess they are all going to fly a plane into a federal building someday. Jonathan, nice try buddy, but I suggest you cut back on the weed.

Posted by: afotia | February 19, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

He was not a teabagger.

He was angry because the liberals have turned on us. They're only interested in helping the unions and government employees. No health care, no jobs, more immigration (H-1B) and a carnivorous IRS. The GOP only cares about MONEY and war, so a lot of us self employed people are now facing homelessness and a slow death from disease.

Posted by: had2 | February 19, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

got a call from the Post last night offering to send us the Sunday coupon section for 3 months for free. I wonder why that is?

Posted by: permagrin | February 19, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

You edited this letter so that it better serves your narrative. Such a lack of journalistic integrity is disturbing. You sir, are a partisan hack.

Posted by: jestanle1 | February 19, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The man was a killer. Tried to kill innocent people by committing suicide. His motives were different from Al-Qaeda's.
It really matters?

Posted by: PonderingMan | February 19, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations. You've illustrated exactly why people are turing away from traditional media. You selectively edited the letter to fit a narrative. Shame on you. I feel like tearing up my B.A. in journalism if it's going to associate me with hacks like you.

I'm sure you'll hide behind the fact that you're a columnist or commenator and not a "journalist." But you can't be a columnist either. William Safire was a columnist. You're just a damn liar.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | February 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Get real. This man was a California software engineer who tried to scam the IRS in the 80's and got caught. He eventually lost his business in CA to the IRS, and moved to Austin where he again got caught and audited for not paying taxes. He hated Austin, hated the IRS, hated the FAA, hated Bush, hated the Catholic church and Christians in general, hated big business, hated Wall Street, hated our health care system, hated his CPA, hated all politicians, hated the Patriot Act, hated capitalism, hated Americans (they're stupid) and thought that violence was the way to effect change (his idea of a revolution).

The tea parties aren't about hating government or taxes. They are about smaller, stronger, more efficient federal government, and against out of control, irresponsible spending in Washington that can only be supported by increasing taxes. They are ANTI-VIOLENCE, believing that change will come through electing more fiscally responsible representatives who respect capitalism and reject the nanny state mentality (the tea partiers' idea of a revolution).

The bottom line is that this was a sick man who tried to game, rather than change, the system for decades, and he lost. He was angry because life isn't "fair" and he tried to twist his revenge into some kind of martyrdom.

Posted by: anna_78750 | February 19, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

How many Tea Party events did Stack attend?

How many times did he mention that grassroots movement in his manifesto?

Stack was a selfish nutjob. He was mad because his scheme to defraud the IRS didn't work. He has more in common with Timothy Geithner than the Tea Party movement.

Posted by: lug21 | February 19, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Here’s the final lines from the commie plane crasher’s manifesto:

Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different;take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed:From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed:From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack(1956-2010

02/18/2010

And, here’s how the WaPo presented it,

Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different;take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

Joe Stack(1956-2010)

02/18/2010

See Capehart, and WaPo, you lie and can't get away with it any longer. The internet is your worst enemy. You need to be put out of business. You are traitors to this nation, and are complicit with crimes committed by Obama. He's going to end up in Federal Prison when all is said and done, and you will be out of business. Maybe you can collect one of those nice unemployment checks that Obama loves to send out.

Posted by: aprilnovember811 | February 19, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, several others have noted the precise portions of his crazy "manifesto" that you expressly and intentionally omitted in order to make your so-called point.

That would be the part where he specifically said:

"The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

The truth is, Mr Capehart, that you have no point. There was no connection to tea partiers or the movement. Your remarks are slanderous.

And, further, quoting your tweeting buddy in order to "add" racial snark to your column was equally pointless and dishonest.

You, sir, are quite simply an intellectually dishonest propagandist, and you have no business whatsoever writing a newspaper column spreading your racialist and dishonest views.

How this garbage got past the editors says a great deal about what the WaPo will tolerate -- or, should I san "propagate."

What a disgrace you all are!

Posted by: Trochilus | February 19, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Stack has more in common with Obama's mentor than anything else.

William Ayers and his Weathermen bombed government buildings and tried to kill people. This is a left wing phenomenon. They bomb, they kill. Not the right.

Posted by: drjohn3 | February 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

He also has a few things indicating he might be a left-wing crazy. He lived in
Austin and like Timothy Geithner, Tom Daschle and other Democrats, the guy didn't pay his taxes. But I have an idea. Let's see where the facts lead us before we jump to irresponsible conclusions.

Posted by: rogaineguy | February 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Man, have you got it wrong. Unlike Joseph Stack, the Tea Party movement doesn't feel alienated, it is empowered.

Unlike Stack, whose voice was not being heard, the message of the Tea Party movement is being heard far and wide.

Bottom line? No comparison, just a cheap and obvious attempt by the writer to discredit a movement with whom he has political differences. Didn't work this time, won't work in the future.

Posted by: kwijibo | February 19, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This man was not a Tea Partier. Nor was he a leftist.

He was a suffering from severe personality disorder. Crazy knows no ideology.

The exploitation of this story for political gain, by any political group, is shameful.

Posted by: KentGBudge | February 19, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart evidently flunked 'journalism' class, as he has written an article that contains unverified facts, in other words, LIES. I could say it is because he is immature and uninformed or I could just say his socialist leanings keep coming out in his articles. Now we know exactly where Jonathan Capehart stands and he is a 'leftist'.He needs to apologize to EVERY Tea Party Movement across America, and there are hundreds and hundreds of them. They were set up that way on purpose, something Capehart cannot comprehend since he doesn't believe in RESEARCH. Sad.

Posted by: cajun1 | February 19, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, you fail at journalism on so many levels there isn't enough bandwidth to spend explaining it to you.

I'll just remind you what you need to report in your retraction:
"The communist creed:From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed:From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack(1956-2010"

Posted by: KendraU | February 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

journalism fail

Posted by: weinkaja | February 19, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Didn't have to wait long for the left wing-nuts to blame this on the tea party.

Nothing in Stack's rants have connected him to the movement but that doesn't stop those on the left from trying to manufacture a cheap, disgusting, bloody link if it serves their purpose.

Stay classy, Capehart.

Posted by: spamsux1 | February 19, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Capehart win the Stephen Glass award for journalistic accuracy and integrity in political reporting.

At this point WaPo subscribers, all 4 dozen of them remaining, should just be satisfied if he's writing his own columns and not copying them from elsewhere I guess.

Posted by: HughAkston | February 19, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Above, kerewin1971 | February 18, 2010 3:46 PM | said:

"Please don't give hard-core conservative types an excuse to claim liberals think Tea-Partiers are to blame for this horrible act of violence. It just creates more divisions. Let's wait for all the facts to come out."


Sorry, kerewin1971, but the cat is already out of the bag! And, Capehart is not alone in propagating this slanderous line. HotAir has a post with a list of like offenders.

But you are at least to be commended for your intellectual honesty in saying we should wait for all the facts to come out.

Unfortunately, propagandists like Capehart have no use for facts. To him, they would only serve to get in the way of a perfectly good lie.

Posted by: Trochilus | February 19, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Journalistic Malpractice

Posted by: Rob51 | February 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Before you go linking someone to the Tea Party Protestors, don't you think it may be prudent to check to see if he was a tea party protestor?

Turns out, he is NOT a part of the tea party nor is he a part of any other group associated with the liberty movement. In Austin, we have the Liberty Restoration Coilition, and most of the liberty groups belong to it. All have reported in and NONE of them have Stacks name on their lists. He may have been upset at the IRS, who's not, but he was NOT a tea party member, and he was NOT a liberty movement member, a 9/11 truther, or any other group you want to try and demonize by your , "guilt by association," tactics.

We are facing an economic crisis, and people are losing everything while our governemnt is giving money away, for free, to globalist banksters all over the world, and the IRS feels its okay to come in and destroy a man's life for not paying taxes on his unemployment checks or his early withdrawn retirement. Well, as long as the IRS and the FED continue with these CRIMINAL policies, you can expect more and more people, from ALL spectrums of political opinion, to break loose from sanity, and go after their percieved oppressors. If they take everything from the people, and the people are left with nothing to lose, some of those people are going to do very bad things.

Notice that there has been no calls by our reps to ask the IRS to take it easy on the people during this financial crisis, despite evidence of a growing level of suffereing by the average American at the expense of the IRS and the FED. The governmet can spend TRILLIONS in banker bail-outs, TRILLIONS more on ILLEGAL and IMMORAL wars, but can't let the people slide on their tax debts? What's wrong with that picture?

And, btw, McVeigh was a government agent, trained by the military, working for the Fed's, with the help of the ADL and SPLC, and OKC WAS AN INSIDE JOB! Search MK-ULTRA and ELOHIM CITY

Posted by: FreeinTX | February 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I think your relationship to the Tea Party is off-base, ignorant, and offensive. With minimum effort, you could've read Stack's diatribe and noticed that he was an anti-capitalist. At the end of his suicide note, he in fact provides a quote favoring communism and bashing capitalism. Thus, he is far more aligned with left-wing extremism. You provide us with yet another reason to avoid the "Washed Post" with it's left-leaning white washing and demonization of citizens airing legitimate grievances over big government forcing others to pay for everybody else's cause. Your ignorance only causes more disrespect with the Washed Post than it does foster interest in reading it.

Stack's diatribe is online here: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0218102stack1.html

Posted by: smith4321 | February 19, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

You have performed what is called "a journalistic malpractice" tying an ISOLATED incident by an extremist individual (Obama's term after Detroit panty bomber incident) to Tea-party.

Here is what you have achieved with your buffoonery:

Galvanize more unhappy citizens (with out of control Government) to the Tea-party.

Helping your newspaper with downward financial spiral with totally off base rant.

When Joe whined about IRS's complex tax code, what was it that he said was inaccurate?
The current TAX COLLECTOR Gaitner, Former Democratic Senate leader Daschle, The Tax CODE WRITER Rangle, and many other crooks not yet caught still working in the Government,... didn't they all got caught in their own maze of tax code?

I am not advocating violence, no matter how serious your grievance may be. What Joe Stack did was cowardly act of escapism, and in the process he hurt and killed the people who had nothing to do with the writing of the tax code.

On your part, LEARN TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE in proper perspective.

Posted by: vatodio | February 19, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Since you missed it the dude lines up with you and your socialist buddies...becasue he hated....

business (GM and others) -- leftist
the 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

In short he qualified for one of Obama's czars.

Posted by: barrybu | February 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

You must be out of your mind to try to tie this crazy man to the tea party movement. Perhaps you should spend some time listening to his friends that say he had no politial leaning. No one heard him mention politics at all. So please tell me where ou got the idea that he was part of the peaceful tea party movement.

Posted by: saaweave | February 19, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I can say with affirmation that Joseph Stack was not a member of the Austin Tea Party nor was he a member of The Tea Party Movement. Within Mr. Stack's own writing, one can see clearly that are no shared values or principles with the Tea Party.

After reading Mr. Stack’s February 18, 2010 statement, it is evident he supported anarchy. The Tea Party movement does not advocate anarchy. The Tea Party movement believes in our founding principles so eloquently written in our Constitution.

Mr. Stack repeatedly showed disdain for free-market principles in his statement. The Tea Party movement knows that every American success is rooted in the freedom of our capitalist principles.

Mr. Stack did not believe in paying taxes. The Tea Party movement believes in taxes for the defense of Our Great Nation; however like the majority of Americans - be they Democrat, Republican or Independent - we all believe in reform of the current tax structure. We only differ on the type of reform that is best.

Mr. Stack saw churches as corrupt entities and called them “monsters of organized religion.” He spoke of being “brainwashed to believe that there is freedom” and declared “violence is the only answer." The Tea Party movement believes in God, and we know the valuable contributions our churches make each day to our communities across this land.

Thousands of Tea Parties have been held nationwide, a million Tea Partiers marched in our nation's capital, and not a single act of violence was ever committed by a Tea Party supporter.

There is a common thread that ties every Tea Party across this country to the Austin Tea Party, and that thread is our eternal optimism in America. Tea Partiers believe in the American Spirit, the American Dream and the freedom of the people to peacefully assemble and use the powers granted in the Constitution to restore our nation. Mr. Stack was void of optimism. It is ironic that some members of the media are void of integrity and would try to make an association where one does not exist, as spelled out by Mr. Stack himself.

Thank you,
Heather Liggett
Stay at home mom and Austin Texas Tea Party Organizer

Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea. ~John Gunther

Posted by: hliggett512 | February 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

What a shameless, cheap shot by a political HACK! According to Google, Stack was a registered DEMOCRAT and so is the murderess of 3 of her colleagues in Alabama, Dr. Amy Bishop who is a Leftist Activist and Obama worshiper. Mr. Capehart, you need to apologize to the Tea Party Patriots, all 47 freaking MILLION of them!! The Tsunami is coming............

Posted by: coffeenerves | February 19, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Barrybu missed an important point when he listed these items as Stack's qualifications to be an Obama appointee:

business (GM and others) -- leftist
the 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

Like so many of Obama's Czars, he did not pay his taxes. That practically seals the deal.

Posted by: dgilbreath | February 19, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, do you even have half a brain? Comparing this jerk's manifesto to what is happening in the tea party movement makes you a moron! How did you even get your job? You appear to be a biggot.

Posted by: dprosser1 | February 19, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

There's no information yet on whether Mr. Capehart is involved in any anti-American groups or whether he is a lone wolf. But after reading his 4-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his quickness to cherry-pick information conducive to his political preferences is similar to that we've heard from the extreme elements of the Black Muslim movement. Granted, Mr. Capehart might not be a radical Black Muslim racist. There's just no information yet.

Posted by: ro1123 | February 19, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so articles like this make the Washington Post trash, before it hits the streets,literally. When you watch a show or movie and it's in NYC, you always see all this trash flying around. But now I know, it's the Washington Post that you see and it's trash before it hits print. This paper must really be hard up, they just drag people in off the street and let them write crap like you do and put it in the paper. Evidently the editor is drug-in off the street also, and he's hard-up for crap to put in the paper. I was at a Tea Party the other day, we had to draw straws, I got a long one and I was glad. The guy with the short straw had to go fly a plane into a building.
Capehart, you get to put the crown on for being the biggest moron to put his name to stupid crap like this. You need to call the U.S.Gubment, you could get that whiteboy Gibbs job. He says stupid crap also.

Posted by: reden | February 19, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Racist Racist Racist you are a Racist yes you are, you are a Racist so you must be from the far-far right.

Posted by: reden | February 19, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Just more typical leftist feces from the DNC newsletter. And they have the gall to call this item "post partisan"?

Just remember, everyone... Amy Bishop was a fine, upstanding Obama supporter, just like the WaPo dung that write here.

Posted by: malclave | February 19, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as I've never heard of this Capeheart character before today, I guess he accomplished his mission - he's finally being read (and discussed).

It's really sad, though. To omit the last lines of the manifesto, which clearly contradict the entire premise of your baseless article, is dishonest and emblematic of everything that is wrong with American journalism. And it is why the WaPo, and other major news organizations are dying.

We just can't trust you to tell us the whole truth any more. Your political axe is always grinding.

Leftists like Capehart are shaking in their birkenstocks. They are so freaking scared of the Tea Party movement because they cannot easily (and certainly not credibly) demonize it. There is no leader to take down- no "face" of the movement. It literally has millions of faces.

So instead hacks like Capehart and Olberman try to play inane race cards and try to tie every crackpot (despite their political leanings) to the Tea Party.

It won't work.

Posted by: mattwalter | February 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I think all of you have missed the escape hatch Mr. Capehart left for himself. Consider:

"similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement"

You see? "Extreme elements," does not cover the *entire* movement -- only trace elements of the movement. That's an awful convenient word trick. Let's try it with other groups to see if we arrive at the same conclusion!

...similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Conservative movement.

...similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Progressive movement.

...similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Climate Change movement.

See how easily this can apply to just about anything with such clever usage of wiggle words? Let's continue.

...similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the Happy Meals Are Nutritious movement.

...similar to that we're hearing from the extreme elements of the My Little Pony movement.

And so on. Works every time! The only difference here is that Capehart's usage only betrays his quite obvious, transparent bias that clearly favors the liberal agenda. So much for the oath of disinterest.

Posted by: cloud_chsr | February 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how the liberal press (Capehart and his ilk) has to blame the Tea Party groups. What they fail to realize is the fact that if their liberal agenda is successful, their "free press" will be the first to go out of business when the socialist government takes over, as Hitler did in Germany. What Obama's Zars did to wipe out competitive auto dealers is an example of how they would shut down news organizations or anyone else that does not push their agenda!

Posted by: zaczac | February 19, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny how you missed the last two lines:

"The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

This guy was a hard Leftist, and using selective editing to create the impression of the Tea Party affiliation is pure disinformation.

Posted by: rhight | February 19, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be one of the most loathsomely incompetent two-bit HACKS ever to roam the planet, to attempt to slime the TP movement with this equine excreta.

I could justify the above comment with a whole raft of directly rational points, but it would be a complete waste of time.

Stack's actions, AND his viewpoints, were clearly DIAMETRICALLY opposed to those behind the Tea Party and its proponents.

His screed was clearly, blatantly, far more closely approximating what one would expect from a LEFT-wing nutjob, a regular visitor to DK and DU, than anything one might connect to the Right.

You're a worthless turd to attempt to claim otherwise.

Posted by: OBloodyHell | February 20, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

OOOOPS....
Comrade Capehart appears to have left off the final paragraphs of the manifesto referring to the communist & capitalist creeds where the manifesto's author obviously sides with the communist creed (or the ANTI-TEA PARTY CREED). Must be an innocent oversight by Capehart!!!!
Yeaaah.......

Posted by: ftbuta | February 20, 2010 4:48 AM | Report abuse

It is patently dishonest to try to conflate radical Islamic terrorism with random acts of suicidal lone wolf violence.

People like McVeigh and Stack aren't raised from early childhood to develop a thirst for innocent blood. ...

Our non-Islamic domestic terrorists don't get support from wealthy individuals and foreign governments...

Diabolical tyrants don't send money to the families of people like Joseph Andrew Stack after they commit their acts of violence...

Churches don't encourage, support and praise people like Timothy McVeigh, and no one dances in the streets when "a white Texas guy flies into a government building."

Abdulmutallab and Stack are not part of the same phenomenon. It's unfortunate people like Jonathan Capehart have PC sensibilities that lead them to draw imaginary connections between lone wolf psychopaths and international Islamic terrorist networks.

It's even more unfortunate when libelous paranoid prejudice against the peaceful Tea Party movement seeps into reputable news outlets like the Washington Post.

Posted by: rightklik | February 20, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I am not surprised that you would attempt to manipulate this story to fit your ideological template. After all, you work for the Post. But this insult to our intelligence that you, working for a NATIONAL news organization, could only aquire parts of the manifesto that support your ridiculous premise when the rest of us easily obtained the entire text well after the incident is oddly incompetent. At least show enough respect to those you attempt to manipulate by lying in a more intelligent manner. My God Man!

Posted by: tonicus | February 20, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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