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Joseph Stack's familiar anti-government tune

When I wrote my last post on Joseph Stack, I was very careful not get ahead of what was already known, and I was careful not to associate the entire Tea Party movement with his actions. Pity some didn't read the piece as carefully as I wrote it. So let me restate my argument without reservation:

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.

The excerpts I chose from Stack's suicide note/manifesto illustrate that point. And I'm not the only one to make the connection between Stack's alienation from government and the anti-government extremists who have latched on to the broader Tea Party movement.

"His rambling suicide note exhibited more than a man pushed past the brink of sanity by economic anxiety -- it expressed the fury at both big business and big government that has fueled political protests during this 18-month manic recession," writes John Avlon, who served as Mayor Rudy Giuliani's speechwriter and deputy communications director and was deputy policy director on Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. "When the fires of anti-federal government anger are stoked, it can ignite the unstable among us. And in the case of Joseph Stack, he combined the two inevitables of life -- death and taxes -- into one murderous moment."

Stack didn't like much of anything or anyone. He railed against President George W. Bush, Wall Street, insurance companies and capitalism, to name a few. That he ends his suicide note with an apparent nod to communism doesn't disprove the larger point. Stack was raging against a system he thought was unfair and contributed to his economic insecurity. There are extreme elements on the far right roiling with this same rage that must be called out before they root themselves further in a broader movement that has legitimate concerns about the federal government and the direction of the country. Michael Gerson does an excellent job of that today. Others must follow. We ignore others like Stack at our peril.

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Interstingly, I read Stack's note and agree with about 80% of what he says--the sins of big business and do-nothing government. Of course I disagree vehemently with the other 20%, especially the idea that violence is a solution.

I find it hard to pigeon-hole him as a right-wing fanatic, especially given the scorn he heaps on GW Bush. I think he articulates vividly the angst that many people feel in today's uncertain world. This anxiety brought about the election of Obama and is fuelling the Tea Party movement.

Of course, while we shouldn't buy into the facile or extreme solutions advocated by many on the fringes, we in the "sane" middle would ignore these violent emotions at our peril.

I hope that Pres. Obama and other leaders can start to convince people that they can bring about change incrementally through

Posted by: Jeff_from_WI | February 19, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse


I hope that Pres. Obama and other leaders can start to convince people that they can bring about change incrementally through volunteer efforts and the mainstream political process.

Posted by: Jeff_from_WI | February 19, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The guy he sounds closest to is Michael Moore.

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | February 19, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I read Gerson's column and he makes a good point. Gerson has integrity; he is right to say mainstream conservatives have to call out the conspiracy kooks on the far right.

But likewise, mainstream liberals should be calling out the far left conspiracy kooks.

Jonathan, can you point to columns you have written where you have challenged lefties such as Van Jones or the Rev. Wright who have thrown out far-fetched left-wing conspiracy theories?

If not, you have a lot of nerve writing about this whole issue and criticizing conservatives for not calling out those on the fringe of the movement.

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | February 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting how lightening fast those on the left are to link events to people or causes. Contrast to the foot dragging that borders on concealment of any linkages of the Ft. Hood Islamic murderer or the Harvard educated Obama supporting Huntsville murderer.

Posted by: fayettebill | February 19, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,
Would you please point out where you have called out the kooks on the left for making outrageous statements and claims? Maybe your friends on the Daily Kos should be reprimanded by your balanced approach.

Posted by: SamTC | February 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Capehart you gutless wonder. You shiver in fear of real people concerned about government tyranny and link them to a desperate unbalanced man.

It's amazing how scared the left is of Sarah Palin and the Tea partiers. Everyday there is a smear article devoted to one or the other or both, yet these same liberals say they are extremists that are unelectable.

You and your liberal cronies are not only wrong but becoming inconsequential, because most people understand you are promoting propaganda, not opinion based on real world facts.

Posted by: kj07241958 | February 19, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Your bringing up the thought of "tea party" in this incident is contemptible.

Posted by: justmyvoice | February 19, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Truth hurts, eh 'baggers? Your precious movement started on April 15, 2009, with a healthy dose of anti-government, anti-tax, anti-IRS spew. We've connected the dots from this nut to you nuts.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, if you read Stack's letter, he is far more akin to alienation expressed by left-wing nut jobs. He in fact rails against capitalism. Why Capehart doesn't make THAT analogy and instead makes the tea Party analogy is simply journalism at a grade school level.

Posted by: smith4321 | February 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Haha, reading over all these comments, makes me laugh.

I don't think many people read what Stack wrote, just like most people haven't bothered to read what binLaden wrote.

It's just too taboo to see what a "crazy person" wrote.

The reality is that Stack wasn't on the "far right". He wasn't on the "far left" either.

People are so dumb today, that they think that politics is as complicated as a straight line and they are quick to try to pigeon hole everybody into that kindergarten thinking. Stack said people in the US were stupid and asleep, well, he was certainly right about that.

Everybody in the media is trying to jump over this to denounce the left or the right, but isn't it odd that nobody in the media is criticizing the government, or researching Stack's specific problems with the government and reporting on that?

Media today, is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the government. There is no media today.

The Internet isn't just for porn anymore, why don't some of you lazy people find out what Stack actually wrote?

Posted by: fuzzywzhe | February 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes and the rabid Obama supporter who murdered three of her associates at the campus meeting suggests that all Obama supporters are potential murderers. Your column is indefensible, liberal, knee jerk generalization and your attempts to explain it are about as credible as similar attempts by Tiger Woods. I suggest a retreat and some therapy.

Posted by: hunsky | February 19, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart said that he was not the only one, to make a connection between Stack's alienation from government and the tea party movement. He can now, be counted among the left wing, hateful elite, who espouse such philosophy, as.... "Never let a good crises go to waste" and "By any means, necessary."

Posted by: freedomsdaughter | February 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as an American, this seems to be a repeating story in the United States today.

What Joe did was wrong, but attempting to blame this on left or right wing views is a wasted effort.

HIS grief, and that's the most accurate word to describe it, is like the 72 year old mans in Aspen New year 2008-2009.

It's a reflection of a growing unease in people that just see that they do not matter, in any sense, in the BIG picture. Not even in a smaller local picture.

They live in a permanent eclipse where business and politics are
perceived as ends unto themselves. Where the people are truly NOT represented, regardless of their political leanings.

We can just be thankful that Joes ire was directed at the IRS and not, say, at the EPA after allowing a new nuclear power plant to be rubber stamped for Georgia.

There is something wrong in the country, many people are aware and cannot put their finger on exactly what, their own political leanings cloud their view to one side or the other, but they CAN sense it.

And: you cannot kill an idea or a belief or a feeling. There is a lesson here.

It would be good to see THE PEOPLE as the priority for the government. Then I believe, sad stories like this may become less rather than MORE frequent.

Posted by: isb123 | February 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, maybe Stack is like some tea party folks, and maybe some paranoid, raving, Bush Derangement Syndrome, Democrat Underground, lunatics are like some tea party folks. Stack had a lot more in common with the raving, leftist lunatics than he did with conservative Tea Party Americans.

Posted by: ecartr5 | February 19, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This guy didn't want to pay his taxes.

Just like Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, Timothy Geithner and like many of Obama's other appointments.

Clearly Stack was a Liberal.

Posted by: fallenstar2005 | February 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic clown. All Capehart exposes in his writing is his own prejudice and ignorance.

Posted by: hurtubises | February 19, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm you know who else rages all the time against reckless big business, wall street excesses, fat cat bankers and the broken Government in Washington and who wants universal health care just like Joe Stack?

Barack Obama

Posted by: robtr | February 19, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I see you are digging in, Mr. Capehart. Unfortunately, you continue to cling to the bigoted belief that the Tea Partiers are angry, and said anger could result in violence. If you had any idea what you were talking about, you'd know that to be laughable. There is no violence in the Tea Party movement. The movement itself isn't even "right wing". Only your deeply ingrained prejudices allow you to think otherwise.

Stack was no right winger. He was a confused nutjob loser coward murderer.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | February 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

With his rages against Bush, fat cat bankers, big business, broken government in washington, failure to pay taxes and his love for all things communist and universal health care.

Joe Stack was closer to being an Obama Cabinet member than in the Tea Party.

Posted by: robtr | February 19, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hot Air -- WaPo columnist: I stand by what I said about that insane pilot and some tea partiers

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

Jonathan, we read your article yesterday every bit as closely as you wrote it. You left out the excerpts from the manifesto that did not fit your narrative. When you begin to criticize the left as you often do the right, then maybe just maybe you will become a true journalist. Until then, you will continue as a writer no one will believe. Sorry, digging deeper in a second column to explain the first just doesn't get it.

Posted by: d1carter | February 19, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

capehart proves his ignorance about the tea party movement by spewing such pulp. why does the post continue to dig the hole of partisan hack "journalism" by printing such crap?
you're a hack capehart!

Posted by: yabayfwee | February 19, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: jlburr | February 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Then you are indeed a idiot.

Bit like every other lying Leftist journalist you leave out the inconvenient part of this nut's letter where he shows that he is a communist, just like your idiotic President. Image that.

Why does the Post wish to go down the drain as an organization employing liars like this fool?

Posted by: LogicalSC | February 19, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

As Elton sang, "Oh, it seems to me,
That sorry seems to be the hardest word."

Leaving out pertinent parts of the "manifesto" to make your slanted argument, it is obvious that you are agenda and not truth driven.

Capehart, it is time to apologize. It is time to broaden your narrow viewpoint.

Posted by: fallenstar2005 | February 19, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,
I’m sorry that I wasn’t smart enough to read your first blog that states how similar Joseph Stack’s manifesto sounds like certain elements of the Tea Party and yet not realize that the last thing you had in mind was to slander the entire movement but suggesting a link that simply wasn’t there. I also must apologize for being so ignorant even today as to not understand why you chose excerpts that illustrate that point which you say you weren’t trying to make, yet ignore any parts that clearly indicate that Mr. Sacks had very little in common with the Tea Party.
Myself, in my ignorance, simply assumed that this was the ranting of a madman and that his actions should not reflect poorly on any one but himself. I must thank you for pointing out that once again, those who dare to have a different point of view from you and those within the main stream media (I think that would be about 2/3rds of the American people) are in fact responsible not only for our own actions, but those of everyone else as well.

Posted by: Vinnie3 | February 19, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

JC -
you're an effin ahole, thanks for making it easy and exposing yourself again

Posted by: barryO2 | February 19, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Funny, the excerpts I choose to read from Stack's statement make him seem like an extremist from the Obama party.

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

Stack didn't pay his taxes just like half of the Obama Nominees from Daschle to Geithner and others. Sounds like Stack was a left wing tax cheat

Posted by: dencal26 | February 19, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you should read comments by his close friends and associates who state that Stack was "apolitical" in their opinion. And perhaps you should look at other points in his
note that show his anger towards capitalist organizations!

And then the kicker you avoid is his comment on Communism!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | February 19, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested to know why Jonathan Capehart omitted Joseph Stack's crticism of organized religion in general and the Catholic Church in particular. Perhaps it's because that didn't fit in with Capehart's obvious political agenda.

Jospeh Stack was neither a right-wing nut nor a left-wing nut. He was simply a nut, period.

Jonathan Capehart and his fellow ideologues should stop trying to connect Stack to those Americans who legitimately believe the federal government has grown far beyond the size and scope specified by the United States Constitution.

Posted by: austinrl | February 19, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Capehart or Capefear? Talk about fear-mongering and ascribing a murderer to one political party over another! Shameless. Moreover, I cannot believe that you had the Elitist audacity to write:

"Pity some didn't read the piece as carefully as I wrote it," attempting to condescendingly make the point that we are all dumb.

Talk about arrogance.

Posted by: Polemical | February 19, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a cheap shot, Joe... Shame on you!

Posted by: freedomsdaughter | February 19, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse


Isn't it more like Jonathan Capehart's familiar anti-GOP tune?
You have so much hate you see every action, every news event with a partisan perspective. This poor insane man that flew into the IRS building in Austin did not represent any group or political movement. He was obviously insane. So are your comments. You twist the truth to fit the "Capehart vision" of a world of fair, smart Democrats fighting the unfair, mean and at best, misguided Republicans.

How can the Washington Post have someone as partisan as you in such an important post? At least we (a few people, since the ratings are so low) are able to see you on such high brow TV shows as "Countdown with Keith Olberman" or any of the other left wing jokes on MSNBC. We can see your snarky, childlike demeanor and therefore better understand your written words.

Posted by: JackReacher | February 19, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"There are extreme elements on the far right roiling with this same rage that must be called out"

Ah yes, the "far-right communist supporters who hate capitalism, Organized religion and Catholicism".

That was of course who you meant.

I've done a head count, and I think there are more unicorns than members of this group. Any other imaginary bogeymen you'd like to trot out in your defense? Maybe Bigfoot has political views you disapprove of as well? Is Nessy perhaps a bit too extreme for your tastes?

Posted by: gekkobear1 | February 19, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart, you said that your thoughts about the suicide bomber was the same as many others. Do you usually follow the crowd or do you know how to think on your own? Stack's manifesto clearly showed his anger with the government, George Bush, organized religion and his embrace of communism. So where pray tell do you get the crazy idea that Joe Stack was anywhere resembling the Tea Party? The only way you can conclude that would be to actually have your own agenda and try to fit a square peg in a round hole. Mr Capehart, obviously you failed at that intelligence test.

Posted by: mtr2648 | February 19, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

You keep on the lookout for those extreme right wing fanatics hiding in the bushes as T-baggers, Mr. Capehart!

The never-tiring, ever-ready patriotic crusader.

Jonathan Capehart, the WaPo's own Inch-High Private I.

Posted by: adamnescot1 | February 19, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart -- whose attempt yesterday to link Stack to Tea Partiers in any way, shape, or form was eviscerated by several in the "Comments" section -- now compounds the felony. Rather than fess up to his own biases, it's become, of course, the fault of "others" who failed to see Capehart's nuanced prose for what it was intended to be.


The fact that Capehart even sees "alienation" and "extreme elements" in the Tea Party movement, and mentions them in the same breath as Stack, is clear evidence that he doth protest too much. Just don't try telling him that. If you wonder why Stack doesn't remind him of the "alienation" and "extreme elements" over at Daily Kos or Democratic Underground...well, you just need to listen better.

Or do we really think those "extreme elements" among the Tea Partiers would agree with Stack's closing lines: "The Capitalist Creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

This whole episode is sad, and made more so by the likes of Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: mrgb1 | February 19, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

You should lose your job for being so irresponsible. In what way does communism and the tea party go together? You are insane. The press is a joke.

Posted by: wagner3 | February 19, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

What irresponsible "journalism". Mr. Capehart CHOSE to exclude many facts from his pitiful story. He failed to include that Stack quoted Karl Marx, "From each according to his ability to each according to his need." He also failed to mention Stack's complaint about unfinished business pertainng to universal healthcare, or how Stack didn't approve of Pres. Bush, or that he ragged on religion. If I were as irresponsible as Mr. Capehart I could draw the conclusion that this man must have been some left-wing nut job. But what does Mr. Capehart use to back up his impeccable research? Well, he just says, others have come to similar conclusions. You need to go back to school, sir. This is irresponsible and hateful writing. Shame on you! Shame on the Washington Post for even printing such garbage! I guess if nothing else, it got people to the webpage to yell at you!

Posted by: goldenlight2 | February 19, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart:

Your highly selective choice of quotations yesterday in attepting to smear the Tea Party Movement with a nonexistant link to Mr. Stack was loathsome and utterly lacking in integrity. Your excuse today that some equally integrity-challenged "journalists" made a similar connection does not excuse you, it merely points out that you share company with others of your ilk. If your employers have any integrity, you will be fired.

Posted by: GWolf2 | February 19, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, this Stack lunatic basically admits he's a left wing kook by his admiration for Communism but since it doesn't fit the narrative of a fellow far left wing lunatic like Capehart he ignores it? He rails against Bush like a good liberal but that also doesn't fit Capehart's narrative so it also must be ignored. Like 99% of the population Stack thinks he's overtaxed so that makes him a "right winger?" I wonder if Capehart even sees the dilemma?

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

Stack didn't pay his taxes so I'd say he had more in common with Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel than with the tea party movement. Nice try though, lefties.

Posted by: joanne600 | February 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

You're still an idiot, Capeheart.

Stack is more like an Obama mentor than a Tea Partier.

Bill Ayers and his Weathermen attacked government buildings and killed people.

Just like Stack.

This is a left wingnut thing, not a right wing thing.

Posted by: drjohn3 | February 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

No Mr. Capehart the REAL PITY is your blatant disregard to do your job as a journalist. Integrity sir has flown right over your head!

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 there 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 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow Jonathan--dramatic. Dramatic, unsupported, illogical....

Posted by: allamer1 | February 19, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

So, in other words, Mr. Capehart, you are willing to compare Stack to Tea Partiers because he mentions government and taxes, eh? You ignored all of the other things he railed about that would never be ranted about by any Tea Party person - the Catholic church, Christians, capitalism, etc. You conveniently edited out the parts of his manifesto that didn't fit your narrative, including his homage to communism at the end. You're a liar and a fraud, Capehart. Most Tea Partiers are quick to condemn freak extremists who try to insinuate themselves into the movement. In this instance, we had absolutely nothing we needed to distance ourselves from, except in the minds of biased, dishonest journalists like yourself.

Posted by: anna_78750 | February 19, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought, Mr. Capehart, do you get an extra $50 or $100 in an envelope if you smear the Tea Party movement, Sarah Palin or conservatives in general?

I know WaPo is hurting, but the way the paper has doubled down on being a mouthpiece for the Obama administration; one wonders if there might be some "outside" extra cash in it for those of you who stay and continue to post the White House talking points until the paper folds, or gets a government bailout...

Posted by: fallenstar2005 | February 19, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

So because the guy from the Southern Poverty Law Center gave Fox News an interview, and his thoughts echo yours, you feel vindicated?

You're kidding, right? The Southern Poverty Law Center would call a ten-year-old with a BB gun a domestic terrorist if it thought it could get away with it.

Posted by: justathinker | February 20, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart, you are a liar. You took that nut's screed and edited to slur by association those people who are against Obama's policies.

Now, you spin with about as much skill as a Tiger Woods apology, your response.

I like, the tired by true technique of a liar, who went caught red-hander, get all angry and accuse people of not seeing your subtle brillant distinctions.

Again, because it needs to be said often to the likes of you; you are a lousy liar.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | February 20, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Typical leftist trying to smear (through weak association) a group that he sees as an existential threat.

The rambling rants of an angry, suicidal nut-case do not enlighten us about anything except the confused mind of a mentally unstable person.

A big part of the Tea Party message is about personal and fiscal responsibility. This guy failed at both. He failed to pay his taxes and then in a fit of rage at being caught, burned down his own house leaving his family homeless, and committed murder/suicide.

Posted by: Parker1227 | February 20, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

Capehart is a left-wing activist disguised as a journalist. This must be obvious to anyone with an IQ higher than 70.

Here he tries to smear a patriotic group of very concerned citizens in a most shameful manner.

That's the MO of left-wing "journalists" nowadays. Hit pieces on those that they hate. Those they hate just happen to be conservative patriots who do not want to live in an atheistic, socialistic, Euro-weenie America.

After Barack H. Obama's ONE term is over, maybe he and Capehart can buddy up and start their own liberal network. Air-America left a little hole to fill.

Posted by: battleground51 | February 20, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I would like for someone to investigate his educational background. He has been referred to as an "Engineer", but I have my doubts. He sounds like another "American Dreamer" who thinks he should be able to start his own company and strike it rich. Looking at his "website" over the years (using "Internet Archive: Wayback Machine") - he put no effort into the site, but apparently expected it to bring him business. The site was just plain crummy and probably never brought him a single customer...and probably scared many potential customers away.

I wonder if his isn't just a case of someone in such financial distress that he had no choice but to kill himself. Once he realized he had to go, he just decided to take a few with him. Since he couldn't achieve any meaning for his life in his own right, attempt to give it meaning by falling on his sword.

The one truth he failed to realize was that his failures may have been magnified by the huge number of H1-B workers (cheap high-tech indentured servants) - who have been brought into the US by the greedy corporate executives. More than 500,000 are inside the US right now - working for 40-60% of what Americans used to make in the same jobs.

Like others, I wonder how he could afford to purchase a home and an airplane. Why didn't the IRS seize his airplane to pay his back taxes?

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

If anyone reads this current post of yours carefully, they will realize your observation and opinion is almost on point. It IS important to distinguish between "extremists" who advocate violence and the Tea Party movement or any other movement. Yet, you still slyly link the two.

So, I would go further and say that extremists are not "of the Tea Party movement" but like most extremists they know their actions will not be condoned. They seek cover no matter whether their cover wishes to shelter them or not, just like the extremists we fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. They too hide among civilian Muslims who do not share their violent intent. It is too easy to tar innocent people when using a broad brush. It's fine to call out extremists on the far right AND the far left. Just leave the Tea Party out of it, ENTIRELY. Indeed, his liberal critics cannot even justify labeling him as a conservative.

That being said, ditto the fact we ignore people like Stack at our peril. Just like the workers who used to "go Postal" because of inhumane working conditions at the Post Office and the school-shooters who crack because of bullying and abuse from school officials and fellow students, it's foolish to think that there was nothing worth paying attention to in anything he had to say before he went on his rampage.

We can condemn his murder-suicide and pay attention to the reasons it happened at the same time. That is not "justifying his action" as so many critics claim.

Posted by: Paul88 | February 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Capehart said re Stack:
"We ignore others like Stack at our peril."

Partisan crap. Extremists like Stack and Timmothy Vegh are the exception. The soft approach against terrorists by the Obama administration is the real threat.

Posted by: Billw3 | February 20, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

How can you still be employed when so many are not? You contradict your last post, as excerpts you were able to obtain before the FBI took them down are now excerpts you "chose". We know you chose them! That was, after all, the point! Once again you insult our intelligence and hope that the critique fades. It will not, sir. I assure you that your name will live on in circles of journalism with the likes of Eason Jordan and Jason Blair forever. I will teach the lesson of Capehart and equate it with unethical conduct until I breathe my last breath. You may tell yourself that this statement is melodramatic but you are lying to yourself as you pathetically attempt to lie to your readers. We (real writers) will hound you for the rest of your career as any ethical journalist would and should. You personify yellow journalism and until you are fired or resign, so goes the Post.

Posted by: tonicus | February 21, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

Amy Bishop was an ardent Obama fan who apparently shared political views with you, Capehart, but it would be absurd for me to say she shared views with left wing extremists as a way of condemning non-violent people with whom I disagree. She appears to be a disturbed individual, as was Stack. It's disgusting that you use these human tragedies to forward your own agenda

Posted by: mendacityuncovered | February 21, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the further explication of your original piece about Stack. Now I understand. Not.

Also, thanks for telling us how obtuse we are. And thanks for reminding us how brilliant you are.

Silly us for not being smart enough to understand.

Posted by: svose | February 21, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"Retreating into the herd-think that characterizes the establishment media, Capehart argues “I’m not the only one to make the connection between Stack’s alienation from government and the anti-government extremists who have latched on to the broader Tea Party movement.” Well, that makes it all right, then. I guess if we can get a quorum of reporters to agree, we can declare any inconvenient group beyond the pale, and set about demonizing them."

Posted by: svose | February 21, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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