Daughter Calls Pilot in Texas Plane Crash a Hero
Monday, February 22, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas — The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into an Internal Revenue Service building called her father a hero for his anti-government views but said his actions, which killed a tax service employee, were "inappropriate."
Joe Stack's adult daughter, Samantha Bell, spoke to ABC's "Good Morning America" from her home in Norway. Asked during a phone interview broadcast Monday if she considered her father a hero, she said: "Yes. Because now maybe people will listen."Authorities say Stack, 53, targeted the IRS office building in Austin last week, killing employee Vernon Hunter and himself, after posting a ranting manifesto against the agency and the government. He apparently set fire to his home before flying his plane into the office building.
Hunter's son, Ken Hunter, said he's alarmed by comments that called the pilot a hero.
"How can you call someone a hero who after he burns down his house, he gets into his plane ... and flies it into a building to kill people?" Hunter told ABC." "My dad Vernon did two tours of duty in Vietnam. My dad's a hero."
Bell said she offered her deepest condolences to Hunter's family. She said her father's last actions were wrong."But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished," she told ABC. "But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government."
This cast doubts of those friends who say they had no notion about his politics. To his daughter, who grew up listening to the man, his actions summated to being "inappropriate," as opposed to homicidal, an intentional and glaring omission. She agrees with him and was obviously influenced by his upbringing. But such sentiments, according to the murderer's family, now makes him a 'hero' but wrecking a plane into a building and killing everyday workers--well, that is just 'inappropriate,' as if the worst thing Joe Stack ever did was ask an uncomfortable question to Ms. (ex)California.
Ah, but he is "speaking out against injustice." Really? Tell me, Samantha, what about the injustice of flying a plane into a building and killing people? What about the injustice of setting your house on fire, subjecting your current family or neighbors to possible fiery death, and then flying your plane into a building and murdering in cold blood an office worker (who has no say on tax policy)?
So, you do not like a tax law, and that is your definition of a hero? When Uncle Sam allowed Mr. Stack to make business deductions (an indirect subsidy that we, the rest of the taxpaying public, paid for), he loved our government then. It was only until he was cut off the deduction gravy train after the '86 law that he supposedly cared (assuming that one believes his suicide note), and I am supposed to buy into the notion that his life was ruined? The man was a college educated engineer, not an unemployed steel worker. He had enough money to run his own business for over two decades after that law was passed, live in a nice home, and start a second family, something which the pauperized workers of the automobile, steel, and traditional industries have not been able to do over the past few decades. Mr. Stack had no disability, outside of the rot in between his ears, but you think murdering people is merely 'inappropriate'?
To those who think this stuff is heroic, I would like to know, if you are honestly anti-government, why is it that these people are the ones driving on roads subsidized by my tax dollars, spending federal notes created by government printers (and at my expense)? Why is it that Ron Paul is living off my dollar for his health care and Social Security (when he is far beyond the years of his FICA contributions, meaning he is living off my dollar for a check from an agency he thinks the rest of us do not deserve)? When I see the Samantha Bells living in their shacks, refusing to profit from the provisions of government, only then can I listen to her opines about the 'injustice' of the state and take it seriously (it would be corresponding to a Communist millionaire lecturing me about the plight of workers), especially when Bell is living in Norway, a country whose tax rates are much higher than the US and a government that provides her with cradle-to-the-grave welfare, including healthcare. I would be interested to know if Samantha has taken any of those benefits, while telling us her dad is a hero for hating the government.
There are many things my government does that I do not like (namely, bombing and arresting people [i.e., the two things you will never see the supporters of Joe Stack ever wreck a plane into a building over]). I do not murder people as a response to my government's injustices and I do not take the view that all government is evil. Government is a means to an end. Like technology (another obsession of these primitive individualists), it can be used both for good and bad. If you want to be a tax-dodging faux anarchist, then practice what you preach and stop taking or accruing any of the benefits of that state. It would seem an easy plan to follow, even if you are living in one of the welfare state capitals of the world, Norway.
*=let this disprove the notion where Mr. Stack was taking his orders--that is, unless you are an ex-Marxist-turned-libertarian lemming.