Texas Suicide Flyer Had Real Populist Grievances
By Rich Benjamin, AlterNet
Liberals are dismissing Joseph Stack’s rant as a brutal anti-government battle cry — “Tea Party on steroids.” Conservatives are dismissing it as the petulant whine of a “victim” who couldn’t hack capitalism.
The tortured manifesto cannot be credibly labeled as left- or right-wing. Rather, it’s a non-partisan screed against problems roiling the Republic — and Stack’s head — for years. A crippled economy dominated by political and corporate potentates. A campaign and election system rotted by special interests and money. Byzantine tax laws that baffle small business owners and individuals.
History haunts Stack’s crime and screed. His crime consciously mimics 9/11. And his suicide note recalls the Great Depression.