But before setting foot in the cockpit, he sets fire to his house - apparently with his family yet inside! Was he trying to kill them also?
Of course no one in their right mind will condone these actions; my intent is not to affix culpability- Stack alone is responsible for his actions - nor to flail away at the government, although there is a wealth of material to be covered there. I am more interested in the notion being bandied about that Joe Stack is some kind of anti-tax Tea Party hero.
He is not a hero, far from it.
He is also not deranged.
He is most certainly selfish, self absorbed, perhaps narcissistic. Any man who loves his family more than his own life would not have chosen the path he took. His hatred for whatever the government did to him should not have taken precedence over his concern for the welfare of his family. And his blind, breathtaking disregard for the lives of other people stuns me.
His actions are more like that of a spoiled child.
If Joe can't have his way, then Joe is going home.
And he is taking all his marbles with him whether they like it or not.
In retrospect, how bad can life be if you can afford to own and operate a Piper Cherokee PA-28 airplane to visit your clients?
ADMIN UPDATE: For the full text of Stack's suicide note, go here.