My column today is dedicated to all of the people in America who are the victims of IRS harassment and persecution but choose to suffer in many cases the loss of all they have ever worked a life time for, rather than to do something as foolish as Joe Stack did on February 18. For those who are doing it for their country -- and many are and have been in prison -- I say, I don’t believe that your sacrifice has been in vain. For you who have suffered the loss of all things for Christ’s sake, no doubt your reward will be great when you hear those words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
The Suicide of Joe Stack
By Pastor Brook Stockton
Below you will find not-so-politically correct comments regarding the suicide note of Joe Stack who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building.
Propaganda Warning: No doubt the spin has already started wherein in the media with the help of the government will paint Joe Stack as some kind of lunatic, crazy man who flew his plane into the IRS offices in Austin. Frustrated “yes,” but crazy “no.” Furthermore, the IRS / Gov will not accept any responsibility for the frustration they create everyday in this nation even though the IRS is the most evil, predatory, tyrannical tax collection system ever devised by the mind of greedy men. The blame for all frustration will be placed on the “tax protester” because he refuses to do his “patriotic duty” and pay his “fair share of taxes.” Obama will say that he ran for office to relieve the frustration caused during the Bush years. No doubt preachers will condemn Joe Stack’s suicide mission and exonerate the IRS as a noble, loyal, necessary agency of the “government” . . . and in a soft God-like voice remind all good little Christian boys and girls to pay their taxes.
Pain: As I read his suicide letter, I could feel the deep anger and frustration of this man. Joe felt like the IRS was after every pound of flesh he had . . . and they were! Sadly, he is not alone. I am personally in contact with over twenty people who have lost their jobs, their homes, their pensions, and their freedom because of the oppressive practices of the IRS. These people are not evil, but because they couldn’t figure out all the rules, the IRS targeted them for total destruction and ruination. Most have written hundreds of letters to the IRS doing everything humanly possible to resolve a dispute, but the IRS has not, does not, will not issue a reasonable response. Their response has consistently 100% of the time been more threats, more intimidation, and more coercion. Without regard to numerous appeals, they lien houses, incomes, bank accounts, social security, and pensions. This is the most reckless, callous, godless organization on earth and there ain’t a damn thing a computer target can do about it.
Psalm 12 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy”
Justice: Does an imprecatory psalm come to mind? It was not Joe Stack’s duty to judge the Austin criminal organization, that is God’s job . . . but, he sure arranged their appointment with the Judge. Like Samson, Joe Stack took these Philistines down with him. May their souls burn in hell for the misery, and broken marriages, and poverty, and hopelessness they spread everyday across this country through their automated collection system: “The ax is already laid at the tree . . .” and “Except ye (IRS workers) repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Psalm 5: 6“You destroy those (the IRS agents) who speak falsehood . . .their throat is an open grave”
Psalm 12:1 “Help Lord, for the godly man ceases to be [in the government]”
Psalm 35:4 “Let those [IRS executives] be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me”
Psalm 52:2 “Your tongue (IRS] devises destruction . . . but God will break you down forever.”
Psalm 94:20 “One (Congress and the politicians) devises mischief by decree”
Psalm 54:3 “Violent men [from the IRS] have sought my life.”
Psalm 58:6 “O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth . . .”
Realism: I was impressed with Stack’s letter in that all the hope and all the optimism of youth was gone. In its place was a cold realism that this country is one of the most wicked, oppressive, unjust nations on earth. Was Joe wrong or was he telling the bitter truth about life outside the cabbage patch? If you have never been a victim of government fraud, narcissism, or lust for money and power, you will not understand Joe’s frustration. But I can tell you there are millions of Americans who no longer see America as the land of the free and the home of the brave, but see it as land of the slave and the home of the oppressed . . . and rightly so.
Jeremiah 9:5 And they [the state propagandists] will deceive every one his neighbor [anyone who watches T.V.], and will not speak the truth [about America’s departure from God’s law]: they have taught their tongue to speak lies [to the American people], and weary themselves to commit iniquity [by killing babies and plundering the wealth from the middle class].
I share Joe’s grief and frustration and pray his death and the death of the arrogators who perished will not be in vain.
Brook Stockton was a Baptist pastor most of his life, and was Dean of Men and Professor of Theology at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had first-hand experience with the incorporation issue when his deacon board, made up of government workers who feared for their security clearance, pressured him to resign the pastorate after he refused to register Forest Meadow Baptist Church (SBC) with the IRS.
Bro. Stockton, 63, currently leads an unregistered home church in Albuquerque and is involved in helping local Christians who are facing legal trouble due to some government intrusion. He is in the process of writing a book on God and government. His e mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org