Friday, February 19, 2010

Coming to a Boil

The cracks are there.  People are angry.  And if policymakers refuse to deal with the corruption in the system, the public will take matters into their own hands (for better or worse).

A small plane was flown into an IRS office building in Austin, TX yesterday.  Reuters had the boring lack of details article, but if you want a more detailed insight into the story, I suggest checking out Karl Denninger's post.

I don't have much to add, because let's face it, the Ticker Guy is a far more eloquent ranter than I am.  But reading the murder/suicide note, there's a few things you can take from it:

1) This guy wasn't a complete wackjob, indeed he was an educated, and seemingly articulate writer.  Angry for sure; batshit crazy, no.
2) If anything, the note screams of endless frustration and disillusionment with the ideal vs. reality of American justice.  The elite play by one set of rules and everyone else by another.

I'm not condoning the actions, but it's not hard to understand them either.  We've all felt similar fits of rage at our breaking points, the difference here is that eventually you push the wrong person past their tipping point and they snap.  And with the multitude of angry, disillusioned, unemployed US workers, it's highly probable that this won't be the last act of violence.

The US has enough of a problem with foreign terrorists, does it really need to add domestic to the list as well?  After all, if you're managing to not only piss off foreign extremists on a global scale,  as well as the citizens you're supposed to be serving...who does that really leave the government to be taking care of (besides the politicians themselves and the interests of their corporate partners).

1 comment:

  1. I agree in general, but would just add that the US has had a constant issue with domestic political violence, or whatever you want to call it, for most of its history. Easy examples are McVeigh and the hundreds of militant groups the FBI investigates every year that are thoroughly, shall we say, anglo-saxon in profile. The degree is likely to increase now, but it's not as if the US is suddenly finding itself with a brand new problem. Rather, domestic insurgency may take on a new character.