Social Commentary-Joseph Stack

If you haven’t been cooped up in a cubical all day, you probably know that Joseph Stack set fire to his house and then flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin, TX.  Well, apparently there’s a Facebook page for fans of this idiot.  Both of these sicken me.

Seriously, what do you think this is going to accomplish?  We’ll still have to pay taxes.  I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.

And then there’s the Facebook group.  Apparently it was deleted and started back up.  As the creator of the group said, “its sad when you don’t have the right to freedom of speech or expression anymore.”  First off, there is no such thing as freedom of expression.  Let’s see what the First Amendment actually says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Nope, don’t see freedom of expression in there…Anywhere.

Second, Congress isn’t censoring your Facebook group.  Facebook is.  Anyways, the courts have always held that the freedom of speech isn’t absolute (you can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded room unless there really is a fire).

Must fight the urge to comment on their Facebook page…

Polycarp at The Church of Jesus Christ and Christian at Homebrewed Theology also weigh in on this topic.

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7 thoughts on “Social Commentary-Joseph Stack

    • I knew my BA in Political Science would come in handy one day LOL.

      I wish people would listen, but from what I’ve seen, they are a bunch of conspiracy/right wing/teabagger nut-jobs.

  1. Craig,

    First, thanks for the link love. 🙂

    Second, I’m glad you took the Constitutional viewpoint on this. There are so many things wrong with what happened today, it’s difficult to cover them all.

    Another good reference to counter the “my freedom of speech is being repressed” argument that folks like these use is:

    Brandenburg v. Ohio 395 US 444 (1969)- Which states, in a nutshell, that speech that is incitement to lawless action is not protected speech.

    Thanks for swinging by, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    Christian

    • Thanks for stopping by Christian and for the court reference. I’ll have to look that up.

      There are many ways I could have gone with this. I might have to do a follow-up post that has a biblical and theological slant to it. Just trying to reach out to all.

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  3. First, let me say that my heart & sympathy goes out to all the innocent people that Joseph Stacks’ violence and wrongful rage fell upon today. Regardless of the circumstances that brought him to this end, it was tragic in its reminiscence of the Oklahoma City bombing and the terrorist brutality of 9/11.

    Actions such as this are not the way of making positive changes happen in our government. In fact, his careless disregard for his life and others shows Americas’ weakness, not our strength.

    For all of you who ’sympathize’ with him and his issues, remember this – he had a home, a wife, a child and he owned his own business and his own plane. Do know how much it costs to own a plane? The upkeep, maintenance, gas, etc.? More money than I have, that I can assure you!

    I do not claim to know the answers of how we can, as a Nation, come together and inform our government of our discontent in their mismanagement of our money, our homes, our healthcare and our lives; but I do know that this is not the way make our voices heard. This was an act of domestic terrorism and he should not be immortalized in any manner.

    I feel it is important that every American re-read The Declaration of Independence, re-read The United States Constitution and discuss appropriate and non-violent ways to stop the bleeding our Nation is currently experiencing.

    Violence is NOT the answer …

    Satan sez,

    I wonder what the Dalai Lama thought of this today?

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