This is really quite sad. The Austin pilot who crashed his plane into an IRS office seems to have done it as a protest. He also sounds as if he hopes – and maybe expects – others to follow his lead until government and business take notice.
In his manifesto, he rails against many things, but at the heart of it is a man who views the world from the bottom looking up and sees ‘up there’ only the vicious and greedy in the persona of government and big business. He feels utterly abused and used. And he’s tired of fighting back.
Anyone who takes his beef this far has lost touch. But even as he draws an exaggerated picture full of stereotypes, he is not all wrong. A good deal of what he sees is there. He isn’t imagining all of it; what he is imagining, is that that is all there is.
He ends his ‘manifesto on a bitter-sweet note, offering himself up:
“I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”