Lady Libertas would like to extend thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Joseph Stack attack. The suicide of this disturbed man and the death and pain that he has caused are heart wrenching. It is being reported that there was one additional death as a result of Joseph Stack flying his plane into the building to achieve his own suicide.
Lady Libertas was stunned and outraged by the coverage of the Joseph Stack attack in the liberal blogosphere and then the main stream media. Headlines began appearing claiming that Stack was a Tea Party member and that the violence that he wreaked was a hallmark of the Tea Party movement. Donald, on Right Pundits, quickly broke the story (see full story here) of the Fake Facebook account attributed to Stack and set up by the mysterious Emily Waters. Donald provides links to the screenshot of that facebook account and how it was set up by Emily Walters with the Gadsden Flag and the Liberty Tree quote by Thomas Jefferson. This facebook account and the distortions by liberals are nothing more than smear campaigns seeking to deface the Tea Party movement and prove some imagined violent agenda. The violent agenda of the Tea Party movement does not exist except in the fevered imaginings of the far left and the liberal media. Donald
Somehow, this deranged girl thinks that misrepresenting a dead man and the Tea Party is all about her free speech. Facebook removed the fake Stack Facebook account she created and her account so she has had her boyfriend open another Fake Stack Facebook account and filled it with more lies. We can expect her to be writing for Huffington Post by the weekend, I am sure. People are dead and Emily Walters is getting her 15 minutes of infamy by smearing Tea Party. How Very Progressive of Her.By Thursday evening, the mainstream media began to report the liberal blogospheres rantings that Joseph Stack was a Tea Party member as truth. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Lady Libertas reached out to the leaders of the Tea Party groups in the Austin, Texas area to get their reaction and to ask if Joseph Stack was a member of any of their groups. Leaders from the various Tea Party groups in the Austin area and a 912 group all confirmed that Joseph Stack was not and has never been a member or affiliated with any of their organizations.
Lady Libertas spoke by phone with Greg Holloway, Member of the Board of Austin Tea Party Patriots and Co-Founder of Common Sense Texans. Greg’s wife, Judy Holloway is the Founder of Austin Tea Party Patriots. Greg and I had a heartfelt conversation about the Joseph Stack incident. I asked Greg what his reaction was when he heard that this man had flown a plane into a building in Austin.
“The biggest thing that we found today in Austin, no matter what political affiliation Joseph Stack had, is the human tragedy. We are sorry for him and the people hurt today. This is a personal and community tragedy. Our prayers go out to the victims and to the family of Joseph Stack.”
Greg confirmed unequivocally that Joseph Stack did not belong now or ever to Austin Tea Party Patriots.
“Joseph Stack is not on any lists and was not a member.”
We discussed his view of the Tea Party and why anyone would think Joseph Stack was a member.
“Why would he be a Tea Party member? It could have easily been said he was a member of any group. They are just ridiculously mistaken by saying he was a member of Tea Party. Tea Parties are designed to help people, to bring people back to the Constitutional Principles. We want to make the country a good place for all people, not just a select few. We use civil mechanisms, the rule of law, elections, legislation to achieve our goals. Violence has no place at all in what we do.
These are real people. There was a real tragedy. How these left wing blogs are behaving has nothing to do with what happened today.
I hope there are plenty of friends and family available for the victims and the Stack family. If there is anything that Austin Tea Party Patriots can do for them, we are here to assist.”
Lady Libertas also reached out to Head Organizer, Heather Liggett of Austin Tea Party. Heather provided me with the following statement:
“I can say with affirmation that Joseph Stack was not a member of the Austin Tea Party nor was he a member of The Tea Party Movement. Within Mr. Stack’s own writing, one can see clearly that are no shared values or principles with the Tea Party.
After reading Mr. Stack’s February 18, 2010 statement, it is evident he supported anarchy. The Tea Party movement does not advocate anarchy. The Tea Party movement believes in our founding principles so eloquently written in our Constitution.
Mr. Stack repeatedly showed disdain for free-market principles in his statement. The Tea Party movement knows that every American success is rooted in the freedom of our capitalist principles.
Mr. Stack did not believe in paying taxes. The Tea Party movement believes in taxes for the defense of Our Great Nation; however like the majority of Americans – be they Democrat, Republican or Independent – we all believe in reform of the current tax structure. We only differ on the type of reform that is best.
Mr. Stack saw churches as corrupt entities and called them “monsters of organized religion.” He spoke of being “brainwashed to believe that there is freedom” and declared “violence is the only answer.” The Tea Party movement believes in God, and we know the valuable contributions our churches make each day to our communities across this land.
Thousands of Tea Parties have been held nationwide, a million Tea Partiers marched in our nation’s capital, and not a single act of violence was ever committed by a Tea Party supporter.
There is a common thread that ties every Tea Party across this country to the Austin Tea Party, and that thread is our eternal optimism in America. Tea Partiers believe in the American Spirit, the American Dream and the freedom of the people to peacefully assemble and use the powers granted in the Constitution to restore our nation. Mr. Stack was void of optimism. It is ironic that some members of the media are void of integrity and would try to make an association where one does not exist, as spelled out by Mr. Stack himself.”
Lady Libertas touched base with Toby Marie Walker, the Head of Waco Tea Party. Toby Marie also confirmed that Joseph Stack was not listed on their membership list and condemned the violent attack and sent an official statement over for me to use.
From Toby Marie Walker, President: “The Waco Tea Party does not condone or advocate acts of violence, the person who committed this violent act was not a member of the Waco Tea Party nor have we had any contact with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the the victims and their families. We would like to thank the first responders and others in law enforcement for their service and dedication to the community.
“The Waco Tea Party promotes fiscal responsibility, free markets and Constitutionally limited government. We are not an anti-government or anti-tax group, we are an advocate of our taxes being spent wisely and levied reasonably. Suggesting that the tea party movement is somehow connected to the incident is ludicrous, the perpetrator’s own statements in his manifesto suggest he had far different beliefs than those in the Tea Party Movement.”
“Those responsible for trying to drag the tea parties into this tragedy must be desperate. “Never let a good tragedy go to waste” is their mantra, and that is obvious here. At a time when decent Americans are shocked and praying for those affected, they were gleeful in creating misinformation to pin on a principled movement (in reference to Emily Walker who created the facebook account). She should be ashamed of herself.”
Lady Libertas, with the assistance of SarahInTx (awesome #Twister in Austin!), reached out to one of the 912 groups in the Austin area. Sarah is an active member of the Caldwell County 912 Project and she contacted the leadership on my behalf regarding the Joseph Stack attack. Sarah forwarded me the statement that came back to refute all liberal misrepresentations that Joseph Stack embodied Tea Party principles or behaved in a way that is endorsed by Tea Parties. This is the statement that I received from Sarah that came to her fromTracy Forester of the Caldwell County 912 Project:
The following question must be answered by each member before they join as a member on our meetup site: “Do you agree to be a peaceful and open minded member of this group?”
You will also find our mission statement [on the site}. Our goals are education, information and involvement.
Joseph Stack was a disturbed individual. There is no one to blame for this egregious act but Joseph Stack.“
Lady Libertas has yet to find an authentic Tea Party Group or Tea Party Member that endorses or agrees with the horrific actions of Joseph Stack. We all knew that.
A few, final thoughts.
Thank you to Greg and Heather, Marie, Sarah and Tracy. I reached out and you responded immediately. You are all True Patriots and I salute the work that you are doing on behalf of our Republic.
Lady Libertas has been involved with the Tea Party Movement for almost a year. I have met some of the most amazing human beings through participation in the Tea Party. It is an amazing group of individuals from every imaginable walk of life, socio-economic level, and political party affiliation. We are white, black, brown, yellow, and red, white & blue. We have joined together not because we are all exactly the same in our beliefs but because we all love our country and we believe that it is in trouble. Tea Party is unique in its uniqueness. Each group is different but there has never been violence condoned or performed in the name of Tea Party. Only the terminally misinformed would mistake our passion for aggression.
One person’s insane actions, no matter what they believe does not define a movement. And that goes for Amy Bishop too.
The next few days will be immensely difficult for everyone involved as they attempt to recover from this unexplainable tragedy. Let’s hope that the left can leave off their political machinations, smear campaigns and fake facebook accounts to allow the victims, families and people of Austin time to wake up from this nightmare and begin to heal.