Last week as we all know a man who was tired of paying taxes, torched his home (attempting to kill his wife and child) and then flew his plane into an IRS building injuring several and killing on man.
I've completely stopped watching coverage of this cowardly act because in the media they only seemed to care about one thing. Who was the man who flew his plane into the building? I know all I really need to know about him. He was a coward who only thought of himself and his poor terrible life and he decided to end his life by flying his plane into a federal building. I've always seen suicides as cowardice. I do not understand people that think suicide is easier on them or how they think it's going to be easier on their family. But this coward took it to another level deciding that he was going to take out as many people as possible.
Fortunately only one person was killed in this act of cowardice (and that's one too many) but one would be hard pressed to find any news coverage of that man.
Turns out the man was a Vietnam vet by the name of Vernon Hunter. People have come out of the woodwork trying to prop the suicidal coward up as some kind of anti-tax hero and patriot but as Mr. Hunter's son put it, Vernon was THE hero and patriot, he "...served two terms in Vietnam. This guy never served at all. My dad wasn't responsible for his tax problems." Think about it. Vernon Hunter served two tours in Vietnam fighting for our rights so that this coward could have the opportunity to live in the freest country in the world. How does he repay Vernon Hunter? He kills him because he was unhappy with his taxes?
Since the act of cowardice both sides of the political spectrum have been far more interested in painting him as either a socialist liberal or nutcase conservative (in trying to blame the other side for this tragedy) than focusing on the victims. It doesn't matter which side of the spectrum he was on, he was a coward who doesn't deserve 1/10th the media coverage he is getting.
Was it an act of domestic terrorism? I tend to believe it was but even that is immaterial. Let's instead focus on the Vietnam vet who lost his life for doing nothing more than serving his country and going to work that day.
His neighbor, Robert Foster, described him as "just a real tender man ... It was always good to talk to him. He was just a nice guy."
Vernon Hunter leaves behind a wife, a son and daughter and six grandchildren.
R.I.P. Vernon Hunter
-portions of this blog were written using the story from News 8 in Austin, Texas