At first, one might presume they do so out of ideological resentment, but as I noted in my previous post, these nuts tend to pick and choose from various ideologies depending on what is best for them at the moment. If so, why do so many of them perform their final detonation at the IRS?
I think it is because the IRS is the one institution that no one can ever escape.
You can’t escape death and taxes, and the IRS is always the latter and sometimes the former.
Rightly or wrongly, the IRS has the power to make every citizen accountable for their taxes. Malignantly selfish people like Stack spend their entire lives avoiding blame and refusing to accept responsibility. Believing themselves to be always cheated and exploited, they rationalize that everyone else deserves to be cheated and exploited. When people complain, they just move on to another job, another business, another town or another family. They skate through a vast series of personal and economic relationships, leaving a trail of broken promises, lawsuits and sometime outright theft.
Quite often, they’re too inept to ever be actually economically successful, so they seldom make cost-effective lawsuit targets for private entities. Most people they cheat just write the cost off and go on…
…but not the IRS.
The IRS goes after everybody. (They may even target middle-class taxpayers because they are defenseless targets.) People like Stack who blame everyone else for their failures and dodge all responsibility eventually collide with an entity they cannot cheat, exploit or escape. All their craven manipulation and irresponsibility mean nothing to the cold iron heart of the taxman.
The IRS grabs them just like it does everyone else and it does not let go. Whereas the rest of us grumble and pay up, no matter how painfully, these jerks just can’t accept that they have hit an immovable object of responsibility and that they will have to suffer along with the rest of us.
In their own personal story of martyrdom, the IRS is the last in a long line of unjust persecutors and the one they cannot escape. Faced with either taking responsibility or going out in a murder/suicide, they choose the latter and they target the entity that finally brought them to account.
The IRS screws over a lot of people. The IRS justly and unjustly destroys thousands of lives every year. Honest mistakes in a byzantine tax code can destroy a lifetime of work. Small-business people live in constant fear that a mistake by themselves or their accountants will destroy their businesses, their livelihoods and possibly cost them their freedom.
Yet, those people don’t lash out violently at the IRS, because they have empathy and they understand that it’s not all about them. They understand that life isn’t fair and that you have to be responsible even for your honest mistakes. They understand they you pay up, you curse and then you go on.
Stark and others like him won’t do that. Rather than admit they made a mistake, that they are responsible for their actions or even that sometimes life just takes a crap on you, they choose murder and suicide.
These people are armed bombs their entire lives. They ram through people their entire lives, growing more and more angry. The IRS is just the immovable object that finally makes them detonate.