Warren Street

Enough With the Spartacus-With-a-Plunger Already

You are NOT Joe. You're just wingnuts who would be enthusiastically destroying this guy and howling for blood if he was an Obama supporter. At least have the common decency to admit it.
First, a pre-emptive apology for the intentional non-humor to follow. I promise that all future non-humor will be strictly unintentional.

We've all witnessed a lot of insanity in American politics over the last few years. Up until the last few days, none of it has seriously bothered me; hey, just more grist for the satire mill. But after witnessing the media's blitzkreig on Joe 'the Plumber' Wurzelbacher, I can only muster anger, and no small amount of fear.

Politicians -- Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, et al. --  obviously have to put up with some rude, nasty shit, but it's  right there in the jobs description. Joe the Plumber is different. He was a guy tossing a football with his kid in the front yard of his $125,000 house when a politician picked him out as a prop for a 30 second newsbite for the cable news cameras. Joe simply had the temerity to speak truth (or, if you prefer, an uninformed opinion) to power, for which the politico-media axis apparently determined that he must be humiliated, harassed, smashed, destroyed. The viciousness and glee with which they set about the task ought to concern anyone who still cares about citizen participation, and freedom of speech, and all that old crap they taught in Civics class before politics turned into Narrative Deathrace 3000, and Web 2.0 turned into Berlin 1932.0.

Godwin's Law! you say? if the jackboot fits, wear it.
Of course, blaming that cheating old coot John McCain for bringing him up, repeatedly, and without having vetted him or without bothering to have found out if the man was a lying, no-tax-paying member of Natural Law Party is something the wingnuts cannot fathom.

No one wants to see the guy destroyed, and that is certainly not condoned here. But it's a little like watching a fox come out of the henhouse, covered in blood and feathers, and decry the violence done to the chicken who was watching out for him so he could finish off the hens.