Sunday, October 19, 2008

On Joe the Plumber

Wow. A man asks a presidential candidate a question and outs said candidate as the good little Marxist we all knew he was, and for that the local and national media crucifies him. To steal Glenn Reynolds' observation, the media's "done more investigations into Joe the Plumber in 24 hours than they've done on Barack Obama in two years." I've often said the media uses their First Amendment rights to shit on the Second, and often they do, and that's bad enough...but what happens when said media uses the immense power we've given them to basically retaliate against someone who dares to question someone they support, as we've seen happen with Joe Wurzelbacher? This is going to come back and bite them squarely in the ass...which wouldn't be a bad thing if that's as far as it went, but what happens when all the rest of us get it too? When Obama gets into office and tries to bring all his grandiose plans to fruition, such as the civilian national security force and the mandatory volunteerism? Sooner or later the same people who are sucking Obama's cock now are going to say, "Huh, maybe it's not so good that we didn't take a closer look at Obama and his plans for the country, and how that whole 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his need' thing worked out in Russia in the last century." And as soon as they say that, a detachment from that Civilian National Security Force is going to do the same thing to them that they did to Joe the Plumber — only this time the beatdown will be a real one. It's going to be a hell of a bitter irony if it comes to pass — the media didn't do their jobs in the run up to this election, and because of that it could well get to the point that the government KEEPS them from doing their job. Obama hasn't even been elected yet and we're already seeing it, as evidenced by his lawyers' intimidation of TV stations that were going to run NRA-sponsored ads highlighting his record. What happens when the media uses that First Amendment right as a cudgel to beat those who disagree with them or question their agenda? One could very well say it's a road to revolution..because sooner or later, there will be those who descend on the media with torches and pitchforks, all the while screaming, "You helped bring on this disaster!" And what follows will be bloody and — dare I say it? — all too justified. Because what these people are helping to create is a country that's anathema to everything the Founding Fathers intended it to be. If I was at all interested in having kids, I'd really be having second thoughts on that right about now, because a society in which an institution with NO accountability whatsoever can engage in this sort of character assassination is not one I would want to raise them in. It seems the press has more or less morphed from merely the Democrats' PR branch into the Dems' very own gang of Brownshirts. One could be forgiven for thinking a modern-day Kristallnacht-type event is not far in the future. "Godwin's Law! you say? if the jackboot fits, wear it."

On the other hand, it would be quite a delicious irony if this affair turns out to be the 2008 equivalent of the Paul Wellstone funeral rally, that is, if the atrocious treatment of Joe the Plumber drives the undecideds back toward McCain. I'd like to think Americans still aren't so spineless as to take such a maligning of one of us lying down. How likely that will be, no one really knows, but early indications are heartening. We'll soon find out, though.
In any event, with apologies to Iowahawk...
I AM JOE. I am a Wal Mart schlub in flyover country who can change my own oil and unclogs drains without a license. I eat fatty foods and drive a gas-guzzling pickup truck and quite happily rely on my guns and my God, and I figure I can fend my way without handouts from some Magic Messiah's candy bags. Most everyone in my family and most everyone I grew up with is another Joe, and if you screw with them, you screw with me. And there are many like me out there.