Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Joe the Capitalist

Here is what I love about America. A Presidential candidate visits a middle-class town, strolling door-to-door, shaking hands and kissing babies. Essentially he is winning over some votes by simply showing his face in this town, giving the impression he gives a hoot about these people. One guy, impressed by the candidate’s presence but courageous enough to ask a simple question, gets his attention. And then he has the attention of the entire nation.

Since the confrontation, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher has really felt the heat of the media scrutinizing his personal and professional life. Apparently, you must keep up-to-date on your plumber’s license before you may seize an opportunity to question the policies of Barack Obama with the man himself.

The heat hasn’t stopped Joe from standing by his principles, and even capitalizing on his 15ish minutes of fame. He recently launched 2.0 with a public forum to keep the discussion going. Oh, and you can also pre-register for signed copies of his book! Personally, I enjoy reading things I can nod along in agreement to.

In an interview for the Tufts University student newspaper, Joe described himself this way: “I am a lower-middle-class average guy who happens to have some common sense and wants a straight answer once in a while instead of a dissertation for an answer that when you’re done listening to it you’re wondering what the first word was.”

You don’t have to be blue collar, a guy, or even white to relate. To people like Joe, and me, it’s not about “how am I going to benefit?” It’s about principles. It’s about right and wrong. In this case, it is wrong, as a matter of principle, for the government to decide who makes too much money and who deserves to get a handout. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a moral responsibility to help those less fortunate. But it is on each of us individually to look out for our neighbor, and ourselves, for that matter.

Here’s to you, Mr. Question Barack Obama And Write a Book About It Guy… you are a real man of American genius.

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