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Saturday: The Heart of the People is Resisting

Joe the Plumber may be the best thing that ever happened this election season.  (Ruh-Roh, it looks like someone may have illegally accessed Joe’s personal information.  H/T Orange).

Once the media turned on him, people everywhere started to Get It.  Whoever is running the establishment, the parties, the media, is waging a war on regular, average Americans.  Yes, Virginia, the media really *is* trying to force Obama down your throat.  No, they don’t give a rat’s @$$ about you.

The funny thing is that most Americans don’t even know the half of it.  They are blissfully unaware of just how close the delegate count was between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  They have no idea that she lost the nomination because her own party plunged a knife into her back in favor of a less than first term corrupt and ruthless schmoozer from Chicago.  How many Americans would vote for Obama if they knew how he disenfranchised 18 million Americans out of their primary votes?  How would they feel about his hopey-changey shtick if they were enlightened to all of the voter suppression techniques he and his merry brand of electoral thieves used in the primaries and caucuses?

And it’s not like the party has done ANYTHING to reach out and appeal to us.  They haven’t apologized.  They humiliated Hillary and have her on the indentured servant circuit.  They have thrown out any reasonable solutions she has proposed on the financial bailout.  They screwed us over on FISA.  And Obama himself lobbied his fellow senators for the Paulson plan which forks over taxpayer money to banks and other institutions making us silent, non-voting partners in those same institutions.  The tycoons can spend that money aaaaannnnnyway they please, provided they pay the US Government dividends.  How they do it is completely up to them.  They can pay themselves handsomely, and they have and there’s not a single thing that Joe the Plumber can do about it.  Talk about spreading the wealth.  Obama *liked* this plan and made no effort to stop it or change it or propose policies that would make it better.  In fact, it’s worse than that.  He was all ready to vote on the first bill that would have given taxpayers *no* share in the banks.  All we would have gotten were some worthless assets.  Obama thought this was cool.

In the 60’s, we would have said that we are “subverting the dominant paradigm”.  It’s not easy being pain-in-the-@$$ non-conforming, rational, clear headed thinkers who insist that our candidates play fairly, behave ethically and demonstrate that they are good public servants.  Well, someone has to do it and that is us.  Yes, it seems sometimes like we are trying to stop a speeding train with our hands but Joe the Plumber has made our job a LOT easier.

So, all of you Resistors out there, have heart!  No matter what happens, we won’t give up until we are recognized, respected and valued.  We have to stick up for ourselves because, sure as Hell, no one else is going to do it.  And there are millions of us regular Joes out there.

So saith RD the Chemist.

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Wednesday: Joe the Plumber- To the Barricades!

RD the Chemist here.  This is not the first time in history that the average Joe has been told to give up and accept his fate.  It’s not the first time that the people have resisted either:

It was Tito the Construction Worker who put his finger on the problem:

Someone asked why Munoz had come to the rally. “I support McCain, but I’ve come to face you guys because I’m disgusted with you guys,” he said. “Why the hell are you going after Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something else. Why is that wrong? Everything is possible in America. I made it. Joe the Plumber could make it even better than me. . . . I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A.”

The scene turned into a mini-fracas when David Corn, of Mother Jones, defended press coverage. Munoz was having none of it. Why, he asked, would the press whack Joe the Plumber when it didn’t want to report on Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber? “How come that’s not in the news all the time?” Munoz said. “How come Joe the Plumber is every second? I’m talking about NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN.”A black woman with a strong Caribbean accent jumped in the fray. “Tell me,” she said to Corn, “why is it you can go and find out about Joe the Plumber’s tax lien and when he divorced his wife and you can’t tell me when Barack Obama met with William Ayers? Why? Why could you not tell us that? Joe the Plumber is me!”

I am Joe the Plumber!” Munoz chimed in. “You’re attacking me.”

Let us review all of the lovely things the media has brought us in the past 15 years, shall we?

  • Whitewater
  • Paula Jones
  • Travelgate
  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
  • Rose Law Firm Billing Records
  • Ken Starr
  • Newt Gingrich’s Contract on America
  • Monica Lewinsky
  • Impeachment of Bill Clinton
  • 12 years of Movement Conservatives in Congress
  • George Bush (2000)
  • Code Orange after 9/11
  • George Bush (2004)
  • Iraq War II and over 4000 dead
  • The intentional neglect of Valerie Plame’s outting by a sitting VP
  • *NO* impeachment of George Bush
  • The trashing of Hillary Clinton
  • Coverup of the manipulation of the Democratic primaries and delegates
  • Unchecked misogyny in the service of their chosen candidate

If the Republicans destroyed the country, they had a LOT of help from the media, especially the Broderites of the Village who presume to tell us what we think and believe.  Over and over again, they have been wrong, misleading, pretentious and cruel.  They are the prime instigators who force their predetermined outcome on us.  Instead of merely reporting the news, they are determined to make it.

And Tito the Construction Worker, Joe the Plumber and RD the Chemist are calling them out. This year, instead of having the candidate we respected and trusted, the media has forced us to make a choice between two unacceptable men.  Neither one of them are going to be working for our best interests.  Obama has no interests but his own and McCain is constrained by his own party’s ideology.  Now we must make a choice based on character.  Which candidate is more honorable.  Barack Obama is coming up short in this department with all of his past associations, ruthless campaign tactics and corruption.  Yet the media would attack private inividuals if we dare to question Obama?  Who put them up to this?

It is time we took control of our lives back from the people whose goal is to manipulate our perceptions.  We must trust one another and resist the power of the media narrative.  When we put them back in their place, we’ll be back in charge of our own lives for the first time in 15 years.

To the barricades!

How Dare You Question Dear Leader?

What The Heck Did I Do?

What The Heck Did I Do?

Poor Joe The Plumber. All he wanted to do was make an informed decision in this year’s election. So, he asked Barack Obama whether or not Obama’s proposed tax plan would affect him if he should buy a business that makes $250,000 – $280,000 a year. It’s a normal question for today’s taxpayer worried about the rising costs of living. Everyone’s freaking out about taxes these days – even my hubby, who is scared spitless by McCain’s proposal to tax health benefits paid by his company.

Unfortunately, Obama was without his teleprompter, and said something that triggered massive alarms throughout the land. Here is the whole interview without all of the editorial commentary that’s been added to it. The key moment is at 4:46.

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