I eschew talking politics on this blog. I simply don’t think it is right to do so here. This is a comment on a current event, and simply skip it if you have no interest in such things.
I watched in fascination and abject horror as our media descended upon a plumber one state and maybe 100 miles south of me. Full story and background at a humorous site I occasionally read.
For those not in the know, there is some small election coming up in about 3 weeks. The media, well, the major media outlets, have had very legitimate questions of bias asked about them. They answered these questions in full force by descending upon and gutting an ordinary Amercican single father trying to make a living, who had the temerity to ask one of the candidates a question when the candidate went walking through his neighborhood. This person was eviscerated, lambasted by the media, and in the most distressing turn of events, by one of the candidate teams. Think about that. Now it looks like this guy is going to be thrown out of work, lose his drivers license, and who knows what else.
I am disgusted by this. I find this to be utterly and completely vile, beyond reprehensible behavior. Not just on the part of the media, whom have now demonstrated their bias so clearly and unequivocally. But by one of the candidate teams, who lambasted the man, and haven’t reigned in their minions in the media. One must call into question why this candidate team holds this American in such contempt. Because he dared to ask a question?
Having lived on the middle class welfare system known as graduate school in the late 80s to early 90s, I can remember running into questions of which bill to pay when, and having late tax filings. I remember living hand to mouth as it were, worrying about what we could afford, and whether or not we could make things work. I sympathize with Joe.
So, regardless of your political affiliation, regardless of whom you are going to vote for this year, think about this episode, and how disgusting it is.
Post this where you wish.
I really am Joe.
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[Update] This link has a good quote from Joe.
[Update 2] I should point out that the above graphic links to the full size graphic at the flickr site. I just made a smaller version of it to fit in my format. I don’t deserve credit for the graphic. See the Iowahawk blog linked above to see the real artistic talent.