18 October 2008

Why yes, yes I am


Aren't we all?

Dave Burge of IowaHawk fame freakin' nails it:

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.

All the cool kids are talkin' about this one, go read it now.

Related, my brother-in-blog Ragin' Dave of Four Right Wing Wackos fame sums it all up, with linkage:

.....Joe the Plumber has received more scrutiny in 24 hours than Bill Ayers has in the past 24 months.....

Dave's got it goin', go read the whole thing.

more soon. thatisall.


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