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There is an old Serbian proverb that says vinegar in freedom tastes better than honey in slavery. This award is meant for events and people Enter Stage Right considers to be positive.
Every American election seems to propel some average American or group into the spotlight. This year it's a true average guy dubbed Joe the Plumber, otherwise known as Joe Wurzelbacher.
Last week Wurzelbacher made international news when at a campaign stop in Holland, Ohio he challenged Barack Obama on his tax proposals -- accusing him of wanting to raise taxes on middle America. Obama's response would have made Karl Marx proud: "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance at success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody."
The real story is Wurzelbacher, however, and not Obama's by now well-known far leftist economics. Embodying the average Joe that used to be heralded by the media, he has used his newfound fame to passionately defend the American dream and capitalism. Telling Fox News Wurzelbacher said that to him the American dream was "you work hard. You're going to get what you want eventually... I just resent the government or Barack Obama's plan to take more away from me."
Not surprisingly the media has gone into overdrive trying to discredit Joe, claiming him to be a fraud or at least less than honest about his own circumstances. Wurzelbacher didn't found a group that murdered police officers and bombed buildings or preach at a racist church for decades so he didn't get a free pass from the press. He goes by his middle name and he wants to buy a plumbing business.
Let the mainstream media provide cover for Barack Obama and his policies...we on the right are richer because we have people like Joe Wurzelbacher in our ranks. He's not a trained media professional, nor a politician seeking votes yet he made the most sense last week when talking about what makes the United States of America great.
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