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October 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Real Americans

Kiichiro Sato / The Associated Press

Joe Wurzelbacher, or as Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain dubbed him, “Joe The Plumber,” is campaigning in Ohio on behalf of McCain.

A day in the life of Joe the Plumber

Editor, The Times:

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffee pot with water for his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging commie liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first swallow of coffee, Joe takes his daily medications. They are safe to take because some evil lefty bomb-throwers fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of Joe’s medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some fire-breathing lazy-ass union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance and now Joe gets it too. Never would he turn it down.

He prepares his morning breakfast — bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meatpacking industry.

During his morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko-troublemaking militant fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

Then Joe walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants limp-wristed freethinking [jerk] fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his workday.

He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some fire-breathing Viet-Cong-loving union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these high wages because he doesn’t want his employees to call in the union.

So Joe benefits from what others have gained. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a workers’ compensation or an unemployment check because some stupid-pinko troublemakers didn’t think Joe should lose his home because of a temporary misfortune.

At noontime, Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC [Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation] because some godless-liberal red wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression. He can thank that Stalinist Franklin D. Roosevelt for that.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal-student loan because some elitist pointy-headed liberal decided that Joe and the whole society would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. That’s OK, but the bastards tricked him because he has to pay taxes. President George W. Bush will fix that, he tells himself.

Joe gets home from work.

He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car-safety standards.

He arrives at his boyhood home.

His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electricity until some government New-Deal Stalinist liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. Joe is happy to see his father, who is now retired. He lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating Marxist made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that over the decades the beloved Republicans have fought to defeat every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.

Joe agrees with the talk-radio loudmouth: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives. After all, I’m a self-made man and a good Republican and I believe all Americans should take care of themselves, just like I have.”

— G. Thomas Cunningham, Seattle

We will never unite this way

According to Rep. Robin Hayes from North Carolina, I hate real Americans because I support Sen. Barack Obama [“Obama foes see election as elitist vs. real America,” Nation & World, Oct. 27]?

I was born in Kansas of pioneer stock — farmers for three generations.

My parents survived the Great Depression. My dad was in the Army during WWII; and my brother was in the Navy during Vietnam.

My husband and I raised three children in a three-bedroom house in a working-class neighborhood — all are adults now and self-supporting.

I am a library technician. I assure you, those are average wages. I’ve driven the same car for eight years. I make quilts as a hobby.

I am a liberal. I work, accomplish and achieve, Hayes.

I don’t complain about paying taxes. They are what ensure that my water is drinkable, my air is clean and my food is not laced with melanin.

We have had to work for what we have; although come to think of it, our kids went to public school and I check out videos from the library. Is that what makes me un-American? That I use publicly funded services like schools, airports and sidewalks?

Maybe there are two kinds of people: the kind who divide the world into two kinds of people and the kind who don’t. I try to avoid making generalizations about folks who differ from me. I’d appreciate the same consideration from you.

— Lindi Wood, Seattle

And he’s a real American?

Your story “Obama foes see election as elitist vs. real America” left me shaking my head.

One woman was quoted saying, “A real American is the kind of person who lived in my old neighborhood. They all did the same thing.”

The U.S. Constitution was established to, among many things, ” … secure the Blessings of Liberty.” Surely this woman is not clear on the concept.

In addition, to see Sen. John McCain as “one of us” seems odd. Here is a man born into an elite family — both his father and grandfather being Navy admirals. He went to an elite school, the U.S. Naval Academy. He then joined an elite group, naval aviators. From there he joined an even more elite group, the U.S. Senate. Along the way he married money. He has never held a private-sector job.

McCain has a laudable background, to be sure. But he has never been the kind of real American who, as another woman in the article said, is a person who ” … works 9 to 5 for an average paycheck.”

These particular Barack Obama foes have drunk the neoconservative Kool-Aid. Impervious to logic and armored against facts, they will vote for McCain and against their own interests.

— David South, Redmond

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