I don’t typically write about religion or politics, because they tend to morph into sloppy debates based on subjectivity. But the news story about Joe the Plumber running for congress is very interesting to me. First reported by Capital New York, Joseph Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. Joe the Plumber from Ohio, has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for Congress in Ohio’s 9th District.
“I don’t care what you guys say about me, I’m going to try to fix this country,” Joe proclaimed proudly. In his three-year-long preparation for his quest to change the political world, Joe has been speaking at tea party rallies and conservative conferences. With his metaphorical basin wrench and popup plug wrench, Joe plans to “fix” America with his regular guy mechanical approach.
I don’t blame Joe for wanting to step up. With the recession, plummet of the housing market, and consistent unemployment rate, it’s normal to motivate the “fix-it” passions of both seasoned and new political Mavericks. After all, President Barack Obama’s campaigns of “Change” and “Yes We Can” proved to be his winning platform.
We’ve already had a C-average former president— who dabbled in recreational drinking and drug use— run the country, what’s the harm in giving a plumber a congressional seat?