Thursday, May 24, 2012

Joe the Plumber Says Founding Fathers Wanted People Like Him and Al Sharpton to Run For High Office

On his program earlier today, MSNBC's Al Sharpton invited Sam "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher to respond to Vice President Biden's comments about someone being a private equity manager not being any more qualified to run as president, than a plumber would:

[...]Plumbers aren't qualified to hold office so he's sitting there and saying he and his Harvard and Yale examples that are currently running this country are allowed to run this country? It just doesn't make any sense. Our founding fathers wanted people like you [Sharpton] and I to come from the community and represent our fellow Americans.
Okay, two things.

First of all, while right wingers love to take jabs at any institution of higher learning that doesn't include finger painting classes within its curriculum, they should be aware that many of their supposed heroes went to these depraved dens of Godlessness.

-Thomas Jefferson went to the College of William and Mary
-John Adams went to Harvard
-Samuel Adams also went to Harvard
-Alexander Hamilton went to (what is now known as) Columbia.
-James Madison went to (what is now known as) Princeton

And the list goes on and on. In fact, most of the founding fathers were a bunch of latte-sipping book readers.

Secondly, and just as amusing is "Joe's" assertion that the FFs wanted people like him AND Sharpton to "represent the community and our fellow Americans", considering that White people who didn't own property couldn't even VOTE until several decades after the nation's founding. And also considering the first African American legislator in the federal government didn't appear until some time a whole century later.

Come on, Joe. I expect a little better. Even from you.

Okay fine, I don't. But still.

1 comment:

  1. Book reading helps a lot with understanding how to make decisions that benefit everyone, not just an individual. I think it's because book reading condenses the experiences of others, so you can learn from them.