Good old Joe “the plumber-who-isn’t-a-plumber” Wurzelbacher… have you wondered what he’s up to lately? Well, no, I didn’t either really. But when he jumps up and down and screams (figuratively speaking), he catches my attention. Much like a walrus in a tutu trying to dance Swan Lake. So, here’s what he’s doing that is making such an ugly splash – a new website. But it’s how he is promoting the website that makes him clumsy and tone-deaf:
“Despite what national news commentators say, the AR 15 is NOT an ‘assault weapon’ or ‘weapon of mass destruction,’” the site reads. “In honor of this magnificent rifle, JoeForAmerica.com is giving away a new AR 15 to the lucky man or woman who wins this drawing.”
Because the real victim of the renewed calls for sensible gun laws is the poor AR-15. Listen, I’m not going to get into the whole “is it really an assault rifle” debate here. As far as I’m concerned, each state and municipality is well within their rights in deciding that issue for themselves. I personally believe that, while the semi-automatic version may not have technically been one, the gun’s reputation and ease of modification, coupled with the attitude of many who wave it around (like Joe), have gone far to change that classification. It wasn’t once but it is now. In my opinion.
But Joe doesn’t think it is and that is, as long as it aligns with the laws where he lives, his opinion and prerogative. So, to make a point, Joe is giving one away to some lucky person who goes to his website and registers. When one goes to the website’s URL, a pop-up bids you to enter to win and AR-15 and asks one to click on it. I did so. But before I could even finish reading the terms of the contest, the pop-up appeared again. And again. And again. Well gosh, Joe – how can anyone win this wonderful prize if they can’t even see the screen long enough to register for your updates? Bad form, old man (see what I did thar?).
Joe states that he is giving the rifle away (if one can be quick enough) because of what Vice-President Biden said about buying a shotgun instead of an AR-15. That was, in my opinion, good advice. That’s what we have for protection (there’s something about the sound of a cartridge being chambered …) and we feel pretty damn safe.
Then Joe got in his dig at President Obama while reminding everyone of why we know his name in the first place:
“Ever since Obama’s election team and media thugs made me famous for asking a simple question in 2008, I’ve had more than my share of death threats by people who are by definition at least a little crazy. Guns are in my house. High capacity, loaded, and not locked in a safe.”
He has received “his share” of death threats? Really, Joe? Try as I might the only thing even close to a death threat occurred back in 2008, right after his contrived “impromptu” question of then-candidate Obama. A radio host in San Francisco unleashed a loud rant against ol’ Joe during a commercial break in his show, using some rather ugly epithets. He said he “wanted Joe dead.” Definitely not acceptable, even if it was not supposed to be heard by anyone but the radio host’s engineer. But that’s the only incident I could find. Mostly, people just wanted Joe to go away.
But while we are talking about death threats, let’s not let Joe get away scot-free. On April 21, 2011, Joe Wurzelbacher appeared at a Tea Party event in Wisconsin. This was a public event, mind you, where he knew his remarks would be reported on. With this spotlight on him, he called for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn) to be lynched, saying, “Why hasn’t he been strung up?” He asked this several times.
So Joe, you can have your website. And you can give away your gun (if you can fix that glitch). But what you can’t do is exaggerate the danger to yourself by blowing up a 5-year-old rant by someone who thought he wasn’t on the air to be some kind of conspiracy to kill you. Don’t flatter yourself. You also can’t call for the death of a U.S. Senator – more than once, with reporters present – and then shrug it off and try to make yourself out to be the victim. I’m pretty sure you know what those big boxes with the lenses on the front and those big black foam-covered wands are. You know exactly what they are for as you seem to put that tutu on and try to dance every time you see one. Enjoy your website (I’d get your html guy on the phone, though) and have fun ranting about the people you don’t like while frantically trying to keep some kind of spotlight on yourself. But don’t be surprised when you get bad reviews like this.
T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…