OH THE HUMANITY:
‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher told a group of journalists covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza that he didn’t think the media should be allowed to report on war.
“I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting,” Wurzelbacher said. “You know, war is hell. And if you’re gonna sit there and say, ‘well, look at this atrocity,’ well you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time, so I think the media should have no business in it.”
Wurzelbacher arrived in Israel on Sunday to start a 10-day assignment for pjtv.com, a Web site run by the conservative media outlet Pajamas Media. The plumber-turned-foreign correspondent said he wanted to cover Israel’s side of the conflict, because he thought the media was slanting the story to make it look like “Israel’s being bad.”
In his first day as a reporter, Wurzelbacher described the hardships of daily life in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.
“I’m sure they’re taking quick showers, I know I would,” Wurzelbacher said. “So you can’t plan your day, you can’t take a picnic.“
Wurzelbacher said he thought Israel should have attacked Gaza sooner. He told a group of reporters that he was a “peace-loving man,” but that “when someone hits me, I’m going to unload on the boy.”
He got a first-hand taste of reality in Sderot, when his group heard sirens warning of a rocket attack. With cameras rolling, Wurzelbacher and his group ran into a shelter.
“I’m in the bunker, I’m sitting there angry, outright furious, that I’m letting this terrorist dictate what I’m going to do because they’re firing missiles,” Wurzelbacher said. “It was fear at first, then outright anger, and then me wanting some kind of retribution. I’m not a person that runs from things, but when it’s a missile, you run.”
I had hoped — honestly, I had really hoped — that completely losing their grip on power might have pushed our conservative countrymen to take a more, shall me say, introspective view of politics and to not embrace stupidity so forthrightly. Being a pro-democracy kind of guy, I would like to see some kind of competing ideology for liberalism in this country that rises above the intelligence of your average Ford Truck commercial.
But no. You guys insist on getting stupider and more embarrassing and you are hurting our democracy in the process. If the Democrats become too drunk and corrupt on power, will you guys have anyone whom you can promote as credible replacements? Because watching you guys right now is a lot like watching this video, only less funny and more tragic:
In short: please please please please, for the love of God, stop being ridiculously stupid. Just, like, read a book or something. Maybe listen to Bach’s Brandenberg concertos a few times. Take a sculpting class. I really don’t care at this point: you must do something to make yourselves marginally more intelligent than you are right now. The fate of our nation may very well depend upon it.