Thursday, October 2, 2008

JOE SIX-PACK AMERICAN


"I think they're just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying, 'You know what? It's time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency,' and I think that that's kind of taken some people off-guard," she said in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt.

I listened to this commentary on NPR last night about the concept mentioned in the quote above that I found really interesting and somewhat funny. This whole notion of the average american being "joe six pack" I think is... well, I dont know quite what to make of it. Voters say they want someone they can relate to and possibly, have a beer with, running their country. But, as the NPR commentary mentioned, is this really a time during which you want just regular people running the country? Not that regular people aren't great, but I think our world is in a position where we need bold, visionary leadership. We need people to lead us who are extraordinary and intelligent, eloquent and open-minded; we need leaders that are by definition, different from those we have today. it's the Joe six pack politicians that got us into many of the messes we're in. And if Americans think that those same sorts of politicians are going to get us out of our current messes, then they have another thing coming.

Personally, I wouldn't mind having a beer with any of the candidates running, but some of our candidates/current politicians are the sort of people you'd play edward 40 hands with. And that's what bothers me. This isn't a time for ignorant, close-minded, bumbling robot politicians. We cannot afford to make that sort of mistake, our children cannot afford for us to make that mistake.

Also, isn't it a bit insulting to think of the "average american" as some dumbass, alcoholic redneck? Does no one else get upset about this characterization? It's one thing to say, okay, maybe the average american isn't an amazing, inspirational, selfless person and it's quite another to insinuate that the average american is dumb and backwards. I think that sends a pretty awful and ridiculous message to the rest of the world about who we are and what we value as a people.

So I think that maybe, we should consider looking for different qualities in our candidates. You know, like, intelligence and voting record, maybe? Or moral conviction and social awareness. You know, the sorts of things you think about before/after you do a keg stand with George W.

Upcycle, please.

Antonio Pacheco

1 comment:

Hitomi Inoue said...

Joe Six-Pack American sounds like he has abs of steel. Maybe she's insinuating she works out a lot? It's inaccurate anyways with obesity everywhere.

 
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