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  • Morning Bell: First They Came for Joe

    On Sunday, Oct. 12, Joe Wurzelbacher was playing football in his front yard with his son Joey when Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop to ask voters for their support in his neighborhood. Wurzelbacher took the opportunity to be a good citizen, and questioned the candidate about his tax policies. Three nights later during a presidential debate, John McCain echoed Joe’s concern about Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment and mentioned Wurzelbacher (dubbed “Joe the Plumber”) by name. The blow back was swift and furious. MSNBC, Washington Post and New York Times quickly had detailed stories about Joe’s personal life, including a current tax problem, issues with his occupational licensing, and his divorce.

    How did these news organizations get such detailed news about one man in Ohio so quickly? The Columbus Dispatch reports: “State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about Joe the Plumber.” Despite the fact Wurzelbacher had no child-support cases pending with Cuyahoga County, the county’s Child Support Enforcement Agency accessed information on him from the state’s database. And although there are no known police investigations of Wurzelbacher, the Toledo Police Department also pulled information on him. These requests, which would be illegal if they were not part of official state business, came within 48 hours of the presidential debate.

    Some have accused the Obama campaign of orchestrating the invasion of Joe’s records. The Obama campaign is way too smart to try something like that — especially since a compliant media and sympathetic public-sector unions can be counted on to do the snooping and character assassination. Media bias in favor of Obama is well established. Former Democrat Sen. Bob Kerrey told Portfolio: “There’s a liberal bias. There’s a preference for Obama.” The American people know it as well. According to Rasmussen Reports, by a nearly 5-to-1 margin voters believe the media are trying to help Obama win.

    But the press is just one conspirator in this story. Public-sector employees must also be willing to violate the law to help their preferred candidate. Most Americans are just waking up to this very scary fact: much of their personal data are now entrusted to state and local employees who are increasingly unionized with a liberal worldview. Public-sector unions have become the heart and soul of the labor movement. While overall union membership in America has fallen from 21.4% to 12.5%, public-sector union membership has exploded to 34%.

    And guess what? These unions not only give heavily to Democrats, but they also actively campaign for them. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is made up of 3,500 local unions representing 1.4 million members. In 2008 its members gave 99% of all union political money to Democrats. And here is what AFSCME President Gerald McEntee said when his union endorsed Obama: “AFSCME will mobilize more members and invest more resources than ever before to help Senator Obama win the White House. We will turn out an army of 40,000 AFSCME activists to knock on doors, make phone calls and talk with their co-workers and neighbors to produce an unprecedented turnout in the 2008 election.”

    How many of those phone calls go to sympathetic members of the press after illegal snooping into a citizen’s files?

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    22 Responses to Morning Bell: First They Came for Joe

    1. Michael J O'Bri says:

      Let’s make no mistake or have any mis understandings about the pro communist / socialist agenda of Unions and the leftist democrats. Unions and the leftist media will go to any length to ensure we live in a Marxist world where the name Adam Smith and God are faded memories. Freedom of thought and speech [political correctness at universities], and religion [look at ACLU activities] will be purged under the left. Just look at what Pelosi’s designs are on the Fairness doctrine that Reagan abolished in the ‘80s, it will be overturned. Under the Democrats and Union control we will have abortions on demand as a tax payer health benefit even though many oppose it.

      Look at the name calling by Obama’s friends, Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, all democrats and socialist who have no boundaries in achieving political goals. The press and unions are two of the biggest tools the socialist have in achieving their cause. Look at the endless attacks by the media on Governor Palin, examine the antics of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

      The socialist unions are part a broad democratic socialist effort to destroy reputations of those who disagree, or offer a more reasoned viewpoint.. Look at John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Senator who called his own constituents racist and red neck because they do not agree with Obama’s views. People in American, wake up, Karl is coming. This election is about preserving our way of life and leaving a great heritage of freedom to the next generation. Never before have I seen the media, unions, illegal immigrants, students and socialist so galvanized and close to achieving their goals of a Marxist America.

    2. Eileen, Alabams says:

      It’s the usual response from democrats and liberals; if they cannot turn you to their cause then they’ll try to destroy you for not joining them.

      This election has opened many people’s eyes and after this election is over Americans need to make demands on changing our election process. ACORN and other partisan groups need to go. Voter fraud should have legal consequences and mandatory jail time. Photo Id’s need to be made mandatory and maybe even a thumb print to stop the democrats/liberals whose hand printers are all over the voter fraud, and the irony is they are the ones committing what they claim Republicans/conservatives are. Can they name a republican organization like ACORN who purposely assisting and advising people to register often and multiple times, using different names? No of course not.

      The Dow is down again today so far and no one is talking about why? It’s down because people are afraid to invest should Obama win. Whatever you’ll make, he’ll take most of it. That’s why I won’t invest my money, some tech stocks are at a great price but why would I take what funds I have to have him hit me with high taxes. If he wins this election, this will be just the tip of the iceberg.

      Eileen Guthrie

      Mobile, AL

    3. Carmen Quintana, San says:

      In New Mexico, the first endorsement candidates hope for is AFSCME. AFSCME has forgotten that they work for the taxpayers.

      In this state, the government has its own government!

    4. Kevin Sillin Rupert, says:

      Joe W. needs help, needs help, now that Obama's thugs have pretty much destroyed his life, maybe you could get him work…

    5. Carl Atamanczyk, Ida says:

      A former communist dictator/murderer named Joseph Stalin (I'm sure Karl Marx felt the same way) once made the statement that "Religion is the opiate of the people." Obama's statement that "bitter Americans cling to their guns, religion," etc. says pretty much the same thing that Stalin said, just different words were used.

      I highly recommend that the citizens of this country read the book titled "Obama Nation" written by Jerome R. Corsi, PH.D.,to find out what This Obama fellow is really up to. It's more than just a little scary.

      America better wake up!

    6. Jim, Rio Rancho, New says:

      I personnaly want to see NObama lose completely!

      But if this COMMUNIST/MUSLIM ends up winning, what are McCain's & Palin chances of being arrested for challenging him for the WH and when can we start the Impeachment proceeding?

      You can count on me for a signature to recall this Communist/Muslim Islamic Disrespectful US American white man hating Radical animal.

      As you can see I'm not liking this "socialist" at all.

      Now that our country is slowly turning to socialism, I will be buying more guns, ammunition, night vision goggles and other survival equipment because I feel we will be heading into a civil war and I want to be ready if the fedeeral government wants to confiscate my liberties to free speech, right to bear arms, right to procatice my faith in Jesus Christ, my guns and my right to tell the gov't they are full of _hit w/o the fear of being arrested.

      But, I thank the Lord for His wisdom and I cna't wait fo His Son to return and get us out of here.


    7. W Howard Baker, Bard says:

      The Gestapo tactics employed on "Joe the plumber" are just the tip of the iceberg. Channel 9 in FL has been banned from interviews due to their interviewer's tough questions on "spreading the wealth". A private citizen's ad criticizing Obama caused the Obama campaign to request the federal judiciary to arrest the citizen. It was refused but would it have been if we were in an Obama administration? Are we headed the way of Venezuela and the way Hugo Chavez tricked the people into voting him in and then made himself president for life and nationalized all the industry in the country. Sound familiar on the nationalizing of the banks and auto companies?

      Finally, an audio quote has come up of Obama in 2001 agonizing over the fact that the founding fathers limited the government with the Constitution. He would rather have it say what the government can do instead of what it can't. If it would say what it can do, it could be used to "spread the wealth" and civil rights for blacks would be complete with reparations.


      Beware his flowery rhetoric and listen to what he is actually saying, when he actually says something of substance.

    8. Katherine, Denver, C says:

      The fact that a vast majority of the Obama supporters have no idea what this man is really up to is absolutely terrifying. I now see yet another depressing result of our failing public school systems….no knowledge of history leads to this idiocy unfolding right before our eyes. Heaven help us all!

    9. mary f walton says:

      I read your articles ever so often,and that some of your topics leave me perplexed.One item that sends me there is the article that states Senator Obama called attention to " Joe the Plummer" and have maybe destroyed this guys life. Were this guy called up by phone or email to be out on the street that day? When " Joe " ask the question of Senator Obama, what news media was there, and were they there to report All the news or to slant it against Senator Obama. And as for as facing the racial question here, some things have changed (since I was a child in the 40s and 50s) but some are more entrench.

    10. don ballew , elk cit says:

      #1. Yellow cake uranium: 550 metric tons were moved from Iraq, secretly, to Canada. Secretly so bad guys don't get the stuff. MSNBC recently had an article about this. This uranium is necessary to make WMD, weapons of mass destruction. This is enough uranium for 140 atomic bombs. We went to war in Iraq thinking Saddam was making WMD. Supposedly they didn't find WMD and Bush was accused of lying to get us into that war. Now it looks like Bush wasn't lying. Shouldn't this be news? Carter Andress wrote about this. He worked for a contractor that moved the stuff.

      #2.ACORN, Obama's parent organization, created a crisis complaining that the home lending laws were discriminating toward minorities. Clinton bought this and came down hard on home lenders. This started the onslaught of sub-prime loans. Which led to the current financial disaster. It was the democrats at fannie and freddie and president Clinton that started the ball rolling toward the financial crisis the nation is now in. But Bush is being blamed by the media and democrats for the problem.

      And Obama wants to be president. DAB

    11. don ballew , elk cit says:

      Seems both of the above item should be big news.

    12. Michael J O'Bri says:

      If a republican did the same..see the below from Foxnews..

      WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A Halloween decoration showing a mannequin dressed as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of a West Hollywood home is drawing giggles from some passers-by and gasps of outrage from others.

      The mannequin is dressed in brunet wig, glasses and a red business suit. Another mannequin dressed as John McCain emerges from a flaming chimney.

      Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that drivers and bus passengers have been stopping to snap pictures of the macabre scene.

      Morisette says the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it's within the spirit of Halloween.

      He says "it should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It's Halloween, it's time to be scary, it's time to be spooky."

    13. Michael J O'Bri says:

      And should there be any doubt..in the New York Post today..

      7-year-old radio interview in which Barack Obama discussed the failure of the Supreme Court to rule on redistributing wealth in its Civil Rights rulings has given fresh ammunition to critics who say the Democratic presidential candidate has a socialist agenda.

      In the interview, conducted by Chicago Public Radio in 2001, while Obama was an Illinois state senator and a law professor at the University of Chicago, Obama said the civil rights movement was victorious in some regards, but failed to create a "redistributive change" in its appeals to the Supreme Court, led at the time by Chief Justice Earl Warren. He suggested that such change should occur at the state legislature level, since the courts did not interpret the U.S. Constitution to permit such change.

      "The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of basic issues of political and economic justice in this society, and to that extent as radical as people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical," Obama said in the interview, a recording of which surfaced on the Internet over the weekend.

    14. Duke Lynch CA says:

      Good Morning America; Our fearless leaders, including the American Heritage, are finally waking up to the reality of communist/socialism rampant here, now, and everywhere! The reason is they simply did not read the demographic profile and went on their merry way fighting it at the level of foreign governments and in the Uoited States, ignoring the basic strategy of starting at the lowest level of the people "community organizing" and working the way up and throughout the whole populace including that wonderful palace of fools…the Congress. There has to be a non-partisan structure of educating the people on the values of democracy and respect for the history of America and the Constitution from K through 12 and beyond…in short duplicating the structure of the enemy. Our military never learned it and look what happened in every action since WWII…whoops! our forefathers fighting the Brits learned how and beat them. I guess our fearless "obtuse" leaders forgot, and/or, ignored to check whho was following them…will they now?

    15. Barb -mn says:

      Business unions protect employees from corruption of the employer. Government unions SOLE PURPOSE: PROMOTE corruption. Time to rid.

      As the government is 95% corrupt and works with no integrity, honor or dignity to the people, it is time to redistribute their wages!

      Persons who work with integrity and for the people, would show that integrity by working for a rational wage not 100's of 1000's. There are so many ways to trim the pig of government at EVERY SINGLE LEVEL… 1st off, get rid of the unions.

    16. Chuckie, Ferndale, W says:

      Conservative Closing Arguments:

      Obama is eloquent, and charismatic. His speech is without flaw. He is so bold that he doesn’t even hide the direction in which he wants to lead our Americas, yet his charisma is such that none seem to question him. He has a lot of promises to fill your pockets with the rich man’s wealth. He promises to make America the heaviest “welfare” state in the world. Take from the rich and give to the poor. How long will that last? (If I were rich I would hide my money somewhere where he could not touch it). For those who are on the receiving end…why should they even try to climb the ladder to success? If I can live in comfort off of someone else’s wealth, why should I attempt to wean myself off that sustenance? It’s ludicrous! (By the way, if you believe you will not pay taxes, I have a billion dollar property you can buy for pennies on the dollar).

      Obama and the liberal house and senate will bring change:

      Change to our trade agreements with the rest of the world. Change that will increase government, Change the control of your health, Change the control of your retirement, Change the control of your right be bare arms, Change the control your free speech, and Change your ability to vote discreetly, and privately. Change in family planning (in which Abortion will be the mainstay), and will be provided for (possibly enforced) by your taxes (but since those taxes are only collected from the rich, as Obama would tell you, why should we care?). This is a sick perspective in which to see the world. Why would we raise PETA above the rights of our children? Will euthanasia be next on the table? Does not China enforce family limitations? Homosexual marriage will be the norm, and forced teaching that “normal” lifestyle in all public schools. From kindergarten on up. Don't kid yourself. It Will!

      Obama and His liberal House and Senate will turn tail and run from the fight for freedom, our security, pulling our “troupes” out of harms way, and into HIS (Obama’s) way. We must stay the fight for freedom. We cannot turn and run.

      Obama and the liberal democratic house and senate will bring change:

      Change that will take GOD out of our “Pledge of Allegiance”. Change that will take “IN GOD WE TRUST” off of our currency. Change that will take GOD out of our schools, out of our courts, out or our laws, and finally “OUT OF OUR WAY OF LIFE”.


      Is it the change we want?? I hope not.

      We were created in the image of GOD!

      Not animal, (which God created for Man to rule over), yet we now elevate the animal kingdom to our level and lower our standards to the animals level.


      I believe Obama and the liberal Democratic agenda will lead us straight toward HELL!

      Please consider your options, a vote for McCain will at least curb that trek into hell!

    17. Frank, San Diego, CA says:

      I am just like Joe! I own and operate a small repair business and his question to Mr. Obama hit home for me big time.

      What incentive do I have to work hard and be successful only to "spread my wealth" to lazy individuals or potential future competitors pockets.

      I've been both employee and employer. If I am forced to "spread the wealth" as apposed to "SHARE the wealth by choice" with the few who have helped to grow my business, I may very well need to let go the very people who truly deserve and have earned not only a portion of my wealth but respect as well.

      I am outraged that Joe's right to privacy was invaded just for asking a question. Who ever used government resources in an attempt to discredit Joe needs to be not only exposed but held accountable and punished for this attack on ALL OF OUR PERSONAL RIGHT TO PRIVACY.

      Had this act been committed by a Republican on a Democrat all hell would brake loose in the media.

    18. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Democrats in the Congress did not want our intelligence agencies to listen to a suspected terrorist call from outside the US because they were such an ardent supporters of personal liberties guaranteed by our Constitution. However, their agents in the media colluding with the government employees dug out personal data on Joe illegally. I want to know why there is no federal civil rights prosecution of that media illegality. Freedom of the press does not mean accepting illegal acts.

      I am afraid that a major segment of the American people do not know any shred of American history nor capable of learning it. They are willing to take any check that the government gives them by not asking the question where the government got the money. This is like Al Capone throwing a neighborhood Thanksgiving Day feast, coincidentally in Chicago.

      I am also afraid that where we are headed is a no-return path. We have lost our country founded in 1789 through our Constitution. It is on its way to becoming the new USSR. The only way it can be corrected is through another tea party.

      What would happen if millions of taxpayers refused to file income taxes as a protest to reign in our government? The opening words of our Constitution "We the people" have lost meaning through political connivance and ignorance of the majority of the last 100 years.

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    20. Irene Atamanczyk, Id says:

      Obama has used every trick in the book to get elected. He and his other socialist friends have been planning this move for the WH for several years. One step at a time,carefully planning the next step so not be noticed. He worked through the poor and the programs already available to gain their trust. Now he has a nation of blind voters willing to vote for the Star of Change, not knowing what Change is. At a rally that Palin spoke at today (10-27-08) the audience started chanting,Use your Brain Vote McCain. Obama does not want voters to THINK about their vote, he wants the voters to vote on emotions.

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    22. Leci Biorn, Saint An says:

      I think that both comments posted by the Carl and Irene Atamanczyk are crap. I personally voted for Obama, who would want Palin as a VP she dont how to run a country let alone here own kids. Obama is and will do a great job……

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