Or maybe just I am.
Dad’s first cousin on his mom’s side, Joe Fagan, got up in GOP hopeful Mitt Romney‘s eager to be POTUS face today on the subject of Medicare and Social Security. While I don’t disagree with Romney that given its current trajectory Medicare and SS benefits aren’t particularly sustainable given the current and projected worker to retired person ratio, I applaud Joe for exposing Romney for the corp whore twat he is.
“Corporations are people, my friend.”*
Dear Universe, hear me while I scream until my tonsils burst into flames.
My earliest memories of Joe are his visits when he was attending seminary in Dubuque. He would stop by in the evenings, sometimes bringing along a fellow classmate, and he and Dad would reminisce and argue about current events and politics. It was the late 1960’s. Joe was ten years younger than my Dad, who’d served in the Navy in the last months of WWII. To say that they disagreed in those turbulent times would be understating.
Joe admired Dr. King and supported Bobby Kennedy. Dad didn’t understand civil protests and voted for Nixon – every single time.
But Dad always said, “Joe stands up for what he believes is right.”
The organization Joe worked for in Des Moines for decades until his retirement not long ago has been accused of being “socialist”, which in Iowa – indeed anywhere in America these days – is code for “not American”. But they fought for the underprivileged, the working poor, the over-looked and the people who are and will continue to bear the brunt of the economic slide.
He never sought fame or power or riches. He was a working guy with a wife, who taught school before becoming a principal, and two kids.
By standing up and not letting Romney shush him with charm and platitudes, Joe Fagan was doing what every American has the right to do – question the motives of those who seek to lead us. To rule us.
Good on , cuz!
- Romney faces hecklers at Iowa State Fair (boston.com)
- Mitt Romney Says ‘Corporations are People’, Gets Heckled at Iowa State Fair: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Mitt Romney Was Heckled All Around Iowa Today (slog.thestranger.com)
*This statement – destined to be a POTUS 2012 classic – is apparently already available on t-shirts with bumper stickers to follow I imagine.
6 thoughts on “My Cousin Heckled Romney at The Iowa State Fair. The Family is So Proud.”
Well done! I have seen the clip in one form or another at least a half dozen places. I’m proud of him and I don’t even know him.
Awesome! I saw this clip on the Colbert Report last week. I’m proud to call your cousin an American.
Look what your cousin Joe did~ helped create a great anti-Romney ad, which is now airing in Des Moines!
LUV it. Thank you for sharing the link.
Joe Fagan is a folk hero! You are lucky he’s your cousin.
He is a great guy. I haven’t seen him since Dad died, but I knew him from the way he gestured and that floppy hat.