Even though Lou Ann was the chairwoman of the Rutherford County Republican Party and she's running as a Republican for Bart Gordon's old congressional seat, she actually doesn't consider herself a Republican anymore. In fact, she's basically disowned the Grand Old Party. She said:
"I’m so fed up. I’ve worked hard to get Republicans elected and they’ve failed me. I’m worked hard to stand up for our freedoms. I’m running on the Republican Party ticket, but I’m running as a constitutional conservative who believes in our constitution and our free market. We’ve got to stand up."
As for Joe the Plumber, he urged everyone to become informed about government and politics and suggested a little reading material:
"I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity because I never want to be accused of stealing their material. I come up with my own facts. Usually, they’re from 40-year-old encyclopedias. I don’t look at the new stuff because the new stuff’s been rewritten. But you take an encyclopedia written 40 years ago and you take a new one today, and you’ll find a world of difference."
There you have it, folks, words to live by straight from Joe the Plumber. So go up into that attic, dust off those 1970 Britannicas and start reading. Our freedom depends on it!
Update: Here's more advice from Joe the Plumber. Teach your children from the earliest age that life sucks. "Life is not fair," Joe told his audience. "I’ve been teaching that to my son since the day he could walk and talk. I’ll ask him, 'What’s life?' And he’ll say, 'Not fair.'"