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Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, or “Joe the Plumber”
Joe the Plumber is hitting the streets to speak at tea parties and help citizens take America back this Independence Day weekend.
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became known as Joe the Plumber following his Oct. 12 encounter with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in Ohio. He questioned Obama’s plan to raise taxes on Americans who earn more than $250,000 each year.
He told WND his suspicions about the next president came true, but Obama isn’t the only person he blames.
“I don’t go around talking about President Obama too often because it tends to draw a line for people. I blame Congress ultimately for everything that is going badly,” he said. “Obama just got in there. But that being said, I don’t care for how he is conducting our foreign affairs. It worries me. He’s also pushing a lot of things through too quickly and not giving American people a chance to catch their breath. I really don’t care for how his leadership has been going so far.”
Austin tea party organizer Judy Holloway told WND she was excited to have 5,000 people with different political perspectives show up at the Tax Day protest.
“It was surprising because Austin is the most liberal city in Texas,” she said. “It’s like someone took a city in California and dropped it in the middle of Texas.”
Her husband, Greg Holloway, said the protest will also feature doctors who will offer insight about the reality of government health care. He said they also invited Joe the Plumber to speak because he is an excellent example of regular citizens who are demanding answers from their leaders.
“Prior to [his encounter with Obama], Joe was not known at all,” Greg said. “I don’t know that he’d had a lot of political science background, but he thought about the country and asked questions. We saw the difference it made. He’s a good example of what a grass-roots movement should be about. ”
Joe the Plumber speaks with presidential candidate Barack Obama in Ohio
Following the Austin event, Wurzelbacher will arrive at the Houston tea party that evening. He plans to spend Independence Day at the San Antonio tea party.
Joe the Plumber said the best advice he can give to citizens who are frustrated with intrusive government is to stop voting along party lines and begin electing leaders who will abide by the nation’s founding document.
“Learn the Constitution,” he said. “Then when someone wants to be elected, hold their feet to the fire and make them follow it because that’s what we need to get back to. It works so well when we follow it. Forget party politics. Learn the Constitution and vote the best American in, not the best Democrat or Republican.”
Wurzelbacher said Americans must remind politicians that they “work for us.”
“That’s my whole goal,” he said. “I’m just trying to remind people that we are in charge of our government. I stay away from the Left or Right and ask people to leave party politics at the door and be an American first.”
For tea party critics who claim the protests are organized by the Republican Party, Wurzelbacher said they should attend and witness firsthand the grass-roots movement.
“I’m cynical by nature, but I am also very hopeful because I see people from the Left and the Right showing up to these tea parties,” he said. “You have people, bikers, union members and guys in three-piece suits showing up to these things.”
In fact, he said many organizers prefer to keep politicians, Republican or Democrat, detached from the events.
“Politicians are slick,” Wurzelbacher said. “They talk really pretty, but they bring no action to the table.”
It is possible for citizens to take America back from “elitists who feel entitled,” he said, but patriots must come together and stop their nation from being destroyed from the inside.
“Americans in general have a short memory,” Wurzelbacher said. “After Sept. 11 happened, we were patriots for six months, and then half of them fell off. Now there’s a very real threat to our country. I don’t believe any one nation can take us out, but I definitely think we can take ourselves out.”
Asked if he has plans to run for public office, he replied, “I hope not. You know, I talked to God about that and he was like, ‘No.’”
He continued, “I believe he’s gotten me on this grass-roots movement. If I can encourage leaders to step up, that’s what I would like to do. That’s a heavy role. That’s something I don’t know if I am prepared to do yet.”
But Wurzelbacher said he will keep that door open if God ever calls him to be that leader.
“I just know whenever I fall off his path, things get really hard,” he said. “So I just stick with what God tells me to do.”
Wetumpka – Saturday, September 5, time to be announced, Gold Star Park, Shelby Street, downtown
Ketchikan – Saturday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tongass Avenue
Gilbert – Saturday, July 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Gilbert Municipal Building, 50 E. Civic Center Dr., near Warner and Gilbert Rd.
Kingman – Saturday, July 4, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Centennial Park, Burbank Street
Phoenix – Saturday, July 4, 4:30 p.m., Central Avenue and Columbu
Prescott – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m., downtown Prescott at the square, 120 S. Corte
Tombstone – Saturday, July 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tombstone City Park, Allen Street
Tucson – Saturday, July 4, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.at Kennedy Park Fiesta area, 3700 S. La Cholla Blvd.
Batesville – Saturday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.at Riverside Park, 1 Riverbank Road
El Dorado – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Union County Courthouse
Fayetteville – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Washington County Fairgrounds, 1602 McConnell Rd.
Fort Smith – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ross Pendergrath Park, 200 Garrison Ave.
Heber Springs – Saturday, July 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cleburne County Courthouse Square
Hot Springs – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m., Garland County Courthouse, 200 Woodbine
Mountain Home – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m., Bomber Stadium of Mountain Home High School
Ratcliff – Thursday, July 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Ratcliff City Hall/fire department, 105 North Wilson
Russellville – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Historic Missouri-Pacific train depot, 220 West C Street
Alturas – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m., Fandango Days Parade, assemble at 8th and Main Street
Apple Valley – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Bear Valley and Apple Valley Road
Auburn – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m., Placer County Courthouse, 101 Maple Street
Big Bear Lake – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., The Village, corner of Pine Knot and Big Bear Blvd.
Bishop – Saturday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bishop City Park
Brentwood – Saturday, July 4, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Brentwood City Hall, 708 3rd St.
Buena Park – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. at city hall, 6650 Beach Blvd., bring flags, banners, signs; lunch to follow
Chico – Saturday, July 4, 8:30 a.m., Elks’ Lodge and Bidwell Park One-Mile Recreation Area, 1705 Manzanita Ave.
Chino Hills – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chino Hills City Hall, Peyton and Grand Avenue
Danville – Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hartz and Railroad Ave.
Dixon – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., downtown at N. 1st Street and West A Street
El Cajon – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Renette Park, 935 Emerald Avenue
El Cerrito – Saturday, July 4, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., El Cerrito, corner Moesser Ave and Richmond Ave.
Escondido – Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m. Grape Day Park, 312 N. Broadway
Eureka – Wednesday, June 24, Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, 3750 Harris Street
Eureka – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., north of 4th in Old Town
Ferndale – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m., Humboldt County fairground
Glendale – Wednesday, June 24, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Western Avenue and Flower Street intersection, near 500 Circle Seven Drive
Grass Valley – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m., South Auburn Street, march in Grass Valley parade
La Canada – Friday, July 3, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Jeffers Estate, 1823 Foothill Blvd.
Laguna Beach – Friday, July 3, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Main Beach at PCH and Broadway
Los Angeles – Saturday, July 4, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Santa Monica Pier
Marysville – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Square Park, 10th and E Street
Mission Viejo – Saturday, July 4, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mission Viejo Street Fair, Marguerite Pkwy/Olympiad Road
– Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Colton Hall on Pacific Street
Monterey – Saturday, July 4, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Window on the Bay Park, Del Monte Avenue between Camino Aguajito and Camino El Estero across from Lake Estero
Murrieta – Saturday, July 4, 1 p.m., California Oaks Sports Park, 40600 California Oaks Road
Novato – Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Novato Independence Day Parade, Sweetser and Reichert and Machin
Ontario – Saturday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Euclid Ave., march with flags in parade
Ontario – Saturday, July 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Westwind Park, 2425 Riverside Drive
Palm Desert – Friday, July 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Civic Center Park Amphitheater, Fred Waring at San Pablo (park on NE side)
Pasadena – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pasadena Memorial Park, 85 E Holly Street
Paso Robles – Friday, July 3, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Paso Robles City Park, Spring and 12th Street
Rancho Cordova – Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Dive
Rancho Cucamonga – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Haven and Foothill, 10582 Foothill Blvd.
Redding – Saturday, July 4, morning until night, Redding Convention Center, Auditorium Drive
Redding – Friday, July 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., location to be announced
Redlands – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Orange and Redlands Blvd.
Roseville – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m., Vernon Street
Sacramento – Saturday, July 4, time and place to be announced
San Diego – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., E. Mission Bay Park, just south of the Hilton
San Jose/Silicon Valley – Sunday, July 5, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Valley Fair Mall / Santana Row, Intersection of Winchester Blvd. and Stephens Creek
San Mateo – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Mateo Central Park, El Camino Real between 5th and 9th Street
San Ramon – Saturday, July 4, 2 p.m., San Ramon Central Park, Alcosta Blvd and Bollinger Canyon Road
Santa Barbara – Friday, July 3, 7p.m. to 8 p.m., Wild West Show and Freedom Rally, De La Guerra Plaza
Santa Barbara – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m., march in Santa Barbara’s Independence Day parade
Santa Rosa – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Old Courthouse Square on 4th and Santa Rosa Ave.
Stockton – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Weber Point, 221 N. Center Street
Temecula – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Duck Pond, Ynez and Rancho California Rd.
Thousand Oaks – Saturday, July 4, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave.
Tulare – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., International Agri-Center, 4450 S. Laspina
Ukiah – Thursday, July 2, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Ukiah Courthouse, corner of Perkins and State
Ventura – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ventura County Government Center
Woodland Hills – Saturday, July 4, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd at Mary Lee St. on sidewalk
Alamosa – Saturday, July 4, 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cole Park at 3rd St.
Castle Rock – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Festival Park, 100 Wilcox Street
City – Saturday, July 4, 9:30 a.m., Steamboat Springs parade, downtown Steamboat
Craig – Saturday, July 4, 8:30 p.m., 9th and Finley
Denver – Saturday, July 4, time and place to be announced
Fort Collins – Saturday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., City Park, W. Oak Street
Glenwood Springs – Friday, July 3, 11:30 a.m., Courthouse at 8th and Colorado Avenue
Monument – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Highway 105
Pueblo – Saturday, July 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Pueblo County Courthouse, 215 West 10th Street
Steamboat Springs – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m., Routt County Courthouse lawn, 5th and Lincoln Ave.
Hartford – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Capitol steps, 210 Capitol Avenue
Norwich – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chelsea Parade, Washington Street
Stratford – Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Boothe Memorial Park, Main Street Putney
Dover – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the federal building, 300 South New Street
Georgetown – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., The Circle
Wilmington – Thursday, July 2, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., in front of all three congressmen’s offices. Two locations: sidewalk between 201 and 301 North Walnut Street and sidewalk in front of 1105 N. Market St.
Apopka – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Apopka City Hall, 120 E. Main Street
Big Pine Key – Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., tropical pools at U.S. 1 and Key Deer Blvd at traffic light, 30464 Overseas Highway
Brandon – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Brandon Park, Parsons and Vonderburg
Cape Coral – Friday, July 3, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl
Clearwater – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside Perkin’s Restaurant, 2626 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Coral Gables – Thursday, July 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Coral Gables City Hall, LeJune Road/SW 42 Ave. and Coral Way
Dade City – Saturday, July 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., County Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Avenue
Deland – Saturday, July 4, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Deland Courthouse, 101 N. Alabama Ave.
Eustis – Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452