Written by Woodstock’s Richard Rostron:
Tirio campaign slogan a big hit at parade Except for feminist inclined to misunderstand
I had the opportunity to drive a Patriot’s 2005 Corvette in a recent parade.
That was awesome to begin with.
What made it better was that I had a campaign placard on the side of the car for Joe Tirio for McHenry County Clerk.
At the bottom of the placard was his slogan, which is also his campaign Web address: http://www.iwonthiremywife.com/
I think that’s one of the cleverest campaign slogans I’ve ever heard.
And, judging from the comments I heard along the parade route, a lot of people agree.
The parade was well attended, and I wouldn’t doubt if I heard close to 50 people favorably comment on the slogan.
They gave thumbs up.
They did everything short of run out and shake my hand for having the placard on the side of the car.
But, there was one person who didn’t get it.
As the parade route turned right onto the main road, an overweight, tie-dye-wearing woman with a crewcut, with her lip drawn back in an ugly sneer, commented:
“Won’t hire your wife. That’s the stupidest slogan I’ve ever heard.”
She made a couple other ugly comments, as well.
But, one thing was clear; she didn’t take the message in the spirit it was given.
Joe Tirio’s slogan, “I won’t hire my wife,” doesn’t indicate that he doesn’t love and respect his wife; it indicates that he won’t follow the pattern of too many other McHenry County politicians who have seen their electoral success as an invitation for patronage.
Some politicians see patronage as a perk that comes with his job. Not Joe Tirio.
Joe knows that people aren’t electing him so he can use his position for the personal benefit of himself, his friends or family.
He knows that, when elected, McHenry County voters are electing him to serve them – the voters.
But, this angry Lefty who was, fortunately, in a dramatic minority of one, thought it meant something else.
It was clear, from what she said, that she saw this from a feminist perspective.
She saw the slogan as some kind of indication that Joe is disrespectful of his wife.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Joe would happily hire his wife, if for a position with his own company.
She’s highly competent, has a great attitude and is a real go-getter.
He’d be happy to hire his wife, but not as a form of patronage on the public dole.
The feminist didn’t get that, I suspect, because she’s got a bad case of tunnel vision.
This is very common today.
Some people see racism, sexism and all sorts of other isms everywhere the look the way a particular lens filter will cast all the photos taken with a particular tint.
She sees the world through that filter because she’s indoctrinated herself to see the world that way.
Fortunately, Joe Tirio sees the world, and his job as McHenry County Clerk (once he’s elected) without any filters.
He sees his duty clearly and is ready to launch into the job in a way that will serve the voters of McHenry County, even silly feminists who can’t see reality.