Tito and Connie, two Americans by choice, attended a McCain rally in Woodbridge, Virginia and they had a few words for the mainstream media. National Review's Byron York was there:
Someone asked why (Tito) Munoz had come to the rally. "I support McCain, but I've come to face you guys because I'm disgusted with you guys," he said. "Why the hell are you going after Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something else. Why is that wrong? Everything is possible in America. I made it. Joe the Plumber could make it even better than me. . . . I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A."
Here's Connie, going at it with lefty journalist David Corn of Mother Jones:
A black woman with a strong Caribbean accent jumped in the fray. “Tell me,” she said to Corn, “why is it you can go and find out about Joe the Plumber’s tax lien and when he divorced his wife and you can’t tell me when Barack Obama met with William Ayers? Why? Why could you not tell us that? Joe the Plumber is me!”
York spoke with Connie after that encounter:
...I walked away for a few minutes to strike up a conversation with the woman who had jumped into the debate. Her name was Connie, and she said she had been born and raised in Antigua, in the West Indies. "I immigrated to the United States over 20 years ago," she told me. "It's my home. America has become my home. I came here freely of my own free will because I loved it, and I loved what it had to offer, and I don't want to see it ruined."
I don't either, Connie.
York notes a "lovely moment"...Immigrant Tito and Corn: (My emphasis):
...but there was one lovely moment when a shouting match turned into a lesson on the fundamental meaning of American constitutional rights — and the immigrant was the teacher.
“Let me talk,” Munoz said to Corn. “I know the Constitution, and I know my First Amendment — ”
“I’m not the state,” Corn said. “I can’t take that right away from you.”
“No, no,” Munoz shot back. “Even the state, the state cannot take that right away.”
“Right, right,” Corn quickly agreed.
“Nobody can take that away,” Munoz said.
And indeed they can’t.
Tito 1 - David Corn 0.
And chalk another one up for Joe the Plumber.