Mike Rowe: Big government is not the answer, if we want unity it starts with our neighbors

Reacting to Joe Biden’s call for the country to unify, Mike Rowe suggests that Big Government is hardly the solution to the country’s divisiveness and the challenges posed by COVID. Unity “starts in our zip code,” he insisted.

Biden “is gonna have to ask real nice,” the former Dirty Jobs host quipped about the above-referenced request for everyone to put their differences aside. Recalling JFK’s famous line, Rowe told Fox News Primetime host Brian Kilmeade that “I’m saying this, ask not what you can do for your country, ask what you can do for your neighbor,” he explained in the interview, embedded below in two parts.

“It’s our neighbors who are hurting, it’s our neighbors who are in trouble…I don’t know about unity, I don’t know about conformity, that’s all macro thinking. This is ‘Mike Rowe’ thinking,” he continued.

“This is real small. I don’t think we get out of this because of the government. We’re not going to get out of it without the government, but the government can’t possibly take care of what ails us right now…I know it sounds old-school and Horatio Alger, but you want to take care of the real problem? Look in on the people next to you. Chances are, they’re in trouble”

Apparently alluding to the economic and psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rowe acknowledged the efforts of Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy and celebrity chef Guy Fieri in helping small businesses.

He went on to say that “I’m not a religious guy,” he added, “but a plague is a biblical thing, and we’re back on our heels as a people…This idea that the only way out starts with our neighbors and starts in our zip code; there’s something to that. And if we’re gonna unify, it has to begin there.”

Rowe has long-been a champion of the skilled, so-called blue-collar trades — which offer in-demand, high-paying jobs — that actually produce tangible results rather than encouraging high school students to pursue an expensive liberal arts degree with no real job prospects at the end, and resulting in graduates being buried in loan debt.

Contrary to what the liberals think, Donald Trump’s departure from the White House is not the be-all, end-all, Rowe told Kilmeade.

“We’re gonna wake up tomorrow, and half the country is going to believe in a fundamental way that we have become a systemically racist nation. And the other half of the country is going to believe in a fundamental way that social media and the mainstream media have colluded with one party to help control the narrative. Those two things aren’t gonna go away just because Donald Trump went back to Florida.”

“We’re gonna wake up tomorrow morning and have to look at each other straight in the face through the lens of this pandemic and deal with that. Which is why I don’t think a political solution is going to be enough.  We’ve got to look for leaders in places we typically don’t find them, and we have to look for examples in places where we don’t expect to discover them.”

(Source: Fox News)

Both Kilmeade and Rowe lamented how everything has become politicized owing, in part, to the friction and either-or virtue-signaling generated by the corporate media, even for something traditionally as benign as displaying the American flag.

“Everything’s become a dog whistle. All of the iconography that we used to look at as the thing that brought us together has become a litmus test for this or that. You can’t wear a mask or not wear a mask without making a political statement. You can’t fly a flag without showing your slip. Everything is pregnant with portent,” Rowe noted.

Mike Rowe concluded by advocating a long-overdue return to work and school. “Safety is a critical thing. But it’s not the reason we’re alive. Cars weren’t made to sit in the driveway; boats weren’t made to sit in the harbor. We’re not made to do this. We have to play by the rules, but we have to get out, and we have to get in the game.”

Through his mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the longtime TV host, among other things, awards scholarships to men and women who seek training at trade schools across the country rather than getting on the four-year college diploma track.


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