I Support John Edwards for President
I am way past ready for a change in the way the
“given the present bitterness, given the angry irresponsible charges being hurled by both camps, the nation will be in dire need of a conciliator, a likable guy who will make things better and not worse. That man is not Al Gore. That man is George W. Bush.”
The media also propped up the myth of George Bush the regular guy who lives on a ranch in
It is clear that the media is trying to tell us who our next president should be but thankfully Time Magazine busted the Edwards as a hypocrite myth.
“Another challenge is that much of the attention he’s gotten recently has been the unflattering kind, stories that question his sincerity and assail his image as a fighter for the little guy by focusing on his pricey haircuts, huge house and hedge-fund job. These viral attacks, spreading from the Drudge Report and other blogs to newspapers everywhere, make a dumb argument. They assume that someone who’s wealthy can’t be a sincere advocate for poor and working people. By that logic, the healthy can’t speak on behalf of the sick, or whites on behalf of people of color…
Here’s what would truly be hypocritical: if Edwards spoke out on behalf of the disadvantaged while pushing policies that benefit the rich. This he does not do. He favors boosting the capital-gains tax rate for families earning over $250,000 and closing the loophole that allows fund managers like those at Fortress Investment Group, where he earned almost $500,000 in 2006 to get taxed at just 15%. ‘He wants to take money away from the people who paid him,’ says deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince. ‘That’s not hypocrisy. That’s sincerity.'”
A few of the reasons I support Edwards.
- Health Care: He has an honest plan to provide health care for all Americans and he has been honest enough to say that the money will come from tax hikes on the wealthy.
- Workers: He is pro labor and that is important to me as I write this after working on Labor Day. It should be important to most of us because our wages have remained stagnant since 2000
- Poverty: He wasn’t always wealthy. He grew up in poverty and while he did earn a fortune in his law practice he could have earned ten times more than that representing corporations against people. Instead he represented people against corporations. He is not the first wealthy person to fight for the impoverished. Were they all hypocrites? I think not.
- His wife: I like her.
- What he said here:
[The system is] controlled by big corporations, the lobbyists they hire to protect their bottom line and the politicians who curry their favor and carry their water. And it’s perpetuated by a media that too often fawns over the establishment, but fails to seriously cover the challenges we face or the solutions being proposed. This is the game of American politics and in this game, the interests of regular Americans don’t stand a chance.
- And what he said here:
“We cannot replace a group of corporate Republicans with a group of corporate Democrats, just swapping the
Washingtoninsiders of one party for the insiders of the other” Washington
- And everything he said in the following speech (text HERE)
To see where he stands on the issues, clilck HERE
Note to Mzchief who sometimes reads this blog: You are a person whose intellect I admire so I was concerned when you said that you would never support Edwards because he said that the war on terror was only a bumper sticker. I immediately researched that statement. Here’s what he said:
Edwards called the war on terror a “bumper sticker” slogan Bush had used to justify everything from abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison to the invasion of
“We need a post-Bush, post-9/11, post-Iraq military that is mission focused on protecting Americans from 21st century threats, not misused for discredited ideological purposes,” Edwards said in remarks prepared for delivery. “By framing this as a war, we have walked right into the trap the terrorists have set—that we are engaged in some kind of clash of civilizations and a war on Islam.”
I completely agree with him!
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Lu Cifer says
In every poll, Edwards TROUNCES *ANY* repuke they put him up against! Gee, isn’t it a skosh ODD how the “liberal” media goes out of their way to cover Hillary & Obama (who don’t do so well in polls against X or Y repuke) but seem to skirt over coverage of Edwards as much as they can?! The republiKlans are taking a page from Nixon call “Choose Your Opponent!” and people NEED to see through this complete and utter GARBAGE! Too bad Kucinich doesn’t stand a better chance, but Edwards works for me no question about it! So fuku repukes! And y’all can’t win with fixed elections anymore, cuz we learned how to overcome that last November ie EVERYONE WHO CAN VOTE: VOTE!
The media is broken and lazy. That’s why they only report on John Edward’s hair. It would take too long to analyze his positions.
Bloggers are the new 4th estate.
Hey, have you ever noticed Romney’s hair? Funny they don’t report on his primping.
Dennis Kucinich is way ahead of John Edwards on the progressive populist scale. Have you even read the issues page of the Kucinich website? Dennis is the ONLY Democratic candidate that represents mainstream Americans. He is not a far left lunatic. His views are the views of average Americans. Visit his website at http://www.dennis4president.com and look at the issues page. Dennis also grew up in extreme poverty, so he knows what it’s like to be the working poor. Stop ignoring him the way the MSM does. Stop falling into the Democrat trap of labeling Kucinich unelectable. If more people would talk about Dennis and get his message out to mainstream Americans he’d get the Democratic nomination. He’s the ONLY Democratic candidate running shy of Mike Gravel that is worth a damn.
Lu Cifer says
HA! Good point. Yeah, I would be willing to bank Bill Gates money that Mitt (Rhymes with…!) Romtard’s hair costs WAY MORE than Edwards’ to get just right. WHO CARES?! Seriously! It’s just tragic. Someone who looks like Lincoln, Jefferson (wig and all!), Washington, etc., could certainly not be elected today since as we all know, looks are all that matters, fuck having actually SUBSTANCE AND IDEAS!!!
And I agree wholeheartedly with Anon, Kuchinic IS the real Democrat in this race, hands down! And like Thom Hartmann says best, he represents the “radical middle” of America AKA THE MAINSTREAM AKA 75+% OF US! As Hartmann brilliantly states in his article, oddly enough called “What is the Radical Middle?” http://www.thomhartmann.com/radicalmiddle.shtml (I hope this sucker doesn’t cut that link off!) the “real left” aka COMMUNIST in America are pretty much NON EXISTENT.
Also Anon is right, we really should stop thinking of him as unelectedable, but damn man, you know how superficial this retarded culture is! GRRR! Mike Gravel I thought was pretty good until I heard him do two hours with Mike Malloy. Huuulawrdy, his tax proposal SUCKS! Seriously, the flat tax idea, that needs to be taken out back and have 4 or more .45 hollow points blasted into its skull! FLAT TAX IS BULLSHIZ!
Yes, I love Dennis Kucinich.
Lu Cifer, you crack me up! Very funny.