I know the title alone just angered people left and right of the great political divide. But here’s the way I see it.
John Edwards was born in South Carolina and grew up in North Carolina. His dad worked in the textile mills and his mother ran a shop and worked at the post office.
Not the elitist childhood young George W. Bush had (despite his “just one of the guys” persona.) Bush was born in New Haven, CT. The family moved to Texas when W was 2, so his dad could get into the oil business. Which he did big time.
And while young W. was avoiding his military service and building a less than stellar big business career on his daddy’s money and influence, John Edwards was making a name for himself fighting for the rights of the average family against big business – mainly insurance companies.
And then when he became a senator, he worked on serious issues like “quality health care, better schools, protecting civil liberties, preserving the environment, saving Social Security and Medicare, and reforming the ways campaigns are financed.
As a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Edwards worked tirelessly for a strong national defense and to strengthen the security of our homeland. He authored key pieces of legislation on cyber, bio, and port security.”
This is a man who cares deeply about the people of this country and not just about pushing through an agenda that benefits big business and a religious right that holds his IOUs. This is a man with passion and dedication to making this country better for everyone – not just big business and special interests.
Edwards is particularly focused on poverty, probably because of the way he grew up. In contrast, our President, who never knew the fear and hopelessness that comes with poverty, has helped drain our coffers with an ill-conceived and shamefully executed war and unnecessary tax cuts. He’s leading us into a fiscal nightmare that needs serious attention now. But what we get instead are half-hearted proposals and his “I’m one of you” smile that comforts an uneasy citizenry less and less. As Bush senior probably would say about the way his son has handled our future: “Wasn’t prudent.”
So now to my basic premise. Like George W. Bush, John Edwards is affable and has a way that wins people over. And like W, Edwards conveys a simple nature that sometimes belies a more complex under-core. But the comparison stops there, since Edwards’s under-core is about truly making a difference for the average person and Bush the Younger is all about big business (especially the oil industry), encroaching on personal rights and liberties, and unraveling the safety net we’ve worked so hard to create.
But what about the issue of gravitas? Does Edwards have it? We know Bush didn’t (he also didn’t have much experience), so they gave him Cheney. And that’s why we add Bill Richardson to the ticket. Continue reading »