Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Only Respectable Candidate

As many have noticed over the holiday weekend, Obama and Shrillary got into a catfight during the South Carolina Democratic debate. I won't bring up the fact that Stephen Colbert was held out of those debates and that Dennis Kucinich is suing over that fact, no the fact I want to bring up is the differences between the two major candidates of the Democratic Party, and the only acceptable choice right now for the party, John Edwards.

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spar each other over their past, who has the charisma, who has the experience (allegedly) and who did or did not lawyer for a sleazy slum lord who was an executive at WalMart, John Edwards has been out there giving his message to those who will listen. His message is one we all can get behind, and with yesterday being MLK day, one that is supported by someone very close to the fallen Reverend.
…I appreciate that on the major issues of health care, the environment, and the economy, you have framed the issues for what they are - a struggle for justice. And, you have almost single-handedly made poverty an issue in this election.

You know as well as anyone that the 37 million people living in poverty have no voice in our system. They don’t have lobbyists in Washington and they don’t get to go to lunch with members of Congress. Speaking up for them is not politically convenient. But, it is the right thing to do.

I am disturbed by how little attention the topic of economic justice has received during this campaign. I want to challenge all candidates to follow your lead, and speak up loudly and forcefully on the issue of economic justice in America...

I believe that now, more than ever, we need a leader who wakes up every morning with the knowledge of that injustice in the forefront of their minds, and who knows that when we commit ourselves to a cause as a nation, we can make major strides in our own lifetimes. My father was not driven by an illusory vision of a perfect society. He was driven by the certain knowledge that when people of good faith and strong principles commit to making things better, we can change hearts, we can change minds, and we can change lives.

So, I urge you: keep going. Ignore the pundits, who think this is a horserace, not a fight for justice. My dad was a fighter. As a friend and a believer in my father’s words that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, I say to you: keep going. Keep fighting. My father would be proud.
The mainstream media would have you believe that John Edwards isn't in this race, but he sure as hell is. I hope to wake up tomorrow morning and have the world rocked that John Edwards has won South Carolina. To have a world who must now actually talk about him in the same sentence. Then I want the young people of America, every single beer pong playing, Oprah watching, crazy game of poker listening, football swearing, cocaine snorting, co-ed sexual escapade having, D&D nut and rainbow warrior alike out there who gives a shit about their country to go out during this primary season and put your vote down for John Edwards.

The time for the media has to end. We have to stop being the lemmings who are so easily led to water by these pundits, who have the vested interest of their corporate slave master, and have them once again decide the election. Other then the folks on Air America (for the most part), bloggers, and Keith Olbermann, no one in the media will give John Edwards the time of day. The time has come for another revolution, much like there was in the sixties. This time though we cannot go quietly into the night, we cannot just accept the way things are. We are more informed now as a s society then ever before, and we mainly have the internet to thank for that.

We cannot have John Edwards win the Presidency if he does not win the Primary. It is time to take out The Family and the man who would be Reagan and insert the South Carolina Gentleman into the conversation. We must insert him into the delegate race. If we truly want this country to change, if we truly want this country to finally shift for the first time in forty years and go back in the direction that great men like JFK, MLK and RFK laid down for us we must elect John Edwards. John Edwards, I feel, is the only candidate out there (save for Ron Paul but that's a frightening change) who will toss aside all those corporations, lobbyists and other type of special interests and get back to saving this great nation from itself. We are getting closer to the edge, that land of oblivion where big brother is constantly watching and you have no more rights, we need John Edwards to steer us away from the abyss.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
-Benjamin Franklin


Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

Excellent, just excellent.

Dews said...

Agreed man, my hats off to you Shane