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Saturday, September 01, 2007

John Edwards the fighter

While the media appointed front runners preen their superstar images and bicker between themselves, and the corporate media trivializes the issues, the Edwards campaign, from the candidate himself all the way down to the volunteers, fights on in a battle to save America, and by extension, the world.  For anyone paying attention, there is no doubt that John Edwards is correct when he says "Washington, DC is broken.  The system is rigged, and it's rigged against you." Among the presidential candidates, only John Edwards has vowed to fight and beat the corporate lobbyists that now control our government (as opposed to negotiating with them to take away their power, which won't work), and only John Edwards has the needed experience fighting and beating corporate interests repeatedly in his lifetime. Only John Edwards has never taken money from Washington lobbyists or political action committees (PACs) in any of his political campaigns, including his very first one for the Senate.

His fight won't be easy, but he's up to the challenge.  Edwards has been taking on abusive corporations for over 20 years.  His career as a trial lawyer proved that he's not afraid to fight and win battles that others think are unwinnable.  

It's no exaggeration to say that the corporate interests in Washington, and their mouthpiece of a party, the Republicans, noticed this a long time ago and have been trying to take Edwards down ever since.  It's no accident that almost every time the corporate media covers Edwards, they include some slur about his looks or his hair designed to make the former football player and courtroom tough guy look effeminate.  It's no accident that they overemphasize his wealth and constantly remind us that he lives in a big house, inaccurately calling him a hypocrite.  It's no accident that they fan the flames of anti-lawyer prejudice.  Edwards is a real danger to their continued control of just about everything.  They fear him greatly, so they will do anything they can to smear his good name and tarnish his image.  

It's a testament to the man's integrity that they have never, thus far, found anything he has done that is actually dishonest, unethical, or illegal.  They don't have much to attack him on, but they're prepared to be awfully inventive in their efforts to harm John and US.

John Edwards's battle against the corrupt corporate influences in Washington is truly a David versus Goliath struggle.  John is well on his way to winning it, and he can, if enough average Americans have the good sense to help him. A recent Gallup poll showed that three quarters of Americans agree that politicians taking money from lobbyists is unacceptable, but whether or not that translates into support for John remains to be seen.

Democrats couldn't ask for a more perfect candidate.  Intelligent, honest, and well spoken, easy on the eyes and easy to relate to, kind and accessible in person, tough, determined, and indomitable when it counts.  

He's the most electable candidate too. In head-to-head matchups against Republicans, he beats all the potential Republican contenders by the widest margins.

That pretty much sums up John Edwards, and when you add to that the fact that he's from the South, which has produced every successful Democratic presidential candidate in over 40 years, you have a man the Democratic Party would be foolish not to rally behind.

But thus far the Democratic Party has not rallied behind him, and this can be attributed to the corporate media's influence, plus the growing rift between traditional Democrats and DLC corporate controlled centrists.  The battle John Edwards is fighting is not only a battle for the survival of American democracy, but also a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Will the Democratic party choose to represent the people, or the corporations? It remains to be seen. I'm supporting Edwards - the people's candidate.

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