If I hear one more story of John Edwards parents growing up working in a cotton mill I’m going to scream. No, I already have. His appeal to Southern voters and labor Unions is condescending and arrogant.
He patronizes voters with his “I understand what you’re going through” attitude while he runs around the country spending millions on a losing campaign.
Obama excitement and Clinton notoriety overshadow Edwards. I’ve yet to hear him articulate his own plans, just echo the Democratic Party line. Edward’s political advisors don’t seem to understand what is increasingly obvious with each day of the 2008 presidential election campaign. American’s are tired of politics as usual. Edwards carries the aura of an entrenched politician.
What aggravates me the most is his concern for the plight of laborers, unemployed, and those living in poverty in America compels him to spend millions on a losing presidential campaign. I wish he would get the hint and put his money where his mouth is.
Non-profit community organizations and individuals all over the country are fighting the battle in the streets to make a difference. Ironically, it is the ones who get in the trenches who don’t usually have the money to be there. We sacrifice haircuts, movies, and meals to be able to give a cup of warm soup to a homeless person. We dig through our closets to find warm clothes so they don’t freeze under a bridge.
If non-profits, or volunteers had the kind of money Edwards is throwing down the toilet on this campaign someone, somewhere would be able to make an appreciable difference.
The argument could be made that he could make a difference by holding the highest office in our country. It would be a mute argument. He has run before. He doesn’t have a chance this time, and I can’t stand to see these non-contender candidates claiming they want to make lives better, help the working class and the poor as they step back into air-conditioned and heated buses, consuming diesel fuel by the gallons, or jet from location to location.
I’m tired of it. Maybe I’m picking on Edwards. I guess it is because his trump card is his understanding and sympathy for the poor. How many times have I heard him say, “Hey, I know what your going through.”
I’d venture to say he doesn’t know what I’m going through. A lower-middle income family working all angles to make ends meet; running space heaters because they can’t afford the price of propane; fighting the good fight every day letting their own bills go to help meet the needs of others less fortunate than ourselves. I just don’t think he understands.
I don’t feel entitled to anything. We have made the decision in life to be givers, not takers. I’m fine with that, what irritates the gips out of me is a politician living in a palatial home, jet setting and eating his fill every night telling hungry Americans he understands.
John Edwards is not going to win. Why not use those campaign funds to get some people out from under bridges? Why not build another shelter in a city where men and women are found frozen to death in the cold? Why not help create community programs to keep kids off the streets and help teach them character?
Instead, he enjoys the lifestyle he has created on the backs of the people he supposedly support. Edwards has made a living as an advocate for the poor. Without them, he wouldn’t even have a campaign.