Not since Al Gore won the 2000 election has there been a more important campaign than the one
that will determine which party will largely ignore the needs of the many in favor of the needs of the few: the 2008 presidential
But let’s not be cynical! These are hopeful times, as evidenced by Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama – a
woman and an African-American, two species of candidate previously believed to be unelectable. In enlightened times like these, about the only thing an experienced, prominent, handsome and intelligent candidate
could do to virtually eliminate any chance of being elected is to choose an unpopular issue on which to build his campaign
platform. Like poverty.
to a recent Gallup Poll, the Top 5 issues most important in the upcoming presidential election to Republicans, Democrats,
and Independents alike, are: The War in Iraq, The Economy, Health
Care Reform, Homeland Security, Education. Moving further down the list one will find “Environmental Issues,”
“Taxes,” and “Foreign Affairs”; and hot button issues like “Abortion,” and a candidate’s
“Christian values/beliefs” – even “World Peace”! – turn up in the top 20 issues. But no sign of poverty.
presidential candidate demoted-to-running mate and current Democratic nominee hopeful, John Edwards, has chosen POVERTY as
the central plank in his presidential platform. Sounds like a good way to get a splinter to me.
What in the world is the former senator from North Carolina thinking? Here’s a guy from a small-town background with working class parents, a public school kid who’s
the first in his family to attend college; he’s as good-looking as JFK, only without the bootlegger family money to
live down. In short, a man most Americans would love to pull a handle for while hidden from public view by a curtain.
Instead he insists on talking about “Two Americas” (the surreal
one we currently live in, and the other where we’re all lying in giant murky pods like “The Matrix”). He
lists one of his favorite books as “The Working Poor” by David Shipler (nowhere near as popular as “My Pet
Goat”). In July, Senator Edwards took his campaign tour to eight of the poorest
states in the Union, visiting places like New Orleans' Katrina-soaked Ninth Ward, and Marks Mississippi, where Dr. Martin
Luther King began his own Poor People’s March in 1968 (we all know how well that turned out).
Why, you may ask, would this man who seems to have everything a
presidential candidate could want, build his campaign around something as insignificant as "poverty" and seek the support
of a group as hopeless as the "poor"? There’s only one possible explanation: He doesn't want to win his party's nomination.
he "throwing the race"? Maybe he's afraid of flying on Air Force One, or doesn't want to live in a big White House. Perhaps,
as happened in recent sports-fixing scandals in the NBA and professional tennis, he’s the pawn in a giant gambling plot;
or, like both Jake LaMotta and Richard Nixon, has been ordered to "take a dive" in order to get a crack at the big prize the
next time around. Maybe, now that there's no Weekly World News at
the checkout counter to expose it, he's the victim of a body-snatching alien double. I'm not ruling anything out.
crazy reason or poweful alien forces are at work here, don’t let this man subvert the sanctity of our electoral process
(automatic voting machines notwithstanding). Let's band together to show John Edwards that he can fool some of the people
some of the time but he can’t pull the wool over our eyes, because we have x-ray vision that allows us to see through
his little scheme. And wool.
Throw a giant monkey wrench into the Edwards
campaign by supporting his reluctant presidential gambit. Though he clearly doesn’t want you to, take him up on his website exhortations
to Join the Campaign; Make a Secure Online Contribution; Spread
the Word; Volunteer. Show this "presidential hopeless" that he can’t
scuttle our democratic voting system, because we won’t let him.Support John Edwards, the poverty
candidate. Because he doesn’t want you to. (http://johnedwards.com/action)