Almost four years ago The Agonist endorsed John Edwards for president. At the time there were four major reasons why we chose to endorse Edwards. We sought an open, drawn out primary, for obvious reasons. We believed the Edwards critique of ‘two Americas’ was not only accurate, but saw behind this analysis the intellect and character ready to make the changes America needed. That Edwards is a natural orator, inspiring us to believe in an America that many of us hope is not lost forever, was never far from our minds either. Edwards is unfailingly positive and yet, there is a sense that Edwards knows how to go for the jugular–a quality sorely missing in almost every other candidate, who, lost in their generalities and platitudes, call for consensus and common ground. As if . . .
But in the end it was his inspiring message, his example of a life well lived, from his humble beginnings to his successful present, that embodied our belief in America as an aspirational and hopeful society.
But that was then and the future is now.
In the last four years it is not so much that America has changed, but that the circumstances of life in America, our role in the world and our politics have deteriorated, drastically. A kernel of hope and faith in America still remains, but change, now, more so than then, is urgent. Add to these reasons those that Ian so lucidly outlines, and we believe, once again, that John Edwards is the candidate who will finally put an end to the plaintive mewling for, and cooing about, the need for bi-partisanship and consensus in our capital.
Today the middle class–the very foundation of America’s great wealth–disappears, gutted by Bush’s “Haves and Have Mores.” An out of control trade deficit–not to mention an inflationary monetary policy–sucks our treasury dry. And most tragically, a generation of Americans and Iraqis bleed to death in the forbidding deserts of Iraq.
It is time we pulled America into the future and the man to do this is John Edwards.