John Edwards

I’m not a hardcore partisan at all. In fact, I’ve recently joined a Facebook group called “I am a moderate and I hate the two party system.” Indeed, that statement sums me up nicely.
I heard that John Edwards (Kerry’s VP-candidate running mate) jumped into the 2008 Election. I say, “Good for him!”
And you know what else is Good? He’s big on issues that bolster the lower-class. You shouldn’t have a hard time finding loyally partisan Democrats that don’t like Edwards because of this. Why? Because championing the poor doesn’t win elections. “What about this candidate’s platform benefits ME directly?” Damnit, shut up, America! Pragmatically speaking (i.e. theological considerations aside), a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
To my country’s self-professed liberal Christ-followers, if you’re authentic about being both of those things, I sure hope Edwards’ message stirs something in you. A basic reading of the Epistle of James points out one of the main duties of the Christ-follower (or… “What is true religion?”):

“Anyone who sets himself up as ‘religious’ by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight and guard against corruption from the godless world.” James 1:26-27 (MSG)

Edwards may or may not be motivated by personal conviction as a Christ-follower… I do not know enough about him to make that call. But I would say that this part of his platform is genuinely “incarnational politics.”

More on this topic can be found at the discussion around this post.

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4 responses to “John Edwards

  1. Dude, I was happy to hear he was running too. He really has gotten some good issues out in the open already. I just wish we could switch to publically funded campaigns so the PACs, corporate donors, Unions, and Fat cats, will stop ruining good candidates.

  2. Word.

    Well-said comment on that other dude’s site. That’s what I was going for… that middle-America is pretty selfish.

    I was checking out Edwards’ campaign website, and he’s got this OneCorps thing… I looked around and couldn’t tell if it’s actually an arm of the ONE campaign, but it’s a great program nonetheless.

    It’ll be interesting to see what kind of momentum he can get going… who else has officially declared their candidacy?

  3. Gov. Vilsack from Iowa, and Dennis Kunich. Neither are as good as Edwards. The bigger runners will be Hilary and Obama, and Kerry if he decides to run. I wish Wesley Clark would consider running again. For the Republicans it will McCain, Gulliani, and Mitt Romeny. I am excited about any of them.

  4. Thank you both for posting on my site and I appreciate your comments. I think that Edwards’ heart is in the right place, and I certainly think the poor lacking the ability to have a hired lobbying group does need an advocate. Yet my concern is that by focusing solely on the poor (as he has thus far) he alienates the middle class voters who ultimately will vote him in. I think a leader who can woo the middle class and then help anyone working for a living or help those not to get into work is a good candidate. My support initially was for Evan Bayh, obviously he backed out, but we need economics in Clinton’s mold, where no matter how you disaggregate the statistics everyone is better off. EITCs do that for me, not minimum wage increases, and in terms of bringing voters on board, I think a focus on middle class issues with EITCs (that these selfish voters dont see as handout or as coming out of “their pockets” in the form of higher wages to their employees) can win an election and better the lives of everyone from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich. Thanks though for your comments, I appreciate your perspectives. – David

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