John Edwards reminds me of why I’d vote for him in a heartbeat, if I had a vote in the forthcoming primaries.
It’s not just that the answers of the past aren’t up to the job today, it’s that the system that produced them was corrupt—and still is. It’s controlled by big corporations, the lobbyists they hire to protect their bottom line and the politicians who curry their favor and carry their water. And it’s perpetuated by a media that too often fawns over the establishment, but fails to seriously cover the challenges we face or the solutions being proposed. This is the game of American politics and in this game, the interests of regular Americans don’t stand a chance.
Real change starts with being honest—the system in Washington is rigged and our government is broken. It’s rigged by greedy corporate powers to protect corporate profits. It’s rigged by the very wealthy to ensure they become even wealthier. At the end of the day, it’s rigged by all those who benefit from the established order of things. For them, more of the same means more money and more power. They’ll do anything they can to keep things just the way they are—not for the country, but for themselves.
… The choice for our party could not be more clear. We cannot replace a group of corporate Republicans with a group of corporate Democrats, just swapping the Washington insiders of one party for the Washington insiders of the other.
[nb. that this is a purely personal statement – I have no idea of where those of my fellow CT-ers who live in the US stand on this]