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It Is Time For John Edwards

February 10, 2007

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On December 4th, 2006 I wrote the following on this blog.

“Prior to the start of the Iraq War many who were opposed to the invasion worried about the long-term effects on American foreign policy.  Given that there was international outrage over the way the war was being sold to buttress the rationale for the preemptive strike, and given the complexities of the Middle East on a good day, many of us had legitimate concerns about the lasting impact of this policy.

This theme has been a constant one on this blog, and must be addressed honestly by any true contender for the Presidency in 2008.  So I was pleased to hear former Senator John Edwards make it clear to an audience in California that our moral leadership is a necessity if civilization itself is not to unravel.  Without hesitation, he stated that though there are many domestic issues that need the attention of the next President,  the overriding responsibility would be to restore our leadership to the world.  He is correct with this view.”

John Edwards For President

“Edwards understands in the way that John Kerry never could that world events like the horror in Darfur demands the leadership of America.  Kerry failed to challenge President Bush in 2004 over a more pro-active stance in Darfur to counter balance in the eyes of the world with what we were doing in Iraq.  When Kerry failed to even campaign on the idea of moral leadership around the globe, I lost the last shreds of hope for his campaign.  I was stunned that fall when others who called themselves ‘progressive’ would tell me that Kerry just needed to get elected, and then we would worry about policy.   (Barf!) 

In contrast, Edwards knows that we can’t stand in the eyes of the world seeking a leadership role if we allow genocide to take place in Darfur.  We can’t expect to be seen as credible when we speak to other nations seeking their involvement on various trouble spots, if we do not lead and act on the major issues confronting the world.

While there are many domestic needs in America for the next President to deal with, we must not nominate a candidate who says it is time to shy away from our role in international affairs.  Instead we must have a new President that is as determined to lead with moral leadership around the globe, as Bush was determined to lead with guile.

I hope John Edwards keeps talking about the issues that force us to confront the world honestly.  It is this way of thinking, along with a willingness to confront the matter candidly before audiences that very well may lift him above his rivals seeking the White House.”

4 Comments
  1. February 14, 2007 12:50 AM

    Noy really the Dippy Chicks won because of their peers not because of the fans. They still don’t get played on most stations. They still had a large number of concerts canceled. They won the 5 awards because it was the academy trying to make a political statement not because of how the fans feel about them The fans are the ones that count.

  2. February 13, 2007 12:18 PM

    It was a good thing that Edwards could not be ‘swift-boated’ by conservatives on this non-issue. I actually heard on the radio someone lament that the bloggers in question had written something unkind about the Pope. And…..Who hasn’t stated/written about the Catholic Church? And so what if it runs counter to Catholics?

    When freedom of expression no longer exists what will the country be worth? And if any presidential candidate would fold on this issue to conservatives, how would anyone respect him/her?

    I might add that pkram also has predicted in the past the Dixie Chicks career was over……last Sunday proved that soooo wrong.

  3. February 13, 2007 7:20 AM

    I see one of the two anti catholic bigots Edwards hired has quite already, but its too late for Edwards. Stick a fork in that boy his run fro the White House is over. Can’t have hate mongers on a campaign, say that they are and yet allow them to hang around. For a lawyer he is not a bright boy.

  4. February 10, 2007 8:29 PM

    It disturbs me that we have to talk about Presidential politics almost TWO years before the Nov 2008 election. Every other country runs its presidential and parliamentary campaigns in 6-8 weeks. Why can’t we change to a better system? You know the current system is failing us when it can produce a President like Geo W Bush.

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