Tomorrow begins today

Well, my guy announced his candidacy for the '08 Presidential yesterday, as expected. I'm not going to be heavily into the horserace until about this time next year -- I do, after all, have a life -- but John Edwards has been my guy ever since the last Presidential, when no one knew who he was and everyone was still talking about Howard Dean (whom I adored, but I figured then -- and still do now -- that Edwards is our best chance and hope for taking the Presidency). I saw him do an early, early version of his Two Americas speech, still one of the best and most underreported campaign stump speeches ever, and he had me at hello.

Since the end of the 2004 campaign, he's channeled his energy into his One America Campaign. His signature issue? Poverty. One of the biggest issues in this country not just today, but for at least the last 30 years, and at the root of or intertwined with so many other big social/political issues -- the economy, health care, crime, domestic violence, education, hunger, illiteracy, gender inequality, racial inequality, teen pregnancy -- and it's been a political non-starter since the end of WWII. The last president to seriously address poverty, FDR, fundamentally changed our country and the course it charted through historical waters through his vision of America.

Do I think Edwards is the next FDR? No. I don't even think he's the next Kennedy. What I do think is that he's not just talking the talk, but he's been walking the walk since he committed himself to this issue, and that's reflected by where he chose to make his announcement: New Orleans. And not from a fancy hotel, but in the midst of the ongoing hurricane cleanup, in the poorest of the poor districts of that benighted city, and after already spending days swinging a hammer working on houses there when the cameras weren't rolling. He's been doing it since last year, actually, and while President Cuckoo Bananas gets a thumbs up from the media everytime he manages to string two words together, John Edwards has been doing the kind of thing we'd want our President to be doing.

And this is the kind of thing we want our President to be saying:

This campaign is about each of us taking responsibility for our country's future -- and ensuring America’s greatness in the 21st century.

It is a campaign not just about what we can do in the White House -- but what we can do on the way.

We all must take responsibility and take action now to:

  • Provide moral leadership in the world
  • Strengthen our middle class and end poverty
  • Guarantee universal health care for every American
  • Lead the fight against global warming
  • Get America and other countries off our addiction to oil

If we want to live in a moral and just America tomorrow, we cannot wait until the next President is elected to begin to take action.

Tomorrow begins today.
I'll have more to say about John Edwards as the year rolls on and the campaign heats up. And it's entirely possible I'll change my mind on candidates*. But for right now, I see Edwards as our Next Great Hope, not just for a Presidential candidate, but for a President.

*(Especially if Al Gore tosses his hat in the ring. He won't -- I believe his repeated statements that he's on a different path -- but if for some reason he did, I'd have to go with my first love, the very first candidate I ever campaigned for, way back in 1988 when I was a dorky high-school kid. I believe in John Edwards, but Al Gore is my hero and he comes before all others.)


My Marrakech said...

Okay. I will try to get excited about this, Miss Bitty. I will try to hope, even though I have found my hope so eroded over recent years. I will try. That is all I can promise to do.

Miss Bitty said...

That's enough. For now. We've all been burned too many times in the recent past to expect more from each other at this point.

But if you find your hope that things can change to a belief that they will change...I ask that you consider doing more if/when that happens.

My Marrakech said...

Yes, fair enough. I will take your lead/direction.

PS Did you get my email a while back asking for advice?

Miss Bitty said...

PS Did you get my email a while back asking for advice?

I did and I'm anxious because this means that you didn't get my reply. :( I've just re-sent it in the hopes that that you'll get it...please let me know if you don't?

Miss Bitty said...

Okay, I've resent using that new email address. I've deleted your comment so the email address you posted here isn't online. Let me know if you do/don't get the resent email.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you, I'm already thinking about 2008. I really like Edwards and I'm hoping that he turns out to be the candidate that I think he is.

On a side note, I LOVE how you've redecorated:).


Miss Bitty said...

Jess -- thank you on the redesign. I like redecorating every once in a while to kind of liven things up. This is this blog's third remodel; I don't even remember what the first one looked like.

And yay that you're following Edwards. I hope he lives up to my expectations, as well. If he does, I have great optimism for 2008.