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Courage To Speak The Truth

In this day of political hedging and fence riding that has become standard in the run for the White House, one prominent candidate took a bold step for the American people. That candidate not only exposed the hypocrisy of his primary opponent, he acknowledged his own silence of the past against a wrong and committed to not be a part of the culture of corruption that national election campaigns have become.

In a speech at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire John Edwards spoke out against the corruption that has taken command of Washington. He cited a specific example from within his own party involving Hillary Clinton where lobbyists paid $1,000 per plate for access to key policy makers that they are paid by companies to lobby for legislation that is favorable to those companies. This type of outing of corruption was once reserved for the opposing party because of an inherent understanding that you protected your own party. This move by John Edwards shows that there is still some integrity left in politics.

While the rest of the candidates from both the Republican and Democratic ranks are trying to ride the fence and offend as few people as possible, Edwards is saying the things that are actually on the minds of concerned Americans. During his speech he spoke of the mistrust of government on the part of working Americans and its justifiability in the current political climate of America. For the first time in a long time a major party legitimate contender for the Presidential nomination has come out and taken a stand for the average Americans.

Of the major contenders for the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination, Edwards is the only candidate who has committed to rejecting donations from PAC and lobbyist contributors. That kind of stand is a unique defense of the people over the special interest groups. The other candidates have shown little courage and no leadership in the area of campaign fundraising ethics. They are content to take money from and give access to those who would put the interests of the ultra-rich ahead of those of the working people of the United States who make this country great.

While we will not endorse a candidate, we applaud the courage of John Edwards in his fight to bring politics back to being about “We the People”. Way to go John! Maybe this bold move will serve to encourage the other major party candidates to reject the politics of greed in favor of the politics of equality and justice for the people of this nation. Politics should serve more than the rich and powerful. It’s time the working Joe’s of America had a voice in Washington.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

All Sights Set On Hillary In Democratic Debate

In the latest debate between democrats it has become clear to most observers that the nomination has become a three-person race. With the vast majority of the questions being directed at Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards it is clear that the press has decided that they are the only viable candidates to take the 2008 Democratic nomination.

With Hillary Clinton leading in every major poll the other candidates focused their most pointed words for the former First Lady and current Senator from New York. In a carryover of theme from his stump speech in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, John Edwards continued to criticize Mrs. Clinton for her refusal to cut herself off from the lobbyists who have been financing a large portion of her campaign thus far. Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich got in one pointed dig at both Edwards and Clinton when addressing Edwards’ questioning of Clinton’s fundraising tactics saying; "When people get money from New York hedge funds and then they attack another person for getting money from Washington interest groups, you know what? They're both right."

Several of the candidates showed visible frustration with the frontrunners being afforded most of the questions with some including Kucinich even commenting on the apparent inequities between the attention paid to the three leaders and the rest of the candidates by the moderator. Mike Gravel was excluded from the even on the grounds of poor polling numbers and a lack of fundraising by his campaign. It is clear that in this election cycle it will be the big money candidates who will be given the opportunity to speak to the American people in future debates. The field will likely narrow more as the primaries get closer.

Barack Obama was also able to find ground to attack the front running Clinton during the debate. During one exchange he noted; "Part of the reason that Republicans, I think, are obsessed with you, Hillary, is because that's a fight they're very comfortable having. It is the fight that we've been through since the '90s." The comment made it clear that the Illinois Senator wants to portray Senator Clinton as a divisive force in politics who has a polarizing effect on voters as well as politicians.

During the debate while under attack from all sides Senator Clinton took most of the jabs in stride and focused her comments on the failings of the current administration. While she often referred to the forces she stands against in the form of Republicans and the Bush White House there was little of note from the frontrunner on any specifics of her plans for the office should she win the election. While this is a typical frontrunner tactic it left for little analysis on an in-depth level of what Mrs. Clinton might do in the White House if elected.

At the end of it all the voters may be left with more questions than answers about the candidates. It seems from this debate that voters will have to go on instinct once again when choosing a candidate to represent them in the 2008 Election.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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