Thursday, August 23, 2007I'm not endorsing anybody for the 2008 election, but I have to tell you that this speech by John Edwards is music to my ears:
But small thinking and outdated answers aren't the only problems with a vision for the future that is rooted in nostalgia. The trouble with nostalgia is that you tend to remember what you liked and forget what you didn't. 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.
Heck, I'd have block quoted the whole thing if it weren't so damn long.
UPDATE: Ed Kilgore makes a pretty good point . Edwards' critique could be used directly against Hillary, it's true. I wonder whether Republicans would find it so easy to employ Edwards' indirect comments in a negative ad, but I get his point. I do think it's important to note, however, that Edwards' general point - that there is a bipartisan washington establishment that is powerfully influenced by corporate interests - is quite simply true.