Monday, January 15, 2007

"Silence is betrayal. Speak out." - John Edwards

Yesterday John Edwards, Democratic candidate for President, standing at the pulpit at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York, where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke against the Vietnam War 40 years ago, called on Americans who oppose the war in Iraq to take action.

If you’re in Congress and you know this war is going in the wrong direction, it is no longer enough to study your options and keep your own counsel.

Silence is betrayal. Speak out, and stop this escalation now. You have the power to prohibit the president from spending any money to escalate the war – use it.

And to all of you here today – and the millions like us around the country who know this escalation is wrong – your job is to reject the easy way of apathy and choose instead the hard course of action.

Silence is betrayal. Speak out. Tell your elected leaders to block this misguided plan that is destined to cost more lives and further damage America’s ability to lead. And tell them also, that the reward of trust.

read the entire speech here


Anonymous said...

Edwards is a wolf in sheep's clothing, plain and simple.

Stop for a minute, and consider what he's actually done, and not his talk.

While many members in congress wisely voted against the Iraq war, Edwards not only voted for it, he co-sponsored the disastrous resolution with neocon Joe Lieberman, that made it possible.

Edwards also co-sponsored and voted for the massive increase in H-1b visas, that dumped 195,000 foreign workers on the job market, destroying perhaps hundreds of thousands of American tech careers.

Edwards voted for normal trade relations with China, making American workers have to compete with Chinese labor standards, which of course they can't.

Edwards voted for the DREAM act, forcing states to give in-state tuition (a subsidy) to illegal aliens, when there are poor Americans in these states who can’t afford to send their kids to college, partially because illegal immigration drove down their wages. This act, of course only encourages more illegal immigration because it extends even further the taxpayers obligations to those who break our laws to come here.

But what about civil liberties? Here again, Edwards voted to the Patriot act, perhaps the greatest risk to civil liberties, ever.

Edwards supporters don’t want Edwards to be held accountable for these facts. Yet, Edwards made himself extremely wealthy holding others (such as doctors) accountable - while doctors malpractice premiums rose so much as to make many obstetricians leave their specialty. More illegal alien taxpayer payed births, and fewer obstetricians - could that be why health care costs are skyrocketing?

One simple question - 10 years ago, if you did your job, the way Edwards performed as Senator, do you think he would he advocate that you get a big promotion?

Or do you think he would he have sued you and taken you to the cleaners?

Dave Barrett said...

Although some in Congress voted against the war no one who voted against the war is running for president. Edwards got his second biggest applause in the Riverside speach when he once again appologized for his war vote.
"The issue, brothers and sisters, is not only how we got into Iraq, but how we get out of Iraq. I want to say for anyone in this room that doesn't know it that I voted for this war and I was WRONG, and I take responsibility for that...The best way to make clear we're leaving Iraq is to actually start leaving."

Hillary Clinton has not yet said that her vote for the war was wrong. Barak Obama was not in Congress for the war vote so we don't know how he would have voted but he does not seem to be taking any risks by taking a strong anti-war stance now.

Edwards is saying the right things now. That puts him head and shoulders above the other candidates.