Senator John Edwards will likely become a small footnote in the encyclopedia of American politics, but he was right about one thing: there are 2 Americas.
While his statement was spot on, his reasoning was way off. As Senator Edwards attempted to turn a populist rant into votes, he missed the mark that the real 2 Americas includes those in the political class and then the masses. Nowhere is this more clearly evidenced than in what we see happening in Congress and the recent Obama Administration.
What happens if you or I don’t pay our taxes for a few years? Sure. Fines up the wazoo and maybe even some jail time. Even folks with money, hint hint Mr. Edwards, see time in the Gray Bar Hotel. Just ask Wesley Snipes. But if you are a member of the political class, well, we’re sure it was just an oversight. Isn’t that right Secretary Geithner, Congressman Rangel, Senator Daschle.
What if you are among the many out there today having problems with your mortgage? Maybe you lost your job or had to cut back the hours. You call up your friendly mortgage company to see what you can do. After all, you are catching it before there is a problem. Guess what? No dice. You may even be advised to miss a few payments so they can start helping you. Well, if you are part of the political class, like Senator Dodd, you can get a sweetheart deal on your home loan with terms of around 4.5%. It helps if you chair the Senate Banking Committee.
So what do we, from the ignorant masses, do to reform this? Get involved. Sure. Let’s run for office and change it from the inside. Well, because of campaign finance laws it is now incredibly hard for anyone of moderate income to run for a national office. See, there are all these rules and regulations that limit the amount of money people can give to your campaign and who can give. That is unless you are Senator Obama running for the Presidency. Then you can just disable your security features on your online donation form so that you can get multiple donations from Mickey Mouse and people from all over the globe. (Thanks Ace).
The United States is a country of laws, not of men. That is what sets us apart from the world. That is what allowed us to make a 5,000 year leap after 1776. We still are the country of laws, especially for those of us from the other America.
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