Saturday, November 03, 2007

showing up

Choosing a political leader to support is a personal decision. We all need to weigh the pros and cons of our choice against our own beliefs, our own ferreting out the bullshit from the grace, the media representations from the platforms.

Awhile back I decided to support John Edwards. And recently I was asked to join Momocrats along with a fantastic group of women who are all dedicated to the same belief: John Edwards is the one candidate who is truly speaking for the poor. I believe in his compassion, his deep commitment to the working poor, to alleviating poverty. He's the only candidate talking about poverty in a meaningful and tangible way so there is no other reasonable choice for me to make.

The choice this time around is so important, so important for our country and for our reputation in our world. Every candidacy means change, but this election seems especially critical. Our future depends on making the right choice. And we all have the luxury of getting behind someone who speaks to us and to our perceptions of what we need to move forward in the best possible way. And I believe in changing the socioeconomic balance. In recognizing the importance of alleviating the suffering brought by poverty and homelessness. In acting like a community who is concerned about all of it's citizens.

And I believe with the right leadership it's possible to see that change.

30 comments:

Blog Antagonist said...

God I hate politics. I really, really do. But I know how important it is to vote. But honestly, I don't know what is the best choice to make. Sometimes I feel it's all a matter of choosing between the lesser of several evils. I'll admit that I don't know much about Edwards' platform. However, since you are endorsing him, I will make an effort to find out more about him.

flutter said...

I respect your choice.

dogfaceboy said...

I'm afraid I will never catch up with all your posts, but I wanted to drop in and ay hello.

I'm disenchanted with all of the candidates. I'm a Howard Dean supporter to the core.

Mary Alice said...

I think you are right. Edwards seems to me to be the only genuine candidate...that is running for the people, and for what is right, not just to prove something to himself.

Mrs. Chicky said...

I want to back Edwards but I will admit I'm more enamored with his wife. Not that I don't like Edwards platform but... If he wins can we make her more than first lady?

allrileyedup said...

I think John Edwards is a great choice. I like Barack Obama a lot too, though. I find it's difficult to "ferret the bullshit from the grace."

thailandchani said...

He has had some interesting things to say, as I recall.. but must admit that I only listen with half an ear.

Mrs. Chicken said...

I was very keen on him during the last election cycle. I admit to being less engaged this time around, which is a mistake. This is a very important year.

Thank you for making me think, as always. Your calls to action are stirring.

theflyingmum said...

So well put, jen. I always love reading your political views.

Jocelyn said...

I admire his committed position, but even more than that, I admire that he had the good sense to recognize an amazing woman when he met his wife.

Such a choice recommends him to me.

hele said...

Your flowers took my breath away.

Anyone you choose must be special.

Hel

QT said...

So nice to be able to get back into your space here, sister, and catch up with you a little bit!

I like Edwards, tho I have to admit I have not done the full-on research that I usually do on all the candidates before I decide who I am going to vote for.

kristen said...

"And I believe with the right leadership it's possible to see that change."

Me too honey, me too. xo

FENICLE said...

It seems like there are so many candidates right now...I know that will narrow soon, but I have such a hard time concentrating with so many choices.

You make very strong points with Edwards...

Kyla said...

I am still so unsure. But I am glad that you know you've found the right candidate to back.

BOSSY said...

Bossy only knows she'd vote his wife into the White House any day.

Kellan said...

I am unsure as well. I am still listening and hoping! I agree that we are due for some serious change and I believe in Edwards - I'm just still unsure right now. I will make my choice - I hope whomever it is - there are serious changes as you have stated. Nice post - Jen. We all need to stand strong to our convictions! See ya.

Julie Pippert said...

Thanks for explaining your process. :) It helps me as I grapple with my own.

Julie
Using My Words

PunditMom said...

Thanks for joining all us MOMocrats! I was upset this morning when, on one of the Sunday morning talk shows, a couple of the reporters said that Edwards' performance in the last debate finally made him a contender.

Finally?? They just haven't been covering him because they've all fallen for the "front-runner" status that national polls confer!

The Chick said...

I'm glad we have a year to go because I still don't know who I'm getting behind. And I agree that this is such a pivotal election. However, being that I live in Edward's home state, I can't say that I back him. His reputation here is a bit different than it is around the country.

Cecilieaux said...

Right sentiments, wrong candidate. Here's a site you might be interested in:

http://www.spotlightonpoverty.com/

Sober Briquette said...

jen, I like Edwards, too.

Also, it's good for you to remind us to be listening now. What will happen as we get closer to the election is that the candidates will not be able to speak about what they choose so much as what the media chooses for them. I think many tune in too late and then have a hard time differentiating between the candidates or finding out about other issues that may speak to them on a more personal level.

Jennifer said...

Dennis Kucinich is my man...but I know he doesn't stand a chance. I'm torn, then, between Obama and Edwards, but will follow your support of Edwards with interest. Happily, I think either one would be a good, solid candidate. Dare we dream of an Edwards/Obama ticket??

b*babbler said...

It's a scary time for you folks down south and I don't envy you your upcoming choices. I'll be watching closely from up here in Canada with my fingers crossed.

Lawyer Mama said...

Sing it, sister! I'm standing up and starting the wave here now.

I'm so glad you're a MOMocrat. You have so much to add to any discussion about politics.

Hetha said...

I couldn't agree more. I've seen him in person, not a very big crowd actually, and was just hanging on every word. Loved him.

bgirl said...

such an important year...
your insight to some of the "less talked about" issues is so needed and i love learning more and more through your thoughts and experiences, thanks J.

Amy Y said...

John is great... I got to see him speak in front of a group of students (most younger than I) a few weeks ago and somehow conjured up the balls to walk up to him when it was over to shake his hand.
I'm unsure at this point that he has a chance with the numbers that Hillary is pulling. And I still heart Obama quite a bit myself... But John is right up there with him.
You are right... this one seems more important somehow. I am so ready for a change... after 8 years of hell in many aspects.

The Expatriate Chef said...

According to my Google countdown (yes, I have a countdown just for this) Bush officially has less than one year left in office. It's a good thing.

Cecilieaux said...

Sorry, but your countdown is wrong. Bush will be president until January 20, 2009 at noon.