WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Ask corporate lobbyists which presidential contender is most feared by their clients and the answer is almost always the same -- Democrat John Edwards…
But beyond his profession, Edwards' tone and language on the campaign trail have increased business antipathy toward him. His stump speeches are peppered with attacks on "corporate greed" and warnings of "the destruction of the middle class."
He accuses lobbyists of "corrupting the government" and says Americans lack universal health care because of "drug companies, insurance companies and their lobbyists…"
"The lobbyists and special interests who abuse the system in Washington have good reason to fear John Edwards.
"Once he is president, the interests of middle class families will never again take a back seat to corporate greed in Washington," said campaign spokesman Eric Schultz.
And that is exactly why John Edwards gets no press in America.
Because, if our corporately controlled "liberal" media let more Americans know that Edwards was a serious threat to the pervasive and corrupt influence of corporate lobbyists on our American democracy, they might actually fucking vote for the guy.
The guy could actually wind up President! And then where would we be?
I'll tell you: we'd be in some crazy fucked up society where a corporation with a post office box in the Cayman Islands has less say on where tax dollars go than a taxpayer in the United States.
And that's just not right.
The Founding Fathers certainly wouldn't have included freedom of the press in the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights if they could have possibly imagined it might somehow lead to empowering the voters in our democracy.
So I, for one, applaud our Free Press, for their childish and spiteful--yet principled--blackout on John Edwards.
As a lobbyist who asked not to be named, so that he or she may maintain their awesome and disproportionate influence over our elected representatives anonymously, so awkwardly put it:
One business lobbyist, who asked not to be named, said Edwards "has gone to this angry populist, anti-business rhetoric that borders on class warfare ... He focuses dislike of special interests, which is out there, on business."
Christ, the last thing the voters need is something that they want!
No, what they need is someone representing them who knows where their funding comes from.
"My sense is that Obama would govern as a reasonably pragmatic Democrat ... I think Hillary is approachable. She knows where a lot of her funding has come from, to be blunt," said Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Stanford Group Co., a market and policy analysis group.
This is the kind of thing Europeans, with their five or six weeks of vacation and universal health care, can hear about it, but Americans can't.
Otherwise, the next thing you know, we Americans will wind up with five or six weeks of vacation and universal health care. And we wouldn't want that, would we? When we could be fantastically working longer hours, with no health care, at two or even three jobs?
I can not think of one single better qualification for any government office than being the most feared candidate by corporate lobbyists.
Edwards ought to make it his campaign slogan.
Though, even if he did, who, in America, would know?