"Foxy" Edwards: Not A "Godless" Liberal

John Edwards is just not your average tone-deaf, pandering politician with the common sense of a goldfish, like the so-called leaders we've become accustomed to.  He's truly a liberal.   But liberal does not mean you have to be "Godless."
First, the News:

  1. In yet another first, Edwards decided NOT to participate in the skeet shoot debate being hosted by FOX News in Nevada.

  2. Edwards directly links Jesus to the central themes of his campaign, saying Christ "would be appalled" that we "resort to war when it's not necessary," and ignore "the plight of those around us who are suffering."
Wondering where all those disenfranchised Christian voters might turn when the dust settles between the exasperated fiscal conservatives and imperial neo-conservatives as they fight over the hard-core Coulterites in the GOP?

Here's a clue, it ain't Mitt Romney, who's religious background is, shall we say, interesting.  And for those who aren't comfortable with multiple marriages (simultaneous or otherwise) they aren't embracing McCain or Giuliani either.

How very interesting that the Democratic Party having so long suffered ridiculous slurs that we represent the very worst values, or no values at all -- even being labled as promoting polygamy as one of our"core values" -- can raise a leader to the forefront who can speak of his faith as comfortably as ordering dinner, not needing a pulpit to prove his credentials as a man whose spirituality moves his decisions.  And when speaking from a pulpit, his message comes across equally sincere.

So deep are his convictions, contrary to the preference of many on the left, Edwards supports"allowing time for children to pray for themselves, to themselves" in schools.  Of course, the folks who call liberals "Godless" will never accept anything but a cartoonish version of candidates outside their tribe.  They won't accept the nuance of a silent moment of reflection being different from a teacher-led prayer -- something Edwards does not accept, BTW.

The clarity of Edwards beliefs comes so naturally that it is impossible to doubt his sincerity when you hear him speak.  In his interview with Ed Schultz, Edwards tells us how he feels about George Bush and ending the war in Iraq:

It's so clear to me, that, what Bush is doing is wrong.  It's so clear that it needs to be stopped, that, we have to use every single tool available to us -- before we take the White House, which we're going to do in 2008 -- we have to use every single tool available to us, to protect our men and women in uniform. And to do what's right. I mean, this is a pretty black-and-white thing I think.
What's most touching is his story of his return to faith, to the church, to a relationship with God.
But when I went away to college, I drifted away from my faith. Even after Elizabeth and I got married, I had drifted away. It isn't that we didn't exercise faith. We would go to church, but it was not the sort of dominant day-to-day living faith that it is for me today. And in 1996, on a day I'll never forget, my 16 year old son died. And the days after that, when I was trying to survive and Elizabeth's trying to survive, my faith came roaring back and has stayed with me since that time, and helped me deal with the personal challenges we've had.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a man considered THE most liberal candidate with a legitimate chance to gain the presidency.  It's no small task to counter a generation's worth of trash-talk against the left's values.  We've only got about 19 months to open America's eyes and smash that menacity.

Tags: Ann Coulter, Christian Right, Fox News, John Edwards, religion (all tags)

Comments

6 Comments

Edwards is a great candidate.

All thoese right wingers that look at the republican candidate will definetly have to take a long look at Edwards.

I am deeply religious and have been sickened by the Hijacking by the right of anything that is related to religion.

by dk2 2007-03-07 05:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards is a great candidate.

You don't have to be deeply religious to be disgusted by their antics.

It's kinda like the difference between being an ordinary muslim or a taliban leader.  So many on the religious right -- especially those with their own media networks -- are just fanatics.

by Mark Adams 2007-03-07 05:47AM | 0 recs
Edwards is a class act
You gotta love John Edwards.  As someone who grew up in a very conservative evangelical household (currently agnostic) and has been disgusted at how unchristian many "Christains" claim to be I must say that I am refreshed by the way Edwards presents his faith.  I am a proud Edwards supporter and have been one since late 2005.  While I first thought I was just supporting the candidate who would be the "most electable progressive" I have been completely blown away by his campaign.  Whether he was electable or not (which he definitely is) he would have my support.  Though I have a major problem with mandatory scool prayer or even "prayer time" I have absolutely no problem with a moment of silence that leaves the choice in the hands of the student.  Edwards is shaping the debate on Iraq, universal health care, and poverty.  He is by far the most substantive and honest candidate.
Now he has made it clear that he will not allow the right to hijack the teachings of Jesus.  Teachings that (whether you believe he was the son of god or just a regular man or unsure like myself) are about love for one another.  Taking care of the poor and the sick and being peacemakers was also a major part of his message.  I don't know if God exists (hope he does) and I don't pretend to know if he or she is partisan or not.  But Jesus sure sounds like a progressive Democrat.
by raginglibdem 2007-03-07 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: "Foxy" Edwards:

It's not where your values come from that matters, it's what your values are.  I don't have John's faith, but he has my values.

by jallen 2007-03-07 12:16PM | 0 recs
Anything similar last time?

Is this new talk for Edwards now, or can you link me to anything similar in regards to faith, rspirituality, convictions, clarity of beliefs last time around?  

by latinjum 2007-03-07 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Anything similar last time?
Since I suspect you're asking as some kind of Rovian subtrefuge to imply that Edwards is using his faith as a pandering ploy, here's a source you should appreciate....
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,1341 07,00.html
by Mark Adams 2007-03-07 09:38PM | 0 recs

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