Senator John McCain won it all from the Florida Republican Primary yesterday. Now, the same pundits who were questioning his sanity are praising his tenacity. All questions about political mental soundness have now shifted to Rudy Giuliani.
Mitt says he won’t quit, but clearly Super Duper Tuesday is a make it or break it day long multi-state deal for him.
And a bitch can’t be the only political junkie who noticed the subtle verbal indication that a certain Huckster is in the running for Senator McCain’s next in line should the GOP ticket wrap itself up February 5th.
Rudy Giuliani, having run the most random and illogical campaign of my lifetime, is expected to drop out and endorse McCain.
And John Edwards has announced that he is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination.
Regarding the Edwards announcement, a bitch is beyond impressed with his request for a poverty pledge from Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. News outlets are reporting that Edwards is asking both candidates to pledge to make the war on poverty a serious focus of their administrations should they be elected.
In our nation’s history poverty is the only war we appear to be comfortable losing.
What I like about Edwards request is that it is completely doable. More to the point, most policy issues require that poverty be factored in.
And domestic tranquility requires that poverty be addressed.
Universal healthcare would redefine poverty in America. We, as a people, would be able to tackle illness and disease proactively…dramatically cut the cost of medical care for every citizen…improve our fellow citizen’s ability to participate in society…and remove the price tag from wellness and the privilege from health.
Living wages and labor issues are rooted in the war on poverty. My own Great Grandfather stood with his union brothers and walked the line to demand a living wage, dignity and job protection. Not a damn thing has changed but the date.
Poverty is at the core of the new educational segregation. School in poor communities struggle while schools located in wealthy communities flourish and I’m not so concerned with the fact that many Americans think that’s right…I’m more troubled with how can anyone with a clue could think that crap is beneficial!
Affordable housing, environmental responsibility, corporate responsibility, support for independent farmers and agricultural workers…foreign aid, dismissing the debt of third world countries, committing to viable anti-hunger programs and establishing international relationships built on respect rather than power….all of this is worthy of our attention, focus and commitment.
John Edwards should be commended for reminding us all that combating poverty is central to our nation’s security and future.
We can no longer afford to simply be pleased with a slight reduction in poverty rates.
We must act.
We must commit.
And we must demand a like commitment from those who seek the honor of representing us in government.
I, for one, am grateful Edwards took this moment to remind us all of that…
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