John Edwards Calls Out Corporate America

John EdwardsWow. Looks like Edwards has learned a lesson or two from Kucinich and Paul. He just called out fascist Corporate America. In public! And he’s still standing! And his hair wasn’t even perfect!

Edwards has come a long way from being the first person from his family to attend college. He’s weathered the death of a 16-year-old son, watched his wife battle cancer, and publicly apologized for previously backing the illegal invasion of Iraq.

But lately, it looks like the man’s been drinking some of Bulworth‘s Kool-Aid.

Here are some choice excerpts from John Edward’s recent speech in New Hampshire:

The choice we must make is as important as it is clear. It is…a choice between corporate power and the power of democracy. It is the establishment elites versus the American people.

It’s not just that the answers of the past aren’t up to the job today, it’s that the system that produced them was corrupt — and still is. It’s controlled by big corporations, the lobbyists they hire to protect their bottom line and the politicians who curry their favor and carry their water. And it’s perpetuated by a media that too often fawns over the establishment, but fails to seriously cover the challenges we face or the solutions being proposed. This is the game of American politics and in this game, the interests of regular Americans don’t stand a chance.

Real change starts with being honest — the system in Washington is rigged and our government is broken. It’s rigged by greedy corporate powers to protect corporate profits. It’s rigged by the very wealthy to ensure they become even wealthier. At the end of the day, it’s rigged by all those who benefit from the established order of things. For them, more of the same means more money and more power. They’ll do anything they can to keep things just the way they are — not for the country, but for themselves.

Politicians who care more about their careers than their constituents go along to get elected. They make easy promises to voters instead of challenging them to take responsibility for our country. And then they compromise even those promises to keep the lobbyists happy and the contributions coming.

Instead of serving the people and the nation, too many play the parlor game of Washington — trading favors and campaign money, influencing votes and compromising legislation. It’s a game that never ends, but every American knows — it’s time to end the game.

All the big ideas in the world won’t make a difference if they have to go through this broken system that remains controlled by big business and their lobbyists. And if we fix the system, but aren’t honest with the American people about the scope of our challenges and what’s required of each of us to meet them, then we’ll be left with the baby steps and incremental measures that are Washington’s poor excuse for progress.

I have walked into courtrooms alone to face an army of corporate lawyers with all the money in the world…you cannot deal with them on their terms. You cannot play by their rules, sit at their table, or give them a seat at yours. They will not give up their power — you have to take it from them.

We cannot triangulate our way to real change. We cannot compromise our way to real change. But we can lead to real change. And we can start today.

Nearly ten years ago, I made the decision that I would never take a dime from a Washington lobbyist — I wasn’t going to work for them, and I didn’t want their money.

Because in the courtroom, when you present your case to the jury, you can offer facts and evidence, you can argue your heart out — and I have — but the one thing you can’t do, is pay the jury. We call that a bribe. But in Washington when an oil lobbyist gives money to office holders to influence our energy policy, they call it politics. That’s exactly what’s wrong with this system.

Money flies like lightning between corporations, lobbyists, and politicians. Well, we’re not going to take it anymore. Your money’s no good here.

There are 60 lobbyists in Washington for every member of Congress. It’s a stark reminder of our broken political system that leaves millions of Americans without a voice in their government — a government that is supposed to work for them.

We must think big and end the game!

Sounds like a revolution to me.

So, does Edwards really believe what he preaches? I suppose only he knows for sure. Then again, I don’t really care if it’s God or the Devil speaking the truth. Truth is precious, and you take it wherever you can find it these days.

[tags]John Edwards, Corporate America, Fascism[/tags]

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