JOHN EDWARDS SAID "WE HAVE TWO AMERICAS"
WE SAY 'THERE HE GOES AGAIN'
April 29, 2007
Three year ago former Senator John Edwards coined the term "two Americas." Today, history is reliving itself. We can only say, 'THERE he goes again'. Now again the term "two Americas" has been floating on the airwaves and set in print in many of our newspapers for the past several weeks. Presidential candidate John Edwards used this term in several of his speeches and statements, when he recently stated "It seems today we have two Americas. ... Today - and for many days and weeks and months to follow - we see a harsher example of two Americas." So said former Senator and Presidential want-to- be John Edwards of North Carolina.
We ask, "How can anyone say that?" We see one America as "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." WE are one nation, one people, one Constitution and we have one President of the United States at a time. One President of the US in spite of the recent illegal actions of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her so called "diplomatic" trip to Syria and other Middle East countries. This she did against the express wishes of the White House and thus violating the Logan Act of 1799. Do her illegal actions mean we have two foreign policies, one legal and one illegal, for one America? And then Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, playing the role of Secretary of Defense, said "this war is lost" and thus, a cut and run strategy of a plan and cutting the rug out from under our troops. Since when do we have two Secretaries of Defense? We will have more to say on the Speaker Pelosi matter and Senator Reid's comment in an upcoming column.
And now back to the John Edwards comment. It is interesting to note that former Senator Edwards declared that President Bush has divided the nation into "two Americas....One America that does the work, anther America that reaps the reward." Was Senator Edwards referring to his 28,000 square foot, $3.5 million mansion in Chapel Hill, N. C. and/or was he referring to his many others homes and investments? This again appears to be an example of hypocrisy at its worst. "Two Americas?" That comment is highly "non statesmanlike" and just plain wrong!
America, unlike any other nation, is joined not by centuries of tradition, but WE are united as a people based on a foundation of shared ideas and ideals enunciated in the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Indeed, we draw from many cultures of the world and there is a "oneness" to our diversity. There are those whose ancestors came to these shores as first-generation immigrants striving for freedom, hope and security. And, as a people, we are ONE, bound by a unique set of principles set forth in the documents that established this as one nation with justice for all.
Perhaps the greatest expression of our "oneness" is our national unity as articulated in the American Constitution. Adopted on September 17, 1787, the Constitution describes the parameters of our Government and the rights and responsibilities that accompany American citizenship. From its phrases we derive our many precious rights including free expression and religious liberty. With these rights, we assume the responsibilities of electing our leaders and participating in the workings of government in this Republic of ours.
Boldly, we see "one" America who believes our country provides the freedom necessary for one to fail or succeed. We see one America, who subscribes to these words of John F. Kennedy, "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Liberty." We do not see an America where one is willing to trade freedom for a government subsidized failure. We see one America who struggled to rebuild after 9-11 and working cooperatively to stop any future 9-11. We see an America people who know the "where with all" as to how jobs are created, and not a people who believe that government creates jobs. We see one America committed to growing business and creating jobs and not an America who targets the businesses that create jobs. We see one America prepared to lead the world, if that is what it takes, and not a people who would rather follow the world, casting cherished values and principles asunder. We are a Country who is determined to enforce existing UN resolutions and not a people who think that endless un-enforced resolutions will do. We are one America who believes and lives the lessons we were taught by our forefathers: the lessons that hard work, education and self-discipline are needed to succeed in life. That is the America we see. And if one adheres to these tenet's opportunity will follow.
The genius of the Constitution of our one America is not simply in forming a "more perfect Union," but in framing an ideal and providing a means for progress toward its realization. As Abraham Lincoln once stated, our Founding Fathers "meant to set up a standard maxim for a free society, ...constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and values of life to all people of all colors everywhere." These are the principles on which America is built and our "oneness" is founded. "One" America? Absolutely! John Edwards' comment, Nancy Pelosi's actions, and Harry Reid's "surrender" notwithstanding. That is how we see it FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE.