At least that’s how it feels today when it comes to the John Edwards campaign.
Today, I received an E-mail (you know, those wonderful, “personal,” computer-generated messages) that featured this YouTube clip from the campaign trail.
I was floored as I listened to the woman speaking to Edwards about her health and life situation, being the single mother of four teenage children, battling breast cancer and trying to find the money to pay for her treatment and pay for college tuition for four kids.
Even more surprising was Edwards’ response. He promised this woman that, if he becomes President of the United States, he will fight with all his power to make things better so that others would not ever be in her situation, having to choose between supporting her family and paying for medical treatment.
And then, what really made me blink was this — Edwards said that while he would fight the good fight, he would not be able to promise her that he could actually change things.
I thought, “Oh my God — the truth!”
Because that’s what he spoke. So many candidates promise us the sun and the moon and the stars and say what they think we want to hear. But to have a candidate actually speak the truth — that no matter how strongly they feel about changing something, they can’t actually promise that they can make it happen — well, that just knocked my socks off.
Is it possible for the other candidates to make a pledge that they will do the same thing? Yes, tell us what you’re passionate about and what you think needs to be changed and how you’ll work as hard as you can to make it happen.
But we’re adults. And we’re smarter than you give us credit for. We remember out junior high civics classes and that whole three branches of government thing.
Yet, somehow, many of us are still swayed by the silvery words and pretty promises that candidates make when they want our votes.
I think we should let them all know that we’re not falling for it this time. And that we want the same kind of straight talk that John Edwards was able to muster, at least for one day.