During the 2008 presidential campaign I have tried to listen to all the candidates that are running for the White House and most of the time it is easy to figure out what each candidate stands for. However, when it comes to John Edwards I must admit I can't tell what this man stands for at all. To be honest, I think I have trouble believing his words because he has made his fortune suing other people for damages as a 'class action lawyer'. I do have strong personal feelings about men and women that do 'class action legal work' because I have seen on too many occasions, the actual victims of wrong doing get little in financial compensation while a few lawyers banked millions of dollars.
Maybe it is the $400 alleged haircut that he got while running for Vice-President back in 2004 or something as simple as his words just don't add up when I listen to him at debates. Right now I can't put my finger on why I don't like or trust John Edwards and that is driving me crazy. I do feel deeply for he and his wife not only because of his wife's current fight with cancer, but also because of the loss of their son many years ago. I can only image the pain that parents go through when one of their children is killed suddenly in an accident. I can relate to what cancer can and does do to a family member as it slowly eats away at the very fabric of their life.
Down deep inside I would like to give John Edwards a chance to win me over, but unfortunately that will probably never happen because of my conservative southern roots. I have always had a hard time trusting lawyers, even though many attorney's I have counted as personal friends over the years. While I am not sure, I think the reason I cannot warm up to the John Edwards for President campaign is because of his work as a 'class action attorney'. My mind keeps going back to all the sham cases I have heard about throughout my life where thousands of victims have been put into one group like a bunch of cattle and then once a case is finally settled, the litigants get pennies while the lawyers buy new Royals Royce automobiles to park in their new mansions.
Maybe this idea of a class action attorney as President of the United States is something I just can't get past when it comes to the presidential candidacy of John Edwards and I wonder sometimes if other Americans might also feel the same way?
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