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Aspartame Productions presents: The Democratic Front Porch Tour 2004
By Kerry L. Marsala
Back in the Midwest where I come from, and in the Southern portion of the United States, we all love our front porches. We love to sit on our front porch swings, or pull up a stool, or even plop down on the stoop and chitchat about the latest juicy piece of hometown news. While we sit on our front porches with our friends and neighbors we love to drink what we call iced sweet tea.
The process for making genuine sweet tea calls for real cane sugar -- no substitutes. To make this icy drink one needs, premium tea leaves, pure cool water for brewing, and cane sugar (stirred in while the tea is still steeping). Then the sweet tea is poured into a tall glass filled with ice. This pleasurable part of summer is refreshing, genuine and made for the hot, humid days of sitting and visiting on our front porches.
The art of front porch sitting must always consist of genuine iced sweet tea, a neighbor, or friend you share your life with, and comfortable chairs. The front porch is where you swap stories, share recipes, laugh at jokes, and share what is common between friends, neighbors, family and anyone who might stop by on a hot summer afternoon.
The front porch is not a stage production of uncomfortable stools and rolled up white shirtsleeves of lawyers. Nor is it carefully placed mikes on candidates and hand picked audiences made up of neighbors and friends all strategically placed to give the air of being your hometown USA. Durham, North Carolina isn't a place in America to stage your shows Kerry and Edwards (AP 7/19/2004).
The front porches of America don't have her streets lined with satellite trucks, large cameras, electrical cables, and dozens of reporters and photographers all vying for that staged magical moment of Americana.
Edwards' pretend stage performance is now on tour across various key states in America. But the icy drinks being offered to America's front porch sitters are sweetened with fake sugar. There isn't a sprinkle of genuine anything in what Kerry and Edwards are trying to get America to gulp down.
Edwards reached out on July 19th 2004 in Durham North Carolina, to an upper middle class neighborhood, who got a taste of what a front porch choreographed Edwards looks and tastes like. As Sen. Edwards espoused from his stage on the front porch of Durham's Democratic mayor, Bill Bell, Edwards stated, "The most important thing you can do as a political leader is not to talk, but to listen." Well Edwards, if this is actually what you believe, why did you hand pick neighbors and friends to only be allowed to ask you questions? Were the handpicked questioners given scripts on your favorite subjects such as- education, the loss of U. S. jobs overseas, and the swelling federal deficit you believe is happening?
Kind of leaves a bitter taste in our mouths Sen. Edwards, this icy concoction of aspartame tasting tea, which you're desiring us to drink down.
You say you are from a humble background, you say you must listen and not talk as a political leader, but Edwards why is it your home state of North Carolina has seen very little of you, if at all? If you haven't engaged your state Sen. Edwards for all the years you've been in office, how then could you possibly sit down on their front porches and have anything in common? Do your values called, stage plays of front porch campaigning, really reflect North Carolina's citizens? Think about it American voters, if Sen. Edwards can't relate to his state of North Carolina, how is he going to relate to any of us?
Do we want a President and Vice President who have to format stage productions in order to connect with the people? Do we need in our fight against terror a couple of lawyers who love staged productions? Edwards has said he prefers not to speak from podiums or use prepared remarks. We know Edwards has spent years as a trial lawyer and has stood before juries so he can address directly without notes, but is this what America needs to guide her, a guy who can ad lib?
Aspartame, is pretty hard stuff to swallow. Especially when you are used to the real deal, but I suppose one can always adjust to artificial government. On second thought, no thank you, America needs the genuine thing.
Kerry L. Marsala is a freelance journalist. She writes OpEds, and conducts interviews for Opinion Editorials; The Rant; Canada Free Press; Independent Newspapers; Capitol Coffee House Gang; EV Tribune; ACU Foundation; Canadian Free Press; Sarah's Seed Woman's Journal; A. M. Siriano; Men's News Daily; Lady Liberty; Citizen Newspaper; amgoodnews.com; We Hold These Truths; Americonservative; TAC; PHX News; Enter Stage Right; The Right Guys; Conservababes; The Alberta Weekly; Free Republic; Conservative Battle Line; Focus Magazine; Insight Online; and The Truth Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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