In his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, Senator and then vice presidential nominee John Edwards spoke of how much work he and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry needed to do in order to strengthen America.
Said Edwards, “The truth is, we still live in a country where there are two different Americas . . . one, for all of those people who have lived the American dream and don't have to worry, and another for most Americans, everybody else who struggle to make ends meet every single day.”
And true to his word, Edwards got to work.
He and his family recently moved into their 28,000 square-foot home in Orange County west of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. The home itself is worth over $4 million, and the 102 acres of land that the home sits on is valued at another $1.1 million.
This marks the first time in American political history that a candidate followed through on a campaign promise without getting elected.
“The Edwardses’ residential property will likely have the highest tax value in the country,” Orange County Tax Assessor John Smith told the Carolina Journal. Smith also thought that the Edwardses’ estate is probably the largest in the country.
Edwards’s crib is reported to have five bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, a “Barn” that has its own set of living quarters, and is modestly equipped with a handball court, a basketball court, and an indoor pool. Oh, and it also has a four-story tower so Edwards can look down on “everybody else who struggle to make ends meet every single day.”
Edwards and his mansion (see the house here) stand in hypocritical contrast not only to his 2004 DNC speech but also to his 2008 presidential platform grounded in anti-poverty. In December, Edwards announced his bid for the Democratic nomination while standing in an impoverished and Katrina-wrecked home in New Orleans.
But Laurin Easthom, a Democrat on Chapel Hill’s town council, defended her Senator. “I see somebody who has come from a very humble background and with really hard work has gotten to the point where he is,” she said.
I have no problem with Easthom’s statement or Edwards’s estate. There’s nothing wrong with building a palace like Edwards’s if one has the means. It’s one of those “American success” stories. It’s what makes America beautiful and hopeful. President Bush used to own a Major League Baseball team. He’s loaded. And that’s fine.
But what isn’t fine is the Left’s say-one-thing-live-another lifestyle. How demeaning and insincere of Edwards to talk of “two Americas” and pose in New Orleans as a champion of the poor and oppressed and then to own a home that’s worth nearly $5 million.
“Well, I think we know which America he’s living in,” jabbed Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show.”
The Left has made an art of inconsistency and hypocrisy. It begins with well-intentioned words but falls apart in application.
Says the Left: “President Bush shouldn’t politicize the war in Iraq!” The next minute the Left is politicizing and commercializing the war on AIDS. A handful of corporations offered special “RED” products and promised to donate a portion of the sales to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Those corporations made a profit off others pain. But at least we felt good buying those products.
Says the Left: “We need to save people dying from AIDS!” A noble cause, but, in the name of “choice,” they’re all for the abortion of over 47 million children in the United States since 1973 and the 50 million children who are aborted every year worldwide (http://www.guttmacher.org/sections/abortion.php). An AIDS epidemic? Sure. But how about an abortion epidemic – the leading cause of death worldwide (go here and here to compare the numbers).
Says the Left: “President Bush is ignoring our rights and liberties!” But the people on the Left have no problem telling us what foods we can and cannot eat; where we can and cannot smoke; what type of light bulbs we can and cannot use; what type of cars we should and should not drive, and what type of gasoline we should and should not use.
The Left wants to stand for life and freedom, but their actions don’t support their words. For the Left, there are two Americas: one where they say what we want to hear and one where they do the exact opposite.