Friday, November 17, 2006

Class Warfare, Democrat Style.

The AP via Drudge reports an embarrasing moment for John Edwards, where his staff is off trying to get him special access to a Playstation 3 from Walmart at the same time that Edwards is denouncing Walmart as the epitome of evil. From Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3:

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a volunteer member of his staff asked the world's largest retailer for help obtaining a hot new Sony Playstation 3 for Edwards' family.
"My wife, Elizabeth, wanted to get a Playstation3 for my young children. She mentioned it in front of one of my staff people. That staff person mentioned it in front of a volunteer who said he would make an effort to get one. He was making an effort to go get one for himself," Edwards said.
Edwards, the Democrats' vice-presidential candidate in 2004, spoke Wednesday to supporters of union-backed on a conference call launching the group's holiday season campaign to pressure Wal-Mart for better labor standards.

In the call, he repeated a story about his son Jack disapproving of a classmate buying sneakers at Wal-Mart.

"If a 6-year-old can figure it out, America can definitely figure this out," Edwards said.
Previously, Edwards has appeared at WakeUpWalMart rallies.

Edwards said the volunteer was "a young kid" unaware of what he called flawed Wal-Mart policies. He called the Wal-Mart statement an effort to divert attention from its own problems.

The funniest part of the story is the juxtaposition of those last two paragraphs. First, Edwards claims a 6-year-old can see how evil Walmart is. Then he says his staff volunteer (presumably much older and wiser than a 6-year-old) is too ignorant to know better.

But in the midst of this humorous story is a seriously sad, sick fact:

In the call, he repeated a story about his son Jack disapproving of a classmate buying sneakers at Wal-Mart.

There is no way a 6-year-old has studied the issues enough to independently come to the conclusion that it would be wrong to shop at Walmart. This is just his parents teaching him to be an elitist snob. But worse, this 6-year-old is ridiculing other SIX YEAR OLDS for their shoes.

First, what 6-year-old "buys" their own sneakers? Obviously the kids PARENTS were the ones who shopped at Walmart, so "Jack" is not only being rude and obnoxious, he is also attacking the WRONG PERSON.

And how does John or Jack know whether the parent's were shopping at Walmart because they had no choice? Not everybody is a rich millionare who can buy shoes at an expensive store. Edwards is showing typical elitist, class-conscious snobbery, and teaching it to his children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This type of action is why Edwards must never be allowed near the White House, even for a visit.