Don’t get me wrong, Edwards’ fairness in America is a fine vision. It’s not that I don’t like the “Two Americas” phrase. I used it myself in a screenplay I wrote in 1995. It’s just fairness will never get anybody elected. I know, what about Jimmy Carter? That was in the stars, an extraordinary conjunction of Vietnam and Watergate. And Edwards has fine position papers, they’re just too abstract and timid. What’s required is a bold vision, something that will inspire, put him above and beyond Mrs. Nafta and company.
Kennedy committed the country to going to the moon in ten years. Edwards should commit America to a new Manhattan project, a NASA for the 21st century, a scientific breakthrough in the creation of energy that will make America truly self sufficient in 15 years.
Self sufficiency, now there’s an American virtue. It sure beats scavenging around the Mideast. Not that scavenging doesn’t have its place in history. Great ideas are few and slow in coming and human needs and desires relentlessly proceed and the gap is filled by two endlessly recycled strategies, stealing and getting it cheaper.
What ever happened to American ingenuity? It certainly can come up with a better idea than either an oil grabfest with the Europeans and China or having our workers compete with Sri Lankans. Edwards should put forth that better idea, a consortium, public and private to discover a new form of energy. The status quo parties should be allowed in so they don’t lobby the idea to death.
It’ll cost a fortune. But so does the current foreign escapade which yields nothing This puts America in the world vanguard for a century. And talk about fairness, in Kennedy’s language this would definitely be the great tide that would raise all boats.