My thank-you to John Edwards and family, and everyone who worked so long and hard on this campaign. It will have been one for the history books.
As the Edwards campaign notified the press today, one news commentator noted that the U.S. "has never elected a populist."
As Americans that's nothing to brag about; in fact, it is our collective loss. How many Americans still would prefer that people tell us what some of us would like to hear? Things like we - the 'collective we' - can go right on self-centered and selfish, while simultaneously claiming to be king of the global hill. But our more and more frankenstein-like creation has little if any remaining sense of being one society. And that's just here in the US, let alone how we relate to the "outside world" which many of us can't find on a map let alone know.
It was late last year when a Southern scholar-friend of mine tried to school me about the USA. He said our country would not have any truck with a populist. I really didn't want to believe it.
Someone famous once said something like: There is no hell like the one we create for ourselves.