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To Run or Not to Run

To Run or Not to Run

John Edwards' painful decision

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Published: April 9, 2007


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(27) (: Yoshe, May 6, 2007 2:05 PM

Take care of family

Husband and wife are one flesh. He must tend to her needs to exemplify kindness and caring for self and others. Running for office and serving in office are highly stressful for the person doing it and the family. Take care of your wife Senator Edwards, and your family. Get out of the race and seek the family's healing. :)

(26) Alan, May 6, 2007 3:18 AM

No to Edwards

John Edwards' decision to keep running should come as no surprise to anyone who has observed his "political " career. He self-financed his Senate run buying himself the seat as a sort of extension of his all too big ego. During his single senate term, he introduced NO major legislation nor was he the guiding force behind any significant social or political movement. He spent that term on a singular quest: to make himself the Democratic candidate for president in 2004.Every action was calculated from that vantage point. Facing poor public opinion polls in his home state which indicated that he would have problems seeking re-election, he stood down. After his defeat for Vice President,in a run where he couldn't even carry his home state for the Democratic ticket, he has spent the last 2 years on a full time quest for the nomination again. He has not taken this time to engage himself in any great social issue as a leader. As a Jew, I am also suspicious of him based on his statements on Iran & his choice of David Boniors, a notorious Israel basher when he served in the House,as campaign manager speaks volumes about Mr Edwards. Now we see that to Edwards running for president is more important than being that comforting force to his wife says something more about his character. That this decision is consistant with his past behavior tells us 1 thing about him: he is an opportunist, exploiting the sympathy for his wife in his campaign, but not being the comfort to her that someone with a life-threatening disease needs. Frankly America can do much better than John Edwards.

(25) Bonnie, April 14, 2007 6:51 PM

I always cringe a little....

....when I hear statistics of breast cancer, particularly when it has metasticized to bone as with Mrs. Edwards. For you see, that is my diagnosis as well and for almost two years I have chosen to live with cancer, but not letting that fact diminish who I am or what can be accomplished in my life. My surgeon told me I could live without bones and that I should see about getting disability. I give all the thanks to a might Hashem, for I live pain free (with a grumpy muscle here and there) and have a smile on my face and encourage anyone I can. I am not sitting around waiting to die (something that we are all in the process of doing anyhow!) My first grandchild is on the way, I speak publically as an advocate for Israel and I praise the G-d who made me and for what is happening in my life--may He use it for His purpose.

I suspect that Elizabeth Edwards is grasping hold of life with both hands and living to the fullest capacity. And I am sure she has some of the best medical advisors anyone could have. We are to occupy this earth and live life before our Maker and fellow man, to serve each in the capacity we have.

Two years ago I could not pick up five pounds and walk across a room without being in agonizing pain. Yet on two trips to Jerusalem in the last year, I walked all over the city, day after day...and this last time I walked the rampart with its uneven steps. You just don't know what your outcome will be, but this couple needs to make their own decisions and I have a feeling that right now she wants to surge onward into the life they have planned and she is willing to take the risk on how long and how well she is a part of that.

I have friends who just lost their most precious 7-mo baby girl to SIDS. Anyone can have an unplanned tragedy to deal with....the Edwards have a planned one with an unpredictable deadline. I say: choose life...and live!

(24) raymond bastarache, April 14, 2007 10:23 AM

to run or not to run?

I AGREE WITH YOU 100% . WE CAN ONLY TAKE OUR FAMILLY TO HEAVEN NOT CAREER,POSITION OR WEALTH.....

(23) jr zahler, April 13, 2007 12:31 PM

Edwards Decision

I know that most feel that Edwards should stay home with his wife, or are they just not wanting to see him run again. That is the question. J. Edwards has done many great things throughtout his community and worldwide, too many to go into in this brief comment. The Edwards Family is a good christian family and I'm sure that they have prayed many times over again for the correct answer.None of us know when our time will be up and a man who wants to to try and make it right for the better good of this country should not be condemed, but embraced! Support the family and their decision and pray for them.

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