Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: John Edwards Trial)

“There is no one else responsible for my sins.” These are the words uttered by John Edwards, the man with great aspiration who was felled by great temptation. Edwards was a Democrat who ran as the running mate to John Kerry for the Presidential Election many years back. For those of you who are not familiar,¬† Edwards was “alleged” to have used close to $1 million in payments from Mellon, a 101-year-old millionaire heiress and a trial attorney by the name of Fred Baron (who since passed away) to help conceal his affair with an unemployed filmmaker by the name of Rielle Hunter. The affair produced a child (Edwards was married during that time to his dying wife). The money was used to cover rent, medical visits and prenatal expenses in addition to travel and hotel expenses so she could be kept in hiding. Interestingly enough, Mr. Edwards was found not guilty on one count of violating campaign finance laws and the jury was unable to decide on five other counts leveled against him alleging use of illegal campaign contributions to hide this extramarital affair. While Mr. Edwards surely “dodged a bullet” he realizes that it was quite possible that everything could have gone against him. As for me personally, I don’t know if giving him any jail time would have been the right thing to do. Yes, he was “morally” wrong for what he did to his dying wife and family. He was also wrong for lying to the public. As the jury has proven, that may not be enough to give him sufficient jail time. Is there some lesson or moral that we all can derive from this? If there is, it is something that has been often repeated but hardly ever learned. As bad as this situation was for Edwards, there is guaranteed to be “even more” John Edwards¬† in the future of politics. Can he rebound from this? When you consider the careers of such great political cheaters as Arnold Schwartzennagar, Bill Clinton, Hermain Cain and Newt Gingrich, then it is quite possible that Edwards could thrive again, and maybe even make another drive for the Presidency. Most of us in life “need” second chances, and if Mr. Edwards can come out of this an “improved” man, then should we judge him by the man he is or the man he once was? Most of us have made mistakes in life, and while we may not want to forgive those who have “misdirected” in life we need to keep in mind that there IS a higher being who forgives us for all “our own” sins. Even though Mr. Edwards faltered in this circumstance, I believe that he too will be forgiven if he is sincere enough. Isn’t that what life “should” be all about? Let’s hope that Mr. Edwards becomes a better man first before he tries to become a better politician. I hope we all can make this a “better day.” Have a great weekend.