Two Americas, by Frances Byrd

Two Americas, by Frances Byrd

Two Americas: One where rich widows pay the bills, and one where disabled babies are cash cows.

This painting is a response to the claims of Kerry/Edwards during their 2004 campaign, that there are rigid and insurmountable hurdles between the rich and poor in America. Not only is this stance pure and evil class warfare, it is complete hypocrisy coming from two wealthy white men who have made their way off of someone else. The notion that we live in a medieval class system where some are born into money that they squander, while the rest of us toil in vain to scrape a living, is not only ridiculous, it is a lie. People who use this scam are evil because they know they are using a lie to elicit an emotional response from people to gain power for themselves.
While some people like John Kerry, are born into money or marry into it, the second scenario (being born into poverty) is a situation remedied by hard work and wise decisions. I find it despicable that these two charlatans, who have been elected to do a job, would use such dishonest tactics to advance their careers. I suppose they didn’t expect anyone else to see through the scam. Or, maybe it’s okay to be an evil rich guy if you make the other evil rich guys look worse. If you say it enough times, people start to think its true, right?
This painting is in response to the statement: “Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another America that reaps the reward. One America that pays the taxes, and another America that gets the tax breaks. One America that will do anything to give its children a better life, and one America that never has to do a thing because its children are already set for life. …” (see John Edwards’ famous Two Americas speech for more. It goes on in this is hypocritical vein for quite a while, and is sure to inspire many more paintings on the subject.)
The articles listed at the end of this rant are the sources for the statistics on John Kerry’s real estate holdings at the time the painting was completed, as well as the tactics used by John Edwards to exploit the misery of parents raising disabled children. I have also included a site that has the transcript of the Two Americas speech. I only wish that more people took the time to know where the politicians they elect to office really stand on the issues they raise in their speeches. The fact that either one of the Johns got elected to serve in Congress is inconceivable to me. How they ever got to a run for the Presidency is utterly amazing. It makes you wonder if some people have enough sense to vote.

**Art and article completed 2004**
Frances Byrd is the National Director of, and a contributing writer at Western Free Press and FreedomWorks. Her articles have also been published at Blog Bytes and Big Hollywood. Mrs. Byrd’s conceptual art and writing can be viewed at MachinePolitick.

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