John Edwards is railing against "a vision for the future that is rooted in nostalgia." He, according to the Chicago Tribune is "casting the 2008 election as "a choice between looking back and looking forward" and warning that "those wedded to the policies of the '70s, '80s, or '90s are wedded to the past.""
"The trouble with nostalgia is that you tend to remember what you liked and forget what you didn't," Edwards said, according to a copy of the speech provided by his campaign. "It's not just that the answers of the past aren't up to the job today, it's that the system that produced them was corrupt -- and still is."
Later, he said that if politicians don't tackle the full scope of America's problems "we'll be left with the baby steps and incremental measures that are Washington's poor excuse for progress ... We cannot triangulate our way to real change; we cannot compromise our way to real change."