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Until we change the Constitution to support a public finance system for elections, we need a two-pronged effort.

First, for the short range, we need to encourage millions of small donations for campaigns. Our campaigns have provided a model for this, with a very large number of donors contributing smaller amounts, often over the internet.

The second step, which must be taken simultaneously, is the long range work toward public financing of elections at state and federal levels.

Our campaigns have been successful with small donations from large numbers of supporters. Ultimately it was the redistricting that made it impossible for me to remain in Congress.

Dennis Kucinich signs his book, Courage to Survive, for Meryl Ann Butler by Photo credit Jane Shirek

MAB: I know lots of people thought that redistricting was a travesty intended to evict you, and yet, I see the opportunity for a door flung wide open for you, an opportunity for former stumbling blocks to now be stepping stones. It feels like whatever direction you take is going to be powerfully successful in ways that might have been difficult or impossible before.

DK: Yes, thank you. In going forward, I'm taking a deep breath, looking at which path to choose to best continue the momentum we have built up over the last 16 years in Congress. I'll be calling on supporters across the country to help us make practical applications of unity. The politics of polarization just leads to a dead end.

There is no better place to connect to people than heart to heart, through love of country, and love of our brothers and sisters.  People hunger for a sense of unity, but our politics in this period has been more about division, and less about addition and multiplication - we have using the wrong math!
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Human unity is the irreducible principal of our time, and love is the force that can transform the politics of polarization.

MAB: Well, thank you Dennis for taking the time to share some of your new direction with us, and good luck in your new endeavors.

DK: Thank you, again, for your interest. I appreciate the support I've gotten from you, and Rob, and Opednews over the years.

As Kucinich offers his heartfelt message, it is hard not to wonder -- is it only coincidence that the human heart is situated, not in the exact center of the chest, but just to the left?

NOTE: Some portions of this article first appeared in Finally, Politics with Soul: Ohio Congressman Kucinich Lights Up Presidential Race, by Meryl Ann Butler, Sept/Oct 2003 issue of Awareness Magazine.
Additional dates and details in this article have been confirmed with Dennis Kucinich and via the wiki

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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Awesome article, Meryl Ann! There is SO much to sa... by Robin Rae Swanson on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 3:44:46 AM
 When Dennis said it, I had the feeling that ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:25:49 AM
Great article.... by Don Caldarazzo on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:39:08 AM
Glad you liked it!  ;-)... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:26:12 AM
Almost a lone voice in the halls of congress, but ... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 8:52:58 AM
...we are lucky to have this guy.... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:27:35 AM
Curing the {political, et al} addiction. &nb... by Ned Lud on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:10:20 AM
Kucinich hasn't given any other interviews yet on ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:32:12 AM
We call him Dennis in Cleveland.Search under Denni... by Ray Tapajna on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 11:41:20 AM
but it is beginning to look like being a politicia... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 3:15:08 PM
I admire Dennis kucinich, and he married a brillia... by Neo Conned on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 2:28:23 PM
but a new door has flung itself open for Dennis, a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 3:12:27 PM
Dennis is a great man. I am sorry to see him leavi... by Ken Stevens on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:21:48 PM
I agree! And hope that now he will be freer to do ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 5:45:23 PM
Congrats on the interview! I lived in Clevela... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:35:06 PM
He is the sole reason I rekindled any interest in ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 5:44:09 PM
well done... by Joan Brunwasser on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:42:37 PM
you are my interview heroine, so that means a lot!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:18:18 PM
Dennis is indeed a hero and now, as he faces a new... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:49:26 AM
I'm eager to see how his journey transpires ... an... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 11:17:53 AM
President Obama could have given America real ch... by Spider53 on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:05:36 PM
to have Dennis as Secretary of State!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:22:01 PM