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Ed Schultz, a progressive radio personality, recently gave progressive Democrat Dennis Kucinich, a viable candidate for the American presidency in 2008, three hours to speak unedited and uninterrupted. Prior to beginning the show, Ed Schultz explicitly stated he is sick of the debates and how candidates have to tap dance on stage as they form quick responses in the limited amount of time they are allotted and that is why Dennis has been asked to come on the show. Ed has extended this offer that cannot be refused to all presidential candidates. However, Dennis was the first one to agree to come on the show. So far, who knows who will be brave and courageous enough to open themselves up for three hours like Dennis Kucinich did on September 12th this week.

While on the show, Dennis Kucinich did not hesitate to let Americans know what sets him apart from all the other Democratic candidates.

Dennis unequivocally stated that on a matter of war, a leader must have clarity and vision. To be quite specific, Dennis brought up the fact that Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, Senator Dodd, and Senator Biden all gave strong speeches for war, which indisputably led to the massive destruction and massive loss of life in Iraq thus far. As for Senator Obama, he only made one speech on Iraq before he became a senator and since becoming a senator has been for the war never bothering to call for the defunding of it. Dennis followed that statement on Obama with a remark that said if Obama gave a speech to the Chicago Ward Club and said he was against war but funded the war, he would get laughed at. Point being, Obama has not been straight on the issue and he has not been for peace.

Nobody but Dennis Kucinich has been anti-war or better yet, pro-peace like he or she claims to be. Yet, as Dennis said in separating himself from the pack, all the candidates attack Republicans saying they are for the war. He shouted, “Give me a break,” here. As one can see, by not leading a defunding of the war, each candidate is undeniably for the war and not against it.

Democratic candidates have made the claim that they were tricked. But as Dennis brought on the show, if they were tricked who or what else could trick them? Americans need a leader who will be right the first time especially in a matter of war. Dennis was not tricked as his record shows and is the only candidate who Americans can depend on to be right 99% of the time (that 1% being reserved for those unforeseen circumstances).

While on the show, Dennis told the story of how he voted against the PATRIOT Act. He is the only Democrat running who did vote against it. And, he talked about how at 2 am a foot high stack of papers was delivered to his office. He used his Evelyn Wood speed reading skills to get through it and saw that it was a disaster. And knowing that and having read it, he voted against it. Who knows if the other candidates voted against it? But also who knows if they care that the government is prying into your financial lists, health records, and your reading lists? One thing’s for sure: Dennis cares.

When he wasn’t making sure Americans knew how different he was from the other Democratic candidates, he was sharing with Americans stories from his personal life and revealing his inspirations for wanting to be president of the United States of America.

In fact, later on in the show, Dennis had Elizabeth Kucinich come on so Americans could meet a woman who has the potential to be one of the greatest First Ladies ever. Elizabeth went over how Dennis and she had met up and how they agreed to get married. Elizabeth had only planned on being in the U.S. for 6 months when she met Dennis. And on the second date, she knew they had to get married. She also didn’t know how famous or well-respected Dennis was, but she found out later why he was so great. Americans all remember when Al Gore said he and Tipper were what the Love Story was based off of. Well, I think it’s safe to say, their story may not be the Love Story, but they sure do have a romantic history charming enough to be developed into a crowd-pleasing Hollywood movie.

Aside from giving a background on how they met, Americans learned why exactly she was so great. Dennis brought up how she has a very powerful record of service and for example, cited her work in Tanzania and also her work with Mother Teresa. As Dennis ended his detailing of her record of service, he affectionately stated that Elizabeth makes him a better person.

A following bit involved Elizabeth and Dennis discussing what they do outside of politics, which led to discussion about their dogs. Americans found that they have three dogs who they “rescued” from the kennels. And as Dennis’ cute sense of humor stated, Elizabeth and him late in the evenings go into the living room with their dogs and have what they call “Three Dog Night Cinema”. Along with living a life with dogs, Dennis mentioned what role sports played in his and Elizabeth’s life.

By the time Americans were done hearing about dogs, sports, and romantic evenings watching movies, it was now easy for Americans to see this isn’t some radical politician who spouts off about peace and all that is wrong with Iraq. No, this is a man like all other human beings whose basis for his brave and courageous politics is love and affection for others.

Going back to what his inspirations for wanting to be president of the United States of America were, Dennis revealed to us that when he was 15 years old he started to think about aiming for the top. This was when President Kennedy gave his Inaugural Address. Also, he added, remember that song by the Jay & the Americans called “Only in America”? I didn’t know of it but he described a key line that goes, “Only in America can a kid without a cent, get a break and maybe grow up to be president.” Yes, indeed, much of Dennis’ political career of bravery and courage stems from overcoming homelessness in his youth.

Dennis has gone beyond overcoming homelessness and other trials and tribulations to constructing a policy of progressive reform like none of the candidates running for president. And all of these policies have been constructed for the people and not for any special interest, corporation, or foreign policy maker because Dennis Kucinich “cannot be bought or bossed.”

Dennis continued to reel in the support of Americans by showing his profound understanding of several key issues facing America.

For one, he expressed explicit concern over how the issue of Iraq has been handled in the past few days and explained how he would better handle war and our nation’s security. He stated that by putting a general in front of Congress, the military is put in charge of deciding whether or not to stay n war when constitutionally it is civilian authorities who are supposed to make the decision (and cited Article 1 Section 8 when making this statement). As president, Dennis promised to take responsibility and never pull any charade that involves hiding behind military. He explained how he understands that you only send to troops to war to protect America and not send them off to wars like the one in Iraq when it is clear that war will make America less safe. In fact, going beyond that, Dennis brought up his National Security Doctrine of Strength Through Peace and how his campaign manager Mike Klein, a West Point graduate, has helped him formulate his “strength through peace” policy.

Dennis comes from a family of marine veterans and very much understands that a president has an obligation to look at circumstances with which we send men and women to war. He explained on the show how he will not continue this neoconservative doctrine of peace through strength, first strike, unilateralism, or preemption in any way, shape, or form. Dennis will make sure America has the ability to defend but he won’t build Star Wars weapons systems that are funded by a bloated Pentagon budget that takes money away from the American people when that is not necessary to keep us safe. If we adhere to international law, America will no doubt be on the way to being a much safer nation.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)
 

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