Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Stop Calling the Iraq War a "Mistake" (131 comments)
The "mistake" rhetoric is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War's disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation's foreign policy disaster. The Iraq War was not a "mistake" -- it resulted from calculated deception. The painful, unvarnished fact is that we were lied to.
Monday, September 9, 2013 How the White House and the CIA Are Marketing a War in the YouTube Era (5 comments)
Why are these videos suddenly news when they have been publicly circulating the web for weeks? Here's why: The videos are meant to market the war, not to "prove" who committed the atrocities. (CBS News and others have reported that the White House case for war has been described as "largely circumstantial.")
Thursday, September 5, 2013 Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria (4 comments)
The American people have a right to a full release and vetting of all facts before their elected representatives are asked to make a decision of great consequence for America, Syria and the world. Congress must be provided answers prior to the vote, in open hearings, not in closed sessions where information can be manipulated in the service of war. We've been there before. It's called Iraq.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 Kucinich: NO to #CatFoodChristmas (1 comments)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 20, 2012) -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today strongly objected to a proposal to cut Social Security benefits. The White House suggested a reduction in Social Security to cut costs as part of the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The proposal called the "Chained Consumer Price Index" would result in a reduction of benefits for Social Security recipients even though Social Security does
Thursday, December 13, 2012 Congressional Committee Debates Drone Policy (1 comments)
Washington D.C. (December 13, 2012) -- The House Judiciary Committee today conducted an overdue discussion about the United States policy of using drones to target and kill American citizens and others overseas.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 American Academy of Pediatricians Endorses Cell Phone Safety Legislation
Children, Women are More Vulnerable to Cell Phone Radiation. Washington D.C. (December 13, 2012) -- The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) which represents "60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults" has endorsed H.R. 6358, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 Obama administration must account to Congress for targeted assassinations (8 comments)
The targeted killing of suspects by the United States is slowly and quietly becoming institutionalized as a permanent feature of the US counterterrorism strategy. Unless members of Congress begin to push back, such killings will continue -- without any oversight, transparency or accountability.
Monday, October 22, 2012 Thoughts Regarding Tonight's Debate (4 comments)
As we listen to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates it is worth saying that a thoughtful foreign policy isn't about who can drop the most bombs. In August I asked, "Will we continue to spend tax dollars to create even more U.S. enemies which will then be used to justify the expenditure of more U.S. tax dollars?"
Let's have a real debate about what's important for America.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 The Iraq War Remains with Us as Long as the Lies Continue. (9 comments)
The Iraq War Remains with Us as Long as the Lies Continue.
Why did they lie? After ten years, we have never held anyone accountable for the lies. Perhaps it would be useful to look at who benefited from the war.
America needs a period of truth and reconciliation. How can we avoid future wars if we don't understand how consent was manufactured for a war against Iraq?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Congress Pushing Postal Service into "Manufactured Default" (2 comments)
Today, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will default on a payment that it should have never been required to pay. Legislation passed by Congress in 2006 requires the USPS to prefund retirement benefits up to 75 years in advance.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 The LIBOR Scandal -- And Why It's Important (17 comments)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) explains the "LIBOR scandal" and why it is important to everyone who participates in the economy. Kucinich explained in easily understandable language what the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is, how it affects world markets, and why the Barclay's scandal is important.
Monday, May 21, 2012 Kucinich: "NATO Talks a Sham: War in Afghanistan is Not Ending" (7 comments)
"The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not a benevolent organization. NATO is not about the North Atlantic and it's not about our collective defense.
"NATO is a cost-sharing organization that finances aggressive military action. By hiding behind the claim that the organization provides for "common defense,' NATO allows us to wage wars of choice under the guise of international peacekeeping.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Kucinich Will NOT Run in State of Washington for Congress (7 comments)
I would like to thank you for your support, and thank the tens of thousands of concerned Citizens for Kucinich who in the past few months have written, emailed and called to discuss my running for Congress in Washington State.
Friday, May 11, 2012 Must Read!!! Kucinich Commencement Speech: Power of Now (16 comments)
At a time when the technology of destruction and the capacity of human destructiveness is so great, this is exactly the time to create a common global effort to build communities of peace, to provide structures in every country to help peace issue forth and flourish. I, too, believe that if we will make of human development a new art, we will set our eyes to the distant horizon and plough the seas with wondrous effect. We can
Friday, May 4, 2012 Questions Remain 42 Years After Kent State Shootings (1 comments)
Forty-two years ago on May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University, firing between 61 and 67 shots over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and injuring nine others.
Monday, April 30, 2012 The Folly of Nuclear "Bet-the-Farm" Loan Guarantees (1 comments)
The Department of Energy is about to guarantee $8.3 Billion of loans to the Southern Company and its partners to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia. That is 15 times the size of the loan guarantee to Solyndra, the solar energy company that failed last year.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Libya and Beyond: How Did We Get There and What Happens Next? (4 comments)
Libyan rebels have entered Tripoli. As gun battles break out across the city, it is timely to enter into a discussion as to how the rebels arrived there. It is time to review the curious role of NATO and the future of U.S. interventionism.
Monday, August 22, 2011 The Seattle Declaration; A Call for a New Civic Activism (2 comments)
Hello Seattle. On this day, in this place of great beauty we celebrate the beauty of nature The wondrous nature of each other. Our presence here binds us as a community. It empowers us. It strengthens us. We become most visible, en mass. We extend our reach. We sense new possibilities. And the creative spark which births action can usher in a new world.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 Kucinich Building Support for the National Emergency Employment Defense Act; "Time to Get Real about Creating Jobs" (20 comments)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today wrote to colleagues to enlist support for his dramatic, new, concrete plan to get Americans working again, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and to take control of our monetary policy from private banks to promote the public interest. "It is time to get real about creating jobs. Not just talk about it. But come up with real, concrete proposals which can put America back to work...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Drones Direct Hit upon Rule of Law (2 comments)
The Obama Administration continues to use unmanned drones as a tool of war a tool that according The New York Times, the Administration claims has killed 600 militants in Pakistan and no civilians since May 2010. But the math doesn't add up.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 The White House Now Conceals Plan to Cut Social Security (4 comments)
Last Friday, the President told the nation that he offered a plan that would cut $650 billion from Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Last night in his address to the nation, the President didn't want to 'bore' Americans with the details of his plan but threatened that Congress must accept a deal on the debt ceiling or seniors face the possibility that Social Security checks won't go out.
Monday, July 25, 2011 Kucinich: Protect Social Security; Numbers Show Lifting the Caps Works (2 comments)
Social Security has been falsely interjected into a discussion about our nation's debt and deficit. Seniors have been threatened that their checks will not go out and that long term cut backs could include an extension of the retirement age and reductions in benefits. This is a false solution to a fake crisis.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 More Washington Doublespeak on Social Security (4 comments)
Today the so-called 'Gang of Six' published a draft report that acknowledges the solvency of Social Security, but incorporates it into a deficit reduction plan anyway.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth is Stolen (4 comments)
The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which takes the wealth of a mass of Americans and accelerates it into the hands of the few. Let me give you some examples.
Thursday, June 30, 2011 Efforts for Non-Violence Help Achieve Security Pull Back in Syria (2 comments)
How the U.S. and the international community, including the media, assess the crisis in Syria will affect whether Syria experiences a transformation to democracy, or whether it becomes the flash point for a new war in the Middle East.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10 Reasons to Oppose the War in Libya (1 comments)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has led House opposition to the illegal, unconstitutional and unwarranted war in Libya, today distributed the following leaflet to his colleagues ahead of the consideration of the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill:
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Kucinich Announces Blueprint for Libyan Peace Plan
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, whose pivotal involvement in the House of Representatives has resulted in bi-partisan efforts to impose Constitutional restraints upon the President's exercise of war power in Libya, today put forth an 10 point plan for peace with the intention of beginning a discussion among the diplomatic community and interested parties.
Monday, May 23, 2011 Saying No to Permanent Global War (8 comments)
The annual re-authorization of the Department of Defense contains unprecedented and dangerous language that gives the president virtually unchecked power to take the country to war and keep us there. This bill significantly undermines the Constitution, the institution of Congress and sets the United States on a path of permanent war.
Friday, May 20, 2011 Actions Not Words Show US Middle East Policy (3 comments)
The President wants to "advance economic development for nations that transition to democracy." It would be good to advance economic development in the United States, since there are over 14-million Americans who are out of work. Such a high level of unemployment degrades our own democracy.
Thursday, April 28, 2011 With PR Stunt on Manning, Pentagon Offers No Answers, Only Contrivance (5 comments)
Today the Army is hosting a 'Media Day' at the prison where Private First Class (Pfc.) Bradley Manning, the Army soldier accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks, is being held. Pfc. Manning was moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility, Ft. Leavenworth from the Marine Corp Brig Quantico following criticism of his treatment there which may have violated his constitution rights.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Why Doesn't the President Lead? (2 comments)
Well, let's think about this. The president is going to accept the lead of his deficit reduction commission. I have an idea. Why doesn't the president lead? Why doesn't the president challenge these corporations who have basically single-handedly driven the United States economy over a cliff? Why doesn't the president challenge the military-industrial complex, which is now putting us into a fourth war?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Kucinich Describes "Kafkaesque" Experience with DoD Over Manning (2 comments)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has requested to meet with Private First Class (Pfc.) Bradley Manning to witness the conditions of his confinement, today made the following statement after news that the United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on Torture was denied an unmonitored meeting with Manning
Thursday, March 24, 2011 Kucinich Demands Immediate End to U.S. Role in the War in Libya (60 comments)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today wrote to President Obama that it was improper to commit the United States to a military intervention in Libya.
Kucinich's amendment to defund U.S. military intervention in Libya is cosponsored by Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), Pete Stark (D-CA) and Ron Paul (R-TX).
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Act Now to End the War in Afghanistan (6 comments)
The American people are being asked to shoulder the costs for wars that undermine our national, moral and economic security and opposition is growing. We must ask ourselves whose nation we are building when we ask people here at home to give up benefits they have earned in order to nation-build abroad.
Saturday, February 5, 2011 Kucinich: Does Treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning Constitute "Cruel and Unusual" Treatment? (16 comments)
I wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking for information about reports that the Army ignored evidence of the mental health problems of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. I also asked for explanation of reports that the Army is holding him in conditions that could be a violation of his Eighth Amendment right of protection from "cruel and unusual" punishment.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 From Dennis Kucinich: My Congressional District May Be Eliminated (12 comments)
We are going to have to prepare for a different kind of election, possibly in a different place because my district may be eliminated. We are going to have to organize in a different way, now. The question will remain: Where?
Sunday, June 6, 2010 I'm Circulating a Letter to My Colleagues Regarding the Mavi Marmara Incident (3 comments)
We the undersigned deeply regret the loss of life. We are also fully aware of the dangers to world security which exist in the region, which is why the United States has been unstinting it its defense of Israel. We have a right to expect that Israel not add to those dangers with military conduct which all people of good will know is neither defensible nor moral. There must be consequences for such conduct. We await your respon
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Oily Apocalypse or Green Wave? (4 comments)
The gulf oil spill is a morality play writ large as environmental collapse becomes the new normal.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Dennis Kucinich: Will Vote For the Health Reform Bill (39 comments)
This is not the bill I wanted to support, even as I continue efforts until the last minute to modify the bill.
However after careful discussions with the President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Elizabeth my wife and close friends, I have decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.
Monday, March 1, 2010 I will continue to fight for single payer (7 comments)
What a pathetic state of affairs that our government cannot respond to the needs of the people& must first respond to the needs of Wall St &the health insurance industry& their stock prices.It is time that we broke the chains which the health insurance companies have on our political process,that we have a government that we can call our own& that Congress respond to the needs of the people first. Health care is a basic right.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Dennis Kucinich's Prayer For America (5 comments)
I offer these brief remarks today as a prayer for our country, as a celebration of our country. With love of democracy. With love of our country. With hope for our country. With a belief that the light of freedom cannot be extinguished as long as it is inside of us. With a belief that freedom rings resoundingly in a democracy each time we speak freely.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Treasury's Assistance to Fannie and Freddie (1 comments)
As a result of a curiously-timed Christmas Eve announcement by the Treasury Department, the mortgage giants will have access to unlimited funds without having to come back to Congress. Since the federal government is the majority owner of both companies, their operations will remain under Administration control.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Kucinich: Afghans want to be Saved from Us, Not by Us (8 comments)
“Why are we still in Afghanistan? Al-Qaeda has been routed. Our occupation fuels a Taliban insurgency. The more troops we send, the more resistance we meet. If we want to be truly secure, we need to redefine national security to include financial security. Yet America has record debt, skyrocketing unemployment, huge trade deficits, record business failures and foreclosures.
Sunday, November 8, 2009 Kucinich: Why I Voted NO (22 comments)
Instead of working toward the elimination of for-profit insurance, H.R. 3962 would put the government in the role of accelerating the privatization of health care. In H.R. 3962, the government is requiring at least 21 million Americans to buy private health insurance from the very industry that causes costs to be so high... This inevitably will lead to even more costs, more subsidies, and higher profits for insurance companie
Friday, November 6, 2009 Why is it we have finite resources for health care but unlimited money for war? (24 comments)
The inequities in our economy are piling up: trillions for war, trillions for Wall Street and tens of billions for the insurance companies. Banks and other corporations are sitting on piles of cash of taxpayer's money while firing workers, cutting pay and denying small businesses money to survive.