We are being looted by bankers. We are being exploited by hedge fund managers. We are being gang raped by the CIA. We are being surveilled by the Border Patrol & homeland security drones. We are in our second decade of this & the right wants to intensify this nightmare.
Ohio is up to its eyeballs in these Republican excesses. But there is one Ohio politician who has been rock solid in his resistance to all this & he has never blinked, not once. His defiance in the face of these attacks on our democratic institutions & his dedication to progressive values has never faltered.
Dennis Kucinich is in the political knock down drag out of his career in Ohio. Gore Vidal has described the situation perfectly:
" Months ago, Congressman Kucinich's district was dramatically altered by the Republican state legislature and the primary election is in only 19 days with mail-in balloting well underway. As a result, he is facing a highly competitive primary with a majority of new territory. This champion of peace obviously cannot rely on war profiteers for funds necessary to gain re-election. He must rely on those of us who are peace profiteers, our friends and family, to be his support and his voice as he has been ours over the past decade and more."
Why can't Kucinich depend on war profiteers & the assortment of other corporate parasites like the Kocks & Boehners, Lockeed Martin, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs, & on down the list?
Quoting Vidal again:
" Dennis Kucinich was a voice of sanity after 9/11, cautioning against lashing out at the world. He led the effort in Congress opposing George Bush's Iraq War. His October 2002 analysis of the call for war against Iraq stands today as a statement of clarity of vision and courage which, if heeded, would have spared the lives of US soldiers and Iraqi citizens alike. His was a relentless challenge to the rationale for the war and a call for accountability for those who lied to drag us into the war. You may remember that it was Kucinich who led the effort to try to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney for their fabrications, prevarications, and other misstatements. When others were promising "permanent war for permanent peace' Kucinich was the one who pointed out the idiocy and the hypocrisy.
In the past decade, Kucinich opposed not only the war in Iraq, he voted against every single funding bill for war, whether Iraq or Afghanistan. It was Kucinich who again rose up to create a rare bipartisan coalition to thwart the war against Libya for a time. As the fundamentalists now take hold there, once again the question arises, why did we go into Libya? What was that really about?
Today, the neocons again are attempting to rush America into a war against Iran. It was Kucinich who took to the floor of the House in debate to knock down again and again the false claims that were being made to try to justify sanctions which could lead to still another war."
Every true progressive should be trying to find a way to help Dennis Kucinich survive the up coming primary in Ohio. We simply cannot afford to lose the clarity & integrity of his voice in Congress.
Vidal's comments were taken from an email I received from him today.
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