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George Washington wanted A DEPARTMENT OF PEACE

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WITH A SIGH,THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES dipped his pen in the ink well.

He looked at the draft for a Department of War lying before him. "No, " he said, "First we need a Department of Peace. If we are going to develop expertise only in War, that is what we will have. " But the Congress of 1776 had a new nation to set up. The DOP, although resurrected occasionally, has largely rested in the shadows for 300 years.

Instead, we have fought war following on the heels of wars. We have "improved" on horrible weapons, napalm, poison gas, the cancer producing DU nuclear weapons, cluster bombs, declared illegal and immoral by our own courts, and are using allot destroy a civilization with the utmost brutality in the horror war of horrors.

But in September 2005, at the Department of Peace Convention, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will lay HB1673, requesting a Department of Peace before Congress.
He is asking for 2 per cent of the military budget. Under it, our Peace Academy will offer four years of education. Graduates will be sent to work with
communities here and abroad with the focus on rooting out causes of violence.
At home, The Academy also intends to pioneer teaching alternatives to hitting Johnnie over the head with a pencil box starting in pre-school.

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And finally, we must develop our own media to stop the War in Iraq, a war shoved down our throats by a Rogue administration, a war destroying the earth, sapping it of the energy essential to support life. That life includes yours.
The DOP can provide the leaders to organize hands and hearts to save our planet.

Last week Air America, radio A. M. 1090 floated a question: "How many U. S. citizens still believe that Iraq had a part in 911." I didn't wait for the answer, but my guess is that for 99 per cent an image of Iraq flitted into mind.

Yet, every alive citizen knows that we invaded this tiny helpless country on a lie.

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We desperately need a leader, a man with unimpeachable principles: a limited commodity. Fortunately, we have him. Unfortunately, main stream media has no intention of introducing him. We must do the job ourselves. To start, download Charles Cropley, ND, international lecturer, and read his account of his discovery of Congressman Dennis Kucinich. The Congressman from Ohio, the one who is guided by The Golden Rule.

Son of Polish immigrants, born on "the wrong side of tracks," probably in a junked car in a dump, Kucinich went to work at age 10 to help his struggling parents support 6 little sisters. Before he was 17. Dennis had enrolled in 21 schools. That 17th year he walked into a library and fell in love with books.

Two and a half years later he gradated from City University, earning his degree in literature and philosophy while holding down a full-time job in the steel mills.

But, one of the images etched indelibly into Dennis 's memory is of his parents at the kitchen table counting pennies to pay the heat bill. The week he gained his 23rd birthday, the minimum age required, he beat the Republican nominee for a seat on Cleveland City Council. Now he concentrated on building a clean, affordable city power plant, heat for the poor. It is still the most inexpensive heat in the State. That done, at age 31, Dennis became the youngest Mayor of a major city in recorded history on the promise to clean up a city hall wallowing in corruption.

His second day in office a coalition of bankers demanded that he give them the city power plant. As he pushed them out, they discussed his need for a bullet-proof vest and threatened to bankrupt the city; which they did, and as they did it, they whispered the thief's name: "Kucinich. "

The bankers' whispers followed him. He couldn 't find a job. He couldn 't support his family. In desperation and heavy hear he sent his wife and baby home.

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Bewildered, broke, desperately lonely, mourning, he wandered. It was here he prepared to run for President, prepared to be taunted and vilified by a media and the corporations that controlled it, corporations terrified of the possibility that voters might be introduced to this man who is their champion -- and who has proved that he would hold them accountable for their dealings.

Fifteen years passed. Then The City of Cleveland learned the truth. The Council begged forgiveness, begged him to come home.

He returned as the community hero, to annual Kucinich Weeks, Kucinich picnics, Kucinich fairs: Cleveland voters had learned their lesson: --for eleven years in the Republican of Ohio, the voters have voted him in, by as many as 78 percent.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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