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Being part of the solution: GOOD Congresspeople need support. Please send Kucinich a card of support.

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Message Kathryn Smith

There is a noticeable gap in postings here the last few days. That is, concerns for Dennis Kucinich after the death of his brother. I will be honest in saying that I find the gap disturbing. It seems pretty heartless to me.

Kucinich must need our support in order to carry on during a time like this. I can’t imagine how difficult (to say the least) it must be to carry on with a Congress as obstructionist as this current one is. Couple that with the death of his brother, the media black-out and the result is devastation. Kucinich surely needs to hear from the public, especially right now.

While we sit and complain bitterly about our Congress, the moves toward fascism, and all the things of which the people on this website are so aware----and I truly appreciate everyone here for it----I would like to suggest that in order to practice the solution to our problems, it would be very important to offer encouragement to the few good Congresspeople we have.

Dennis Kucinich is one of those men. Now don’t chime in: Anyone who says “Kucinich will not win” is being fed that phrase because someone higher up doesn’t WANT him to win. They are scared of him. He is ethical, has backbone such as we all have been begging for in public office, is smarter than heck and really good. Here a bit of background:

Even the cautiously image-conscious ACLU posted to its website that during the time Bush bullied Congress into voting for the unconstitutional Patriot Act, anthrax was circulating around Congress at that very moment. Just weeks after the attacks of 9-11, a frightened Congress was confronted by Bush with a bill more than 320 pages thick (I’ve googled the bill and taken a look myself), which he gave them only two days to study. (The second time around, he gave them two hours). He told them, according to the ACLU, that if they did not pass the Patriot Act blind, he would publicly characterize them as “Soft on terror”.

No wonder so many of them caved. Not only the threat to their careers were at stake, but anthrax going around at that very moment is no joke to deal with . Hmmmm….could this explain some of the reason why our Congress is so passive and permissive?

Kucinich was not one of those “Lame” people. He read the text of the 320+ page bill in 48 hours, and posted a note to his website: “I took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution. I will vote no”.

Now if that isn’t the spine we all have been begging to see in public office, what is?

Kucinich also got medical care for the army vets while Congress (and Bush specifically) was neglecting them. As mayor of Cleveland (in his 20s) he brought the city from a deficit budget to a surplus: A major feat for any politician at any age, let alone a young rookie in his 20s. Kucinich has voted against funding the Iraq War every time, has proposed the creation of a department of peace, is environmentally concerned and also is especially vocal about our civil liberties. On the campaign trail, he has stated that our rights to due process of law as civilians are at risk under this current Administration, which is part of the reason why he is pushing impeachment through. “You give me your vote, I will give you your country back” says Kucinich. He is one of those few men who stands for his word. He is not all talk: He walks the talk with his voting record.

Please help to protect, uphold and defend our Constitution: Keep our good Congresspeople in office by offering them hope. Please write Kucinich a postcard with words of thanks and encouragement, telling him never to give up, that we are on his side and to please “Hang in”. He is one of those brave politicians who is inclined to be the lone voice even if it’s only for the sake of doing the right thing (witness: Impeachment of Cheney and more recently, impeachment of Bush). Please send him a sympathy card to let him know he is thought of.

The timing of Dennis’s brother’s death with the articles of impeachment against Bush being in preparation, and the bill to impeach Cheney already on the House Judiciary Committee floor, has me very concerned. I don’t want to sound like I am pointing fingers necessarily, and I will say right off the bat that it’s entirely possible that Kucinich’s brother died of legitimately natural causes.

At the same time, I want to suggest that it’s absolutely important that we keep our eyes (and minds) open to “Foul play,“ even if the coroner says otherwise. I put not a thing past two men who already have a track record of revenge: Valerie Plame is only one example. Remember the true story of a guy who talked with Cheney in a public mall, telling him that he was upset by the Iraq War? A half hour later, the guy was arrested in the mall by the Secret Service, was threatened with having his 8-year-old son put in foster care (right in front of his son, who was with him and thank goodness the mother showed up to whisk the child away before the Secret Service could). Fortunately the man was released from jail of his own recognizance, since obviously he did nothing wrong. He called the experience akin to “Tianenmen Square in America”.

Then we have the Katrina victims who were abandoned to die, the wars based on lies for which we pay to have our own kids murdered for no reason, etc…..

Can we put foul play past Bush and Cheney when Dennis Kucinich’s brother just so happens to drop dead at just the moment that Kucinich is writing articles of impeachment against Bush? I would suggest not.

Why would there be foul play involved? To target a brother dearly loved by Dennis would be enough to slow Dennis’s campaign and impeachment efforts in their tracks. Particularly to target a brother with a history of mental illness and one attempted bank robbery would be strategic, opening up a can of worms which would discredit Kucinich, once again. What else is new.

The fact that the brother was found face down on his apartment floor and that according to the coroner there were no signs of violence or “Foul play” means nothing. Lots of things can mimic a heart attack and leave no trace of their presence behind: What about pumping his apartment with gas? What about poisoning his water supply? Anything is possible, especially when under the Patriot Act the FBI now can enter our homes based on “an authorized investigation“ without any judicial review--or even Congress‘s knowledge. Did Dennis’s brother have a history of heart disease? This has not been mentioned by the press. They say he stopped taking his psychotropic medications all of a sudden, and while that could be true that also could be what they want us to believe.

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