That’s the talk among all Kucinich supporters today.
I never thought realistically he would win. I believed he should win, so I supported him as much as I could in whichever way I could. I didn't think he would drop out ever until primary season was over.
All I can say is that he must be really getting hammered in Cleveland. He has four challengers backed by corporations who are doing everything they can to pollute the political climate in Cleveland and make him lose his seat in Congress. Those four challengers have accumulated so much more money than he has since Kucinich had raised barely any while focusing on his run for the White House.
I’d like to say he left because he knew he would never win but that’s not how I think Dennis went out. He didn’t leave to go pursue impeachment because he thought he’d get better results for change in America through focusing on impeachment instead of a failing campaign for President of the United States of America. He left because he wanted to remain a strong voice for Americans in Congress and must go defend himself in his district to the lies that are coming from corporations and even AIPAC. (See how Dennis just called for more humanitarian aid to go to Gaza for Palestinians.)
So what now?
I think this movement behind Kucinich that truly stood for progressive ideals unlike the movement for Edwards, Obama, or Clinton should keep up its energy. We have a lot behind us if we remain unified.
Besides the fact that Dennis was the only person who passed the MLK test, we have proof from a “nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-advocacy, independent journalism organization based in Washington, D.C” called the Center for Public Integrity that Dennis Kucinich was right all along to put together an October 2002 analysis against the Iraq war authorization and rally House members to oppose it when Edwards, Clinton, and even Obama. (Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words and he did little to act and stop the war after it was authorized and initiated.)
That proof strengthens the impeachment movement, which Dennis Kucinich has led against Cheney and will begin to lead against George W. Bush when he introduces articles of impeachment for Bush on January 28th next week.
Dennis Kucinich also stood up to the media and corporations that were excluding and limiting the candidates we have to vote for by protesting outside of all the debates he was excluded from with everyday Americans like you and me. He targeted GE for keeping him out for his views. He sued the media corporations that kept him out. Kucinich stood up for the democratic right to have unlimited debate of the issues on our airwaves which the corporations have hijacked.
As Tommy Smothers, who used to be part of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour said in Tom Brokaw’s book on the Boom Generation, “You can talk all you want about freedom of speech, but it is freedom of hearing that counts.”
The public never was granted the freedom to hear Dennis Kucinich and I would venture to say 50 percent of America doesn't even know he just ran for president and failed. But back to what next...
There are options out there that we can pursue individually but not as a Dennis Kucinich for President Group together. They are: support the terrible campaign for the presidency of Mike Gravel who has not dropped out officially yet, support Ron Paul and accept his conservative domestic policy stances so that we can have a true change in foreign policy and a true change in how we treat the Constitution of the United States of America, or support the Green Party presidential candidate, which may be Cynthia McKinney, since the Green Party is now an established party in many states across America and are a serious alternative to the failing Democratic Party for progressives upset with the corporate DLC.
These options are fine for all Kucinich supporters because they allow us to not sacrifice our ideals or beliefs and vote our conscience (except for maybe in the case of Ron Paul). But, we will not all be able to agree on which option to choose and there is no time to debate it and settle on something. Therefore, here is what the Dennis for President crew should do.
1) Become fervent relentless supporters of the impeachment movement for Bush and Cheney. In your congressional districts, help form impeachment committees to pursue feverishly the idea of impeachment by constantly calling and meeting with your congressman in your district and telling him why impeachment is necessary. Go to the People’s Email Network and donate $5 dollars or more and get a free “Impeach Cheney?” cap to wear around to promote conversation with other Americans on the subject. Write letters to the editors all the time talking about impeachment and successes of the impeachment movement (like this upcoming introduction of articles of impeachment for Bush). In fact, within your group, have one different person submit a letter each day and alternate because if your paper is anything like mine, you can only have one letter to the editor published every 30 days.
2) Join the campaign for debate reform in America. There is an organization called OpenDebates.org I just found that and so far it looks to be the best bet to get behind. In addition to that, we need to go after media for narrowing the field of candidates for president for us and choosing to not cover some of the candidates because their views do not sit well with the corporations they are owned by (like GE).