Kucinich: The Fight in the Dog
Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 03:25 AM - Elections
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"It's not the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog." Dennis Kucinich is a man of principle as exceptional as Ron Paul. While Paul battles each day for the Constitution and his strict definition of liberty, Dennis will pick up about any fight that comes his way. I'm told the Congressman even acquired a porta-potty for a Cleveland tie-ball field after the league and the city councilman failed to take action.
I met Congressman Kucinich and his wife walking in a city park when I was twelve years old, and they stopped to talk with me and my friend for what must have been five or ten minutes. Maybe it was pure generosity, or maybe he foresaw that I would vote for his reelection to Congress eight years later, but I see it as a sign that his commitment to the people never takes a vacation.
Kucinich is a puzzling man, who every politically active American has had to take time to consider. He is a man who feels very strongly about what is right, but also about the value of democracy. I imagine him up late at night, brewing his infamous cup of tea, contemplating the struggle between republic and democracy (not Republican and Democrat, but the true meanings of the words).
Kucinich's allegiance is strictly to the people. This has at times conflicted him with matters of public policy. He faced a lot of criticism for his opposition to the right to bear arms, but there is no question that he believes in his heart that it is for the best. I can't say I agree, but I haven't turned my back on him for it. A politician like him is rare throughout the entire history of the world, not motivated by votes, special interests or whatever else may plague a great leader, but what he truly finds in his heart and mind to be the needs of the people.
I saw Dennis again this past summer, and he surprised me with a stronger stance on the value of the Constitution. I traveled to Washington D.C. for the first time in my life, to lobby for the restoration of habeas corpus to the federal government's treatment of detainees. There were many passionate speeches given the morning of June 26th. Politicians, activists, religious leaders, and even victims of torture presented speeches that brought the crowd to tears. And then Dennis Kucinich came to the podium
. Faces lit up as bodies that had hid in the cool shade rose up and closed in on the stage.
Dennis didn't come to talk policy or to stir more emotions. He was like a John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King, lifting the spirit of the crowd while calling for action. He began by asking if we were ready "to defend the letter and the essence of the Constitution," which he called the "sacred document ... that binds us as a nation." He immediately called for politicians to be held accountable, and was the only speaker that day to suggest impeachment as a solution, not because of "personality," but because of the Constitution, which "has a personality all to its own."
This week, Kucinich was on my mind again, as the primaries have begun and the establishment candidates are pulling every political trick in the book. Barack Obama, under the advisement and quite conspiratorial working of global elitist Zbigniew Brzezinski, manipulated polls and dominated the mainstream media's coverage. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney hijacked the New Hampshire Primary with the help of the Diebold electronic vote.
I reported on Wednesday
how obviously fraudulent the New Hampshire results were. As many voters in New Hampshire and throughout the country became disgusted by it in the coming days, two candidates had the guts to take a stand, Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican candidate Albert Howard.
Republican Ron Paul disappointed many of his supporters when he made his statement on the suggestion of a recount:
"I carefully considered the arguments for and against a recount before instructing my campaign staff not to pursue it. Without a firm belief that vote fraud had taken place, and without the possibility that a recount would have increased the chances for success of our campaign, a recount would have diverted campaign resources, time, and energy away from crucial battles elsewhere."
Dr. Paul wanted to look forward, focusing his time and money on the coming primaries in Michigan and South Carolina. Kucinich, on the other hand, laid his candidacy on the line. Seeing integrity in the election system as much more important than his own desire to be President, Kucinich took the voters' side, and filed for a recount in New Hampshire. We of course must give credit to Mr. Howard as well for making it possible to recount both parties' results.
For the first time that I have witnessed, Dennis received some good karma for putting the people ahead of the party and the campaign. During an interview with Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto, he suddenly exclaimed, "Holy smokes! I just found out. I have to get off the phone now. I have to make plans to go to Nevada."
A Nevada judge ruled
that MSNBC could not exclude Dennis from its Nevada presidential candidate forum. The network had invited Kucinich, and then four days later uninvited
him to the event. Dennis will battle the Democratic Party's "top three" candidates live on MSNBC Tuesday, January 15 at 9:00 PM. Although, MSNBC will appeal
the ruling (remember, that's Obama's network. Look up what Zbigniew Brzezinski's daughter
does for a living).
Perhaps there is a lesson in this for Ron Paul, who was excluded from Fox News' Republican debate in New Hampshire. Dr. Paul may be referred to as "Dr. No," but Mr. Kucinich never takes "No" for an answer. He accepts every challenge that comes to him and he does not back down. It is hard to imagine that one who fights so hard could not
become President of the United States.Posted by Douglass.