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Dennis Kucinich Urges Conversation about Impeachment
In 2004, I had no doubt. I voted for Dennis Kucinich. By that time, I felt justified in thinking President George W. Bush must be impeached. The President had violated many laws. However, hordes of voters disagreed, or did not care. Congress clearly rejected and continues to reject my belief; at least they act as they do. Nothing has been done to prosecute the President and his pals. Even today, Progressives have questioned my conviction. They say, “This “man” and his clan have not committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” As much as I believe they have, I cannot convince Congress or citizens en mass to take action. Censure is not assured.
Therefore, I must communicate and cajole. Yet, I am not expectant. Change is a challenge.
I accept I need to carefully consider my vote in each of the upcoming elections. Actually, I always have.
My own attention to the issues caused me to cast a ballot for Kucinich in 2004. I am not surprised that Representative Kucinich is speaking out, stating we must indict this insolent Executive officer. Congressman Kucinich has always quietly though consistently been an advocate for truth, justice, and what I believe is the American way. Kucinich cares about the people!
It is for this reason that in the last Presidential election, I cast my ballot for principles; popularity is not my preference. Most of my friends and neighbors mused, “The man is not electable.” We need to take back the House, the Senate, and the White House. Vote for Kerry. Assuredly, he will guarantee us [we the people] a win.
Perhaps it is just I; nevertheless, I do not choose to work with an associate in hopes my image will be improved. Credentials may be impressive; however, they are not enough. I do not gravitate to a perceived strength. I want substance! If a candidate or colleague says, ‘Trust me. I will protect you.’ That, for me, is not enough.
I do not wish for a mate so that he might complete me. I am whole already, me, myself, and I.
I do not purchase shoes knowing they look spectacular; yet, they hurt my feet. A dress, a pair of pants, or a purse must be more than pretty. Trends do not excite me.
Having a beer with a likable guy or gal does not appeal to me. You may recall, for quite a few voters Bush seemed a likable drinking bud. Actually, I do not drink. I have been told that drinking either dulls the senses or intensifies what is within. I desire authenticity in a Presidential applicant, in my associates, and in my allies. If a President or pal states they are compassionate, I do not what that to be a character trait they only display when with a select few.
Early in 2007, Tom Vilsack captured my attention, for admittedly I fear America is not ready for a reserved, yet real gem such as Kucinich. I was considering giving the former Governor from Iowa a chance. I did accept that if Vilsack left the scene for any reason I could and would willingly commit to Kucinich. Now, again I experience as I did in 04, the mainstream media and even the so-called Progressives would focus on a supposed winner. Flashes in pans, stars, and the well heeled are popular in political forums.
I have never believed in winning. The oft-promoted concept of win:win for me is trite. It is a mere attempt to lessen the blow of a loss for anyone or everyone. I believe in growth, reciprocal reverence, and shared visions. I have no desire to be victorious. Nor do I take pleasure in a conquest. It is my belief if there is a winner, there must also be a loser. I trust that we can all grow greater together.
When I say I want no war, I am not intending to fund what I claim to condemn. I do not believe the world can wait. Lives are lost; limbs are crushed. Eyes are missing and the pain is plentiful. For me, Dennis Kucinich takes a thorough and thoughtful perspective on this war.
The Kucinich Plan for Iraq
Submitted by Dennis Kucinich
Kucinich unveils comprehensive exit plan to bring troops home, stabilize Iraq
Dennis J Kucinich
Monday, January 8, 2007
In November of 2006, after an October upsurge in violence in Iraq, the American people moved decisively to reject Republican rule, principally because of the conduct of the war. Democratic leaders well understand we regained control of the Congress because of the situation in Iraq. However, two months later, the Congress is still searching for a plan around which it can unite to hasten the end of US involvement in Iraq and the return home of 140,000 US troops.
There is a compelling need for a new direction in Iraq, one that recognizes the plight of the people of Iraq, the false and illegal basis of the United States war against Iraq, the realities on the ground which make a military resolution of the conflict unrealistic and the urgent responsibility of the United States, which caused the chaos, to use the process of diplomacy and international law to achieve stability in Iraq, a process which will establish peace and stability in Iraq allow our troops to return home with dignity.
The Administration is preparing to escalate the conflict. They intend to increase troop numbers to unprecedented levels, without establishing an ending date for the so-called troop surge. By definition, this escalation means a continuation of the occupation, more troop and civilian casualties, more anger toward the US, more support for the insurgency, more instability in Iraq and in the region, and prolonged civil war at a time when there is a general agreement in the world community that the solution in Iraq must be political not military. Iraq is now a training ground for insurgents who practice against our troops.
What is needed is a comprehensive political process. And the decision is not President Bush’s alone to make.
Congress, as a coequal branch of government has a responsibility to assist in the initiation of this process. Congress, under Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution has the war-making power. Congress appropriates funds for the war. Congress does not dispense with its obligation to the American people simply by opposing a troop surge in Iraq.
There are 140,000 troops remaining in Iraq right now. What about them? When will they come home? Why would we leave those troops in Iraq when we have the money to bring them home? Soon the President will ask for more money for the war. Why would Congress appropriate more money to keep the troops in Iraq through the end of President Bush’s term, at a total cost of upwards of two trillion dollars and thousands of more troop casualties, when military experts say there is no military solution? Our soldiers stand for us in the field, we must to stand for them in our legislature by bringing them home.
It is simply not credible to maintain that one opposes the war and yet continues to fund it. This contradiction runs as a deep fault line through our politics, undermining public trust in the political process and in those elected to represent the people. If you oppose the war, then do not vote to fund it.
If you have money which can be used to bring the troops home or to prosecute the war, do not say you want to bring the troops home while you appropriate money in a supplemental to keep them in Iraq fighting a war that cannot be won militarily. This is why the Administration should be notified now that Congress will not approve of the appropriations request of up to $160 billion in the spring for the purposes of continuing the occupation and the war. Continuing to fund the war is not a plan. It would represent the continuation of disaster.
The US sent our troops into Iraq without a clear mission. We created a financial, military, and moral dilemma for our nation and now we are talking about the Iraq war as our problem. The Iraqis are forgotten. Their country has been destroyed: 650,000 casualties, [based on the Lancet Report which surveyed casualties from March of 2003 to July of 2006] the shredding of the social fabric of the nation, civil war, lack of access to food, shelter, electricity, clean drinking water and health care because this Administration, with the active participation of the Congress, authorized a war without reason, without conscience, without international law.
The current combat is not all that troubles me. Much that is occurring in present day America and throughout the globe causes great distress. I want us to embrace every aspect of life completely. Reform for me is not wise if it is random. I have no desire to change for the sake of change. My interest is in encouraging equality for all. May we live for the Seventh Generation. As I assess the Kucinich agenda, I believe this Representative has our shared health in mind. Kucinich states . . .
I want to inspire America to take a new path, a different direction.
I envision an America which has the capacity to reconnect with the heart of the world; an America which proceeds in the world optimistically and courageously. An America which understands that the world is interdependent, that it is inter-connected, and that what we do today impacts future generations.
I want to break the shackles of fear which have deprived our citizens of rights. We need to change the way this country values humanity, so that instead of fear and lies, we can live our lives based on principles of peace and hope. We need to regain the trust of the American people and we need to have a government which trusts the American people.
It’s time for America to resume its glorious journey; time to reject shrinking jobs and wages, disappearing savings and rights; time to reject the detour towards fear and greed. It’s time to look out upon the world for friends, not enemies; time to counter the control of corporations over our politics, our economy, our resources, and mass media.
It’s time for those who have much to help those who have little, by maintaining a progressive tax structure. It’s time to tell the world that we wish to be their partner in peace, not their leader in war. Most of all, it is time for America to again be the land where dreams come true, because the government is on the side of its people.
Universal Health Care International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in Jobs and Withdrawal from NAFTA and WTO Repeal of the “Patriot Act” Guaranteed Quality Education, Pre-K Through College Full Social Security Benefits at Age 65 Right-to-Choose, Privacy and Civil Rights Balance Between Workers and Corporations Environmental Renewal and Clean Energy Restored Rural Communities and Family Farms
As much as I believe there is a need to arraign this Administration, I fear that will not be possible. Those that can take action have delayed and deferred their responsibility to the people. Our nation is suffering. Much in America needs our attention. I ask, “If not now, when?” I can only hope that by 2008, America will be courageous. Citizens will not choose a candidate for their charisma and panache. A bankroll will not impress and thirty-second commercials will not sway a savvy voter. I invite you to travel to Congressman Kucinich’s site. Read what is more than rhetoric; then decide. As Hillary proposed, I would like to begin a genuine conversation.
Furthering the future . . .