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Ear to the Ground

‘Give Dennis His Due’

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Posted on Feb 20, 2008
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Steve Cobble argues in The Nation that Dennis Kucinich, unlike John Edwards, never got proper credit for moving the other candidates leftward. Instead, “the snark and abuse offered Kucinich” when he dropped out was undeserved for a congressman from a tough district who has taken admirable and consistent positions on the issues.


The Nation:

But why stop there? Why not ask who opened the door for Edwards? Because on almost every issue that John Edwards battled hard on in 2007, helping move Obama and Clinton closer to the light, it’s indisputable that Dennis Kucinich pushed on those same issues back in 2003, again in 2007 and every year in between. In other words, Kucinich was against the war, for fair trade, against NAFTA and the WTO, against the Patriot Act, for single-payer health care, for an infrastructure plan to rebuild America and put forward a plan to bring the troops home—all long before not just John Edwards, but long before almost anybody.

Consider the Patriot Act vote, cast by the Congress in October of 2001, only a few weeks after 9/11, in a scary time of threats and intimidation from the Bush/Cheney Administration. This vote had our lawmakers so scared that only a few brave House members stood up to oppose it, and in the Senate, only Russ Feingold had the guts to say no. But Kucinich voted no. Why? Because he read the bill. He risked his political career to oppose an intrusive, liberty-violating, fundamentally un-American bill. Very few others did, especially House members from ethnic urban districts.

So give John Edwards his due. But give Kucinich his due, too.

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By PatrickHenry, February 21, 2008 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

AIPAC considers Kucinich to be a troublemaker.

He would cut off U.S. tax dollars to Israel.

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By PatrickHenry, February 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

Dennis Kucinich, after bowing out of all the presidential pandering, went back to his district and continued his job tending to his constituancy.

I hope Obama rewards him for his backing and sees fit to include him in a new government.

Ron Paul is still alive, although the press wouldn’t tell you if he wasn’t.  I’t eerie that his percentage is so low and so consistant throughout the states.  I don’t trust diebold voting.

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By P. T., February 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

The corporate media allows us no rest.  Actually, Kucinich’s message is the most relevant of any of the candidates—that’s the problem.

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By nrobi, February 21, 2008 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

The real Dennis J. Kucinich, is one of the most principled and honest men I have ever met. His stances on matters of importance concerning the environment, pre-emptive war, poverty, hunger, homelessness and all the other issues that plague our country are top notch and he has the integrity to stand against the flow of sludge that is most of the rest of the parties, either Democratic or Republican’s wishy-washy spineless obeisance to the rule of King George II. Dennis Kucincih among all the candidates, except for Ron Paul, has the integrity and honesty that would have made him among the greatest presidents this country has ever seen. His analayses of any given situation is normally spot on and without doubt principled to the end. For DK, to have the MSM treat him like a third tier candidate among other things is an abomination against the very principles upon which this government was founded. The MSM’s treatment of DK, was an absolute disgrace as he was taking stands against the very notion of a war time economy and many other things that put him squarely against the ownership of GE, CNN Fox and all the other “news” outlets. What gives them the right to decide who are the people who can or can not address the voters of this country? Is it the fact that they own the airwaves? Not! the American public own the airwaves, administered by the FCC. Should the American public stand for treatment of any candidate, be they Democrat or Republican, such as DK has been subjected to in this election cycle? I would hope that this causes the American people to take a principled stand against those outlets that would not allow a candidate that did not fit “their” profile of a viable candidate. We must take back the reins of government and the airwaves to allow even those we disagree with to speak and be heard on any given subject. Especially those who have laid themselves on the line for the nomination of a parties presidential candidacy.

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By Rob, February 21, 2008 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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spot on outraged. douglas can’t weasel his way out of this one. pot kettle.

i think people like sour puss chalmers underestimate the power of inspiration. without it, nothing great would have ever been accomplished.

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By Aegrus, February 21, 2008 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

So now we’re completely off-topic and splitting hairs about the amount of syllables in candidate’s names? You clintonites will make any excuse for your candidate’s failure to make a good campaign.

Dennis does deserve a lot of credit, and Obama’s presidency might very well open the door for a Kucinich presidency. Take your establishment machine talking to the bank and wait until interest accrues.

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By Vash the Stampede, February 21, 2008 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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BTW, you’re a moron.

Good job discrediting Kucinich w/ your support. I’m sure he wants naive inside job conspiracy theorists being associated w/ him.

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By Tom Semioli, February 21, 2008 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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Hillary, Barack, and the Democrats are no closer to the “light” than when Dennis was in the race. I too donated to the Kucinich campaign, but something tells me he’d be more effective out of office and working on consumer activism, ballot reform, etc. ala Ralph Nader.

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By rage, February 21, 2008 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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“In other words, Kucinich was against the war, for fair trade, against NAFTA and the WTO, against the Patriot Act, for single-payer health care, for an infrastructure plan to rebuild America and put forward a plan to bring the troops home—all long before not just John Edwards, but long before almost anybody.” Cobble in Give Dennis His Due

This, and HR Bill 333 - the impeachment of one Richard Buckshot Cheney, is why Dennis Kucinich is still my candidate.

The Dems just mindlessly overlooked a tremendous field of potential, talent, and real experience to deliver the two contentious novices currently at each other’s throats in Texas. Hopefully, and I use the label ‘winner’ very loosely here, one of these Democratic winners will include Kucinich, Biden, Dodd, Richardson, Gravel, and/or Edwards in his/her cabinet, since they’re both pushing the new opiate of hope. America is going to need these neophytes to see the light of political reason before they see another suitcase filled with cash from the corporations for whom they’re in reality shilling.

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By lilmamzer, February 21, 2008 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

“The corporate media considers Kucinich to be a troublemaker.”

You can put your “corporate media” boogeyman meme to rest because the reality is much more banal: Kucinich just isn’t newsworthy or relevant, and hasn’t been for a long time.

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By lilmamzer, February 21, 2008 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

“Its all very well but you still have an electoral system that favors the two major parties - and no-one else. Your third “major party” is those who don’t vote (or can’t be bothered to). “

Given your recent paean to Saddam Hussein, I can understand your sorrow that the US isn’t under the jackboot of the Baath party.

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By lilmamzer, February 21, 2008 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

“I just gave him some more money”

Don’t stop now, Non Credible. Keep that money flowing to Kucinich. For you, that’s money well-spent.

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By Douglas Chalmers, February 21, 2008 at 12:57 am Link to this comment

Thanks for your interest but no,  Outraged, that is not the kind of “chanting” that The Ring supporters or McCain’s Mob perform.

For a start, the tone is quite different. And you can’t chant “Hill-a-ry” with the same intensity that “U-S-A” or “O-bam-a” are chanted….....

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By redhound, February 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment

The River caught on fire in 1969. DK became mayor in 1978. When DK was mayor he protected the utilities from being sold a private corporation, First Electric, the company which caused the North American blackout of 2003. Cleveland was very thankful for DK’s foresight.

You must be a republican beccause you don/t know your facts.

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By 911truthdotorg, February 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment

That’s assuming we even have an election.

Screw Obama and Hillary.

Dennis is the only true Democrat left in Congress.

BTW, 9/11 was an inside job!

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By KISS, February 20, 2008 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

But not America. Bamboozled again, the American public is bought off by corporate media and money.
Open a beer watch telly and think how wonderful you are, it’s the American way…ignorance personified.

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By Douglas Chalmers, February 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

Its all very well but you still have an electoral system that favors the two major parties - and no-one else. Your third “major party” is those who don’t vote (or can’t be bothered to).

But something else is “changing” too. Both the McCain supporters and the Obama supporters (no, not the Democrats - the Obama supporters) have taken up an increasingly tribal-like chanting at rallies and events.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 20, 2008 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

“I’ve done plenty-a nuthin’”
Or
“Hey! Cleveland! Your river’s on fire!”

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By AMP, February 20, 2008 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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...I’m still voting for him.

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By P. T., February 20, 2008 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

The corporate media considers Kucinich to be a troublemaker.

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