Give Dennis Kucinich His Due by Steve Cobble

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Steve Cobble
The Nation
February 19, 2008

Five years ago, this month, the world said no to the Iraq War, with massive demonstrations all around the world involving 10 million people. In the United States, more than 100,000 people came to New York City to challenge the Bush/Cheney rush to war–and one of the speakers, one of the very few elected officials to speak that day, was Dennis Kucinich.

So what, you say? Well, maybe it’s time to give Dennis his due.

Compare the outpouring of affection and respect for John Edwards with the snark and abuse offered Kucinich when they each bowed out of the presidential race last month. Most liberal columnists and progressive bloggers offered kudos to Edwards for forcing and/or encouraging Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to move left on healthcare, on trade issues, on poverty and inequality. John and Elizabeth Edwards did exactly that, and I offer my own thanks for the issues they ran on, especially given everything that was going on in their family. They deserve our appreciation for boldly putting good issue positions on the table, fighting hard for them and opening the door for the other candidates to get bolder, too.


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2 thoughts on “Give Dennis Kucinich His Due by Steve Cobble

  1. I have heard snarp about Dennis Kucinich in every blog or comment to an article I have read in the past year. Why do people hate or talk down others they do not know is beyond me. These same people are letting Corporations decide how they will live and that means the wealthy will get wealthier and that comes from the pockets of the non-wealthy!

    If people would actually look into what Dennis Kucinich stand for they would see someone/something totally opposite of what they dream him up to be.

    Why would anyone want war? Why would anyone just go blindly into a war mind and follow a war hungry lunatic? We all need to thank Dennis Kucinich for what he stands for and hope that one day he will have the chance to make the difference he aims for. He is a man among men and in Dennis there is no bigger man!

  2. This idea that people disrespect Dennis baffles me.

    It’s a good article, but is it true? Are people so blasé about impeachment that he didn’t open their eyes to his presidential platform which was so vastly better than all the others? I have a problem with the Nation’s often cynical rhetorical snubs and suppositions. They did this with 911 Truth, hence I stopped reading it a year ago.

    I’ve neither heard nor read no such ‘snark’ about Dennis’ platform or style or integrity. His obscurity was more about his not accepting nor raising a hundred $mil of corporate graft with which to run some sleazy TV ad campaign to artificially manipulate the brain-dead, ad-addicted, consumerist, electorate. That’s a testament to his vastly greater integrity over Edwards, not the popularity or lack of his positions.

    Likely his troubles back home are more about media manipulation of an unthinking, robotically media-controlled anti-intelligent, red-state constituency than anything to do with style, votes in congress or aptitude. His problems are likely due to the general idiocy of the people, who are ceaselessly convinced by marketing mercenaries and planted smear to vote against their own interest (See ‘What’s the Matter With Kansas’).

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