Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Congress Gives War New Beginning

This from Dennis Kucinich. He spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday criticizing the non binding resoultion which will not bring an end to the war.

Congress preparing 'to give the war a new beginning'

Regardless of the debate over non-binding Congressional resolutions disapproving of the President's plan to escalate the war in Iraq,"Congress is ironically preparing to give the war a new beginning,"Congressman Dennis Kucinich said yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The war is binding,” Kucinich said. “The resolution is not.

“This resolution will not end the war. It will not bring our beloved troops home. It will not even stop the Administration from sending more troops.”

To the contrary, Kucinich said, some members of Congress “have made it clear long before this particular resolution that they will continue to vote to fund the war by approving the upcoming supplemental appropriation, even though money exists to bring the troops home now.

“Each and every time Congress votes to fund the war, it votes to reauthorize the war,” the Congressman argued. “Funding the war is approval of the war.”

"When we equate funding the war with supporting the troops we are dooming thousands of young Americans who are valiantly following the orders of their Commander in Chief. If we truly cared about the troops, we would not leave them in the middle of a civil war. If we truly cared about the troops, we would not leave them in a conflict for which there is no military solution.”


Sunday, February 4, 2007

Kucinich in New Hampshire Today

Dennis Kucinich will be holding a "town hall meeting" today in Dover, New Hampshire.

The event will be held at the Dover Public Library at 1.30pm and is open to all.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Dennis Kucinich at the DNC

Deniss Kucinich spoke today at the Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting. As was expected, the majority of the speech was taken up by the war in Iraq.

Kucinich has been against the war from the start. He has again called on Congress to stop the war.

Dennis Kucinich Speech:

I grew up in the city of Cleveland, the oldest of seven children. My parents never owned a home. We were renters, we kept moving, with each new arrival to our family. We lived in 21 different places, including a couple of cars. I know first hand what happens when someone in the family lacks adequate health care, or daycare or doesn’t have the money for college or can’t afford to pay the utility bills.

I remember where I came from. My priority as President will be to create economic opportunities and prosperity, to rebuild America’s cities, to repair America’s neighborhoods, to restore America’s industry, to renew America’s schools, to reclaim America’s health. I will ask our Democratic Congress to pass a single-payer not for profit health care plan, Medicare for All, a Universal Pre-Kindergarten bill, a Rebuild America’s Infrastructure bill, and legislation to create a cabinet-level Department of Peace and Non-Violence, which takes Dr. King’s dream and makes it an everyday reality.

Of all the candidates for President, I not only voted against the authorization but I have consistently voted against funding the war and I have a 12-point plan devised with the help of international peacekeepers, to bring our troops home and to end the war.

Of all the decisions a President must make, the most far reaching is whether to commit the lives of our young men and women to combat. I believe that I have demonstrated the clarity and foresight people have a right to expect of a President. This war would have never occurred in the first place if I had been President. But we do not have to wait for 2009 and my Inauguration as President to end it.