"Dennis Kucinich, my hero

My parents, who loved politics and followed it passionately, took an interesting approach when it came time to pick a presidential candidate to support. They always picked the most radical candidate, the one who was most dedicated to effecting drastic change.

This led to them supporting a wide variety of candidates over the years. They supported John F. Kennedy in 1960 but arch-conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964. In 1968, they were for Bobby Kennedy, the archetype of the liberal reformer, and, after his murder, switched their support to George C. Wallace, the race-baiting populist from Alabama.

In ’72, they voted for George McGovern, the most radical nominee ever to head a major party. In subsequent years, they supported Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton.

Their logic has rubbed off on me, with the exception that I add the qualification of always supporting the craziest and possibly mentally unstable candidate in any race. My vote helped give Greg Ballard the job of Indianapolis mayor just a few weeks ago.

After carefully reviewing the positions of all the Democratic and Republican contenders for the presidency, I am ready to make an endorsement. I am proud to announce that I will be voting for Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich to become our next president.

I break with precedent this year, though, because Kucinich is neither the scariest or most insane candidate running for president. Rudy “Mr. 9/11” Guiliani, who appears to be even more war-hungry than Bush, is easily the most emotionally unstable candidate out there. Republican Ron Paul, whom I admire, is the most radical.

I support Kucinich because, in addition to being the creepiest-looking man since Abe Lincoln to run for president, his policies make the most sense.

I’m afraid that every other candidate out there, with the possible exceptions of Joe Biden and Barack Obama, would give us more of the same Bushonomics and embrace the “Support the troops so we can send them off to fight more unwinnable wars” policy that has devastated the nation since the stolen election of 2000.

The mainstream media, biased as it is, ridicules Kucinich for his looks and clumsy style. But the more I learn about the man, the more I identify with and admire him.

He’s the only candidate with the balls to work for the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney. He favors establishing a Department of Peace so that more Americans don’t die in order to enrich Halliburton and Blackwater. He wants to use the savings from ending needless wars in order to guarantee health care and the right to a free college education for all.

He wants to bring back the Fairness Doctrine that used to guarantee our radio and TV stations were open to all viewpoints, not just fascistic Republican ones. Like me, he wants to reduce the number of abortions in this country while keeping the choice available to women.

He wants to bring real immigration reform and end the war on drugs, which has done nothing to stop the flow of truly harmful drugs while cracking down on small-time marijuana growers and users.

He was the only candidate who voted against the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and other illegal legislation rammed down our throats in the aftermath of Sept. 11. He has courage and backbone and would possibly be the greatest president in history. Only he has the courage to stand up to the big-money corporate interests who run our country.

On a personal level, I admire Kucinich even more after learning about his life. The only candidate from a blue-collar family, Kucinich understands the working men and women of America. He’s been fired from his job and struggled to keep the electricity on, like I am doing right now. He knows what it’s like to walk around with $2 in his pocket and $5 in his bank account, just like me.

And, just like me, he’s married to a much younger woman who is easily nine or 10 leagues above his level. A player recognizes another player.

For these reasons, and many others, I support the candidacy of this great American, Dennis J. Kucinich, and urge that each of you do the same. Of all the candidates, only he knows what needs to be done and exactly how to do it.

The conservative-run media is trying to force a Clinton/Guiliani race on you. They don’t want you to know what a real progressive candidate says and does. Give them the middle finger. Vote for a real change from the military-state policies of Bush. Vote for a true visionary. Vote Kucinich.



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