In the course of researching the many failures that have bought their way into elective offices, one occasionally trips over someone that not only deserves to occupy their office but who should be commended for their efforts while there. Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic Congressman from Cleveland, Ohio, recently gave a speech that shows that he is among the tiny minority in Congress that hasn't been lobotomized by the moron and his gang of Nazis. Best of all, I found this quote on Tom Tomorrow's web page after being led to it by a very politically astute friend. I'll quote just a part of that speech in order to share the hope that there is still some small spark of decency resident in Washington.
Let us pray that our country will stop this war. "To promote the common defense" is one of the formational principles of America. Our Congress gave the President the ability to respond to the tragedy of September the Eleventh. We licensed a response to those who helped bring the terror of September the Eleventh. But we the people and our elected representatives must reserve the right to measure the response, to proportion the response, to challenge the response, and to correct the response.
Because we did not authorize the invasion of Iraq.
We did not authorize the invasion of Iran.
We did not authorize the invasion of North Korea.
We did not authorize the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize permanent detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
We did not authorize the withdrawal from the Geneva Convention.
We did not authorize military tribunals suspending due process and habeas corpus.
We did not authorize assassination squads.
We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO.
We did not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights.
We did not authorize the revocation of the Constitution.
We did not authorize national identity cards.
We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout our cities.
We did not authorize an eye for an eye. Nor did we ask that the blood of innocent people, who perished on September 11, be avenged with the blood of innocent villagers in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize the administration to wage war anytime, anywhere, anyhow it pleases.
We did not authorize war without end.
We did not authorize a permanent war economy.
Yet we are upon the threshold of a permanent war economy. The President has requested a $45.6 billion increase in military spending. All defense-related programs will cost close to $400 billion. Consider that the Department of Defense has never passed an independent audit. Consider that the Inspector General has notified Congress that the Pentagon cannot properly account for $1.2 trillion in transactions. Consider that in recent years the Dept. of Defense could not match $22 billion worth of expenditures to the items it purchased, wrote off, as lost, billions of dollars worth of in-transit inventory and stored nearly $30 billion worth of spare parts it did not need.
Yet the defense budget grows with more money for weapons systems to fight a cold war which ended, weapon systems in search of new enemies to create new wars. This has nothing to do with fighting terror. This has everything to do with fueling a military industrial machine with the treasure of our nation, risking the future of our nation, risking democracy itself with the militarization of thought which follows the militarization of the budget.
Gentle readers, I simply cannot add much to this work. He has put into words the feelings and frustration that all real Americans feel when considering the depths to which the moron and his Nazi friends are dragging our almost great nation.
The entire speech can be read here. Dennis Kucinich's home page can be found here. This Modern World is the source for this quote and is one hell of a funny and precise look at the idiots "in charge". I urge you to write to both the Congressman as well as Tom Tomorrow and thank them for their efforts towards the common good of this nation and the world.
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