And Yet Another One Drops (DAMMIT)
So, on the negative side, he saw a unidentified flying object, he is short, he shows affection for his wife, and was called a minor candidate. What the blue blazes of hell does that have to do with anything? On the positive side, examine a FEW of the good qualities of the man.
Excerpts from Biography; Wikipedia:
As Mayor -After Kucinich refused to sell Muni Light, Cleveland's publicly owned electric utility, the Cleveland mafia put a hit on Kucinich. A hitman from Maryland planned to shoot him in the head during the Columbus Day Parade, but the plot fell apart when Kucinich was hospitalized and missed the event. When the city fell into default shortly thereafter, the mafia leaders called off the contract killer. [...]while Kucinich's supporters say that Kucinich kept his campaign promise of refusing to sell Muni Light to CEI and was brave for not giving in to big business. [...] In 1998 the council honored him for having the "courage and foresight" to stand up to the banks and saving the city an estimated $195 million between 1985 and 1995.
[WA: The MAFIA puts out a hit on a mayor for refusing to sell a public utility to big business? What does that tell you about Big Business? What does that tell you about the courage and honesty of a short man who saw a ufo, loved his wife,and was regarded as a minor candidate BUT who kept campaign promises and acted in the best interests of the city and citizens instead of caving to pressure from powerful people?]
[WA: After losing the next mayoral race he suffered severe financial setbacks; one year he filed income tax of just $34. He grew up poor and endured poverty as an adult, so was in tune with America's working class and the poor.(as many of our rich candidates do NOT understand)]
In 2003, Kucinich was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, an annual award bestowed by the Religious Society of Friends-affiliated organization Promoting Enduring Peace.
[To read his bio and position on issues, check http://choices08.blogspot.com, scroll down sidebar to Dennis Kucinich. ]
Politically he was blocked from debating several times and had to go to court to be allowed to speak; he was ignored or laughed at by other candidates and the media. He received short shrift from all. He did not deserve that. [Hilary Clinton, with powerful backers, and John Edwards (shame on you, John) agreed to block some other candidates because they "trivialized" the debate. When will these people LEARN about open mikes? I'll post that video later).
I spent hours and hours researching candidates bios, histories, news articles, and viewing too blasted many videos, checked out the pats and the pans. Journalists are expert at ferreting out the least bit of potential scandal - even if they have to skew the facts_ and so far I found not one bit of negative reports on this man, but plenty on his positive qualities and record. Except for seeing a ufo, being short, embracing his wife, etc..
I do not agree with all of Kucinich's positions on issues but I agree with most of them. If he had won I probably would not have voted for him as I have my own pet maverick I favor - but I might have changed my mind during the next 9 months. But there is one thing I agree on: The so-called "MINOR" candidates were treated unfairly and disrespectfully by both the media and some of the other candidates. It was cheap, petty, nasty, unAmerican and unDemocratic behavior on their part. Kucinchi caught the brunt of it, more so than other mavericks. Why? Did they fear him because he was a threat to them if he got equal time, if the public was allowed to become acquainted with him? It is a rotten shame. No wonder Gadfly hates politics so much.
It's almost enough to make me turn Repub instead of Independent. I said ALMOST. (I do not vote straight party lines; I vote for the candidate I think is best or the lesser of two evils, regardless of party, gender, or race).
Kucinich drops out of U.S. presidential race
Thu Jan 24, 5:44 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat
Kucinich, 61, a liberal member of the U.S. House of Representatives from, told the he would make his withdrawal announcement in that city on Friday.
"I want to continue to serve in Congress," he said.
His campaign issued a statement saying he would announce plans on Friday for "transitioning out of the Democratic presidential primary race."
Kucinich is an outspoken Iraq war critic who has consistently voted against funding the war and led anti-war efforts in Congress.
He said he would not endorse another candidate in the race for the Democratic nomination to contest November's presidential election.
Kucinich attracted ardent supporters and stayed in the race even after it became clear that his campaign was going nowhere. His 30-year-old wife, Elizabeth, who stands a head taller than her husband, was generally at his side on the campaign trail.
Kucinich was ridiculed for saying at a Democratic debate that he had seen a UFO, a fact that was revealed in a book by actress.
(To read more about the U.S. political campaign, visit Reuters "Tales from the Trail: 2008" online at http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/)
(Reporting by Steve Holland, editing by
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