Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The Perfect Candidate
Have you heard of Dennis Kucinich? Unless you're really into politics or a loyal Democrat, the odds are, probably not. Did you know he's running for president? Did you know that he's one of the few candidates known for actually speaking his mind and standing on principle rather than merely playing politics? Did you know that he is increasingly popular among progressive voters and tends to win nearly every Democratic debate?

So why haven't you heard much about him? Simply put, because the media has already decided that Kucinich can't win, and so they don't focus on him. They've decided for us who the front runners will be, and therefore don't bother to give much attention to any other candidates. Isn't it nice to know that the media thinks they can play king maker? The crazy thing is that I hear so many people say something like "Dennis Kucinich is my ideal candidate, it's just unfortunate that he can't win." You know what? He could win if all the people who like him would get behind him and if the media would stop acting as if the election is a foregone conclusion.

Here's what I like about Dennis Kucinich:
  1. He is a strong advocate for peace, was against the Iraq war from the beginning, and believes that there are better ways to solve our problems as a nation than through military force.
  2. He speaks out against the abuses of corporate power and free trade agreements, and the ways they are harming the middle class in America and enslaving millions overseas.
  3. He's the only candidate that voted against the Patriot Act (and thus for protecting our constitutional liberties).
  4. He is a strong supporter of sustainability and pro-environment policies.
  5. He will make fighting poverty nationally and worldwide a major priority. (He may be the only presidential candidate to have ever been homeless himself as a child.)
  6. He believes that how much money you have should not determine whether you can receive quality health care, and that insurance companies shouldn't have maximizing profit as their primary focus when it comes to our health decisions.

And what I like best is that these aren't just minor points to him, these are the driving and defining issues of his campaign. In short, he's a true progressive, one who speaks the language of justice and compassion and takes a stand for what is right. However, he also seems to be able to find a third way apart from mercenary political gamesmanship on the one hand (of the type which Senator Clinton seems particularly well suited for) or stubborn adherence to a particular political ideology (the dominant style of the Bush administration these past 7 years). Rather, he seems someone who is willing to what is best for the people even if it costs him political points. You might say he's a pragmatic idealist who puts the people first. (For example, check out the story of how he protected the citizens of Cleveland from drastic utility rate increases even at the expense of his immediate career.)

Frankly, he's my ideal candidate, and since I believe in voting for the person who actually represents your concerns and not just who you think will win, I'm happy to declare my support for Dennis Kucinich for President.


posted by Mike Clawson at 12:34 PM | Permalink |


At 8/22/2007 03:37:00 PM, Blogger M James

I've been rooting for Kucinich since the beginning.
I really like the fact that he is genial and affable when he speaks his mind.
Plus, I think he has done really good in the debates.

And he's from Ohio (bonus).


At 8/22/2007 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

Dennis Kucinich is America's ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME candidate. Because of the mainstream media blackout of his campaign, most people have either not heard of him or say "Ireally like Dennis Kucinich BUT I don't think he's electable."
These people have only a few months left to wake up. We can have a war with Iran, martial law here, RFID spychips embedded in us and the cancellation of the 2008 elections or we can have Kucinich.
Practically all the other candidates from both parties can be classified as brainwashed warmongers.q


At 8/22/2007 08:34:00 PM, Blogger jazzycat

Simply put, because the media has already decided that Kucinich can't win, and so they don't focus on him. They've decided for us who the front runners will be, and therefore don't bother to give much attention to any other candidates. Isn't it nice to know that the media thinks they can play king maker?

This is quite an admission about the manipulation and propaganda of liberal MSmedia that we conservatives have known about for years. I remember during the last election, when Dean had a huge lead in the polls, one of the major liberal networks was going through the democrat candidates by name and when they got to Kerry they added "war hero John Kerry." I looked at my wife and said, Kerry will be the democrat nominee because the MSM has turned against Dean and that "war hero John Kerry" was the beginning of the manipulation that so many people fall for. Kerry was below 10% at the time.

Even with Fox News, talk radio, and the internet countering their bias, the MSM still has great influence and their propaganda is ongoing 24/7. Thanks for admitting the obvious.


At 8/23/2007 02:36:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

azzy, the media are only as liberal as the big conservative corporations that own them.

If the media were as liberal as you say they are then Kucinich should have no problem getting elected. Neither should Dean have had any trouble either for that matter.

Frankly I don't think most media (with the obvious exception of Fox News) are exceptionally liberal or conservative. They're just in it for profit and ratings, and will skew any story if it will make them more money.


At 8/23/2007 09:12:00 AM, Blogger jazzycat

Yea right, we have an unbiased MSM because they are controlled by those mean ole corporations........


At 8/23/2007 09:51:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

No, I didn't say unbiased, I said biased by profit. Biased towards making money rather than reporting news fairly. (There are more biases in this world than just "conservative" and "liberal".)


At 8/23/2007 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Macht

Is he your ideal candidate or just the best candidate in the lot?


At 8/23/2007 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Of course there's no such thing as an "ideal" candidate, but so far I like almost everything I hear from him. And yes, of the current lot, he definitely represents my own concerns most closely.

I'm not saying I don't also like some of the others, but Kucinich avoids many of the negatives I see in the them.


At 8/24/2007 08:50:00 AM, Blogger M James

As much as I do like Kucinich though, it's very rousing to hear Obama speak truth to power at these democratic debates:


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