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Kucinich in New Mexico: The people are waking up

This is a repost of an article written by the Santa Fe New Mexican, a newspaper. The article is OK...but what is really amazing is the letters to the editor that follow the article...not one person opposing Dennis Kucinich. The people are waking up. I posted the letters to the editor at the end of the article for you to see what is happening in the working class areas of America.
Candidate Kucinich Comes to Santa Fe

By STEVE TERRELL | The New Mexican

The article can be found here:
 link to www.santafenewmexican.com

After a baritone sang the national anthem at a rally for presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich on Wednesday, a woman jumped on the stage saying that song - with the rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air - was "rather inappropriate for a peace candidate."

But Kucinich, taking the stage, defended The Star-Spangled Banner.

"It's up to us to give new meaning to the flag," he told the crowd of hundreds outside the state Capitol. "It's up to us to restore the nation's purpose, to move away from domination and conquest.

Kucinich said one part of Francis Scott Key's song asks an especially relevant question: "Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

And then he told the crowd it's time to "break the spell of fear this administration has put over this nation. You can't be a democracy if people live on their knees."

Kucinich, a congressman from Ohio, said the Bush administration has exploited fear since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"It's not part of the American character to be fearful," he said.

Kucinich is the latest of the nine Democratic candidates to visit Santa Fe and the second of the major peace candidates in the past few days.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was in town Saturday, speaking to a large audience on the Plaza. Both are courting local votes for the state Democratic caucus scheduled Feb. 3.

Both Kucinich and Dean lambasted the Bush administration for the war in Iraq and the encroachment on civil liberties resulting from the U.S. Patriot Act and other policies connected to the "war on terror."

And like Dean, he praised New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, telling a reporter that any candidate who gets the nomination should consider Richardson as a running mate - though the governor has said several time he's not interested this year.

While Kucinich and Dean had similar rhetoric on the war, the Patriot Act, Bush's tax cuts and universal health care, Kucinich supporters disparage Dean for not wanting to slash the Pentagon's budget, for supporting the death penalty and other issues.

At a meeting with about 30 political, social and labor activists at St. John's United Methodist Church before the rally, Kucinich made a swipe at one of Dean's most-used catch phrases, saying, "You've got to do more than say you're from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party."

Without mentioning his name, he also blasted presidential rival Dick Gephardt of Missouri, the former U.S. House Democratic leader.

"Two-thirds of the Democrats in the House voted against the Iraq war resolution," he said, "but people don't realize that because some of our leadership stood next to the president in the Rose Garden (to support the war)."

But most of his wrath, both at the rally and the meeting, was aimed at the Bush administration.

"This government is run like a cartel," Kucinich said at the meeting. "The government is being run as a racket."

But he surprised some at the meeting when he said he wouldn't support a move to impeach President Bush. Some of Bush's critics say the president should be impeached if it's proved he lied about there being weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

"Why should there be no impeachment? I'll give you two words: 'Dick Cheney,' " he said.

Kucinich said impeachment is a waste of time because "the votes aren't there (in Congress)." Bush, he said, should be removed by the people at the ballot box.

The meeting was attended by those active in several areas, including the labor movement, civil rights, drug-law reform, prison reform and other issues.

Among those there were former Gov. Jerry Apodaca and Chris Griscom, a longtime Kucinich friend and a self-described "healer/visionary" and "spiritual teacher" who founded the Light Institute in Galisteo.

Apodaca, who was governor in the 1970s when Kucinich was mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, said he hasn't made up his mind who he's supporting.

He said he and Kucinich had a mutual friend in Estelle Zanes, a former journalism professor at The University of New Mexico.

"I have a feeling if Estelle was alive, she'd be calling me about Kucinich," Apodaca told a reporter.

Kucinich admits he's an underdog in the race. He's far behind in the polls and in fund raising.

"But I think the toughest thing to be right now would be the front-runner," he told a reporter. "Politics is very unpredictable." He said he was an underdog and outspent by his opponents when he first ran for Cleveland City Council, for mayor of Cleveland and for Congress.

Kucinich's term as mayor of Cleveland (1977 to 1979) is undoubtedly the most controversial part of his career. Elected to the post at the age of 31, financial problems plagued the city, which ended up defaulting on several loans, the first American city to do so since the Depression. Kucinich barely survived a recall effort and went on to lose his re-election bid.

Though under pressure from banks to sell the city electric company to avoid defaulting on the loans, Kucinich refused.

Kucinich for years seemed to be washed up politically, but now he uses his refusal to sell the utility as a plus.

"I challenged the corrupt utility monopoly and saved the city's electrical system," he told a reporter Wednesday. "I stood up to them in public. People know I'm not afraid to stand up to powerful economic interests."

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003
by: Simon McDonald

What amazes me is the lack of oppisition to Kucinich on this letters page. I am a supporter of this Peace Candidate, how ever i usually have to defend my postition to a hostile audience. It is nice to see that I am not alone.

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003
by: Paul White

Unless I missed it somewhere in the article, what was the estimated size of the crowd?

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003
by: Mary R. Canfield

Until recently, I thought there were no decent candidates for president. Then I began to see references to Dennis Kucinich on Alternet. I checked out his website, and I was sold. He is a good man. So much of what he believes parallels what I believe. He has my vote and my support.

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003

In this country's current hostile and arid political terrain, littered as it is with the putrifying lies of corporate-owned politicians, Dennis Kucinich's straight-talk is a cool drink that quenches my thirst for truth and integrity . This man's message soothes my battered idealistic spirit with the balm of hope and a dose of courage. Godspeed Dennis!

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003
by: Kathleen Louise Ferguson

Many of us have heard the story about the man who was in a flood, and some people came along in a boat and offered to take him to safety, but the man responded that he'd prayed to God, and God was going to save him. The water got so deep that he had to get onto his roof. A helicopter came along and the pilot offered to take him on, but again the man said that God was going to save him. The man drowned, and in heaven he asked God, "Why didn't you save me?" And God replied, "I sent you a boat and a helicopter!" Well, Kucinich is the man we've been praying for - a person of character, integrity, and compassion, who will work for peace and fairness. But he's not going to plop into office by magic. Our part is to vote for him, and if we can, to help spread the word about him. Let's choose to empower ourselves by electing someone who will work with us and for us, so that once again we can have government of the people, by the people, and for the people!

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003
by: Virginia Velez

Thank you for a fair and honest report on Dennis Kucinich, the only candidate who will truly represent all the people of this great diverse country. Here in San Francisco, as I helped canvas for Dennis today, I met a mother from Mass. who supports Kucinich and she brought over her daughter, who lives in Chicago and was leaning toward voting for the "more electable progressive". She already doubted her prior choice was right as he did not agree with her positions and has 100% approval from the NRA, and the daughter left united with her mother for Dennis. When women who care about choice look closely at Kucinich, they see that he is committed not only to Roe v. Wade, but for access to choice for poor women. He admits humbly that he now understands it is about equality, as well as life. For those of us who want both choice and families, Kucinich is the one who will support mothers raising children, and everyone caring for their elderly parents. He co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act that has helped so many American and immigrant women. He is the only one courageous enough to eliminate insurance companies from healthcare, and he needs all our help because he takes no money from special interests and they will fund his opposition. I am disabled and I donate to him monthly, for only he will help us all with the billions of dollars of our money that he will take back from the wasteful corrupt Pentagon. Give to the under-dog, the one for peace, justice and equality in America! kucinich.us

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003
by: Sue Blankman

Although I applaud the New Mexican for even printing an editorial about Dennis Kucinich's visit to Santa Fe, I am disappointed at the inappropriately harsh language used therein. Examples: "made a swipe," "blasted" and "wrath" are inappropriate, misleading nor in any way typical of Kucinich's style. Neither is the word rhetoric, a more apt epithet for his Democratic opponents, who seem unable to back up their big claims with concrete plans. There is no doubt in my mind that Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate - regardless of party affiliation - who is able to defeat Bush in the election. The reasons are numerous and include the practical - such as his sound action-plans behind his stands on issues of importance to a broad spectrum of Americans - to his character and personality: Dennis is not only courageous, honest, forthright and determined, but has more heart and integrity than most of us have probably ever seen in a political candidate. He's what Democrats and ex-Dems alike have been waiting for - values-based long term vision! Dennis has inspired me to be a PROUD and hopeful American again.

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003
by: Zach Weissman

Check out this website to read John Steinbeck's letter to Adlai Stevenson:  http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~wsimkins/spirit.html. It expresses the same pride and righteousness that Kucinich is giving to the American people in his run for the presidency. Kucinich won't be electable unless we stand by him. We can't lose with his campaign because, in Thoreau's words, "it costs us nothing to be just."

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2003
by: Patrick J. Shields

Just read the article while surfing...Congressman Kucinich was my Mayor in Cleveland when I was a kid, and I'm trying to help him where I live now in New York City...he's always been my political hero, done what he said he's going to do...presidential politics is not beyond him, because he has serious backbone...and serious background, not just serious legacy, like daddy's business and golf.

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2003
by: Rex Estell

Dennis Kucinich rhymes with spinach!!! Just so noone forgets how to pronounce his name. After meeting him twice, I have to say, he is direct but diplomatic and feels the way we do, the American People that is, (not the people who supposedly get polled, ever worked in a phone room? Scam central! How about an in-depth investigation into Poll makers and takers?) Vote for Kucinich and it will make the single biggest difference in your life sinced bush and his court seized the entity formerly known as the America government. (no doubt about its predictable decline, starting with Nixon and Reagan). So vote your hopes and not your fears, and make sure you become part of a voter registration campaign! Kucinich is the only congresscritter to stand up to bushes war, the only Democrat mind you, with a spine. He has beat every Republican incumbent he has ran against. Thank you New Mexican for a balanced article, rare for a newspaper these days, hats off to the editors! And don't forget to see his latest video and gather with other supporters on July 10th at the Bareiss Gallery at the old blinking light in Taos at 6pm! Find out about the grassroots campaign that is becoming a wildfire, and get a real human in office, and the plutocrats out of office!

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2003
by: Sylvia C. Schroll

Born in USA, raised here for 6 years, lived 40 years in Argentina, went through the dirty war and corruption, so big they did not feel they had to hide it. Sounds familiar? My concern is, if our mission is to save DEMOCRACY, what made this country the land of the free and the brave, should'nt all democratic candidates come together and work together instead of fighting each other,and come up with a strong proposal as one body? Are you aware of who is the real enemy?

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2003
by: Sonia Gettes

Since the Bush Administrations war in Iraqu and tax cuts for the wealthy many Americans feel humiliated and deeply saddened. As the candidate who most deeply reflects my own personnal values, I believe he is the most electable as a true and honest breath of fresh air.

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2003
by: william johnson

I'm sure the ex mayor of Cleveland would be an improvement on the Santa Fe City council.

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2003
by: John Francis

I like Dennis' Catholic,working class background. But getting bushco,inc. out of office also means getting rid of the Carlyle Group, Rummy, and all the other war-monging profiteers out of DC. That's an incredibly daunting proposition. Certainly one man can't do it alone. Let's make damn sure the ballot process works in 2004. A serious thrust to completely overhaul the voting process should be undertaken to ensure the 2000 fiasco never happens again. Start with the registration process. Every citizen should be given the easiest possible manner in which to make h/her vote COUNT. All votes should be collated in a way that they can be verified quickly, in case of a recount. Dennis has an excellent chance if the rank and file VOTE. So how can we make sure everyone votes? we outnumber the plutocrats.

Posted: Friday, July 04, 2003
by: gordon Kobayashi

Thank you for running a fair and balanced article on Dennis Kucinich and not using subtle insults like some in the media have. I think Dennis is the best candidate to ever come along but many people who like his message are afraid to vote for him because of the "electability" factor. In my opinion, if those people who are afraid to vote for him would vote for him Dennis would instantly become electable. Like Dennis says, we must get rid of this "spell of fear" and those afraid people must show more guts.

Posted: Friday, July 04, 2003
by: Tilda Sosaya

To the Editor: Great to read Steve Terrell's article on the recent rally for US Congressman, Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) who is moving steadily to the front lines in the race for the Democratic nomination for President in 2004. Unlike the other Democratic candidates, Kucinich is willing to take great political risks, as he did in Cleveland with MUNY Power and Light. His refusal to privatize the public utility cost him re-election to the mayor's office, but in the end saved consumers almost $200 MILLION. And, he was later elected to US Congress three times Kucinich is the only candidate who advocates PEACE across the board. He has viable plans for creating the foundation for world peace, focusing on individual, community and national responsibility, using conflict resolution to prevent violence and promote justice. He advocates democratic principles as the foundation in expanding human rights. He is the only candidate who voted against giving "war powers" to the President for the Iraqi crisis and, in fact, Kucinich was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against President Bush for violating the ABM Treaty. In addition, he has introduced legislation to ban weapons in space, and supports nuclear non-proliferation treaties. Kucinich takes the strongest stand in protecting the rights of the people of this country. He has vocally challenged the US Patriot Act, asking why America should put aside rights guaranteed by the US Constitution, stating "We cannot justify a government that takes from the people our right to privacy and then assumes for its own operations a right to total secrecy." An open government? Wasn't that a major part of political conversation not too very long ago? Seems we've forgotten what freedom means in recent years ... it surely IS NOT a Presidential election determined by the courts. Let's make sure We the People take an active role in determining the fate of our Nation or it won't be "indivisible" for too much longer. No matter who you support, take a stand now - volunteer to WATCH the voting process ... KNOW how your voting machines work and make sure you vote. Freedom is our precious right, but it comes at a price. We must participate. Low voter turn-out is a travesty ... we must ALL assume responsibility or we will lose our precious rights. REGISTER and VOTE! This is the singular duty of citizenry ... we must remain vigilant or freedom and justice will be relegated to the musty memories of aging baby-boomers. Tilda Sosaya

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003
by: Sally McMillan

It's exciting to have someone who can think clearly and not be afraid to tell it like it is, to stand up to the militarization of our society and put his priority on people's needs, to reach out to the world in friendship, not with violence, to return this country to the principles on which we were founded. Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate we can trust to do these things, because he truly believes in them. it's exciting to have someone of integrity and vision to vote for.

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003
by: Justin Delacour

Kucinich is the one. He is the bright spot in a dark time, a time of greed, imperialism and war gone awry. It's amazing that, despite the corporate stranglehold over our political system, someone in Congress has actually stuck with his principles, the principles of community, peace, and socio-economic justice.

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003
by: Ishwari Sollohub

I think Dennis Kucinich is great. I think the US is ready for a transformation into integrity and positivity, both at home and in relation to our position in the world. Mr. William Johnson remarks about what happened in Cleveland, referring to the financial crisis. What Dennis did in Cleveland with the utilities, was to uphold integrity. It did not work in the short run, but as I understand it, in the long run, most Cleveland-ites saw the wisdom of his stance after the fact. It takes a brave person, and maybe a visionary, to maintain integrity in the face of pressure. Kudos, Kucinich!!

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003
by: brendan bullock

America needs Kucinich! Of all the democratic candidates, only he truly has the integrity to tackle all of the issues that really need addressing. Let's support this man!!!

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003
by: brendan bullock

America needs Kucinich! Of all the democratic candidates, only he truly has the integrity to tackle all of the issues that really need addressing. Let's support this man!!!

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003
by: william johnson

If elected this guy could do for America what he did for Cleveland Ohio. Just shows how disenchanted people are with the current administration, that he could even attract an audience outside his own state.

National campaign:  http://www.kucinich.us
National volunteers:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kucinich4president
Regional volunteers:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kucinichnorthcalifornia
KNET networking site (PRIVATE):  http://www.favors.org/KNET
Kucinich national forums (NEW):  http://us.denniskucinich.us

homepage: homepage: http://www.kucinich.us

sniff sniff. 09.Jul.2003 12:45


the guy sounds great, huh? i smell bullshit. not that he's not necesarily the bomb... or whatever. but the post doesn't include a single negative comment. not even a badly articulated one for effect. i know... it comes directly from campaign headquarters, but the sappyness of the comments (especially the one from the old and disabled contibutor) made me embarrassed.

personally, my some-would-call-pointless efforts are behind cultural and political reform and an end to the one party (demrepcapitalistarmsdealer) system. if i'm going to back a losing horse, knowing full well its blind in one eye and has a bad case of gas, i'm going to back one that will make good glue.

if they run a green i will vote for him/her.