The first Democratic Debate is coming up February 21 in Carson City Nevada. The debate is sponsored by The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and hosted by George Stephanopolous. I would like to hope that this debate will be different that 2004, but considering the host it looks as if it will be more of the same only this time with the overwhelming amount of time going to Hillary Clinton instead of John Kerry. Stephanopolous was the senior adviser on policy and strategy for President Bill Clinton so it appears that he has a conflict of interest in this debate. I hope that this union group will recognize that Bill Clinton is responsible for NAFTA and the loss of many American jobs. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees would do well to listen to this audio from the 2004 Democratic Debate on NAFTA and make sure that this topic is brought up and each candidate allowed equal time to speak on it.|
As many Kucinich supporters from 2004 know, Dennis received very little speaking time at the debates, however when he did get a chance he impressed the audience with his no nonsense straight talk on the issues Americans care most about. Take for instance this audio on the War in Iraq. Many of the Democratic Candidates in this race either voted for the war, even co-sponsored the Iraq War Resolution in the case of John Edwards, or continue to support this war by voting for the funding, enabling Bush to continue the assault on the people of Iraq as well as making it possible for Bush to use our troops to attack Iran. This is not supporting the troops. The troops want to come home, and the Iraqis want us to leave. When will we give the Iraqis the democracy we promised and leave like they ask us to? I hope these questions are brought up at the debate.
Another important issue that needs to be addressed giving equal amount of air time to each candidate is Universal Health Care. Many of the candidates are offering Universal Health care as part of their platform, however their version includes the ever present insurance companies as part of the solution. As Kucinich has illustrated with his bill in Congress HR676, in order to save billions of dollars, the insurance companies need to be taken out of the equation. This bill already in Congress is offering Medicare For All, free medical care, dental care, vision care, mental health care, alternative medicines and long term care for all Americans. Imagine how many Americans need this right now. How many lives would be saved, bankruptcies prevented? I hope that the fact that this bill is already in Congress comes out in the debate because if the American people realize that there is a real possibility of our Congress passing this before the 2008 election, they will contact their congressperson and ask them to sign on with the other 52 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Please listen to more on Health Care from the 2004 Democratic Debate.
The Corporate media chose to focus on likability in the 2004 debates and it is up to us to make sure that this election season is about the issues that are important to the American people. Listen to this audio about likability from the 2004 debates or watch this video from the debates with Larry King. We the People need to tell the Corporate media that this type of brainwashing is unacceptable. We need to tell the Corporate media that this time, we will decide who his electable based who speaks for us, who works for us. The Corporate media has lost their credibility by supporting the war in Iraq based on lies, and they continue to spread propaganda about Iran when all intelligence points to the fact that Iran is not a threat. Intelligent Americans are now turning to the internet to find the truth, and we need to use it to our full advantage. Spread the word through videos, audios, fliers and whatever you can think of to catapult the truth over the propaganda. If you are in Nevada, show up at the debate in support of Dennis. The debate will be held at Noon, Feb 21, 2007 at the Carson City Community Center(851 E William St
Carson City, NV 89701) Go here for map and more information. Contact the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and ask that they make sure that George Stephanopolous gives each candidate equal air time, and that he asks the questions that you want the answers to.
Some feel that the upcoming presidential election is a distraction from the here and now, but I feel we should use the national debate to bring attention to what can be done right now. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has a 12-point plan to get our troops out of Iraq now. He is working on cutting the funding to the war in Iraq. Everyone should contact their congressperson and ask them to vote NO on the upcoming supplemental appropriations which would help fund a war in Iran as well. Congressman Kucinich has a bill in Congress right now that will provide Universal Health Care for all. Contact your Congressmen and ask that they support HR 676. Our Democracy requires all thinking Americans take an active stand now.
For more information go to www.DK2008.us The Democratic Presidential Forum will be streamed live on www.LasVegasNOW.com starting at noon on Wed., Feb. 21. You can also watch the event in Las Vegas One, channel 19 starting at noon, and on C-SPAN.