There is no shadow in the man - Kucinich doesn't seem to be quite as comfortably sophisticated as Edwards - but he has a LOT MORE FIRE OF CONVICTION. Kuch has so much conviction, and enthusiasm; he is truly an idealist. (The cynicism of Nancy Pelosi and our party's leadership, as I see it, has been nudging me towards the exit door. I have pretty much decided to re-register as an Independent.) Dennis said that if the other candidates have demonstrated a disinterest in the rule of law and in justice re impeachment that disinterest should disqualify them from office. I thought as his speech came to an end, "Kucinich is the perfect antidote to America's current malaise of jaded cynicism." I believe he is the one candidate who could motivate the many American voters who do not bother to vote.
Edwards and Kucinich were my first choice before I attended the rally last night because they impressed me as more committed to peace than the other candidates. I had already decided that of the 2, Edwards and Kucinich, Kucinich is more committed to peace. Other candidates have said they are committed to peace and I tend not to believe them because I think that unless Bush/Cheney are impeached not only will the Iraq War continue but War with Iran will begin - even if the Dems had cut off funding. Millions, if not billions, of dollars are not accounted for with the lax accounting system that this administration has employed. Did all that money go missing because of: the incompetence of lax accounting or was it wily maneuvering ala Iran-Contra?
Kucinich stressed that there will be no money for health care or for education until the war is brought to an end, because of the enormous amounts of money going to support the deployment but more especially the enormous amounts of money that it takes to support the privatization of this war to companies granted too many no bid contracts. I don't recall Dennis using the words "peace dividend" but those two words echoed through my mind. Dennis did touch upon the crisis of health care and education which threaten the security of the middle class.
My take: I think Edwards may be sincere about wanting to promote anti-poverty programs but I didn't hear him say he is ready to dump NAFTA and WTO. Kucinich came out STRONG and said that he would - as his first act as president - withdraw from NAFTA. (I was a bit distracted because of all the people around me were people and personal friends - I think he also included WTO in that statement.) He then said he would only agree to future trade agreements that protected labor and the environment - but not just for Americans (He made reference to some of the facts in that article "Unauthorized Immigration). Our future president made it clear that as long as corporations here and around the world seek the cheapest available labor - there will be no solution to the immigration problem that we face. DA MAN indicated - correctly I think - that the problems of the American and Mexican working classes cannot be solved as separate problems.