Monday, September 20, 2010

Dennis Kucinich: So right on so many issues!

But his is a voice crying in the wilderness -- the wilderness of Corporate Rule that will never allow rational thinking to interfere with their greed for money and power.  The following interview with Kucinich makes me long for his kind of leadership at the top layer of our government.  He is a man who sees clearly toward a future for our planet that will assure its survival and the survival of our descendants.  Read:

Unfortunately, there are very few men and women like Kucinich in the higher echelons of government in this world at the present time. He is a man born ahead of his time, but is serving as a prophet, a man of peace talking sense in a senseless time.  The people of Ohio are lucky to have him as their representative, but many of them don't realize it, and they may turn him out of office because they would rather hear talk of war and revenge than of love and peace.  Does this remind you of other prophets in other times? 

Isn't it interesting that the people in today's world who profess to love Jesus Christ the most are the ones who refuse to follow his teachings?  We haven't come very far since the days when Jesus walked the earth 2,000 years ago. 

EXCERPT from interview: 

We have lost our way through our misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we have to come home. Not only do we have to come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we also have to take a different look at America's presence in the rest of the world. Unless we start to focus on a global position for the United States that is not hegemonic, but is cooperative with international institutions, we're looking at nothing but one nightmare after another.

MS: So, what do you think that new role in the world would look like for the United States? What would our position be if we made that shift?

DK: We would start supporting structures of international law. With friend and foe alike, we'd support compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. With friend and foe alike, we'd support compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention. And we'd submit to the fullness of those treaties. We'd support the small arms treaty, the landmine treaty. We'd support the United Nations. We would participate fully in an international criminal court.

Only when you have recognized global standards of justice can there truly be respect among nations. We cannot have one set of laws for the United States and another set of laws for the rest of the world. For example, our policy on claiming the right to pursue assassination anywhere we please: that is against everything America should stand for. And we haven't worked to craft a climate change agreement that is truly mindful of the environmental challenges we see - an agreement that would phase out coal and nuclear. The US is missing a historic opportunity to chart a new path in the world.

Let it be said, we have a right to defend ourselves. But we do not have a right to take international law in our own hands. We do not have a right to be police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner all in one fell swoop.