Article: Dennis Kucinich Talks About Americas Addiction To War
This is Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange.org here. I am at the Nexus conference and we have the distinct pleasure to be joined by the one and only Dennis Kucinich. He is an incredible human being and former congressman.
Last time we spoke, we were Burning Man, but there was a re-election that you were going through, can you tell us what happened during that re-election?
Well, my district which I represented in the Cleveland area for 16 years was part of a redistricting plan that occurred in Ohio. It was interesting, while I seldom voted with the Republicans they felt that based on the approach I took that they’d be happy to protect my state. However, the Democratic Party intervened and said that if you protect the Kucinich seat, we will take you to court and throw out the entire redistricting plan. So the successful redistricting plan in Ohio in 2012 was contingent on meeting the Democrats demand. The demand that my seat representing the Cleveland area would be cut up in about four or five pieces. This essentially eliminated my seat. I don’t mention this because I feel like I was deprived of anything but the people of Cleveland were deprived. Anywhere from one to four congressional seats, we were denied those seats in Congress. The Democratic Party did this.
You were one of the most prominent Democrats out there and also one of the few and one of the bravest ones who was giving out a message of Anti-war. A message which I think was critically important. We’ve seen similar redistricting happening in collusion with Democrats and Republicans against Cynthia McKinney that prevented her from winning again. Do you think it was your anti-war sentiment that caused the Democrats to go against you?
Yes, I think the party has been addicted to war. Not all Democrats but the party leaders have made it so that wars are funded. I voted against funding and prosecuting wars. I voted against prosecuting wars. I took on my own party on this question over and over and over. What is the difference between the Democratic and Republican Party? When the Democrats vote for war or when they say they’re opposed to war and they vote to fund wars.
They keep up a system that is depriving the very people we say we want to help. Depriving them of the resources for the kind of life they want. This is an addiction to war and is the most serious problem confronting our government. It deprives the American people of trillions of dollars that could be used to build a good life.