Dennis Kucinich just lost a Democratic party primary election. I’m hoping that he can return to congress as either an independent or in another district. America needs congressmen like Dennis Kucinich. I’m saying this as someone who is a libertarian, highly capitalistic, and typically sides with the Republican party (except some social issues). Kucinich represents a voice of integrity in the U.S. Congress. Although, I don’t agree with many of his views, I always believed that he voted based on principal and what he believed was right. There are not many people in Congress that can make the same claim.
In the run-up to the 2008 presidential primaries, Kucinich was asked who he would select as his vice president 1998. He replied Ron Paul (a Republican) immediately. Like Ron Paul, Kucinich was an staunch non-interventionist and supported transparency in the Federal Reserve.
Kucinich and Paul were diametrically apart through the typical left-right lens of American politics, but they typically worked together to defend civil liberties when no one else was willing too. Like Paul, Kucinich refused to fall in line with party votes if he disagreed with the legislation. In 2008, some of the main reasons people voted for Obama was due to foreign policy views and support of civil liberties. When Obama started new wars and authorized assassinations of Americans without trial (through NDAA), the Democratic party establishment turned silent. Kucinich refused to remain silent and that’s probably why he became ostracized by his own party.
The death of Cato
As Ron Paul retires, Dennis Kucinich serves as the last modern Cato of his era. Incorruptible and idealistic, he has served as a voice of reason and kept his own political party honest. Here’s to hoping some congressional district will find a home for him.
With about 90 percent of the vote in, Kaptur led 60 to 36 percent.
From his stint as Cleveland’s “Boy Mayor” in the late 1970s, including two debt defaults and the forced sale of the city’s electric plant, to his unsuccessful effort to impeach Vice President Richard B. Cheney in 2007, Kucinich has repeatedly thrust himself into the national spotlight. Often coming up on the short end of his fights, Kucinich, 65, never stopped swinging but usually did so in a friendly spirit.
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.
With most attention focused on the state’s GOP presidential primary battle, and no Democratic primary for president, Kucinich was left in a low-turnout race in a newly drawn district against his once-close ally, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).