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How Kucinich's Resolution to End the War Will Help Us End the War


By David Swanson

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 4, Congressman Dennis Kucinich plans to introduce a privileged resolution to end the Afghan War. The resolution requires that the House debate, within the next week, the continuing war in Afghanistan, now the second longest war in American history.

While we may not win a majority vote in the House on this first go-round, and would still have to get past the Senate and the President (a good time if ever there was one to throw Scylla and Charybdis into a blog), we will completely change the conversation and put many congress members on record claiming to oppose the war. While the president can send congressional Democrats out to fall on their swords for unpopular wars and healthcare mandates, they may be less willing to do so if the end of their careers is held up to their noses. To keep their careers alive, congress members in progressive districts will have to claim to oppose the war in/on Afghanistan.

Once they've done that, however, it will be much harder for them to turn around next month and vote for another $33 billion to escalate the same war they just pretended to oppose. It's already harder for them than it was last June when we came within 8 votes in the House of stopping the war money. They can't lie that they're voting for a war supplemental "because it's the last one" because nobody can be found who will believe that again (yes, I checked, and even Sarah Palin calls BS on it). They can't lie that they just want to support their new president, because he's not new anymore, he's not up for reelection like they are, and voters are demanding that their representatives choose jobs and healthcare and green energy instead of war.

Last June, all the Republicans in the House voted No because of unrelated measures included in the bill. That may happen again this time. But whether it does or not, and whether we block the money this time or not, we are building a movement that will eventually do so, and next week's debate on the floor of the House will be a huge step forward. If you can get to Washington, D.C., I recommend being there. If you can't, get C-Span and record what your misrepresentative pontificates. You're going to need that tape next month. Specifically, you're going to want to bring it to your local Brown Bag Vigil on March 17th.

On Tuesday night, March 2nd, Rep. Kucinich recorded a special message for Progressive Democrats of America. Click here to listen to it and to an hour-long phone call with activists from around the country organizing efforts to defund the war. You can find and contribute to a whip list of congress members' positions on Kucinich's resolution and on voting for the next $33 billion at http://defundwar.org.

Please also, right now, contact your member of Congress and ask them to be an original co-sponsor of the Kucinich resolution. Then use the link to ask your friends to do the same.

Here's the text of the resolution, which will not have a number on it until Thursday:

(Original Signature of Member)
111TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION
H. CON. RES. ___

Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers
Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. KUCINICH submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was
referred to the Committee on _________

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers
Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),

SECTION 1. REMOVAL OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES FROM AFGHANISTAN.

Pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C.
1544(c)), Congress directs the President to remove the United States
Armed Forces from Afghanistan—

(1) by no later than the end of the period of 30 days beginning on
the day on which this concurrent resolution is adopted; or

(2) if the President determines that it is not safe to remove the
United States Armed Forces before the end of that period, by no later
than December 31, 2010, or such earlier date as the President
determines that the Armed Forces can safely be removed.

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Since you and Dennis have a history and, I assume, a present relationship, has this one of few REAL Progressives in the Dem. party given any thought to getting out and going to the Greens?

Given the current "unpopularity" of both major political parties, it seems like the perfect time to make the Greens a viable third party if he were to "defect" and take "The Left" with him.

Has he given any thought to this?

It's funny how all we ever hear from the Senate is "Sixty votes or a filibuster," yet never get either. What we get is the status quo.

The White House loves to run roughshod over the Democratic House members, as demonstrated in the 2009 war vote, when, roughly 70 Democrats voted against it initially, only to have the White House coerce 40 of them into recanting and voting for the combined measure when it came back from reconciliation.

Kucinich wasn't one of them. He's the one House Dem who has tried to bring accountability to his party, and to risk his own popularity for the sake of consistently forwarding the people's best interests.

The Dems will never nominate him, but a third party candidate for President will never win. If Kucinich ever left the Democrats, the newsmedia would smother him with a news blackout like a wet blanket.

So, as usual, it's a lose/lose proposition for voters. Another hit for Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the perpetual twin opposites, who never really want to change anything so that they can stay in power.

I would vote for Kucinich if he ran on a ticket with Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, or Jeb Bush.

"It's better to meet a she bear who has been robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly." -- Pr. 17:12

watch recent video of my speech in boston thanks

and can't find. Please give link. Thanks and peace, R

I just tried a Youtube search using the name of David Swanson's Youtube channel, DavidSwanson, and then sorting based on upload date, finding no evident videos; and it's only worse when adding "Boston" for additional search term. At Google, it's worse, except if we open up the additional options link, for if we click on the options link, then we can select to search for videos posted over the past month.

Doing that, the first link I get is to a video page entitled, "Abolish the Senate by David Swanson - Pt 1 The Filibuster", posted five days ago, and the talk was at Harvard COOP bookstore on February 27th.

That's perhaps or probably the video David Swanson's talking about, but I haven't viewed or listened to it yet, so am not sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_8Dfe2Ojac

Check his Youtube channel, if the above video is not the right one. The above clip is posted by him, his Youtube channel anyway, and therefore provides a link to go to his channel section at Youtube.

EDIT: I've now listened to the above video clip and Dennis Kucinich isn't mentioned in it, but he he is briefly mentioned in part 2 and it's an excellent talk by David Swanson. Dennis Kucinich is very briefly mentioned, but he and his motion are mentioned.

Mike Corbeil

And has Kucinich talked with the unions about forming a Labor party which he would join?

...and it is called the Democratic Socialists of America.
It has been beaten down by decades of negative programming by the corporate capitalists and that is mainly why it isn't a viable party right now.

If more people understood what Dem. Soc. was TRULY about, well, I would like to think that, it time, it WOULD be viable.

http://dsausa.org/pdf/widemsoc.pdf

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