At the Truman Dinner last night I heard from one of my two or three favorite politicians. One of the things that make Dennis Kucinich so special is his willingness to speak the truth regardless of the political consequences.
In this day and age when to be successful in politics you need to play along to get along, he is exceptionally different. He is considered too extreme by many in his own party. How he has been able to survive in this political world of money and patronage is somewhat of a mystery.
He is obviously a very polished and experienced politian, but the power brokers in Congress also realize he is just a side show that has no real chance of upsetting the apple cart. His truth telling makes the legislators feel good about their pretended moral compass, although they have no intension of actually supporting his unconventional ideas. Amen, but don’t forget to pass the hat.
He is someone who actually advocates for the rights of the people, who believes in the power of truth, who really believes that democracy is about the survival of an educated, engaged and informed citizenry.
He wants to change the structure of some of our basic institutions to benefit the public, move the central bank into the treasury, reform the fractional reserve system, install meaningful regulations on too big to fail banks. He understands that you can’t have social justice without economic justice. It is my opinion that neither major party wants to change the system, only continue their struggle for control of the system. It is this us against them attitude, this war between ideologues with no real regard for the welfare of the citizens that has gotten us to the point we are today!