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Ron Paul 2012, Dennis Kucinich still politically friendly.

May 15, 2012 by  
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( In 2007, Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, and Ron Paul, a Republican, were kindred spirits: Demure in size, but mighty in spirit, the congressmen were steadfast in their outsized battle to change American foreign policy as they sought the presidency.

As the Democratic [presidential] nominee I’d consider Ron Paul as my running mate,” Kucinich said without hesitation during a 2007 interview with Free Minds TV.  “He and I agree tremendously on international policy. You might see a vote being 235 to 2 in Congress; you’ll know who the two are: Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.”

Though successful in forging a friendly and admirable bipartisan bridge on issues of war and largely peace, neither was successful in their 2008 presidential bids. And now both men, who prided themselves on political  integrity and purity, grass-roots base and a lack of corporate and lobbyist affiliations have been moved off the political stage, perhaps for good.  Brimming with political will and spirit, but short on money, the two doves have flown into the proverbial political coop.

On Monday, Ron Paul effectively ended his campaign, after he said he would stop spending money in the 11 states with upcoming party primaries. Previously, Ron Paul had announced that he will be retiring from the House of Representatives. In March, Dennis Kucinich, of Toledo, lost his congressional seat to Rep. Marcy Kaptur, also a progressive Democrat from Toledo, and one of the longest-serving women in the House.

It just seemed just like yesterday Dennis Kucinich was not far from Ron Paul’s mind, when Ron Paul mirthfully stated during a ReLOVEution presidential campaign interview that if elected he’d consider putting the liberal Ohio congressman in his administration, creating a “Department of Peace,” where the peace-loving Dennis Kucinich could really shine.

You’ve got to give credit to people who think,” Ron Paul said of Dennis Kucinich at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, as reported by the Hill on Sept. 21, 2011.

Like the photographic inversion of monochromatic mirror images, Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul reflected each other in their general antiwar stance, foreign policy views and civil-liberty reservations about what they and their supporters perceive as our modern-day surveillance state. While political outliers in their respective parties, they both asked tough questions that challenged us morally and encouraged reflection.

Dennis Kucinich recently gave a commencement speech at the American University of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates emphasizing the significance of world peace and harmony given our global interdependence.

Dennis Kucinich, who often questioned whether our policy of preemptive war had evolved into “permanent warfare,” suggested to the graduating class that each nation should create a cabinet of peace to help cultivate a sustainable ecosystem of global peace and accord.

Ron Paul, a non-interventionist by nature, opposed what he called the “terrible cost of war.” A staunch civil libertarian, Ron Paul evoked the admonition of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential  liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” when arguing against expansion of war and domestic surveillance to enhance national security.

In attempts to atone for racist newsletter allegations, Ron Paul would go on to state the obvious and attack the war on drugs as “racist” and “discriminatory.” He also highlighted the fact that he provided medical services to black and interracial couples as an ob/gyn doctor at a time when many other white members of his profession would not.

In the bellicose Shakespearean wilderness of “pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war,” this world has become, perhaps it’s time for that bipartisan cabinet of peace that Dennis Kucinich called for during his recent commencement address, “to develop social structures for peace and strategies to avert conflict between groups and between states.”  What a fitting memorial to two departed advocates of global peace and understanding. They may be gone from politics, but they won’t soon be forgotten.  Their political legacies no doubt will live on — how is yet to be seen.

Staff Writer; Joy Freeman-Coulbary

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9 Responses to “Ron Paul 2012, Dennis Kucinich still politically friendly.”
  1. Julian Alien says:

    Well written,except for the effectively ending his campaign part.Just because he is not sinking money into primary States does not mean he is scaling back his campaign to fade away.From a budget view,it is the smartest thing for him to do.RNC rule 38,RNC Rule 11(a),(Rule No. 15(b)(1),Rule No. 15(b)(2),and rule32. should be mentioned at this stage in the race.This has become a delegate war,and has everything to do with how the RNC’s follow their own rules.By the way my favorite video’s are of Ron Paul and Kucinich grilling Ben Bernanke.Classic stuff,and the reason Dennis is my favorite Democrat.Even though I am a Republican,and disagree with him on many issues,I would still vote to keep him in office.

  2. Stephen schweter says:

    I just donated to Dr.Ron Pauls MONEY Bomb not giving up on the last bus for our nations freedom and sound money policy. And a little less killing of people around the glob. I served in Viet-Nam how was that defending America ?it was a 18 hour plan ride to get there.
    Peace to all
    Stephen Schweter

  3. nevadasmith says:

    There is still time for Black Community Leaders to acquire political capital in this election.It was not unnoticed that, Ron Paul received crucial Black Republican support in Virginia’s primary. I highly advise: “Get Yours”; Force some recognition.
    All men dream: but nor equally, Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses oftheir minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did. I meant to make a new nation, to restore!
    T.E. Lawrence

  4. Tim Zolitico says:

    Ron Paul will beat Obama.  Maybe this year, or with his ideas, but one thing is for sure, the Ron Paul Revolution is demanding no indefinite detention of Americans, Free Internet, and Federal Reserve Transparency.

  5. hassan_aziz says:

    like most on here, i love the idea, but it wont happen. if he runs he will get my vote regardless of what people like to say how the vote is useless.

  6. Coulro DeSouth says:

    “Demure in size …”
    RP is six feet tall. He’s been cast as small as part of the MSM campaign to marginalize him and his movement.

  7. Officer Perez says:

    Mmmmm…. I am not impressed with the articule. RP is still in the race. He just shifted his strategy and resources to where he get more delegates.

  8. l1berty4all says:

    if you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine

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