Cuckoo Kucinich, Moonbat Prince...........

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri May 11 23:24:29 MDT 2007

Dennis Kucinich's Skeleton Closet


Dennis Kucinich's Scandals

<>New Age Mystic
<>Looking For Love
<>Led Cleveland Into Bankruptcy

         Dennis Kucinich is a very scrappy little (5'7") guy with a 
tough background. As a kid, his parents moved constantly, cramming 7 
kids into 2 bedroom apartments or even, at times, a car parked 
outside the steel mill where his dad worked. He was elected as the 
nation's youngest mayor (of Cleveland) in 1977, and was known mostly 
for scrapping with established politicians, banks and just about 
everybody else. After he fired his police chief -- live, on the 6 
O'Clock news -- he was so unpopular that he wore a bulletproof vest 
when he threw out the first pitch at an Indian's baseball game, and 
had police sharpshooters lined up all along the roof of the building.

         After he was unceremoniously booted from office in his 1979 
reelection fight, though, he drifted toward California and New 
Mexico, living for a while in his "dear friend" Shirley MacLaine's 
house, and began what he calls ""a journey into the poetry of my own 
life." Now, he has made quite a journey from scrappy poor kid to 
quixotic New Age lefty presidential candidate.



         "Dennis Kucinich has spent his life fighting for the little 
guy -- and that little guy is Dennis." -- David Martin, the Cleveland Scene

         "The energy of the stars becomes us. We become the energy of 
the stars. Stardust and spirit unite and we begin: one with the 
universe, whole and holy. From one source, endless creative energy, 
bursting forth, kinetic, elemental; we, the earth, air, water and 
fire-source of nearly fifteen billion years of cosmic spiraling." -- 
Kucinich, in 
<>the "Journal 
of Concious Evolution"

         "As a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first 
lady. And you know maybe Fox will want to sponsor it as a national 
contest or something. But in any event I would want definitely want 
someone who would not just be there by my side, but be a working 
partner because I think we're in a day in age when partnerships are 
imperative to making anything happening in the world. And I certainly 
want a dynamic, out-spoken woman who was fearless in her desire for 
peace in the world and for universal single-payer health care and a 
full employment economy. If you are out there call me." -- Kucinich, 
Nov. 5, 2003

         "After I lost the [mayoral] election in Cleveland in 1979, I 
moved to California for a while. I actually remember walking in the 
area around L.A. known as MacArthur Park, and I was thinking of that 
song and thinking of the lyrics where they talk about 'Someone left 
the cake out in the rain. It took so long to make it.' And it goes 
on, raising the question of whether I'll ever have that recipe 
again." -- Kucinich

         "There's no one in America who believes in Dennis Kucinich 
more than Dennis Kucinich. We used to say back here in Ohio, you've 
got to drive a stake through the guy's heart to get him out of it." 
-- Tim Hagan, former Cuyahoga County Democratic President

         "My journey has spanned political, social, economic and even 
spiritual gulfs. And because of that journey, I really have a sense 
of the potential for oneness which exists in this nation and in the 
world community. I see how it all fits together . . ." -- Kucinich, 
in Beverly Hills


New Age Mystic

         Kucinich likes to portray himself as a progressive, but for 
him that takes a turn not seen in mainstream politics since Jerry 
"Moonbeam" Brown ran for president. While his website tries to paint 
him as a down to earth midwesterner with a page titled "Polka, 
Bowling and Kielbasa", Kucinich is certainly the only admitted Vegan 
in the race (that is, a vegetarian who won't consume any animal 
products at all, including milk and honey.) The only kielbasa he'll 
be eating is made of tofurkey.

         The blue collar kid from Cleveland now supports creating a 
Department of Peace. "I have a holistic view of the world," he 
explains. "I see the world as interconnected and interdependent and 
that leaves no room for war." He is also friends with Shirley 
MacLaine, who is the godmother of his daughter.

         Other policy positions of his get a bit "out there" as well. 
In 2001, he introduced a bill to ban space-based and other exotic 
weapons, including "radiation, electromagnetic, psychotronic, sonic, 
laser, or other energies . . . for the purpose of information war, 
mood management, or mind control of such populations."

         Included in the ban were "chemtrails," supposed airplane 
emissions that change the weather or cause rashes in schoolkids, if 
you listen to the Art Bell radio show anyway. Chemtrails were removed 
in a revised draft of the bill. "I'm not into that," Kucinich told 
The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Really? But Kucinich was the 
legislation's sole author.

         As snide as I'd like to be, I can't improve on Kucinich's 
own mysticism, so here's some more from the article in 
Connexion magazine: "In our soul's Magnificent, we become conscious 
of the cosmos within us. We hear the music of peace, we hear the 
music of cooperation, we hear music of love. In our soul's 
forgetting, we become unconscious of our cosmic birthright, blighted 
with disharmony, disunity, torn asunder from the stars in a disaster ..."

Led Cleveland Into Bankruptcy

         Critics are quick to charge that Kucinich "led Cleveland 
into bankruptcy" as a young (31) mayor, called "Dennis the Menace" by 
the press, and his administration was certainly messy. One book 
recently named him as the 7th worst mayor of American history, not 
for any reasons of corruption or scandal, but due to his "abrasive, 
intemperate, and chaotic administration." He survived a recall vote 
after only ten months in office by 231 votes (out of 120,000) and was 
voted out after one term by Republican George Voinovich, even through 
Democrats outnumbered Republicans 8 to 1. When he threw out the first 
pitch at a Cleveland Indians game, he wore a bullet-proof vest and 
had sharpshooters positioned on the stadium roof.

         In many ways though history has vindicated Kucinich, at 
least on the bankruptcy. The city was already headed toward 
bankruptcy when Kucinich took office, and financial advisers were 
telling him to sell the city-owned electric company to stave it off. 
He refused this power play and the banks called in the city's loans, 
triggering bankruptcy. But the utility remains public, and, according 
to a study by Cleveland magazine, the utility's low rates saved 
customers about $195 million over the past 10 years. In fact, he got 
back into Congress in 2002 campaigning on the success of his effort 
to keep that utility.

Looking For Love

         Like so many New Age devotees desperately searching for 
universal love, Kucinich lacks a steady love partner. The 
twice-divorced dad, however, not only admits it but went public with 
his search for a love connection during a debate in Manchester, New 
Hampshire, announcing his criteria for a first lady: "a dynamic, 
out-spoken woman who was fearless in her desire for peace in the 
world and for universal single-payer health care."

         To help out, the PoliticsNH website has started 
<>a personals area for 
Kucinich women wannabees. Already there is one from Gina Marie (33) 
from New Jersey, who notes that "Madonna and Jennifer Lopez are 
probably two of the most recognizable, powerful women in our country 
yet they are not helping all Americans gain access to affordable 
healthcare." It's hard to argue with that logic.

Flip Flop

         While most politicians change their positions from time to 
time -- in fact, all good ones do, because they are learning and open 
to change -- Kucinich has made a dizzying switch on abortion with no 
apparent principle to back it up (other than, "I want to win some 
Democratic primaries.")

         As a Congressman, he amassed one of the most anti-abortion 
voting records in Congress, one especially unusual for a Democrat. 
Fair enough, Kucinich was raised Catholic. He voted to criminalize 
partial birth abortions, to deny American servicewoman the right even 
to pay for their own abortions overseas, to prevent Washington, D.C. 
from funding abortions for poor women with nonfederal dollars, 
against research on RU-486, even against health coverage of basic 
contraception for federal employees. In 1996 he told Planned 
Parenthood that he did not support the substance of Roe v. Wade. He 
received a a 95 percent position rating from the National Right to 
Life Committee, versus 10 percent from Planned Parenthood and 0 
percent from NARAL.

         Now that he wants to run as a progressive Democrat though, 
he is waffling all over that stance. He told The Nation magazine that 
"I believe life begins at conception and that it doesn't end at 
birth." (Huh?) He said he was not in favor of either a Human Life 
Amendment that would constitutionally protect "life" from the moment 
of conception, nor the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and presented his 
votes as votes not against abortion per se but against federal 
funding of the procedure. That's not consistent with his votes on the 
servicewomen and Washington DC issues mentioned above, however. And 
while told The Nation he was not in favor of "criminalizing" 
abortion, he voted for a partial-birth-abortion ban that included 
fines and up to two years in jail for doctors who performed them, 
except to save the woman's life.

         When pressed, Kucinich said "I haven't been a leader on 
this. These are issues I would not have chosen to bring up." Well, he 
has been at least a devoted follower of the anti-abortion position, 
until it became politically inconvenient. And if he's not a leader, 
why should anyone elect him as president?


"Ohio's comeback kid", by Sandy Nelson, Campaigns & Election,; Sep97, 
Vol. 18 Issue 8, p51

"Regressive Progressive?", Katha Politt, the Nation, 5/27/2002, Vol. 
274 Issue 20, p10

<>"Spirit and 
Stardust", by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, New Connexion Magazine, 
September 2002

Man, BY DAVID W. MARTIN The Cleveland Scene (newspaper), March 19, 2003

candidate draws support from peace activists, New Age gurus", by 
MALIA RULON, (Associated Press), San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, May 30, 2003

"The American Mayor," by Melvin Holli

Notes: Dennis Kucinich", ABC-News Online, Nov. 6, 2003

<>"Who Wants To Be a First 
Lady?", PoliticsNH.Com, November 5, 2003

Kucinich: The combative mystic". by Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, 
November 7, 2003

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