"War is the greatest threat to public health." - Gino Strada, Italian war surgeon and founder of the UN-recognized Italian NGO Emergency

Friday, September 14, 2012

"No More War..." says Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich continues to speak out against the runaway train that is military spending in the United States.  Of course, it is about much more than just overspending (and he certainly speaks to that reality).  It is about an out-of-control Military Industrial Complex/National Security State.  It is about insane policies that unleash U.S. military power against our brothers and sisters around the globe in ways that make the rest of the world, and our own nation, far less safe than if we were to make that major paradigm shift wherein we would seek to resolve conflicts in nonviolent ways and share the world's resources rather than try to control them.

Dennis Kucinich speaking at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, August 7, 2011
Here (below) is Kucinich's statement against the "Continuing Resolution" in which he speaks strongly against current spending on war.  When you finish reading the release from Kucinich's Congressional office, please watch the YouTube video that follows.  It was made when Kucinich gave a policy speech at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action on August 7, 2011.  In that speech Kucinich articulated his comprehensive "Doctrine of Strength Through Peace."  And it is, indeed, comprehensive.

Kucinich speaks out loudly and clearly for freedom from fear, from nuclear weapons, and from war.  We need to hear that clarion call as well, and speak out ourselves and demand these things from our elected representatives in Washington, DC. Do not let Kucinich be a voice in the wilderness!  Write to your Congressperson today!!! 

Click here to find your Representative, and then send an email calling on him/her to stand with Kucinich in voting against the "Continuing Resolution" as it now stands.

You can also read the transcript of Kucinich's speech at Ground Zero by clicking here.


“No More War. No More Business as Usual,” Says Kucinich

Bill Provides Another $100 Billion for War, Kucinich Calls on Congress to Stop Funding

WASHINGTON - September 13 - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today spoke out against bloated Pentagon spending and hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer money wasted on unnecessary wars. Kucinich vowed to vote against the “Continuing Resolution” which will fund the federal government for another six months.

See video here.

“I rise in opposition to the rule for the Continuing Resolution. The Continuing Resolution contains $99.9 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operation funds to continue the war in Afghanistan and to fund other operations in the so-called war on terror.

“This is on top of over $1.3 trillion we've already spent in waging war abroad. This is a war that cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion a week. It's a war that according to the Congressional Research Service has cost the lives of nearly 2,000 U.S. service members and resulted in another 17,519 being injured. Yet the war seems to have fallen from headlines in our national conscience. This is wrong.

“We cannot afford another $100 billion on a war that will never result in stability in Afghanistan or the region. War against Afghanistan boomeranged against the Soviet Union. It’s boomeranging against our country.

“When you look at the amount of money that is being spent not just for the war but the United States Pentagon -- we are looking at a Fiscal 2013 budget of $653 billion, spending almost more money than every other country in the world, combined, for so-called defense.

“We have an obligation to defend our country, but we also have an obligation for housing, for health care, for education, for retirement security.

“If you're concerned about Congress regaining authority under Article 1, Section 8, then we should be voting to end this war right now by striking the money for it.

“If you are concerned about the debt, then we should be voting to end this war by taking money away from funding and then you could contribute that to resolving the debt.

“If you are concerned about emboldening radicals in other countries, who are following in the wake of our invasions, then we should be taking the money out of this Continuing Resolution for more war.

“If you're concerned about the budget: that it doesn't have enough for jobs and housing and health care and education and the energy and the environment, then end the war now, vote against it.

“If you're concerned about America taking steps to create peace, then we should get this money out of this budget which creates more war.

“This is the time for us to reclaim our country, which we are losing not just to war but to a national security state, like yesterday when we voted as a House -- I voted against it -- to empower security agencies to be able to intercept the phone calls of anybody in the United States who makes calls internationally.

“We have got to reclaim our nation. This Continuing Resolution doesn't do it. This is the same old, same old, same old:.war and national security state, forget the real needs of the American people.

“I am going to vote against this rule and I am going to vote against the underlying bill.”


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