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Kucinich writes: "When anyone of us resolves toward self-improvement, it can impact the lives of those we love."

Dennis Kucinich is considered one of the most progressive U.S. senators of his time. (photo: Getty Images)
Dennis Kucinich is considered one of the most progressive U.S. senators of his time. (photo: Getty Images)


New Year's Resolution for America

Dennis Kucinich, Reader Supported News

03 January 15

 

hen anyone of us resolves toward self-improvement, it can impact the lives of those we love. How much more impact can we have, if in the new year we work to recreate the future of this country we love, by resolving to take bold steps in a new direction in a new year?

In 2015 I will observe the 48th anniversary of my public career, which began when I was a 20-year-old candidate for city council. In that time, with the help of many, I have seen miracles occur, outcomes change, new directions taken when people courageously strive to challenge a seemingly unshakeable status quo, on matters both personal and public. I remember well years ago in Cleveland, when a powerful corporate establishment dictated the sale of a city's municipal electric system, yet through a long battle the heroic people of Cleveland, who I was proud to lead as Mayor, regained their rights, and our city's lights.

Today, our nation's government has been taken over by special interest groups and idealogues, who have rapidly distributed our nation's wealth upwards, built a national security state to protect its hold on power and wealth, involved America in destructive, unnecessary wars abroad, ignored the escalating violence at home, and broken the laws of our nation with impunity, while punishing those who expose their unlawfulness.

This New Year, let us, as President Lincoln once pleaded "highly resolve" and organize to recreate our nation, summoning the vision of the Founders' ceaseless quest, unfurled with the words, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union...."

This is my New Year's vision for our nation:

  1. Ensure a full employment economy by reclaiming control of our money system. The US Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, provided Congress with the money power. The monetary system was privatized in 1913 and handed over to private bankers. As a result, we have a debt-based economic system, at the expense of the many, for the profit of a few.

  2. As a Congressman, after years of study, I introduced the NEED Act, which will reclaim our constitutional rights and change monetary policy to ensure full employment, decent wages, housing, healthcare, education, retirement security and a rebuilt infrastructure, without raising taxes. It can be done if we are willing to break the shackles of a falsely constructed economic, social and political reality, which condemns Americans to lives of poverty.

  3. Reclaim our right to privacy. In 2001, I voted against the Patriot Act ...because I read it. In 2003, Rep. Ron Paul and I introduced a bill to repeal the Patriot Act, invoking Benjamin Franklin who warned, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Let 2015 be the moment when we confront the monstrous NSA, its illegal reach into our private lives, its promotion of self-censorship, and demand that Congress legislate to stop the NSA, once and for all, from treading on our 4th Amendment rights.

  4. Make America a more peaceful place. On July 11, 2001, two months before 9/11, I was privileged to give language, form and structure to the hopes of the multitude of people who stand for peaceful societies. On that day, with support from across America, I brought forth a landmark bill to create a Department of Peace, to transform our approach to gun violence, gang violence, racial violence, police-community clashes, domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse, violence in the schools, and violence against people based on their sexual orientation.

    Let us, in these times of increased violence, restore the dream of "Domestic Tranquility" nourished by President Jefferson and others, and reach a new awareness, a new consensus, to rid our nation of the thinking that violence is inevitable, through supporting the effort, now carried forth by Rep. Barbara Lee.


  5. Transform America's role in the world; focus on the needs of people here at home. The US has 662 bases in 38 foreign countries and has been involved militarily in over 100 nations. We have become entangled in wars for resources, wars for domination, wars for geo-political advantage, at a cost of trillions of dollars, driving the national debt and endangering the soul of our nation.

    "America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy," said President John Quincy Adams. Let 2015 be the year that we recreate at home an empire of democracy, a true citadel of freedom, and stop the plotting, the interventions, the wars, and the calamitous reach for world domination. This will require a concerted effort, to demand Congress and President Obama stop funding military build-ups, stop funding nuclear escalation, begin to disestablish the global US military empire and start taking care of things at home. Americans are ready.

    My wife, Elizabeth, and I travelled to a dozen American cities recently and met with thousands of citizens who re-defined "National Security" in terms of human security - - jobs, health care, education, retirement security, safe communities and privacy.


  6. Establish a US Commission on Truth and Reconciliation. America was led into a war against Iraq, a war which killed over 1 million innocent Iraqis, a war which was based on every manner of deceit. In our name, and with our tax dollars, countless people were either killed, injured or tortured, their homes ruined, the land destroyed. It is time for Americans to know the truth about Iraq and other wars. Let us push Congress and the President to create a US Commission on Truth and Reconciliation. We must require the highest level of accountability from those who have held the highest positions in our government. Lies which took us into war and established a national security state have separated us from each other, and from the world. Let us reunite in the spirit of truth and justice, seeking the moral high ground and a newer world.

  7. Restore our relationship with nature and restore our planet. The Philosopher Thomas Berry wrote that "The Great Work" of our lives ought be restoring our relationship with the natural world. As the global temperatures rise, sea levels climb, we are beset by storm clouds of inaction from the poisonous, paralyzing self-interest of inhumane corporations. Nearly a decade ago, when I ran for President, I proposed a "Global Green New Deal" and a "Works Green Administration".

    It is for us to gather the knowledge and resources, the strength and determination, to regenerate the soil, protect the land, purify the air, preserve the water, in a ceremony of personal, civic and political engagement which protects and celebrates the natural world as the precondition of life itself.

    We can lessen climate disruption by changing the way we grow our food, and restoring our agricultural lands with regenerative organic (agroecological) practices. In doing so, we acknowledge that our food choices have the greatest single impact on our environment, and on our own health.

Let us face the New Year with the confidence that our ability to bring great change depends on our willingness to expect great things of each other and of ourselves. Our current condition of nationhood begs to be re-joined to the visionary confidence of those who 238 years ago announced the birth of a nation and the empowerment of 'we the people'.

Let us summon great courage, and, through the work of our hands and our hearts, create anew the nation which we most desire, one that is blessed with peace, prosperity and justice.

Happy New Year. Welcome, 2015 !


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+61 # politicfix 2015-01-03 18:59
Dennis Kucinich was an important voice in the Senate working toward the very goals that he outlines above. We need him back in the Senate fighting for our country's survival from the financiers who are trying to destroy it. Dennis's goal is justice for everybody that harms nobody. Who can disagree with that?
 
 
+23 # jdd 2015-01-04 06:03
Why not get it right? Both you and the photo caption are wrong. Dennis Kucinich was never a U.S. Senator, but rather was an eight term member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.
 
 
+5 # politicfix 2015-01-06 10:13
Correction acknowledged. Accidentally wrote Senate. He was an 8 term representative from Ohio in the House and would make a good candidate for a higher office.
 
 
+8 # Eliz77 2015-01-04 22:01
Important voice in the House. Is now an important voice in America.
 
 
+33 # Ken Halt 2015-01-03 22:57
This declaration should be a manifesto for all elected officials, but that would necessitate decisive action by the US electorate to hold nominees to these standards. I don't think this enlightened agenda is going to happen, particularly in the unreconstructed south where anti-federalism is the norm, if only because of the resentment engendered by the federal gov't having twice made the slave states do the right thing; once in 1865 to abolish slavery and again in the 1960's to abolish Jim Crow. Since then there has been a transparent and obvious effort by the red (and formerly slave) states to sabotage democracy using parliamentary tactics and gerrymandering to defeat the will of the majority of US voters.
The Re/Tea pub agenda is clearly unrepresentativ e, undemocratic, and anti-republican .
 
 
+27 # Rockster 2015-01-04 02:13
Thank you for publishing Dennis' manifesto. Hopefully many news services will pick it up as all Americans need to read, ponder and then act on this call to action. As I've written previously , on most core issues there is common ground between true conservatives ( libertarian ?) and progressives. Notice how desperately the corporatists work to marginalize Dennis, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, etc everytime they start to be heard by the larger public. Which ideas are they, in power now, so terrified if getting into the mainstream ??
We would all be wise and patriotic to do everything we can to get these and those of Eliz Warren into the larger public discussion. No real change will come till people are weaned off their fav prejudiced lies.
 
 
+34 # Jadhu 2015-01-04 03:12
One of the few people who exercised caution and asked us to THINK before acting. Unfortunately, these kind of people don't win in America. It seems that slick hairstyles are more important than real convictions.

When we are that shallow, we deserve everything that we get. But this man gives me hope--he is the best of America!
 
 
+31 # Charles3000 2015-01-04 07:20
Dennis is "a voice crying in the wildness" and we all should listen to him.
 
 
+17 # Charles3000 2015-01-04 07:26
Everyone should re-read his first two priorities. They are at the root of our problems. Under our current monetary system the US Treasury prints money and gives it to banks. A 100$ bill costs under 10 cents to print and the banks, who gets it gratis, loans it to us at face value of 100$. How would you like to have a deal like that?
 
 
+22 # WestWinds 2015-01-04 08:24
We need to hear more from Dennis. I have always loved and supported him; he always makes such good sense.

I hope in 2015, he will become more of a presence in American politics once again. He is the voice of sanity, hope and the heart of America.

We need to add Dennis to our all too short list of political representatives with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
These are our American eagles.
 
 
+12 # DD1946 2015-01-04 12:00
Kucinich was my choice for the presidential nominee in 2008 but sadly I knew he didn't really have a chance. He is what we need.
 
 
+7 # DD1946 2015-01-04 12:00
Kucinich was my choice for the presidential nominee in 2008 but sadly I knew he didn't really have a chance. He is what we need.
 
 
+1 # DD1946 2015-01-04 12:01
Sorry. It didn't seem to be loading so I hit Send again.
 
 
+1 # elizabethblock 2015-01-04 08:44
This is all very well. BUT: In 2008, when there were five contenders for the Democratic nomination, I wrote to all of them to ask: If you are elected president, will you pardon Leonard Peltier? (He is the Native man who was extradited from Canada on perjured testimony, and convicted, on perjured testimony, of a murder he did not commit.)

Not one of them answered the question, not even Dennis Kucinich. (The only one who responded at all was John Edwards, and all he did was ask for money.)
 
 
+1 # WestWinds 2015-01-05 00:16
Quoting elizabethblock:
This is all very well. BUT: In 2008, when there were five contenders for the Democratic nomination, I wrote to all of them to ask: If you are elected president, will you pardon Leonard Peltier? (He is the Native man who was extradited from Canada on perjured testimony, and convicted, on perjured testimony, of a murder he did not commit.) ...


--- For the last several years, I have been writing the WH asking for a full pardon for Leonard with prejudice (can't be charged at some later date for the same things.) I have never heard back from the WH either, but I keep on making my request. Please join me in writing the WH every month until the term end for this administration. It would be a wonderful thing to have Leonard pardoned and released back to his reservation and family since he has a serious kidney condition. It definitely would be the correct thing to do since Leonard did not kill anyone and we all know it. This is not justice (for the FBI) this is a serious and wrong headed miscarriage of justice that REALLY needs to be corrected.
 
 
+13 # Inspired Citizen 2015-01-04 08:50
Kucinich is addressing many of the issues that would steer the nation away from its current direct, i.e., toward fascism.

I have resolved to be part of a democratic revolution to address climate change (This Changes Everything) and the plutocratic, racist corporate-state.

http://www.amendmentgazette.com/2015/01/01/sparking-third-american-revolution/
 
 
+17 # reiverpacific 2015-01-04 11:38
Wonderful thoughts but facing a bad start with the TeaThugs in control of both houses and determined to take this far-too-militar ily powerful, increasingly wealthy at the top of the pile, anti-populist nation back towards Nouveau-Feudalism.
Just look at how Kucinich's "Department of Peace" proposal was either ignored or dismissed and how his presidential run was mocked by the U.S. Owner-Media.
It never ceases to amaze me how most even reasonably intelligent Americans have barely heard of this "Peace-monger" -let alone Amy Goodman, Chomsky et al progressive icons, better know anywhere but here (ask y'r neighbors who any of them are sometime).
I well remember an intelligent, educated, well-to-do lady and friend, a Southern Democrat and a confirmed Dimwits/Cheney hater (to the point of sporting an "Impeach Bush and Cheney" bumper sticker on her BMW SUV) who moved to Oregon, when she was a private student of mine, on my asking her during a break in a session if she'd consider voting for Dennis Kucininch, to which she replied "Who?
It's all part of the carefully-laid, commercial-heav y infotainment plan that passes for News and Information "you need to know" here unless you look for the alternative media.
BTW, is D.K. still on "Fixed" News??
 
 
+12 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-01-04 12:44
THANK YOU Dennis. A voice in the wilderness. Never give up. We need you and many of us appreciate ALL you have done
 
 
+4 # Eliz77 2015-01-04 22:11
That Dennis Kucinich is not well known, is not President, is not even in the House any more, and the Dept. of Peace does not exist, is an indication that our priorities are up side down in this country. What can we do to effectively change our situation?
 
 
+4 # WestWinds 2015-01-05 00:21
Quoting Eliz77:
That Dennis Kucinich is not well known, is not President, is not even in the House any more, and the Dept. of Peace does not exist, is an indication that our priorities are up side down in this country. What can we do to effectively change our situation?


--- Keep pushing and stay the course. That's what the Corporate Conservatives do and it works more often than not.
 
 
+7 # unitedwestand 2015-01-05 01:33
One of the most sincere and true representative of the people is no longer in Congress, proof positive that the people of this country like crooks and liars to represent them instead. I know that Mr. Kusinich's district was absorbs into other districts but the people of Ohio should have clamored for him to represent them in another.

Much love and respect for a man who is truly a giant of truth and sincerity.
 
 
+3 # JanStephen 2015-01-05 14:42
Dennis ... a voice for peace and justice... time to make it happen:

http://www.peacemonk.com/2015KickStartAgeofPeace2050Project.html
 
 
+1 # JackatPTF 2015-01-06 12:47
Thanks to Rep. Kucinich for this list of resolutions. I just wish he had added the passage of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill to his list. As MLK, Jr. noted racism, militarism and extreme materialism are "destroying the soul of America. We can do something about it: WE CAN REFUSE TO PAY FOR IT.
 

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