February 09, 2008
Re-elect Dennis and Ron
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) withdrew from campaigning for president a couple of weeks ago and announced that he was "transitioning" his efforts to focus on winning re-election to represent his Cuyahoga County district.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has not withdrawn from the race, but he sent an email to supporters last night that acknowledged his rather slender chances of becoming the Republican nominee, and as well stated his intention of focusing on winning the primary election for his Galveston-area district.
Both Congressmen face opponents in the primaries. Rep. Kucinich is in a five-person race, and Rep. Paul has drawn two challengers.
I am a proponent of turnover in legislatures (within reason), but if these two fine Americans wish to continue their important roles in the House of Representatives, I see no reason to oppose them. (I have not checked out the opposition, so if you have facts to share, please do so.) Each of these men serves as a voice of conscience in his respective caucus.
While their approaches to improving the country can be quite different, I don't think one can doubt the sincerity of either. And on one extremely important point, they arrive at a similar conclusion: through Dr. Paul's thoughts on non-interventionist foreign policy, and through Rep. Kucinich's call for a cabinet-level office to promote it, both individuals advance the cause of Peace.
And so, while neither one is likely to ever be President, we should thank both for running, because their ideas — that some deride as "fringe" though, on the grand scale, they are merely shifted by a little from an otherwise homogeneous glob — are thus lifted from relative obscurity (because of our TV habits and attention spans, to be clear) and into some light.
US House Elections | By joe lance | 09:23 AM