Dennis Kucinich's Prayer for America,
A Timely Reminder
[Editor's Note: There are 465 members elected to the United
States House of Representatives and 100 senators elected to the U.S. Senate;
a total of 565 congressional representatives. Less than a handful of them
have demonstrated the courage and moral integrity to publicly confront
the real issues of treason and betrayal being heaped upon the
American people by its own Legislative, Executive, and Judicial "public
servants", working in league with One World Government Luciferians
to destroy America from within.
One of those stalwarts of congressional courage to stand
up and face the Beast while his peers cowered in stone silence was Dennis
Kucinich, who ran in the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2004.
Of course, he had little chance of wining, even the state primaries, as
some of those elections are marred by rigged electronic fraud, but he
ran and stood up for the American people and voiced what other congressional
colleagues wouldn't dare mutter, even under their breath. He stood up
for America and its welfare when he had the spotlight and he will always
hold a place of high honor in the hearts of Americans who know the score
and recognized his commitment to the people and our Constitution.
His words, so eloquently and accurately expressed in this
Prayer for America reprinted below, will continue
to serve the American people and the interest of liberty by reminding
us all of the treachery that is taking place within this
country. By thinking about, dwelling upon, and voicing our condemnation
of that treachery, we will force the issue to the surface so that it can
no longer be ignored and accelerate the downfall of the Bush cabal and
those congressional traitors who abetted him. Congressional elections
will take place this year and we MUST throw out the traitors en masse
if we have any hope of saving this country. This is the year
to get involved!
Print out this prayer and stick it up at meeting places
or social clubs where others will read it and get them to realize that
our country, our lives, and our liberties are hanging in the balance.
Send it around by e-mail. Give a copy to any policeman, military man,
or government employee you might know as the destruction of this country
cannot go forward without their cooperation and labor. These people must
realize that their first allegiance is to the Constitution
and the American people, not to corrupt supervisors or organizational
heads. We can do it. We can stop the New World Order by focusing our attentionandintention on stopping those who enable the
agenda to go forward. Please bear in mind that reality follows thought.
The Hundredth Monkey syndrome will kick in when only 10%
actively PARTICIPATE for change. ..Ken]
By Dennis Kucinich <email@example.com.>
Feb. 25, 2002
Resisting Bush's War
[Editor's Note: The following is a speech that Dennis Kucinich,
U.S. Congressman from Cleveland, Ohio, gave this past weekend at the University
of Southern California. Rep. Kucinich is the leader of the Progressive Caucus
and a longtime defender of free speech, civil liberties and international
peace. This speech makes him the first member of the United States Congress
to openly repudiate President Bush's war rationale.]
I offer these brief remarks today as a prayer for our country, with love
of democracy, as a celebration of our country. With love for our country.
With hope for our country. With a belief that the light of freedom cannot
be extinguished as long as it is inside of us.
With a belief that freedom rings resoundingly in a democracy each time we
speak freely. With the understanding that freedom stirs the human heart and
fear stills it. With the belief that a free people cannot walk in fear and
faith at the same time.
With the understanding that there is a deeper truth expressed in the unity
of the United States. That implicate in the union of our country is the union
of all people. That all people are essentially one. That the world is interconnected
not only on the material level of economics, trade, communication, and transportation,
but ‘inner’connected through human consciousness, through the human heart,
through the heart of the world, through the simply expressed impulse and yearning
to be and to breathe free.
I offer this prayer for America.
Let us pray that our nation will remember that the unfolding of the promise
of democracy in our nation paralleled the striving for civil rights. That
is why we must challenge the rationale of the Patriot Act.
We must ask, why should America put aside guarantees of constitutional
How can we justify in effect canceling the First Amendment and the right
of free speech, the right to peaceably assemble?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Fourth Amendment, probable
cause, the prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Fifth Amendment, nullifying
due process, and allowing for indefinite incarceration without a trial?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Sixth Amendment, the right
to prompt and public trial?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Eighth Amendment which protects
against cruel and unusual punishment?
We cannot justify widespread wiretaps and internet surveillance without judicial
supervision, let alone with it. We cannot justify secret searches without
a warrant. We cannot justify giving the Attorney General the ability to designate
domestic terror groups.
We cannot justify giving the FBI total access to any type of data which may
exist in any system anywhere such as medical records and financial records.
We cannot justify giving the CIA the ability to target people in this country
for intelligence surveillance.
We cannot justify a government which takes from the people our right to privacy
and then assumes for its own operations a right to total secrecy. The Attorney
General recently covered up a statue of Lady Justice showing her bosom as
if to underscore there is no danger of justice exposing herself at this time,
before this administration.
Let us pray that our nation's leaders will not be overcome with fear Because
today there is great fear in our great Capitol. And this must be understood
before we can ask about the shortcomings of Congress in the current environment.
The great fear began when we had to evacuate the Capitol on September 11.
It continued when we had to leave the Capitol again when a bomb scare occurred
as members were pressing the CIA during a secret briefing.
It continued when we abandoned Washington when anthrax, possibly from a government
lab, arrived in the mail. It continued when the Attorney General declared
a nationwide terror alert and then the Administration brought the destructive
Patriot Bill to the floor of the House.
It continued in the release of the Bin Laden tapes at the same time the President
was announcing the withdrawal from the ABM treaty. It remains present in the
cordoning off of the Capitol. It is present in the camouflaged armed national
guardsmen who greet members of Congress each day we enter the Capitol campus.
It is present in the labyrinth of concrete barriers through which we must
pass each time we go to vote. The trappings of a state of siege trap us in
a state of fear, ill equipped to deal with the Patriot Games, the Mind Games,
the War Games of an unelected President and his unelected Vice President.
Let us pray that our country will stop this war. "To provide for the common
defense" is one of the formational principles of America. Our Congress gave
the President the ability to respond to the tragedy of September the Eleventh.
We licensed a response to those who helped bring the terror of September the
Eleventh. But ‘we the people’ and our elected representatives must reserve
the right to measure the response, to proportion the response, to challenge
the response, and to correct the response, Because
We did not authorize the invasion of Iraq.
We did not authorize the invasion of Iran.
We did not authorize the invasion of North Korea.
We did not authorize the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize permanent detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
We did not authorize the withdrawal from the Geneva Convention.
We did not authorize military tribunals suspending due process and habeas
We did not authorize assassination squads.
We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO.
We did not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights.
We did not authorize the revocation of the Constitution.
We did not authorize national identity cards.
We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout
We did not authorize an eye for an eye. Nor did we ask that the blood
of innocent people, who perished on September 11, be avenged with the blood
of innocent villagers in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize the administration to wage war anytime, anywhere,
anyhow it pleases.
We did not authorize war without end.
We did not authorize a permanent war economy.
Yet we are upon the threshold of a permanent war economy. The President has
requested a $45.6 billion increase in military spending. All defense-related
programs will cost close to $400 billion. Consider that the Department of
Defense has never passed an independent audit. Consider that the Inspector
General has notified Congress that the Pentagon cannot properly account for
$1.2 trillion in transactions. Consider that in recent years the Dept. of
Defense could not match $22 billion worth of expenditures to the items it
purchased, wrote off, as lost, billions of dollars worth of in-transit inventory
and stored nearly $30 billion worth of spare parts it did not need.
Yet the defense budget grows with more money for weapons systems to fight
a cold war which ended, weapon systems in search of new enemies to create
new wars. This has nothing to do with fighting terror. This has everything
to do with fueling a military industrial machine with the treasure of our
nation, risking the future of our nation, risking democracy itself with the
militarization of thought which follows the militarization of the budget.
Let us pray for our children. Our children deserve a world without end. Not
a war without end. Our children deserve a world free of the terror of hunger,
free of the terror of poor health care, free of the terror of homelessness,
free of the terror of ignorance, free of the terror of hopelessness, free
of the terror of policies which are committed to a world view which is not
appropriate for the survival of a free people, not appropriate for the survival
of democratic values, not appropriate for the survival of our nation, and
not appropriate for the survival of the world.
Let us pray that we have the courage and the will as a people and as a nation
to shore ourselves up, to reclaim from the ruins of September the Eleventh
our democratic traditions. Let us declare our love for democracy. Let us declare
our intent for peace. Let us work to make nonviolence an organizing principle
in our own society. Let us recommit ourselves to the slow and painstaking
work of statecraft, which sees peace, not war as being inevitable. Let us
work for a world where someday war becomes archaic. That is the vision which
the proposal to create a Department of Peace envisions. Forty-three
members of congress are now cosponsoring the legislation. Let us work for
a world where nuclear disarmament is an imperative. That is why we must begin
by insisting on the commitments of the ABM treaty. That is why we must be
steadfast for nonproliferation.
Let us work for a world where America can lead the way in banning weapons
of mass destruction not only from our land and sea and sky but from outer
space itself. That is the vision of HR 3616: A universe free of fear.
Where we can look up at God's creation in the stars and imagine infinite wisdom,
infinite peace, infinite possibilities, not infinite war, because we are taught
that the kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven.
Let us pray that we have the courage to replace the images of death which
haunt us, the layers of images of September the Eleventh, faded into images
of patriotism, spliced into images of military mobilization, jump cut into
images of our secular celebrations of the World Series, New Year's Eve, the
Superbowl, the Olympics, the strobic flashes which touch our deepest fears,
let us replace those images with the work of human relations, reaching out
to people, helping our own citizens here at home, lifting the plight of the
poor everywhere. That is the America which has the ability to rally the support
of the world. That is the America which stands not in pursuit of an axis of
evil, but which is itself at the axis of hope and faith and peace and freedom.
America, America. God shed Thy grace on thee. Crown thy good, America.
Not with weapons of mass destruction. Not with invocations of an axis of evil.
Not through breaking international treaties. Not through establishing America
as king of a unipolar world. Crown thy good America.
America, America. Let us pray for our country. Let us love our country. Let
us defend our country not only from the threats without but from the threats
within. Crown thy good, America. Crown thy good with brotherhood, and sisterhood.
And crown thy good with compassion and restraint and forbearance and a commitment
to peace, to democracy, to economic justice here at home and throughout the
world. Crown thy good, America. Crown thy good.
Dennis Kucinich is a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Cleveland, Ohio. Email
the congressman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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