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Dennis the Little Menace
American Spectator ^ | January 9, 2004 | Shawn Macomber

Posted on 01/11/2004 5:27:16 AM PST by billorites

MANCHESTER -- Dennis Kucinich stood in front of a crowd of 500 college and high school students, running a hand through his oil black hair. The congressman from Ohio may be floundering at around two percent in most statewide polls, but if you dropped in on him at the New England College Convention Wednesday night, you'd think he had the nomination in the bag.

"As president I will move quickly to decriminalize marijuana," Kucinich bellowed. The crowd rose to their feet, applauding wildly. "We need to sensitize our nation to the class-based, race-based nature of our criminal justice system," he continued. The roar that met him encouraged him to seal the deal: "And as president I will end the federal death penalty!"

Absolute pandemonium erupted. I couldn't even hear anymore. People pumped their fists in the air. Two men came running into the room and slid in next to me at my table. One started pounding his applause out on the table. BANG! BANG! BANG! Both wore shirts that said in bright red letters: "COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS. ASK ME WHY." Their raucous enthusiasm, alas, discouraged any questioning.

Continuing his impression of a presidential campaign scripted by the writers of Wayne's World, Kucinich explained why he had decided to run against such long odds: "There's nothing like being told 'no way,'" he said, "and saying 'way.'"

The youth responded with in-depth questions on substantial policy issues. "Can you talk about civic involvement?" one young man asked. "This administration makes us feel like when we walk downtown it doesn't make any difference."

Another young woman approached the mike. "I think the biggest problem in this world is nuclear warfare," she said, in reference to the numerous nuclear wars recently. "I mean, depletion, or depleted uranium, or whatever. What will you do? Because, I mean, the whole world could blow up." Answer: We would scrap our whole nuclear arsenal to "set an example" on the first day of the fabled Kucinich presidency. (And on day two the lion would lie down with the lamb.)

Throughout his speech, Kucinich angrily attacked anything that might endear him to swing voters. But the students ate it up, as a certain kind of kid is apt to do with anything that has a whiff of danger about it. A lot of their parents, I mused, were probably Republicans.


THE AIR THAT NIGHT was so charged that if Kucinich had asked for volunteers to storm the White House, they'd have made it as least as far as Connecticut. But it's hard to know what -- other than self-aggrandizement -- propels his campaign along. The congressman recently told The Washington Post that he would exceed expectations in New Hampshire "if I get one vote. Everybody will say, 'how did he get a vote?'"

No, Kucinich is running, like Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun, not to win but as a way to position himself. He is quickly becoming the favorite politician-spokesman of the Blame America First movement, perhaps the only one they can "trust" at all.

In his stump speeches, Kucinich often invokes the need to live up to "American ideals." But then everything he says about America is so dastardly, so vicious, so demeaning, that if you'd never heard of the U.S., you would think the world better off if the rogue nation was destroyed by a large comet.

Kucinich believes we are on the "verge of a new age of discontinuity" and that our "nation's historic commitment at the core of who we are as a people is beginning to shake, wobble, and crack." It may already be too late for us, he warns. "Will the center hold in the face of the lies of Iraq? In the face of the PATRIOT Act?"

In fact, we are no longer in control of our destiny because of capitalism and globalization. "The idea of a market-based economy becomes a terminal disease" under free-trade agreements, he said, which have only "increased the stranglehold of global corporations on the governments of the world."

Iraq to Kucinich is simply Vietnam part deux. But he has an exit strategy: America must immediately pull its military out of Iraq and rebuild the country "to the extent we blew it up" in the first place. We must pay reparations to the families of Iraqi civilians killed in the war; we must foot the whole bill for a U.N. peacekeeping force to take our place; and we must renounce any interest in "privatizing" the Iraqi economy.

The alternative to Kucinich's plan is "World War III." Just for good measure, he added, "It is indisputable that terrorism is worse now than before 9/11."


MOMENTS AFTER HE SAID this, a burly young man with a knit cap pulled down over his eyes stood up and shouted, "Vote your hopes, not your fears!" But amidst the cheers, I must have missed the hope, even of the programmatic variety. Kucinich didn't discuss his beloved single-payer universal health-care plan in any substantial way. The speech was instead a litany of American misdeeds and impending disasters.

The kids were giddy though. A teenage girl at the table next to me had a Kucinich bumper sticker across the seat of her pants. Whenever he said something she really liked she'd get up and shake her backside toward the stage.

"When we become aware of our power, our potency, that's when miracles start to happen," was the thought that Kucinich left us with. "I guess I know this because, at some point, I was too dumb to quit." Amen.


Shawn Macomber is a reporter for The American Spectator. When not on the campaign trail, he runs the website Return of the Primitive.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; kucinich


1 posted on 01/11/2004 5:27:16 AM PST by billorites
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2 posted on 01/11/2004 5:28:35 AM PST by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: billorites
This is why I homeschool my children and they will not get a penny of college money out of me unless they go to Hillsdale.
3 posted on 01/11/2004 5:38:32 AM PST by netmilsmom (RE: Bad relatives, "Her presence is like pee on a hot rock! " - Conspiracy Guy)
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To: billorites
"As president I will move quickly to decriminalize marijuana," Kucinich bellowed.

America's youth is already spaced out on food, video games and other drugs.

This idea would result in a generation of lazy-minded misanthropes.

As for me......

As president I would spike 10% of the world's hard drug supply with poison.

The two-fold effect of killing off hard core addicts and scaring recreational users would awaken people to the dangers of all drugs.

4 posted on 01/11/2004 5:41:25 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: Support Free Republic
A lot of their parents, I mused, were probably Republicans.

But a lot more were Democrats. Liberal Parents, Radical Children

5 posted on 01/11/2004 5:42:38 AM PST by Steve Eisenberg
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To: billorites
Dennis should change his residence to Assachusetts and move in with Teddy as his servant!
6 posted on 01/11/2004 5:43:01 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: billorites
haha ! That's what I've been calling him too:

Dennis "The Menace" Kucinich. Poetic.


7 posted on 01/11/2004 5:43:41 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Howie Dean in the South !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/IowaRatsLastMealNewDeal.JPG)
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To: billorites
It's no wonder, what with the college set seemingly so far out in left field, that most serious political candidates and standing politicians, ignore college students as a voting bloc.
8 posted on 01/11/2004 6:00:50 AM PST by Mariposaman
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To: billorites
I'd never heard of this clown before this election. What amazes me is that he has been able to get as far in his political career as he has. This guy is a true idiot.
9 posted on 01/11/2004 6:07:29 AM PST by DoctorMichael (Thats my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
"As president I would spike 10% of the world's hard drug supply with poison...The two-fold effect of killing off hard core addicts and scaring recreational users would awaken people to the dangers of all drugs."

My best laugh of the day so far! Of course, I hope you are NOT kidding.
10 posted on 01/11/2004 6:14:29 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (DEFUND NPR & PBS - THE AMERICAN PRAVDA)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
Jimmy Carter tried spiking the drug supply with poison(paraquat).What other "progressive" Democrat policies/ideas do you support?
Food and video games are drugs?Hell you oughta work for the CDC where they classify Violece as a disease and handguns are the vector.
11 posted on 01/11/2004 6:14:33 AM PST by rastus macgill
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To: billorites
Baltodog's Presidential campaign promise:

A mandatory half hour nap after lunch for every working American.

Nothing else would matter because that promise alone would get me elected.
12 posted on 01/11/2004 6:21:17 AM PST by baltodog
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
When do you get around to poisoning beer, McDonalds, chocolate bars and anything else you deem 'undesirable' for the masses 'own good'. :-/

Both left and right totalitarians are the enemies of liberty.

13 posted on 01/11/2004 6:53:50 AM PST by StriperSniper (Mine the borders)
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To: StriperSniper
When do you get around to poisoning beer, McDonalds, chocolate bars and anything else you deem 'undesirable' for the masses 'own good'. :-/

Obesity is the worst American epidemic.

Overeating people are poisoning themselves already.

Diabetes, hypertension, foot problems and more.

14 posted on 01/11/2004 7:07:18 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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