April 24, 2014

Text: U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich Remarks to DNC

It’s Election Day 2008. We Democrats are giving America a wake-up call. Wake up, America. In 2001, the oil companies, the war contractors and the neo-con artists seized the economy and have added 4 trillion dollars of unproductive spending to the national debt. We now pay four times more for defense, three times more for gasoline and home heating oil and twice what we paid for health care.


Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, their homes, their health care, their pensions. Trillions of dollars for an unnecessary war paid with borrowed money. Tens of billions of dollars in cash and weapons disappeared into thin air, at the cost of the lives of our troops and innocent Iraqis, while all the president’s oilmen are maneuvering to grab Iraq’s oil.


Borrowed money to bomb bridges in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. No money to rebuild bridges in America. Money to start a hot war with Iran. Now we have another cold war with Russia, while the American economy has become a game of Russian roulette.


If there was an Olympics for misleading, mismanaging and misappropriating, this administration would take the gold. World records for violations of national and international laws. They want another four-year term to continue to alienate our allies, spend our children’s inheritance and hollow out our economy.


We can’t afford another Republican administration. Wake up, America. The insurance companies took over health care. Wake up, America. The pharmaceutical companies took over drug pricing.


Wake up, America. The speculators took over Wall Street. Wake up, America. They want to take your Social Security. Wake up, America. Multinational corporations took over our trade policies, factories are closing, good paying jobs lost.


Wake up, America. We went into Iraq for oil. The oil companies want more. War against Iran will mean $10-a-gallon gasoline. The oil administration wants to drill more, into your wallet. Wake up, America. Weapons contractors want more. An Iran war will cost 5 to 10 trillion dollars.


This administration can tap our phones. They can’t tap our creative spirit. They can open our mail. They can’t open economic opportunities. They can track our every move. They lost track of the economy while the cost of food, gasoline and electricity skyrockets. They skillfully played our post-9/11 fears and allowed the few to profit at the expense of the many. Every day we get the color orange, while the oil companies, the insurance companies, the speculators, the war contractors get the color green.


Wake up, America. This is not a call for you to take a new direction from right to left. This is call for you to go from down to up. Up with the rights of workers. Up with wages. Up with fair trade. Up with creating millions of good paying jobs, rebuilding our bridges, ports and water systems. Up with creating millions of sustainable energy jobs to lower the cost of energy, lower carbon emissions and protect the environment.


Up with health care for all. Up with education for all. Up with home ownership. Up with guaranteed retirement benefits. Up with peace. Up with prosperity. Up with the Democratic Party. Up with Obama-Biden.


Wake up, America. Wake up, America. Wake up, America.


  1. Frank Sturgill says:

    One hell of a speech

  2. Bonnie Applebee says:

    While the news pundits were discussing the lack of red meat, this firecracker, Kucinich was serving up dish fulls of red meat to the convention! It’s unfortunate that the major networks failed to carry this speech; they would of then been able to shut up about the lack of red meat.

  3. Gary Kleppe says:

    BA, that’s exactly why they didn’t carry it.

    The truth must never interfere with the dominant media narrative.

  4. burtnor says:

    Thanks for posting this. Best speech of the day (scheduled for maximum obscurity) and very hard to find the text online or, of course, any discussion of the points he made. Video is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSANhkGjdAY

  5. highknees69 says:

    Why are we not seeing the speeches and only hearing the talking head discuss what we should expect the speeches to say? You can see them paying attention to the speeches in the background and then they say, “wow, what a good speech”. How about they show us what the hell we are tuning in for? All networks are guilty of doing this. I can hear the analysis after the fact, not during.

  6. greenpagan says:

    Dennis was my first choice for Prez this year and in ’04. Hopefully some of his best ideas and attitudes will influence the Obama agenda.


  7. paul says:

    Dennis Kucinich, sir, you would made a fine president.

  8. Tim in Alabama says:

    I loved this speach and posted it on our College Democrats Facebook. His was by far the most moving speech and I pointed to his example of why we Democrats would carry the day.


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