September 22 2007
There is no Howard Dean in the 2008 election contest for the Democratic Party. However, like Howard Dean in 2004, Kucinich opposes the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. The other Democrats with the possible exception of Gravel have voted for money for the Iraq War at one time or another. The major Democrats do not seek repeal of the Patriot Act either. Kucinich will have about 3% support among Democratic candidates for president.
What MIM likes about Kucinich is that he is more honest than most of those calling themselves Marxist. Kucinich's second issue on his "issues page" is "the survival of the middle class." Most U.$.-based Marxist parties are about the same thing, but they do not call it that. Kucinich says:
"For most American families, the loss of a job or one serious illness spells catastrophe. Stagnant wages, expensive health care and rising education costs are vital issues being ignored by the Congress and White House. A champion of working families, Dennis Kucinich will lead America into expanding opportunities, universal health care, restore our schools and strengthen Social Security and protections for private pensions."
The other good thing about Kucinich is that he is open about "saving capitalism" right in the headlines on his page. The "Communist Party-USA" quotes from him occasionally, because their lines are very similar. Kucinich says:
"As President, Dennis Kucinich will end America's participation in NAFTA and the WTO. Huge, multi-national corporations ship American jobs overseas, turn a blind eye to human rights abuses and hide behind their lobbyists in Washington. Read more about Dennis' plan to instill ethics, accountability and fairness in global trade and big business."So this is the petty-bourgeoisie's candidate, Dennis Kucinich, the one with the maximum distrust of the imperialist class possible while still maintaining a fantasy about capitalism.
Kucinich is also vastly superior to most European social-democrats, because he will generally take a more anti-war line than they will. He often shows up or headlines at anti-war rallies.
We urge the alphabet soup of "CP-USA," Committees of Correspondence," "RCP=CIA," PLP etc. to dissolve and support Kucinich's campaign and make it permanent. Objectively-speaking, they have the same class program.
Those with a penchant for attacking Bush will note that Kucinich fits them well. He has supported impeachment in the Congress. "No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State," says Kucinich quoting the Constitution.
In 2007, the rest of the House voted to commemorate 9/11. with the official story and Kucinich was the only one to object.
"I honor the memory of those who died on September 11 and extend sympathies to their family members and to those who lost their lives trying to save lives,” Kucinich said.It may be a struggle to get PLP into Kucinich's campaign, but really organizations such as "CP-USA" and "RCP=CIA" may as well jump in.
"I support the troops. I believe the best way to honor the memory of those who died on September 11 is to tell the truth of what the Administration did in the wake of September 11. The Bush Administration launched a war against Iraq, conflating the true tragedy of September 11 with lies about weapons of mass destruction.
"On this, the sixth anniversary of September 11, it is important that Congress wake up to the truth and exercise its obligation under the Constitution to save our nation from being destroyed from the lies that took us into Iraq, the lies that keep us there, the lies that are being used to set the stage for war against Iran and the lies that have undermined our basic civil liberties here at home. The September 11 resolution that Congress considers today should have made reference to those matters. It does not, so I cannot support it.
"This Administration long ago politicized the September 11 attacks, distorted it and dishonored it. If Congress really wanted to honor the memory of those who died on September 11, we would cause the full truth to be told to the American people. If Congress really supported our troops we would bring them home and not provide more funding for the war."
Kucinich represents real leadership. That is why he will not win the Democratic Party nomination. The Democrats are the party that passively reflects the international class struggle as it exists. They are a buffer party for the errors of the Republicans, who are the real party of leadership. The Democrats reflect what imperialism will allow. A middle-class leader in Amerika is basically a phony Marxist and this is too scary for most Amerikans as of yet. War heroes, generals, even preachers--that is the kind of leadership the Republican Party provides and the Democrats are not allowed there. Move-on.org and Kucinich desperately try to change that, but they simply do not understand the class they seek to represent. These leaders are high on the oppressor nation petty-bourgeoisie and optimistic about it, whereas MIM says it is a class that needs to be shorted on the political stock market. The labor aristocracy wants to descend into its fear-mongering, militarist doom and it can only be manipulated against itself, not as if it had some proletarian thrust.