by Jesse L. Szymanski, staff writer
| The 2008 presidential election came to Hawai‘i
in person of candidate, Dennis Kucinich, who spoke at Kaimuki
High School on Sept. 15. Kucinich urged, “Strength through
In his address, Kucinich spoke on the need for national unity
as the key to save and protect the children of the future. He
calls his program, “Strength through Peace,” and
a keystone of it is his bill, H.R. 1234: To End Occupation of
The bill went to the House of Representatives this past February
and has been reviewed by the Committee of Foreign Affairs and
the Committee of Armed Services. Kucinich’s plan, he said,
is to “End the occupation, close the bases, bring the troops
home, demand and require that the mercenaries and U.S. contractors
My plan will not only enable us to bring our troops home, but
will also stabilize Iraq,” he said.
We must realize that war takes us in the direction of destroying
our future. When we believe that war is inevitable, war then
becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But if you believe that peace
is inevitable, and you set in place a structure to create peace,
then peace becomes inevitable and you’re not stuck with
war,” he told the audience, many of whom were young people.
Privately, Kucinich talked to the Kalamalama staff about issues
of concern to college students, especially those who are financially
burdened by high loan interest rates. “My approach is free
college at all public colleges and universities,” Kucinich
said, “for every young person, for anyone who wants to
“We need to lift up this nation, and education is the direct path to doing
that,” he continued. “Our Government is borrowing maybe perhaps as
much as a trillion dollars for this war against Iraq, a war that’s based
on lies. If we so desired, we have the capacity to spend money for the purpose
of education, which is constructive not destructive, which is an investment,
a tremendous investment, in our young people,” Kucinich said.
Kucinich also wants to see America’s youth civically involved and supports
the idea that everyone does, “two years of national service, not necessarily
in the military, but working in schools, hospitals, elder care, tutoring, or
environmental projects.[It’s] a program that will be productive for not
only the person who is working, but for the nation as well,” he said.
Kucinich talked about the aloha spirit, and his belief that its essence of compassion
must spread to the rest of America.
My candidacy for President of the United States responds to those rhythms of
compassion, of hopefulness, of love, of vision, of insight, of seeing the America
that can be and calling it forward,” he exclaimed to an applauding crowd.
Kucinich’s efforts to bring unity and prosperity to America have labeled
him the democratic candidate for peace, and for him there won’t be any
slowing down. “I want democrats to stand for peace, stand for alternative
energy. I’ve been around the track with my party, and I’m going to
go around the track with them again.”