Friday, September 08, 2006

Vote Sept 12th for principled candidates : Keith Ellison, Becky Lourey, Mark Ritchie!

There are great people to vote for in the Tuesday, Sept 12th Primary. The candidates that I am asking you to consider voting for on Tuesday are all people who have been motivated to participate in public life by their principles for justice and peace, because their person values systems require them to use their experience and capabilities to be champions for all of us, and especially those without a fair playing field.

Two statewide candidates, Mark Ritchie and Becky Lourey are noted for activism (Mark Ritchie on sustainable agriculture and fair trade issues at IATP, Becky Lourey with W.A.M.M. and as a Goldstar Mother for Peace). Keith Ellison also has a track record of activism and civic engagement that predates his election to the Minnesota State House. I think that we can trust that these persons of great integrity are going to continue being champions of their constituents and their ideas that they have already invested so much of their energies on, when elected to higher office.

What follows is a rough transcript of the Dennis Kucinich statement about Keith Ellison from the fundraiser eight days ago (taken from Charley Underwood's peace calendar):

We can move forward to create an America of our dreamsŠ. we are looking for new ways to create possibilities because we are not paralyzed, we are not giving into fear. That is the reason why Keith¹s election to congress is so important. I haven't gone out there and campaigned for that many candidates, because I have to look very carefully at what that person represents. You have a very rare opportunity here, to send to congress some one who has the intelligence, the heart, and who understands the power of cultural diversity. who has shown a willingness to serve, and who has shown in this campaign an integrity which merits election to the United States Congress.

I am here because Keith believes as I believe we have to take a new direction in this country, that we are in a civil war right now, we have to bring the troops home. If someone tells you they are against the war but they want to keep the troops there don't listen to them. If somebody says they are against the war but they want to keep funding the war don't listen to them. But if someone says Keith Ellison says it is time to bring the troops home, it is time to cut off the funds, it is time to take a new direction to diplomacy in the world, that is what we want in the United States Congress. I am here because of what he stands for. Now, I didn't get a chance to meet him until he walked into my office. I didn't get a chance to know him until we talked at great length, and that's when I knew no matter what else was happening in my life I had to be here tonight.

The administration has made it clear that they have no intention on rebuilding ( Iraq) There whole policy is based on keeping the whole region unstable. They want instability, it what one of their policy architects call creative destructiveness. It is a way of thinking, that cries out for a new direction. I haven¹t spent this whole time here to talk about who they are. The real question is who are we? What do we stand for? What kind of country do we want? What is in our hearts/ What's wrong with our politics is that we spend so much time tearing people up, oh I have differences with the people in this administration but if we spend our time just destroying other people we miss the opportunity to take our politics to a whole new level. That is another reason I am for Keith because he understands that.

This could be the most important night of the campaign, because your reflection of what it would mean to have Keith Ellison inn congress should inspire you to do what ever it may take to get Keith Ellison in congress, to knock on doors to call, to raise those late campaign funds that are always important. Just the people in this room have the potential to change a close election inn to a powerful victory. And this election as many of these Primaries are, is bound to be close and will be determined by who has the ability to motivate people and to get out the vote. I watch these congressional races very carefully. I look for people who have the ability to make a difference in Washington, Washington is a tough place, People go to congress, a lot of them want to get a long, they want to play the game of getting along, and when they do that they are getting along for themselves, they are not getting along for the people. I am not casting aspersions on anyone, but I am telling you something it matters who you send to congress. We¹re at a critical moment in human history and
it matters who you send to congress, it matters who you send to congress. It matters if you can do something in the next few days , it matters whatever you can do to help Keith get there, he is going to make a difference in congress. In the last ten years I have seen a lot of candidates come and go. But I will say this without any contradiction and I have seen it you know? Keith Ellison is the best candidate for congress in the last ten years! He deserves your support. He is going to be one of
the great members of Congress. He's going to help change this country! He is going to help bring about universal health care! He is going to take us to a whole new path towards peace! He is going to help it become a government of the people!

Congressman D Kucinich D-Ohio 8/31/06 Minneapolis

Also, here is the Keith Ellison advert done by Chuck Olsen:

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