For today’s moneybomb message, we have former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Congressman Kucinich, a proud progressive, was the only 2008 presidential candidate to have voted against occupying Iraq, and Dennis later brought articles of impeachment against President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Dennis has recorded a video urging you to support Rep. Alan Grayson’s reelection campaign. Here’s why:
“Hi. I’m Dennis Kucinich. I served with Alan Grayson in the United States Congress.
In the 16 years I spent in Congress, standing up, and working for peace, and speaking out whenever it was necessary, there were very few Members I met who are as committed - to peace, to social justice, to a fair economy - as is Alan Grayson.
When I saw the effort that was made to try to knock him out of Congress a few years ago, where interest groups raised over five and a half million dollars, I knew how important it was that people like you would be involved.
He's running for reelection, and he needs your help.
And we have to make sure that a voice that had the courage to stand up and stop this country from going into another war in the Middle East, a voice which [is] fearlessly dedicated to the cause of peace – a voice which is uncompromising when it comes to exposing wrongdoing in government – that voice, Alan Grayson’s voice, needs to stay in Congress.
And he will, with your help.
Contribute generously to his effort to be reelected.
Let’s make sure that Alan Grayson, a Congressman with Guts, someone who has the willingness to stand up and speak out when it counts, will continue to be speaking out for all of us.
Thank you very much. I’m Dennis Kucinich. Keep Alan Grayson in the United States Congress.”
* * *
Let us explain further what Dennis Kucinich means when he says that Alan Grayson “had the courage to stand up and stop the country from going into another war in the Middle East.”
When the war drums are beating, who can you count on in Congress to sing the praises of peace? For as long as Dennis Kucinich was in Congress, you could count on Dennis. Today, you can count on Alan Grayson.
Last year, the United States was on the brink of war with Syria. In Shakespeare’s words, the military-industrial complex was “Cry[ing] Havoc! And let slip the dogs of war.” The foreign affairs establishment acted as though war with Syria was inevitable. The news media thought that war would be good for ratings. All signs pointed to another U.S. war in the Middle East.
But one Member of Congress, Alan Grayson, was brave enough to say, “No. When it’s our lives, our blood, and our money, then it’s our decision -- the American people must decide.” Alan was everywhere in the news, doing seven national TV interviews in a single day, patiently explaining that a U.S. military assault would not remove chemical weapons from the Syrians, that it would strengthen radical fundamentalists, and that it would be both expensive and dangerous. He argued his case to his colleagues, to the media, to the American people, and to the world. And Alan Grayson ignited a populist revolt against military intervention hit Congress, with public e-mails, letters and phone calls running 100-to-1 in favor of peace.
The Atlantic magazine called Alan Grayson “the Democratic Congressman Who Thinks He Can Stop the War.”
And guess what? He did. We did.
And now it’s time to feed the dove of peace a little bird seed. Help keep Alan Grayson in Congress, so that he can hold high our banner of peace . Contribute today to the Congressman who is “fearlessly dedicated to the cause of peace” -- Alan