The end of a gadfly?
Dennis Kucinich, Congressional dissident, has lost the primary in Ohio and faces a life with a nice pension and health care, after 28 years in Congress.
I wonder? Will Kucinich go away quietly? Was he just an awkward voice, just an annoying person who provokes others by persistent, irritating criticism? Did he represent the views of a lunatic fringe? He had a constituency. His district was redrawn. Now he’s out.
Voices of dissent are vital to a living democracy: the OWS movement, the protests all over the world, are symptoms of both the power of this medium, and the desire of a lot of people to have their voices heard in the corridors of power around the world.
Nevertheless, honestly, we have to reflect on the actuality that the majority isn’t always right, or fair; that’s why we have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Kucinich had a small voice, but he had one. Such voices are the products of a democracy. The House of Representatives is the peoples’ house. The more these people look and talk like you, the better of we are, right?
In November, we’ll all reflect onquestions of war and peace, healthcare, the mental health of our soldiers, foreclosed homes, the unemployed, the cost of a college education. How many people will be elected in November who wil ask the awkward questions?
It really is a brave new world filled with tough decisions. These decisions should not be made in a vacuum of political orthodoxy.
I’ve written a number of pieces for Yahoo. This piece, Yahoo didn’t like. Their editor said the piece wasn’t balanced and objective , and suggested that I post the piece on a personal bog.
I wrote them back: This is vanilla, I told them.
They were not moved, and as you read along, you read vanilla. So what’s up with Yahoo?