OUR VIEW: Kucinich better suited for Big Top rather than White House

There are many reasons to run for president. Some run to raise their profiles. Some hope to get a cabinet post. Some even want to be president. Some do it to raise issues and improve the debate. These last deserve our thanks and praise. Sadly frontrunners cannot always be relied on to discuss the important issues.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

There are many reasons to run for president. Some run to raise their profiles. Some hope to get a cabinet post. Some even want to be president.

Some do it to raise issues and improve the debate. These last deserve our thanks and praise. Sadly frontrunners cannot always be relied on to discuss the important issues.

Important issues are often, almost by definition, dangerous issues. Therefore the safe play for any frontrunner is to stay away from the big stuff and stick with vague platitudes about how the children are our future. As if anyone would disagree.

So the people who give of themselves to ensure that a campaign is not merely a circus, but also a substantive effort to come together as a society and address our problems serve one of the better functions in our political process.

It is largely a thankless task. The best of these men and women rarely get anything in return for their efforts, and they often lose what position in the government they do have. Conscience is not always welcome in government which is, of course, exactly why we need these people.

Right now, one of these candidates is Rep. Dennis Kucinich, R-Ohio. However, when the distinguished gentleman from the great state of Ohio insists on pulling stunts like calling for the impeachment of Dick Cheney, he is less the conscience of the campaign, and more its sideshow.

First of all, impeaching the vice president simply isn't going to happen it's tilting at windmills and everybody knows it. Second, it's not about how we tackle important issues in the future, it's about vindictive punishment for the past.

You might say it's about improving accountability in government and for that, a precedent needs to be established. Fine. Then impeach the man responsible, if, and only if, there are indeed grounds for impeachment. The VP doesn't actually have any power. The veep of the United States can't actually do anything. If you want to improve accountabilty, you have to hold the person accountable who is accountable. There's a word for someone who's punished for something he isn't actually responsible for: scapegoat.

We urge Kucinich to mend his ways and use what little time in the limelight he has to better the affairs of this nation. After all, he is not the only one in the limelight. When the most famous men in politics from Ohio are former governor Taft and Jerry Springer, the state's reputation cannot afford another clown.

Comments

BB Kean (Anonymous)

The "powers that be" have done an excellent job of painting Kucinich with the "wacko" brush.

it's time (Anon...

for this guy to retire to a nice quiet life somewhere else

David Bright (A...

Please run a correction to this story, as you've made an error of fact. Dennis Kucinich is a Democrat, not a Republican.

Dennis H. Dutto...

Vice-President Cheney has been one of those chiefly responsible for fabricating evidence in order to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation that has proved to be a disaster for all.

To label a call for his impeachment a "stunt" is irresponsible and a mockery not only of a congressman who is listening to the people of the nation, but a mockery also of our rights and responsibilities under Article Two, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States:

"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

There is ample evidence and testimony to support a bill of impeachment in Dick Cheney's case--witness the recent charges laid against the White House and Mr.Cheney by his co-conspirator, former CIA Director George Tenet. Mr. Cheney played a most active role in fabricating evidence used to justify the breaking international laws in order to attempt to lay a foundation for a "New American Century" of hegemony in The Middle East.

The gravity of these and other charges far outweighs anything done by Pres. Bill Clinton in the previous administration, yet Mr. Clinton and the nation were subjected to Republican Party-imposed impeachment proceedings which did little else but degrade the United States in the face of the world.

The distinguished opinion leaders of The Norwalk Reflector would, also, have us believe that Mr. Cheney has no powers--that after all, it is Mr. Bush, not the vice-president, who is The Decider. I can only close by adding: Wake up. Smell the oil.

Ron F. Hacker (...

You have it all wrong. The Big Top is at the White House where Bush is doing the high wire act Cheney is the barker and Rove is driving all the Republican apparatchiks through the hoops. This trio along with so many of their minions have done irreparable harm to this country and all you have to say is that you want Kucinich to stop tying to get one of them fired? The whole kit and kaboodle should be fired. If this bunch of clowns had been running a corporation the board of directors and/ or the stockholders would have run them out of town years ago. As it is they have almost two years left to beat down a nation that is already staggering under of their incompetence. Whose side are you on anyway? Kucinich is not my candidate and he will not appear on the ballot for President in 2008 but his name should appear on the pages of "Profiles in Courage" for his attempt to rid the nation of one of the most incompetent and deceitful men to hold the office of Vice President. Your statement that Cheney doesn't have any power says more about your lack of understanding of power than it does about the power that Cheney holds.

Reflector Staff...

Sorry, Kucinich is a Democrat -- slip of the finger.

Editorial Board...

We're not saying that fabricating intelligence is okay. And we're not saying that Cheney doesn't have power. He doesn't have any official power. Whatever he has, he's been bequeathed by Bush. We're saying that it was done under Bush's signature, and it is he that should have to answer for it.