Why Kucinich Should Concede Nothing

By David Swanson

When someone whose opinions I respect as much as John Nichols' joins those who have been saying since 2003 that Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich should announce that he's not REALLY running for president, I feel compelled to reply.

Obama Comes to Virginia

By David Swanson

I'm live-blogging an Obama rally here in Charlottesville VA. I just wrote 10' tall in chalk on the Charlottesville "Freedom of Expression Wall" the following: "Hey, Barack, If you'll filibuster the spying, why won't you filibuster the war funding?" I'd love to actually ask him, but I couldn't afford the $1,000 for the small gathering that is just ending. Instead, I'm at the big outdoor gathering for the masses in Charlottesville's amphitheater. In fact, I came in as media rather than paying the $29 fee, but at least a couple of thousand people did pay that fee, or more to get a chair. There's a jazz band jamming on stage, a crowd of Virginians standing in the dark and cold of the first day of winter here, and as far as I know no homophobic preachers anywhere around.

Jonesborough Justice

By David Swanson

Of the eleven major peace rallies organized around the country by United for Peace and Justice last Saturday the smallest and most unusual took place in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Jonesborough is a town of about 4,000 people in the northeast corner of Tennessee, within a couple of dozen miles of both Virginia and North Carolina. The people of Jonesborough can imagine the number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq by imagining their entire local population dead.

Edwards and Trade

David Sirota and Jonathan Tasini both have blogs out this morning celebrating John Edwards' denunciation of corporate trade agreements and opposition to new ones. Both paint Edwards as a ferocious opponent of NAFTA. But neither of these bloggers mentions the fact that Edwards stood on stage in Soldier Field and joined every other candidate except Dennis Kucinich in affirming that he would NOT end NAFTA. He would try to "fix it." Now, you can try to make an argument for prefering Edwards to Kucinich, but you should do so honestly, not by celebrating Edwards' halfway stance on each issue while omitting Kucinich's principled stand shoulder to shoulder with us.

David Swanson at Jonesborough

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David Swanson, cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org spoke in Jonesborough, Tenn., on October 27, 2007, preceding a march to Aerojet Ordnance, manufacturers of Depleted Uranium weapons. The text of Swanson's remarks is at http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/28066 , a newspaper story is here http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/28121 and photos of the event are here http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=image/tid/98 Swanson discusses Iraq, Iran, impeachment, depleted uranium, and what Americans can do about it.

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Depleted Uranium and Depleted Democracy

By David Swanson
Remarks at October 27, 2007, rally in Jonesborough, Tenn., preceding march to Aerojet Ordnance, manufacturers of Depleted Uranium weapons.

There are those who think Congress should keep shelling out our grandchildren's money to continue our occupation of Iraq, and there are those who think Congress should pass a bill opposing the occupation. And they are both wrong. Any decent bill on any issue, much less this one, will be vetoed. The way to stop funding the occupation of Iraq is for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to announce on Monday that they will not bring to the floor any more bills to fund the occupation.

What Is Rahm Emmanuel Talking About?

By David Swanson

Here's a recent transcript

Congressman Rahm Emanuel is chairman of the Democratic Caucus. Congressman, people out there are wondering why did they elect the Democrats to end the war in if the war is still going?