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As the Chicago Tribune's blog The Swamp said, "Man, is he stirring the hall."
Dennis Kucinich is calling. And, man, is he stirring the hall. The animated, hyper-ventilated Clevelander was bouncing on his feet as he got the hall going this afternoon.
"We Democrats are giving America a wake-up call,'' Kucinich, the fervently anti-war Democratic congressman from Ohio who twice has waged campaigns for his party's presidential nomination, said at the Democratic National Convention today.
"Wake up, America. In 2001, the oil companies, the war contractors and the neo-con artists seized the economy and have added 4 trillion dollars of unproductive spending to the national debt. We now pay four times more for defense, three times more for gasoline and home heating oil and twice what we paid for health care. ..
"Borrowed money to bomb bridges in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan,'' he said. "No money to rebuild bridges in America. Money to start a hot war with Iran. Now we have another cold war with Russia, while the American economy has become a game of Russian roulette.
"If there was an Olympics for misleading, mismanaging and misappropriating, this administration would take the gold. World records for violations of national and international laws. They want another four-year term to continue to alienate our allies, spend our children's inheritance and hollow out our economy.
"We can't afford another Republican administration,'' Kucinich said. "Wake up, America. The insurance companies took over health care. Wake up, America. The pharmaceutical companies took over drug pricing.
"Wake up, America. The speculators took over Wall Street. Wake up, America. They want to take your Social Security. Wake up, America. Multinational corporations took over our trade policies, factories are closing, good paying jobs lost.
"Wake up, America. We went into Iraq for oil. The oil companies want more. War against Iran will mean $10-a-gallon gasoline. The oil administration wants to drill more, into your wallet. Wake up, America. Weapons contractors want more. An Iran war will cost 5 to 10 trillion dollars.
"This administration can tap our phones. They can't tap our creative spirit. They can open our mail. They can't open economic opportunities. They can track our every move. They lost track of the economy while the cost of food, gasoline and electricity skyrockets. They skillfully played our post-9/11 fears and allowed the few to profit at the expense of the many. Every day we get the color orange, while the oil companies, the insurance companies, the speculators, the war contractors get the color green.
"Wake up, America. This is not a call for you to take a new direction from right to left. This is call for you to go from down to up. Up with the rights of workers. Up with wages. Up with fair trade. Up with creating millions of good paying jobs, rebuilding our bridges, ports and water systems. Up with creating millions of sustainable energy jobs to lower the cost of energy, lower carbon emissions and protect the environment.
"Up with health care for all. Up with education for all. Up with home ownership. Up with guaranteed retirement benefits. Up with peace. Up with prosperity.
"Up with the Democratic Party,'' and here, Kucinich finally reluctantly [huh? he didn't look anything but enthusiastic to me - SW] said it: "Up with Obama-Biden.
"Wake up, America. Wake up, America. Wake up, America.''