Once again today I was told how dumb some candidate was.I really find it hard to believe that a person with absolutely zero background in, well, any field can criticize any candidate.
Granted, you may vehemently disagree with their policies, but does that mean you get to actually impugn their intelligence?
Frankly if you are so smart, you go try and run for some political seat to make a change. Otherwise shaddddup.
Ok, Ok were all allowed free speech in this country (at least until Bush takes that away too), and that allows me to speak my mind. And you, yours.
But let’s get something straight. Until you sit as chairman on a committee overseeing… Say federal finance reform, you don’t get to say that you know more than they do. Until you stand up to a rather massive attack on your character, and survive it to save a city from becoming so polluted its uninhabitable, you don’t get to think your character is stronger than theirs.
I get tired of dishwashers, the unemployed, phone operators, and salesmen of all types espousing how dumb candidate is, when in fact they have little to no inkling of what even the issue is they are attacking or defending, depending on what they heard in a bar from someone as their basis for education.
The latest thing I ran into was about Congressman Kucinich.
I’ll tell you up front, I’m not voting for the candidate, but a man at work was telling me how off base and stupid he (Kucinich) was.
Let’s see the guy I work with is a software developer for a major corporation. He has a 2 year degree in computer science, and is fairly smart. A lot of what he knows is self taught. He is 29 and has been employed in 3 different fields since he turned 18.
About Dennis Kucinich…
- He attended Cleveland State University from 1967 to 1970.
- In 1973, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University with both a BA and an MA in speech and communication.
- The eldest of the seven children, growing up, his family moved 21 times and Kucinich was often charged with the responsibility of finding apartments they could afford. However, this was not always possible and the family was occasionally forced to live out of their car.
- He is currently the chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- He is also a member of the Education and Labor Committee.
- From 1977 to 1979, Kucinich served as the 53rd mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, a tumultuous term in which he survived a recall election and was successful in a battle against selling the municipal electric utility before being defeated for reelection by George V. Voinovich.
- At 31, he was the youngest mayor of a major city in the United States.
- In 2003, Kucinich was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, an annual award bestowed by the Religious Society of Friends-affiliated organization Promoting Enduring Peace.
- Lived in New Mexico until 1994 when he won a seat in the State Senate.
- In 1996, Kucinich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 10th district of Ohio. He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Martin Hoke in what is still regarded as an upset. The election data for the tenth district show that this was previously a strongly Republican district. He has not faced serious opposition since.
- He serves on the Congressional Education and Labor Committee as well as the Government Reform Committee.
- He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
- Kucinich helped introduce and is one of 75 cosponsors in the House of Representatives of the United States National Health Insurance Act or HR 676 proposed by Rep. John Conyers in 2003.
- Kucinich voted against the USA PATRIOT Act.
- His voting record is not always in line with that of the Democratic Party.
- He has criticized Diebold Election Systems for promoting voting machines that fail to leave a traceable paper trail, and posted internal company memos on his website in which company executives promised to deliver the 2004 Ohio election to Bush.
- He was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004.
All of these facts were gleaned from Wikipedia, and took maybe 5 minutes. I Did it on a break. If you wnt to know more, follow the link below, If you want to know his stance on various issue, go to his candidacy website. http://www.dennis4president.com/home/
The Guy who criticized had no clue he was even mayor of Cleveland, or that his wife, London native Elizabeth Jane Harper Kucinich has a higher level of education than most of congress, and has done more in her life than he had. Or has dreamed of. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Kucinich
In short Dennis K has Brains and Balls. And while you may not agree with him, you don’t have the right to think you know better than him just because your life sucks and you want to make small of someone who can’t fight back. So before you think you know more about, oh say Health care than Senator Clinton, or protecting our borders than Senator Hunter maybe you should pull your head out of your over used ass, and study up some so you at least sound like you know what you’re talking about.Remember, talking loud over someone, is not talking sense, it is simply talking louder.
(there I even put in the link and made it big for you so you don’t have to look it up)
Senator Clinton helped in 1997 establish the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Was chairwoman of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform in 1993. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_clinton
Senator Hunter served as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the 109th Congress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Hunter
You can disagree, and think another candidate has better idea than any other, and thats great. I do.
But chances are that you are not smarter or know more than anyone else.
You just think you do.