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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 08:50 PM
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"We Did Not Authorize!"-- Kucinich Rocks!
I heard these excerpts from one of Kucinich's speeches, from some months back--on WBAI, engineered so that it had a record-scratchy rap beat-- "We did not authorize-- We did not authorize. . . " VERY powerful! -- I don't know who put it together but I wish I had a link.

Dennis speaks the TRUTH!!

"We did not authorize the invasion of Iraq.
We did not authorize the invasion of Iran.
We did not authorize the invasion of North Korea.
We did not authorize the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize permanent detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
We did not authorize the withdrawal from the Geneva Convention.
We did not authorize military tribunals suspending due process and habeas corpus.
We did not authorize assassination squads.
We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO
We didn not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights.
We did not authorize the revocation of the Constitution.
We did not authorize national identity cards.
We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout our cities.
We did not authorize an eye for an eye.
Nor did we ask that the blood of innocent people, who perished on September 11, be avenged with the blood of innocent villagers in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize the administration to wage war anytime, anywhere, anyhow it pleases.
We did not authorize war without end.
We did not authorize a permanent war economy.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 08:52 PM
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1. Heard that speech. It's recorded somewhere.
One of the best speeches I've ever heard.

Tingly spine included.
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bpilgrim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 08:56 PM
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2. A Prayer for America
Let us pray that our nation will remember that the unfolding of the promise of democracy in our nation paralleled the striving for civil rights. That is why we must challenge the rationale of the Patriot Act. We must ask why should America put aside guarantees of constitutional justice?

How can we justify in effect canceling the First Amendment and the right of free speech, the right to peaceably assemble?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Fourth Amendment, probable cause, the prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Fifth Amendment, nullifying due process, and allowing for indefinite incarceration without a trial?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Sixth Amendment, the right to prompt and public trial?
How can we justify in effect canceling the Eighth Amendment which protects against cruel and unusual punishment?

We cannot justify widespread wiretaps and internet surveillance without judicial supervision, let alone with it. We cannot justify secret searches without a warrant. We cannot justify giving the Attorney General the ability to designate domestic terror groups. We cannot justify giving the FBI total access to any type of data which may exist in any system anywhere such as medical records and financial records.

We cannot justify giving the CIA the ability to target people in this country for intelligence surveillance. We cannot justify a government which takes from the people our right to privacy and then assumes for its own operations a right to total secrecy. The Attorney General recently covered up a statue of Lady Justice showing her bosom as if to underscore there is no danger of justice exposing herself at this time, before this administration.

Let us pray that our nation's leaders will not be overcome with fear. Because today there is great fear in our great Capitol. And this must be understood before we can ask about the shortcomings of Congress in the current environment. The great fear began when we had to evacuate the Capitol on September 11. It continued when we had to leave the Capitol again when a bomb scare occurred as members were pressing the CIA during a secret
briefing. It continued when we abandoned Washington when anthrax, possibly from a government lab, arrived in the mail. It continued when the Attorney General declared a nationwide terror alert and then the Administration
brought the destructive Patriot Bill to the floor of the House. It continued in the release of the Bin Laden tapes at the same time the President was announcing the withdrawal from the ABM treaty. It remains present in the
cordoning off of the Capitol. It is present in the camouflaged armed national guardsmen who greet members of Congress each day we enter the Capitol campus. It is present in the labyrinth of concrete barriers through which we must pass each time we go to vote. The trappings of a state of siege trap us in a state of fear, ill equipped to deal with the Patriot Games, the Mind Games, the War Games of an unelected President and his unelected Vice President.

Let us pray that our country will stop this war. "To promote the common defense" is one of the formational principles of America. Our Congress gave the President the ability to respond to the tragedy of September the Eleventh. We licensed a response to those who helped bring the terror of September the Eleventh. But we the people and our elected representatives must reserve the right to measure the response, to proportion the response, to challenge the response, and to correct the response.

Because we did not authorize the invasion of Iraq.
We did not authorize the invasion of Iran.
We did not authorize the invasion of North Korea.
We did not authorize the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize permanent detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
We did not authorize the withdrawal from the Geneva Convention.
We did not authorize military tribunals suspending due process and habeas corpus.
We did not authorize assassination squads.
We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO.
We did not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights.
We did not authorize the revocation of the Constitution.
We did not authorize national identity cards.
We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout our cities.
We did not authorize an eye for an eye.
Nor did we ask that the blood of innocent people, who perished on September 11, be avenged with the blood of innocent villagers in Afghanistan.
We did not authorize the administration to wage war anytime, anywhere, anyhow it pleases.
We did not authorize war without end.
We did not authorize a permanent war economy.

http://thespiritoffreedom.com/speeches/speech1.htm

he got me after that speech :loveya:

and he said that WAAAAY back in 01 i believe

:hi:

I hope someone will post a link to that mp3 i would love to hear that :bounce:

peace
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:09 PM
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7. Awesome!
Thanks for posting the whole speech. Man, is that powerful.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 08:56 PM
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3. What a voice.
I wish he and Wellstone would have had many years to work together.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 08:56 PM
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4. here ya go - Kucinich is The One
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dpbrown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:03 PM
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5. Links to "Prayer for America"
Text:
http://www.kucinich.net/speeches/speech1.htm

Audio and Video:
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/03.28I.Kucinich.Prayer....

Kucinich is the answer.

Dan Brown
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:08 PM
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6. that's my kucinich
:loveya: :loveya: :loveya:
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WhoCountsTheVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:13 PM
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8. Dennis Kucinich is the heart of the Democratic party
and don't forget it!
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roughsatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:24 PM
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9. Thanks for posting and kick NT
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twilight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:28 PM
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10. great speech & thanks for the links!
100% supporter here! Way to go Dennis Kucinich! He is the only one worth voting for IMO!



He is a man with principles. Wouldn't that just scare the crap out of the current team of thugs running the show? Integrity and and hard worker ... and lots lots more!

DENNIS KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT IN 2004!!!

:kick:
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deek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-26-03 09:33 PM
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11. fabulous track
Is on a CD I got from donating to NPR.
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