Sean Penn for Dennis Kucinich

In Anti-WarPolitics on 2007/12/10 at 02:09

俳優ショーン・ペンの民主党大統領候補の穴馬デニス・クシニッチを支持する講演「Conventional Wisdom on electability 当選可能性に対する世間の通念」

I’m gonna use some bad words. I was thinking about words coming over.. ‘College Kids.’ ‘College Kids,’ that’s what they call you, right? But the same age and younger, in the military, they call it ‘Young Men and Women of the military’. I’ve known the myth that it takes war to make a man, but I didn’t know you have to go to the war to be one.


… Wolf Blitzer asked each candidate if they would support the other should they themselves not be the nominee. One after another, the answer, yes. One exception: Dennis Kucinich, who with the minimal time allotted him, once again rose up beyond the sound bite and put principal ahead of party; argued policy rather than politeness. He has been the dominant voice of integrity on issues of trade, labor, education, environment, health, civil liberties, and the one endlessly determined voice of peace. But is he too short? Does his haircut not appeal? Is he not loyal enough to a cowardly democratic platform? Does he not appeal to the cult of personality? And what if the answer is yes?


What if Dennis Kucinich, the most deserving and noble of candidates, the most experienced in issues of policy and the least willing to play into the politics of personal power? What if we can’t elect a man simply on the basis of the best ideas, the most courage, and the most selfless service? What does it say about our country when we can’t rally the voices of the common good to support a man, like our troops, who would die for us, who would die for our constitution? Who, as mayor of Cleveland at the age of 31 stood up against contracts on his life. Three separate assassins whose intent was to kill him as he stood up for his constituency there. Nonetheless, he carries on. He continues to serve.


I’ve been a supporter of Dennis Kucinich for many years. And I’ve been torn lately. I’ve been torn by the allure of “electability.” I began to invest some support in a very good man (one among Dennis’s opponents) who seems to be finding himself as a constitutional defender, but he’s not one yet. He is however, among those that we allow the media to distinguish as electable. But we’re talking about the Constitution here. We’re talking about our country. I have decided not to participate in proactive support on the basis of media distinctions. I have chosen to pledge my support to the singular, strongest and most proven representative of our constitutional mandate.

私は長い事クシニッチの支援者だ。そして最近とても苦しんでいる。「electability 当選可能性」とは一体なんなんだ?私はある素晴らしい候補者を支援した。憲法を保護する姿勢を見せている、メディアに「当選可能性がある」と評価されている候補の一人だ。だが彼はまだ完全な憲法保護者ではない。本当に重要なのは憲法だ。私たちの国にかかわることだ。私はメディアの判断を基準に候補者を支援するのはやめた。唯一はっきりと憲法を代弁する候補クシニッチだけを支持することに決めた。

Dennis Kucinich offers us a very singular opportunity as we share this minute of time on earth. We, the people. It is for us to determine what is electable. And here’s how simple it is: If we, those of us who truly believe in the Constitution of the United States of America, all of us, vote for Dennis Kucinich, he will be elected. Could we call him electable then? If so, America will stand taller than ever…


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