Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy.
AUDIO: Hear Dennis Kucinich's speech at the Rally for Democracy
Dennis Kucinich and Ben Manski speak to Wisconsinites on February 12th, 2013 as part of Liberty Tree's "Shut the Chamber!" campaign kickoff (complete audio below, courtesy of WORT 89.9FM, followed by printed excerpts).
We’ve moved from the question of whether or not this amendment to the Constitution is possible, to whether or not it’s a good idea. We’ve moved into the realm of the possible. We are those who are there as the first to the fight, who make possible the change that other people later come to believe was inevitable. That is our role here tonight.
We understand our common ground, what all of us stand for, and what our common purpose is. We look forward to the day when all of us will have our rights protected. Our economic rights are linked to moral principles. The kind of moral principles that are bedrock principles upon which this country was founded, the kind of moral principles that animated the creation of our country, today we are seeing those principles destroyed, we are seeing the wealth redistributed upwards, we are seeing the destruction of the public realm, and we are seeing the destruction of democracy itself.
And the fight is here in Wisconsin, because what happens in Wisconsin does and will affect the nation. What happens in Wisconsin will make a difference, and what you do in Wisconsin will make a difference. But let's go back, because this struggle which in some ways intensified over 20 years ago goes back to the trade agreements of NAFTA, GATT, World Trade Organization, they were all about knocking down the right to organize, the right to collective bargaining, the right to strike, the right to decent wages and benefits, they were about knocking down the economic conditions of workers, keeping wages down and the dehumanization of work. We understand that the forward momentum of these agreements were about breaking unions, breaking the public sector, redistributing the wealth upwards and a false austerity. Less democracy.