I’ve decided that of the lunatics running for president, I would be the least unhappy if Kucinich or Gravel won. I like Kucinich best. Of course, someone that liberal is necessarily deeply pro-choice, which is regrettable, but I’ve come to the conclusion that for this election, at least, foreign policy, health care and environmental concerns need more immediate attention than Roe. Roe isn’t being overturned any time soon; the only success the prolife movement can achieve right now is incremental legislation within the states. No matter how many prolife judges are appointed to the Supreme Court, public opinion is just not behind an abortion ban. Hearts and minds need to be won over first; even if we got a SC decision against abortion, as things are right now, the prochoicers would fight against it just as hard as we’ve been fighting Roe, and the battle would not be won. Time and persuasion- that’s the ticket.
Anyway, Kucinich sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. Plus, his slogan is “Strength through Peace.” Pretty gutsy. Of course, he has no chance next to Hillary (or Obama or Edwards), so it’s kind of a stupid idea to vote for him. Poor guy.
Update- Maybe not on the prochoice thing. According to this article:
“During his first three terms in Congress, Kucinich compiled a consistently pro-life voting record, earning a 95-percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee in 2000. “He absolutely believes in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception,” Kucinich’s spokeswoman explained last year.“
The prochoice business seems to be a recent development. I’m willing to be hopeful.