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Dennis Kucinich Speech at the Democratic National Convention

Kucinich: Corporations Have Erased Public Space — Agree?

Before Kucinich's speech last night during the pre-primetime portion of the convention, I caught him discussing how America has sold its public sphere to corporations. In the video bellow he says:

Corporations have infiltrated our political process so seriously that they've put labels on all of us. There's not one on me. But I can say that when I go to my own Ohio delegation and I see Dominion on everything. I know that's a natural gas company that's jacking up everybody's rates and needs the support of the state administration to do it. . . . We're in the Pepsi arena. Obama is gong to give his acceptance in Invesco stadium. What's this about? It's like we're forgetting the public space.

Yesterday he drove home his take-back-America message at the DNC. I watched him practically jump over the podium, urging Americans to ditch apathy:

Wake up, America. The insurance companies took over health care. Wake up, America. The pharmaceutical companies took over drug pricing. Wake up, America. The speculators took over Wall Street. Wake up, America. They want to take your Social Security. Wake up, America. Multinational corporations took over our trade policies, factories are closing, good-paying jobs lost. . . . Wake up, America. This is not a call for you to take a new direction from right to left. This is a call for you to go from down to up.

Do you agree that corporate interests have taken over the United States?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm trying to make a real point as well. I think that the government runs much less efficiently than your average corporation and that, while there are some things that should be left to the government (infrastructure, etc.), as much freedom as possible should be given to corporations.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
i'm trying to make a real point. neither the corporations NOR the government can do it all - they have to work together.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I guess I don't base my political views on which decade I'm living in.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
meh, the whole 'let corporations do what they want' is so 80s. public-private partnerships are the way of the future.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
And I also don't believe in restricting the rights of the many because the few choose to abuse those rights.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yes, I am ok with them working in their own self-interest because I believe that it is human nature to work harder when you are working for yourself rather than for the common good. I believe that more innovation will come if greater personal rewards are offered for that innovation than if the only reward offered is "the common good."
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
so they aren't on your side, yet they control everything from the medicine you get to who ends up running your country... and you're ok with them working in their own self-interest? this is why i think democrats are ok with government running things - at least there is a belief that government SHOULD be accountable, and though they are loaded with bureaucracy, there are systems in place that allow everyday people to challenge government accountability -- when it comes to corporations, accountability is very very fuzzy. and yes, there are good corporations, tons of them... but the few that are bad are also the largest and most powerful. and that's the problem.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't think any of us believe that corporations have our best interests in mind or that everyone is on our side; that would be pretty childish and stupid. We just believe that there's nothing wrong with corporations working in their own self interest.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
i really wish i had as much confidence in all of these systems as some of you all do... it would be a much easier life if i could just glide through believing everyone was on my side and had my best interests in mind.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 7 years
so freaking what if they do? there's lots more to *thank* corporations for.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
That's only because no one wants to go near the mistake by the lake.. ;) Sorry, couldn't resist. Go Colts!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
That's only because no one wants to go near the mistake by the lake..;)Sorry, couldn't resist.Go Colts!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't trust the current financial system with my social security, which is why I want it to be privatized. Also, insurance companies are not as evil as people would like to think. Insurance companies actually make a much smaller profit than other companies with similar revenues. As someone (I think UnDave) brought up, the cost of healthcare is rising every day. Insurance companies have to raise their rates, or they would go out of business. And many hospitals in this country are non-profits, so it's not like they are jacking up their rates. And I'm with several others; it annoys me how sports stadiums are named after corporations now, but it happens. I would rather them be named after corporations than have to pay higher taxes. At least (for now) we still have Cleveland Browns Stadium!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't trust the current financial system with my social security, which is why I want it to be privatized.Also, insurance companies are not as evil as people would like to think. Insurance companies actually make a much smaller profit than other companies with similar revenues. As someone (I think UnDave) brought up, the cost of healthcare is rising every day. Insurance companies have to raise their rates, or they would go out of business. And many hospitals in this country are non-profits, so it's not like they are jacking up their rates.And I'm with several others; it annoys me how sports stadiums are named after corporations now, but it happens. I would rather them be named after corporations than have to pay higher taxes. At least (for now) we still have Cleveland Browns Stadium!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Undie??? ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Undie???;)
janneth janneth 7 years
I guess most taxpayers agree with you Undie.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I would rather the people who have the disposable income pay for the construction and upkeep.
janneth janneth 7 years
The reason that stadiums and arenas are named after corporations (90% of the time) is because citizens vote down tax increases to pay for construction of the venues. That's it. If you don't like the names, then pay up.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
The only thing I can think of that is a government agency and runs well is congress. The fathers got it right when they made it roll so slowly. It may not be fast, but it usually gets it right
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Someone reminded me once that Wrigley field was the first stadium that gave up its naming rights to a corporation. That name sounds so normal to me now. Maybe that's how it will be for future generations :)In re: to big evil corporations... it's no secret that companies are out there to make money. If they're behaving unethically then that's no good and we should go after it. But the last thing that I want is government to take over those functions. I mean, the government isn't exactly known for ethics themselves.And I honestly can't think of a government program that is efficient and well run.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Someone reminded me once that Wrigley field was the first stadium that gave up its naming rights to a corporation. That name sounds so normal to me now. Maybe that's how it will be for future generations :) In re: to big evil corporations... it's no secret that companies are out there to make money. If they're behaving unethically then that's no good and we should go after it. But the last thing that I want is government to take over those functions. I mean, the government isn't exactly known for ethics themselves. And I honestly can't think of a government program that is efficient and well run.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
The truth comes out!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
The truth comes out!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
:raspberry:
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