I just spent several hours, first on the C-Span Internet, then on TV (which I have not had on for several months, now) watching Dennis Kucinich delivering his 35 Articles of Impeachment of President George W. Bush to the US House of Representatives.
Now, we all know this is a futile exercise, but somehow, I experienced a long lost sense of patriotism. Watching this man put himself through the agony of standing there for hours reading this long, legalistic document with expressive passion worthy of a poet, to a mostly empty House Chamber, the very sound of that language, the calling forth and the language quoted from our Constitution, was awe-inspiring. It reminded me of the vision of an honorable, honest, just, compassionate nation that I learned about as a little girl, and how proud I felt then to be a citizen of The United States of America.
This past year or so, Ron Paul seems to have become the favorite maverick of those of us who yearn for a better world. Still, I feel such sadness that so much ridicule has been leveled at Kucinich: his stature, his beautiful, new wife who stands a head taller than him, his "unreasonable" ideas of universal medical care, quality education, etc. But, no matter the roadblocks and all the dirty tricks leveled at him, he just keeps on keepin on!
Ya just gotta love the man.