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His description of its mission sounds frighteningly Orwellian, or, if you like, Ashcroftian:
The department would “make war archaic through creating a paradigm shift in our culture for human development, for economic and political justice, and for violence control. Its work in violence control will be to support disarmament, treaties, peaceful coexistence and peaceful consensus building. Its focus on economic and political justice will examine and enhance resource distribution, human and economic rights, and strengthen democratic values.”
So much for defense contractors like Hamilton Sundstrand. Under Kucinich, the Air Force would be reduced to one turboprop: The Jefferson Airplane.
IT GETS EVEN scarier. Kucinich also will be coming into your neighborhood, and your home, to your lounge chair, to mend, then mind your behavior:
“Domestically, the Department of Peace would address violence in the home, spousal abuse, child abuse, gangs, police-community relations conflicts and work with individuals and groups to achieve changes in attitudes that examine the mythologies of cherished worldviews, such as ‘violence is inevitable’ or ‘war is inevitable.’”
This sounds like the “Dream Police” that Cheap Trick warned us about. And this is from the guy who says he’ll dismantle the Patriot Act “to regain for all Americans the sacred right to privacy ...” In Kucinichworld, privacy means the right to think thoughts approved by the Department of Peace.
In other news from Dreamland, Kucinich has denied sleeping through Tony Blair's recent speech to Congress.