Washington D.C. (December 17, 2012) -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today took to the House floor to call for an "organized, structured approach" to peace in the wake of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. On Friday, Congressman Kucinich offered words of condolences to the families and all those affected by the shooting.
"We are locked into a cultural matrix of thinking which produces violence and we are shocked when its heartbreaking effects emerge.
"It's "us vs. them' thinking, the evocation of enemies, whoever they are. On a global level, this type of thinking justifies war and brings the slaughter of innocents. Nationally it sows seeds for murder. Yet, war abroad and violence at home are not inevitable.
"We have it within our power to recreate America today. Are we not the land of the free, the home of the brave? Is there not something uniquely American which gives us the ability to transcend our woes and seek a more perfect union? Even at the darkest moment we Americans can stand bravely for our freedoms.
"Mindful of our inherent unity, we must break the "us vs. them' mindset and move beyond survival mode to security through cooperation.
"Let us create an organized, structured approach to become architects of a new culture of peace, in our homes, our schools and our workplaces. This is what the Department of Peace is about.
"Let us establish that America's national security and peace at home includes jobs, housing, physical and mental health care, education and retirement security for all. We are, the land of the free, the home of the brave. Freedom and bravery, courage and democracy -- they are our birthright, our inheritance, our destiny."