Kucinich Disses American Auto Employees

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a great moment of Rep Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) foot in mouth:

“This is about our children and grandchildren,” he said. “We have to get the word out – ‘Buy American.’ This is a matter of our allegiance to our own communities, our belief in each other, our commitment to each other.”

While Ohio has about 16,000 workers building Honda automobiles, engines and transmissions, Kucinich later said he defined “American” as being made by a union. The UAW has failed in its effort to organize the Honda plants.

I think Kucinich needs to reevaluate his views on GM and Ford’s unionization and realize that they share about as much blame as the management in losing Ohio jobs.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Dear Mr. Van Dyke,

    The term “buy American” in the autmobile industry today is an irrelavent term. For instance … buy a new Ford Fusion and the chassis architecture has a Jaguar and Mazda influence, the motor could be made in Canada but designed in England, the nuts and bolts from factories in Mexico, and safety data tabulated by engineers in Sweden.

    All good things,

    Paul Barriscale
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada

  2. Paul,

    Good point on the globalization aspect. My only point of disagreement is:

    Unlike my of my countrymen, I’d argue that Canada is part of America — simply not part of AmeriKa.

  3. When I “buy American”, it’ll be a Studebaker. You can’t get much more American than that.

    As for Kucinich… why anyone listens to that deranged communist nutbag, is beyond my comprehension.

  4. Stephen VanDyke,

    “Paul, I’m aware of that, I’m not so sure Kucinich is.”

    Don’t you believe you should be sure — before you go shooting your mouth off?

    Before you lazily characterize and loosely generalize Kucinich’s views on unions, you need to reevaluate the information age and realize that most politicians — including Kucinich — post their ideal policies on the web.

    If this weblog is really a “Hammer of Truth,” if comments which “stay on topic” are really so pleasing (as the rules have implied), then the ‘Hammer of Truth’ should at least make an effort to describe Kucinich’s true viewpoint via NOT trying to chop his words or blur them out of context.

    In other words, there are untainted in-depth definitions about his views on Economics and Workers’ Rights; such issues are available for anyone who wants to really try to understand them; they are located here: http://www.kucinich.us/issues/