This is just another reason why this two party election business is at best, a stupid ass personality contest and at worst, an example of the exclusive den of vipers that will only allow another snake access into that den of inequity on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This current sideshow is no exception. For the donkeys, we have two establishment choices. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. For the Elephants we have a broke down war horse, hoping to continue the run of the former dumb and dumber front man for the Cheny presidential machine.
Since day one, the media machine has triumphed the aligning of the stars… a female and an African male vying for both the democratic nomination and the lead figure head with in the Corporation of the United States. It was so compelling to see this drama, that we forgot that the elections has more than two parties in the race, and certainly more than the designated personalities to vie for the elctorates votes.How many of you knew that Cynthia McKinny is also running for the lead figure head position? How many of you know who Cynthia Mckinny is? How many of you care. If ever there was anyone more interesting thn the so called “empty suite” of Obama or the so called “mannish” personna of Clinton, is that of the fiery fearlessness of Cynthia McKinny.
Early political life
McKinny was born March 17, 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia. McKinney served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, and from 2005 to 2007, representing Georgia’s fourth congressional district. She is the daughter of Billy McKinney, one of Atlanta’s first Black law enforcement officers, and a former Georgia State Representative, and of Leola McKinney, a retired nurse.
Her political career began in 1986 when her father, submitted her name as a write-in candidate for the Georgia state house. She got about 40 percent of the popular vote, In 1988, McKinney ran for the same seat and won, making the McKinneys the first father and daughter to simultaneously serve in the Georgia state house. She then immediately challenged House rules requiring women to wear dresses by wearing slacks. In 1991, she spoke out against the Persian Gulf War, the first U.S. invasion of that sovereign country. The caused many legislators to walk out in protest of her remarks.
The beginning of confrontation with the power structureIn the 1992 election, McKinney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as the member of Congress from the newly created 11th District, a 64 percent African district stretching from Atlanta to Savannah. She was the first African woman to represent Georgia in the House and was so effective she was re-elected in 1994.
This re-election of the outspoken leader created such consternation amongst Anglo-Saxon people that in 1995 the U.S. Supreme Court was motivated to rule in the case of Miller v. Johnson, that the 11th District was an unconstitutional gerrymander because the boundaries were drawn based on the racial composition of the constituents.
Of course as always been the case, whenever African people figure out how to effectively play by the rules White Supremacy sets up, they then turn around and change the rules. McKinney’s district was subsequently renumbered as the 4th and redrawn to take in almost all of DeKalb County, prompting outrage from McKinney. She accused the Supreme Courts a racially-discriminatory ruling, given the fact that the Supreme Court had previously ruled that Texas’s 6th District, which is 91 percent white, was constitutional.
However the universe smiled favourately on it’s prevcious daughter, as the former 11th now the new 4th, reelected Mrs McKinny from this district in 1996, 1998 and 2000 with no substantial opposition. On October 17 2001 McKinney introduced a bill calling for calling for… …”the suspension of the use, sale, development, production, testing, and export of depleted uranium munitions pending the outcome of certain studies of the health effects of such munitions. . . .”
The Bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Anibal Acevedo-Vila, Puerto Rico; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.; Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio; Barbara Lee, D-Ca.; and Jim McDermott, D-WashIncreasingly it became evident that McKinney was never going to go along to get a long as most politicians of any gender, ethnicity of philosophy often does. She was defeated in the 2002 Democratic primary by DeKalb County judge Denise Majette. This defeat stunned almost every one because Majette, who had never run in a partisan contest before, was able to unseat the seemingly entrenched McKinney. Not only did Majette won, but won by an overwhelming margin, garnering 58% of the vote to McKinney’s 42%.
Of course McKinney protested the result in court. Her reasons were that thousands of Republicans, knowing they had no realistic chance of defeating her in the November general election, had voted in the Democratic primary against McKinney in revenge for her anti-Bush administration views and her allegations of possible voter fraud in Florida in the 2000 Presidential Election. Georgia operates, like 20 other states, an open primary.
This means that voters do not align with a political party when they register to vote and may participate in whichever party’s primary election they choose. She was relying on the Supreme Court’s previous decision in California Democratic Party v. Jones which had held that California’s blanket primary violated the First Amendment. On McKinney’s behalf, five voters claimed that the open primary system was unconstitutional, operating in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the associational right protected by the First Amendment, and various statutory rights protected by section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Not suprisingly the district court dismissed the case, noting that the plaintiffs had presented no evidence in support of the 14th Amendment and VRA claims, and lacked standing to bring the First Amendment claim. It interpreted the Supreme Court’s Jones ruling to hold that the right to association involved in a dispute over a primary — and thus, standing to sue — belongs to a political party, not an individual voter. Change the rules.On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this result in Osburn v. Cox, in May 2004, noting that not only were the plaintiffs’ claims meritless, but the remedy they requested would likely be unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s decision in Tashjian v. Republican Party of Connecticut.
On October 18, 2004, the Supreme Court brought an end to the litigation, denying certiorari without comment.
The reasons for McKinny’s defeat were many and went far beyond the poles. Other factors in her defeat were her strong statements regarding Bush’s involvement in 9/11, and her opposition to aid to Zionist state of Israel. There were her perceived support of Palestinian and Arab agitation against the terrorist tactics of the US-Israel imperialism and allegation of anti-Semitism by her supporters. On the night before the primary election, McKinney’s father stated on Atlanta television that “Jews have bought everybody … J-E-W-S” in the election.
Yet her election defeat was partially due to heavy contributions from supporters of Israel…!
Cynthia McKinney traveled widely as a public speaker after her defeat. She wrote an article for the magazine CounterPunch on September 13, 2002, in which she stated that Judge Joe Brown told the Congressional Black Caucus unequivocally that the “murder rifle” was not the weapon that killed Dr. Martin Luther King.
She toured America and much of Europe, in 2003 and 2004 speaking of her defeat, her opposition to the Iraq invasion, and the Bush administration. In a January 2004 issue of Jet magazine, McKinney said that the “white, rich Democratic boys club wanted her to stay in the back of the bus.” On September 9, 2004, McKinney was a Commissioner in the The Citizens’ Commission on 9-11. On October 26, 2004, she was among 100 prominent Americans and 40 family members of those killed on 9/11 who signed the 9/11 Truth Movement statement, calling for new investigations of what they perceived as unexplained aspects of the 9/11 events.
The return to Congress
Congress woman Majette declined to run for re-election to the House, opting instead to become a candidate to replace retiring Senator Zell Miller, a conservative Democrat. McKinney once agian entered her name in the race, eventually winning and assuring her return to Congress after a two-year absence.
Noted accomplishment of Cynthia McKinny
McKinney hosted the first delegation of Afro-Latinos from Central and South America and worked with the World Bank and the U.S. State Department to recognize Afro-Latinos.
She stood with Aboriginals against Australian mining companies; and with the U’wa people of Colombia in their fight to save their sacred land from oil rigs.She was one of the 31 in the House who objected to the official allotment of the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004 to incumbent George W. Bush.
McKinney kept a low profile upon her return to Congress. this was short lived, however, as on July 22, 2005, the first anniversary of the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, McKinney held a well-attended Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to address outstanding issues regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks. There were four morning panels which addressed flaws, omissions, and a lack of historical and political analysis in the commission’s report.
Three afternoon panels critiqued the commission’s recommendations in the areas of foreign and domestic policy and intelligence reform. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial maintained that the purpose of the event was to discuss whether or not the Bush administration was involved in the 9/11 attacks, expressing surprise that McKinney was once again taking on the issue that was widely believed to have been the one that cost her her House seat.
The Journal-Constitution declined to publish McKinney’s reply.
The 9/11 Commission has sealed all the notes and transcripts of some 2,000 interviews, all the forensic evidence, and both classified and non-classified documents used in compiling its final report until January 2, 2009. McKinney’s interest in 9/11 relates specifically to what she expresses as her opposition to excessive government secrecy, which she has challenged with numerous pieces of legislation.
Incident on Capital Hill
On the morning of March 29, 2006, Congress woman Cynthia McKinney, as famous a politician as the house had seen in the past decade, entered the Longworth House Office Building’s southeast entrance and proceeded past the security checkpoint, walking around the metal detector.
This was not unusuall as members of Congress have identifying lapel pins and are not required to pass through metal detectors. Yet the officers present claimed that the did not recognize her as a member of Congress because she was not wearing the appropriate(?) lapel pin. As she proceeded westward down the ground floor hallway and about halfway down the hallway was grabbed by United States Capitol Police officer Paul McKenna, who claimed he had been calling after her: “Ma’am, Ma’am!”
A confrontation commenced, which blossomed into a media driven storm. Two days later, Officer McKenna – who worked for the bastard child of the old slave catcher system-filed a police report claiming that McKinney had struck “his chest with a closed fist” without taking repsonsibility for his overly aggressive accosting of an African person .
In order to interrupt the media frenzy, McKinney made an apology on the floor of the House of Representatives on April 6, 2006, neither admitting to nor denying the charge, stating only that: “There should not have been any physical contact in this incident.” Though not indicted for criminal charges or subjected to disciplinary action by the House, the whinny bitch of a president of the Fraternal Order of Police has advocated the filing of a civil suit by Officer McKenna.
Accomplishments to date
1- MLK Records Act
2 – Tupac Shakur Records Act
3 – Hurricane Katrina activism
4 – Anti-war and human rights legislation
5 – Articles of impeachment introduced
1- The Capitol Police incident
2 – Allegations of anti-semitism:
Allegations have been made that McKinney is an anti-Semite, though she herself denies this. Several pundits have accused her of making anti-Semitic statements, although without citing any specific quotations. Others have accused her more generally of holding anti-Semitic beliefs and/or running anti-Semitic campaigns for office. Controversy erupted when one of her supporters, a member of the New Black Panther Party, said, “Why do you think she lost? You wanna know what led to the loss? Israel. The Zionists. You. Put on your yarmulke and celebrate.”
McKinney responded that she opposes anti-Semitism. She added: “The people who made those remarks were not associated with my campaign in any formal way, and I want to make clear from this hour that any informal ties between me and my campaign and anyone holding or espousing such views are cut and renounced.” She also said: “Anyone who makes blanket denunciations of Jews or ‘the Jew’ is certainly not a supporter of mine, not a staff member, not a consultant to, nor is welcome to be a volunteer in my campaign.”
3 -Letter to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed
4 – Criticism of Al Gore
5 – Seeking to impeach George Bush
Awards and honors
Featured in American Blackout. On April 14, 2006, she received the key to the city of Sarasota, Florida and was doubly honored when the city named April 8 as “Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Day” in Sarasota. On May 1, 2004, awarded the fifth annual Backbone Award by the Backbone Campaign “because she was willing to challenge the Bush administration and called for an investigation into 9-11 when few others dared to air their criticism and questions.”
On June 14, 2000, honored when part of Memorial Drive, a major thoroughfare running through her district, was renamed “Cynthia McKinney Parkway,”
Cynthia Mckinny is a brave woman and fearless fighter against political tyranny and political gangsterism as practiced under Bill clinton and most effectively under george Bush. Her decision to run for the presidency may not be as sexy as the others in the race, however she more than the other two donkeys is the ultimate political outsider and would be less of a pawn to the multi corporations and international interests that seek to prevent the U.S. citizens from actually having a functioning government that has their interests at heart.
Her campaign website is http://www.runcynthiarun.org/