Sunday, April 02, 2006

Poor Cynthia McKinney: A Victim Once Again

So the esteemed Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, after hitting a Capitol Police officer who had the temerity to not recognize her and allow her to enter the Capitol without passing through security, is apparently "a victim of being in Congress while black." Yes indeed, because those charged with ensuring the security of the United States Congress routinely don't mind when white people waltz past security and then refuse to stop when directed to do so THREE TIMES, right?

Cynthia McKinney is an embarrassment to herself, the state of Georgia, and the Democratic Party. She is the living example of someone who takes no responsibility for her actions, and who somehow gets away with it by ratcheting up the tension level of any discussion by bringing up racism.

For example, during the 2000 presidential campaign, McKinney stated that "Al Gore's Negro tolerance level has never been too high. I've never known him to have more than one black person around him at any given time." Another super example of what Jonah Goldberg (not my favorite guy, mind you) calls her "aggressive stupidity," involved her letter to the Saudi Prince who gave $10 million to New York relief efforts after 9/11, then connected the carnage to US mideast policies as if to justify mass murder, only to have Rudy Giuliani return the check. Her letter read: "Although your offer was not accepted by Mayor Giuliani," Ms. McKinney wrote, "I would like to ask you to consider assisting Americans who are in dire need right now. I believe we can guide your generosity to help improve the state of Black America and build better lives."

Her response to the tidal wave of disapproval was this: "I believe that when it comes to major foreign policy issues, many prefer to have black people seen and not heard."
Clearly, Rep. McKinney loves to call people who challenge, question or disagree with her racists. But, again, as Jonah Goldberg wrote:

"The idea that criticism equals censorship is pretty popular these days among Lefty intellectuals and journalists...but let me say it one more time: Criticizing people for saying or writing stupid or wrong things is not a violation of free-speech rights but a celebration of them. Ms. McKinney thinks she's a hero for saying unpopular things. But a bad idea doesn't become a good one simply because it is unpopular. Ms. McKinney wants to assume the mantle of a brave dissident, but she forgets that dissent is morally neutral. Ms. McKinney decided to suck up to a deep-pocketed scion of an authoritarian theocracy in order to exploit a national tragedy for her own political agenda. Her decision makes her unpopular. It doesn't make her the conscience of the nation."

Same with last week's contretemps with the Cap Police. She's making it sound like she was manhandled while doing a sit-in at a lunch counter, when the truth is much more self-involved. For whatever reason, Rep. McKinney refuses to wear the widely-recognized-by-security lapel pin given to all members of Congress and which speeds their passage around the security barriers set up for the rest of us. In refusing to wear the pin, she increases the likelihood that she will be questioned when trying to bypass security, but upon ignoring the request of a law enforcement officer to further identify herself and then bitch-slapping him, she claims racism? It's arrogance, pure and simple.

Representative McKinney, how about you wear the damn pin, and then if you are hassled at security THEN you will have a leg to stand on? Until then, can you keep the assault and battery on law enforcement to a minimum? Because nobody wants Zsa Zsa Gabor as their congresswoman.

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