CYNTHIA McKINNEY FOR PRESIDENT
(part1)It’s a dangerous game she plays, Cynthia McKinney from
Georgia. She’s running for President on the Green Party ticket.
Imagine! What guts. She knows full well what a buzz saw she’s
getting into. She knows how ruthless those in power are. They don’t
think anything of killing people, even thousands of their purported
“own people,” then blame it on “the enemy.” They laugh about it in
advance, as Aaron Russo told us in his anecdote about Nicholas
Rockefeller’s bemused advance knowledge of 9/11. They killed Senator
Wellstone and there wasn't a peep.
McKinney knows what she’s getting into. But she hopes to use this
platform to alert the public to the full scope of our situation,
steps that might be taken to arrest our dystopic spiral, and begin to address some of the horror the U.S.
has perpetrated on the world and its own citizens.
In answer to a question in
Madison about McKinney’s history with the Green Party, Cynthia
recalls that she realized her values were in sync with the Green
Party while she was a Georgia State legislator, and a Democrat. She
realized the consequences of telling the truth publicly when she
stood up in the capitol in Atlanta in 1991 and denounced George
Herbert Walker Bush’s attack on Iraq, January 17, 1991. “George
Bush ought to be ashamed of himself,” she said in the legislature.
Her colleagues walked out.
Fortunately the power brokers don’t control everything, and in 1992
the 4th District sent Cynthia McKinney to Congress. But it wasn’t a
breeze, getting elected. McKinney had a proven track record as an
advocate for labor in Atlanta (and therefore, support), and in Billy
McKinney, her father (a state senator), one of the wisest advisers
in politics we’ve ever come across. She had lots of friends and
colleagues who worked hard to help her get to Washington. When she
got there, she didn’t disappoint. The Congressional Black Caucus
recognized McKinney’s disarming brilliance, and even the Democratic
Party couldn’t repress her. In a more sane (less criminal) world,
Cynthia McKinney would already be President.
But along came 9/11 and the rush to judgment by the Bush
administration instantly targeting ‘Arab terrorists.’ launching the
War on Islam. Whoa, McKinney said. She could see where all of this
was going, let’s ask a couple of questions. Cui bono? Her
colleagues -- this time in the U.S. Congress -- again turned their
backs on her, most of them.
Snowshoefilms was privileged to have spent several days in Sept.
2002, filming McKinney’s Georgia campaign primary. We interviewed
volunteers and staff, people in the 4th District and her opponents’
office. Churches, labor groups, press conferences and press club
luncheons, everywhere we went, people loved her. And a few didn’t
like her; or rather, were afraid of her, so they called her crazy,
said she was a publicity hound (uppity). Imagine, saying George Bush
and his cronies might have profited from this global ‘war on
terror’?! The ‘left’ was notably indifferent to her campaign in
2002, when she appealed for their help. Only a few feminist and
environmental groups stood by her. And Labor. And Arab-American
support. Almost all the brave voices that questioned the Israeli
agenda had been turned out of Congress.
So Cynthia McKinney became a kind of litmus test: if you were
willing to go along with the official story on 9/11, you didn’t have
much use for McKinney - because Congresswoman McKinney wasn’t going
to let up. No wallflower, she held public hearings. She debriefed
eyewitnesses and scholars; she put John Judge on her Washington
staff. She was going for the jugular.
And now, to cut this long story short, Cynthia McKinney is running
for President on the Green Party ticket. America would do well to
elect this woman President.Madison Dec, 11, 2007.
part 1 - 10min -
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