At last, there’s someone running for President in the USA who is a real inspiration.
A dark-skinned, highly-articulate, insightful politician, with bucket loads of charisma, focused on big picture issues, passionate in defence of the under-privileged and environment – and gutsy enough to take on the most powerful and dangerous vested interests on the face of the earth.
This politician is well-placed to win a Party nomination – although that will not be finally decided before the Party’s convention in the northern summer.
What’s more… she’s a woman.
Haven’t heard of her?
Why would you? Which part of the Australian mass media wants to talk about her?
After all, why would the Murdoch Empire of Limited News give a break to someone who speaks like this?
Why would an insipid and gutless ABC (or SBS, or BBC) cover a politician whose discourse lies outside their cosy, conspiracy-denying, egregiously pro-Zionist and essentially pro-war consensus?
What else is left? The magazines you encounter in the newsagent or at the supermarket checkout? Forget it. This woman’s hairstyle is not favoured as a topic of discussion for the masses.
Indeed, if the mainstream media has its way, there will be virtually no coverage at all of the remarkable individual who, to my way of thinking, is the most credible and exciting candidate for US President in 2008, notwithstanding Barak Obama’s great oratory.
Cynthia had an eventful career in Congress. The ever reliable Wikipedia (I’m joking) informs us:
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. McKinney was defeated in the 2002 Democratic primary due to Republican crossover voting in Georgia’s open primary election which permits anyone from any party to vote in any party primary. Later returning to the House following her successor’s run for Senate, she was defeated again in the 2006 Democratic primary. She left the Democratic Party in September 2007 and on October 22, 2007, filed paperwork with the FEC creating an exploratory committee for a Green Party presidential campaign
What that account leaves out is some of the reasons why McKinney copped such fierce campaigns to oust her from Congress, despite her popularity with voters. Missing also is an account of the foul tactics used by opponents to defeat her at the hustings.
After 2001, Cynthia McKinney was, to my knowledge, the only member of Congress to ask serious questions about the events of 9-11. In 2002 and 2003, it took a lot of guts to do that. The veracity of the official narrative – at that time even more than now – was sacrosanct. Cynthia McKinney had the nerve to break the silence and ask probing questions. They remain unanswered, five years later.
Earlier, during the 1990s, McKinney had run afoul of the organized Zionist lobby in the USA. She refused to tailor her middle eastern policy to its requirements. That made her practically unique among her congressional colleagues, most of whom are mere ciphers for AIPAC in this crucial policy area. The McKinney story c. 1999 is told here, from a Jewish American perspective. The payback for McKinney came later. This 2002 Counterpunch article by Alex Cockburn tells part of that story.
Following long dispiriting years of watching independent, ethical policy languish inside her Democratic Party – and after a second electoral setback in Congress in 2006, this time with a little help from the notorious electronic voting company Diebold which threw on a display of ‘vote-flipping’ – Cynthia McKinney resigned from the Dems in 2007.
This year, she is a candidate for the Presidential nominee of the Greens Party of the United States.
She will – no doubt – be subjected to extreme pressure to stand down as challenger to Barak Obama, if they both win the nomination to become their parties’ candidates in the November Presidential election.
Under a first past the post system, there are indeed powerful arguments for unity among what may broadly be called ‘progressive opinion’ in the USA.
But only McKinney dares raise issues that most desperately need ventilating. The stifling hold of the pro-Israel lobby on US foreign (and domestic) policy simply must be challenged to restore sanity to US politics. On the left, McKinney has trail-blazed in raising this concern. The events of 9-11 (and the entire so-called ‘War on Terror’) must be properly investigated. Again, she has rather unique runs on the board in calling for this.
In case Barak Obama reads this blog, I have a suggestion for him.
Offer Cynthia McKinney the position of Vice President on his ticket.
It would be better than the best life insurance that money could buy.
Evil murderous types in the USA have a long track record of assassination when a politician is perceived to be too ‘independent’. But with Cynthia McKinney next in line, they’d think twice about knocking off President Obama.
That might just give Mr Obama the elbow room he’ll need, if he’s really serious about solving the alarming problems facing America and the world.