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The Greening of McKinney By: Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, September 17, 2002


ONLY DAYS AGO CYNTHIA McKINNEY LOST the Democratic Party nomination for the Georgia congressional Fourth District — once known as the surreally race-gerrymandered “Sherman’s March to the Sea” district — that she was first elected to represent in 1992.

But now this defeated demagogue may find political resurrection as the 2004 Presidential candidate of the loony Left Green Party.

“The Jews, J-E-W-S,” is who McKinney’s now also-ousted state legislator father Billy blamed for his daughter’s loss to a more moderate African-American woman, Denise Majette.

Many Jewish leaders had given support to her opponent after it came to light that McKinney had taken huge political campaign contributions from radical Muslims, including some with links to terrorist-supporting organizations. McKinney also had the support of the Rev. Louis (“Judaism is a gutter religion”) Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.

And McKinney in exchange was willing and eager to speak out in concert with such extremists’ views. When a Saudi prince tried to use his $10 million 9-11 charity donation as a platform from which to criticize U.S. support for Israel, New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani returned Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s check. Congresswoman McKinney then immediately wrote to the Prince to offer her services in helping him spend his $10 million.

“A growing number of people in the United States,” McKinney wrote sycophantically to the Prince, “recognize, like you, that U.S. policy in the Middle East needs serious examination.”

A member of her congressional staff, Raeed Tayeh, wrote to the Capitol Hill magazine Roll Call to criticize “these pro-Israeli lawmakers [who] sit on the House International Relations Committee despite the obvious conflict of interest that their emotional attachments to Israel cause…. The Israeli occupation of all territories must end, including Congress.”

McKinney on Berkeley, Calif., Pacifica radio station KPFA even implied that President George W. Bush knew in advance that the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were coming — declaring that the President let thousands of innocent people die because this would somehow profit the Bush family’s wealthy friends.

“We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11,” said McKinney. “What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered?….What do they have to hide?”

Pressed to retract or substantiate this blood libel, McKinney weasled: “I am not aware of any evidence showing that President Bush or members of his administration have personally profited from the attacks of 9-11. A complete investigation might reveal that to be the case…. On the other hand, what is undeniable is that corporations close to the Administration have directly benefited from the increased defense spending arising from the aftermath of September 11.

“America’s credibility, both with the world and with her own people,” added McKinney to gild this stinkweed lily, “rests upon securing credible answers to these questions.”

And rest assured that her hatred of Jews and the Bush Administration also includes a hatred of white people here and abroad.

Of Marxist President Robert Mugabe’s racist policy of confiscating all white farms in Zimbabwe, McKinney said: “To any honest observer, Zimbabwe’s sin is that it has taken the position to right a wrong, whose resolution has been too long overdue — to return its land to its people.”

She also wants the property of American whites, most of whose ancestors never owned slaves or were even here when slavery existed, confiscated via taxation and transferred as reparations to black Americans. “Eight generations of African-Americans,” she said last April, “are still waiting to achieve their rights — compensation and restitution for the hundreds of years during which they were bought and sold on the market.”

No wonder Georgia Democratic Senator Zell Miller called her “dangerous, loony and irresponsible.” Ms. McKinney is either a knave or a lunatic — perhaps both. She is certainly aptly named, Cynthia being one of the names of the ancient Greek moon goddess Artemis, by legend born on Mount Cynthos on the island of Delos.

But despite this, her wacky Left radicalism and position on the executive board of the congressional “Progressive (i.e., socialist) Caucus” (honored here on the website of the Democratic Socialists of America) brought “more than 50 Green Party activists from across the nation…to Georgia,” reported Associated Press, “to help McKinney in the final days of her primary campaign.”

Reading this AP story, I suddenly felt stunned at the obvious truth I had so long overlooked about the real nature of the Green Party.

Who was its Presidential candidate in 2000? He was Ralph Nader, who beneath his anti-capitalist political costume is a proud Arab-American of Lebanese ancestry.

What is the color green? Yes, it is the color of trees — except as we head into autumn — and is the symbolic color camouflaging the watermelon-red-inside-green-outside environmental movement.

But the flags of Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim nations are also mostly or at least partly green. Why? Because green is the symbolic color of the Prophet Muhammad, the legendary color of the cloak he wore, as well as the color of Muslim heaven envisioned as a lush oasis amid desert sands.

And now the Greens are courting Cynthia McKinney, strange bedfellow with a proven family history of hating Jews and prostituting her political office to Muslim radicals willing to heap lots of green upon her.

Is this mere coincidence? Are the Greens willing to embrace anyone or any group that both hates America and is willing to provide millions in cash to finance this party’s political ambitions?

Are the Greens really mere Gaia-worshipping pagans, pantheists and latter-day Wiccans, as they are widely perceived? Or could this party have secret, or even not-so-secret, alliances with radical Arabs, Islamists and the Muslim faith?

For the record, I hope Cynthia McKinney becomes the Green Party’s Presidential candidate in 2004. This would educate millions of idealistic young Americans as to the real nature and agenda of this extremist political party. And it would siphon votes away from the Democratic Party’s candidate who will be pretending to be more centrist than McKinney.

History will probably record that the most noble thing Ralph Nader ever did, however inadvertently, was to attract more than 92,000 votes in Florida during the 2000 November election. The majority of these Nader voters would otherwise almost certainly have cast their ballots for Al Gore, thereby making the envirobot from Tennessee President of the United States.

Imagine what might have happened if this Gorebot had been Commander-in-Chief on September 11, 2001, as an ally of Ralph Nader and fellow “Progressive” Democrats like Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Thank God Ralph Nader ran for President in 2000.

“I’ve asked [McKinney] to her face twice if she would run,” Green Party prominent activist Adam Eidinger told Associated Press. “I told her, ‘You are on the very short list of people in this country the Green Party would like to draft to run for president. Would you do it? Her exact words were: ‘Sure.’”

“The Democratic Party cost my father his office,” McKinney told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, without elaboration. She also accused Democratic Governor Roy Barnes of aiding McKinney’s more moderate primary opponent by allowing his staffers to work in Majette’s campaign headquarters.

(Similar accusations are now growing among supporters of Janet Reno, who missed winning the Florida Democratic gubernatorial nomination by only 8,000 votes in an election full of voting irregularities. These voting-machine problems were worst in Democrat-controlled Dade County, Reno’s old stomping ground where she was expected to run strongest. Was this “vote suppression” done by Democratic leaders to keep sure-loser Reno off the November ballot? As you can read in the book Votescam, almost nobody knows more about vote-tampering in South Florida than Janet Reno.)

The congresswoman’s father Billy McKinney told Atlanta-Journal reporter Rhonda Cook he “would leave the Democratic Party and take his daughter with him.”

“I’ve always worked on what the Democrats wanted and tried to defeat Republicans,” Billy McKinney told Cook. “Now I’m an independent…. We’re through with the Democrats.”

What remains to be seen is how many African-Americans, women, and principled Leftists the McKinney’s can also inspire to leave the Democratic Party, the traditional party of the slave owners, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, Bull Connor and today’s most racist politicians.

If Cynthia McKinney is serious about the wearing o’ the Green in the 2004 Presidential election, she will almost certainly announce a change of her affiliation to the Green Party before she leaves office in January.

This would make McKinney the first Member of Congress officially to wear this radical party’s label, however lame a duck she is during those few waning days. Greens like to help lame ducks as much as Democrats enjoy un-kosher pork. This could be a marriage made in whatever pagans call heaven.


Mr. Ponte co-hosts a national radio talk show Monday through Friday 6-8 PM Eastern Time (3-5 PM Pacific Time) on the Genesis Communications Network. Internet Audio worldwide is at GCNlive .com. The show's live call-in number is 1-800-259-9231. A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader's Digest.


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