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Cynthia McKinney: The New Face of the Left? By: Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, April 03, 2006


Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia made news last week when she allegedly, as WXIA-TV in Atlanta reported, “punched a Capitol police officer on Wednesday afternoon after he mistakenly pursued her for failing to pass through a metal detector.”

This incident happened in the Longworth House Office Building, where members of Congress are not required to pass through metal detectors. The officer purportedly neither recognized Rep. McKinney nor saw her credentials, then tried to catch up with her from behind calling out “Ma’am, Ma’am.” When he touched her arm, she turned and “allegedly hit him,” reported The Hill newspaper, “before identifying herself as a member of Congress.”

 

Within hours a statement circulated, attributed to the African-American congresswoman, asserting that she has been harassed by “white” Capitol Hill police officers.

 

“I was rushing to my meeting when a white police officer yelled to me. He approached me, bodyblocked me, physically touching me. I used my arm to get him off of me. I told him not to touch me several times.” This statement differs markedly from what eyewitnesses were quoted as telling The Hill, The Hotline and other news entities.

 

But on at least one thing McKinney and these witnesses agree: she was not wearing the identification pin that Members of Congress are supposed to wear to identify themselves to security officers.

 

What would McKinney have said about this “white” officer if he had failed to stop a terrorist woman who ran past his metal detector and who then murdered several members of Congress in their offices? For that matter, what accusations of racism would she make against any Republican in Congress who went out of his way to criticize a police officer he identified as “black”?

 

According to the Drudge Report, “The cop is pressing charges, and the USCP (United States Capitol Police) are waiting until Congress adjourns to arrest her, a source claims.” According to editor Michael King at WXIA-TV, “No charges have been filed” but senior officials are investigating the videotaped incident.

 

“McKinney,” her lawyer told reporters, “is just a victim of being in Congress while black."  He spoke in lieu of McKinney at what became a delayed press conference that was to feature McKinney flanked by Hollywood actor Danny Glover, best known of late for his outspoken support for Latin American dictators Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Communist Cuba.

 

According to United Press International, this was Rep. McKinney’s fifth run-in with Washington security personnel since 1993.  Security officers reportedly now keep photographs of McKinney and her frequently changed hairstyles in their offices.

 

So who is Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of the Fourth District of Georgia, who reflects the increasingly-partisan and extreme orientation of the Democratic Party? According to her profile at DiscoverTheNetworks.org Cynthia McKinney “in 2002, after serving 10 years in Congress, was swept out of office by controversy and lost the 2002 Democratic primary election.

 

“She was then hired by Cornell University to work a few weeks each year over the ensuing three years as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor…McKinney's visits to Cornell were sponsored by the university's Africana Studies and Research Center. She taught in the same program as the radical Australian journalist and documentary-maker John Pilger.”

 

In 2004 McKinney, one of six candidates in her congressional district’s Democratic Primary, won 51 percent of its votes and went on to regain her former congressional seat, winning almost 64 percent of the vote in the November general election.

 

McKinney began her political career in 1988, winning election to the Georgia state legislature. With the help of her father – a member of the state legislature's House of Representatives - she was given a seat on the redistricting committee that in 1991 re-drew congressional districts, some of which were tailored to elect African-Americans. In 1992 McKinney ran and won in one of those districts she helped gerrymander.

 

Congresswoman McKinney immediately joined the radical Progressive Caucus. The group Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) rated her voting record 95 percent on the left side of legislation. She also joined the Congressional Black Caucus.

 

McKinney votes 100 percent pro-union, according to the AFL-CIO. She also has a solidly "pro-education" voting record, according to the National Education Association (NEA), which shares her ideology. McKinney earned this honor in part by voting in 1998 to deny vouchers to the 70 percent of African-American parents in Washington, D.C. who want to liberate their children from inferior, unionized public schools that were destroying the futures of young blacks. McKinney sided, instead, with the teacher union bosses.

 

McKinney opposed President George W. Bush’s tax cuts, endorsing instead the Progressive Caucus' "American People's Dividend," a payment of $300 to every person in America, the same for all whether a person paid $1 million in taxes or $0.

 

Although nominally a Roman Catholic, Rep. McKinney had a 100 percent pro-choice voting record, according to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), which strongly backed her for re-election in 2002. In 2000 she voted against legislation to ban partial-birth abortions.

 

In 2000 Cynthia McKinney was one of only 15 Members of Congress to vote against the “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.” This measure required that if during the procedure commonly called a "partial birth abortion" a nearly-born infant slipped entirely out of its mother before its brains were vacuumed out, it acquired the human rights of a person already born and could no longer be killed by abortion.

 

In 1999 McKinney voted against banning physician-assisted suicide. In 1994 she voted to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment.

 

In 1998 she voted against ending racial preferences in college admissions.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, wrote journalist Michael Barone, “following a complaint by black Secret Service agents, [McKinney's] office issued a statement attacking [Democratic candidate] Al Gore's low 'Negro tolerance level' and accused him of rarely having more than one black agent with him.”

 

In 2001 McKinney voted for legislation to impose nationwide same-day voter registration on election days. This would have eliminated most checks and safeguards that prevent fraudulent voting.

 

In 1994 McKinney refused to vote for a resolution condemning the anti-Semitic speeches of Khalid Muhammad, a firebrand disciple of Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan.  Beginning in 1997, the Congresswoman voted repeatedly to cut U.S. aid to Israel.

 

In 2001 the United States withdrew most of its diplomatic participation in the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia And Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa after it became clear that the gathering would give prominence not only to anti-American but also to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic leaders. Despite this, Rep. McKinney and six other members of Congress attended, and they, plus another seven congressional Democrats, lent their prestige to what became an anti-Jewish hatefest.

 

In May 2002 Ms. McKinney was one of 17 House Democrats who voted against a House Resolution (HR 392) expressing support for Israel as it faced terrorist attacks that killed more than 600 civilians. The resolution she opposed stated that, "the United States and Israel are now engaged in a common struggle against terrorism."

 

In 2002, after McKinney lost her bid for the Democratic nomination to her seat in Congress, her father offered the media a four-letter word as his anti-Semitic explanation: “The Jews, J-E-W-S.”

 

McKinney was defeated by 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 Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.

 

“McKinney has enjoyed strong support from the Arab and Muslim community, which views her as a prime backer of a Palestinian state,” wrote investigative reporter Matthew E. Berger in 2004. “A review of her Federal Election Commission filings shows a slew of Arab surnames, and she received $1,000 from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.”

 

And Rep. McKinney, in an implicit quid pro quo, was willing and eager to speak out in concert with such 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,” Congresswoman 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 attack “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.”

 

On Berkeley Pacifica Radio station KPFA, McKinney 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 Ms. McKinney on KPFA’s airwaves. “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?’

 

Asked to retract or substantiate this conspiracy kook blood libel, McKinney weaseled: “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, "rests upon securing credible answers to these questions."

 

Her blatant hatred of the Bush Administration also apparently includes a hatred of white people here and abroad. Of African 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.”

 

McKinney also wants to confiscate the property of American whites (most of whose ancestors never owned slaves, or who were not even here when slavery existed) via tax-supported reparations to black Americans. “Eight generations of African-Americans,” she has said, “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.”

 

During her two years out of office, as noted earlier, McKinney held the position of Visiting Professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “The selection of Cynthia McKinney as a Class of '56 professor is an affront to the intellectualism of Cornell University,” wrote Professor Emeritus Peter Swartz. “Ms. McKinney is a racist and anti-Semite of the first rank. If she were white and male, she would be David Duke. It is unfortunate that the selection committee was so open minded that its collective brain fell on floor.”

 

"I'm attracted to fights,” McKinney has said – Capitol Hill police, take note. In 2004 she ran and won in a Democratic primary, the outcome of which determines the winner in this heavily-gerrymandered district. One of Congresswoman McKinney's biggest campaign contributors had been the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), whose members are wealthy tort lawyers. She has voted against legislation that would limit their profits. In 2001 she voted No on a bill to put lawsuits against HMOs under federal regulation.

 

McKinney supposedly represents the 4th District of Georgia. But in 2001-2002, 73 percent of her campaign contributions came from outside the state of Georgia. She pocketed almost as much cash just from California donors ($ 131,250) as she did from her fellow Georgians in and around Atlanta ($ 140,669).

 

In October 2005 McKinney was ordered by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to pay a fine of $33,000 and reimburse as much as $72,000 to political donors after she accepted excessive contributions in the 2002 election. This reflected cash McKinney had collected for that year’s general election. Because she lost the primary election, the law required her to return this money to the campaign donors who contributed it. McKinney instead apparently attempted to keep the money.

 

One of McKinney’s highest priorities is her proposed legislation to expend taxpayer money collecting records on murdered gangsta rap musician Tupac Shakur. As her official congressional website describes her bill: “Black musicians have been a focal point of such surveillance, including harassment. Tupac's mother, a member of the Black Panther Party, was the focus of intense FBI surveillance prior to his birth. From childhood he was hounded by FBI and CIA investigators seeking information on the whereabouts of his family members, most of whom were in jail, in exile or who had been murdered. Tupac himself was closely monitored by intelligence agents until his death.”

 

Because of gerrymandering and the support she receives from certain special interests, Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s reelection this coming November is almost certain. Watch her closely, because McKinney is a harbinger of where politics in America is headed.

 

American democracy works best with two strong, competent and reasonable political parties. But new non-partisan analytical and scientific research is finding evidence that the Democratic Party, the left wing of the American eagle, is descending into irrational extremism. The poster child for this Democratic extremism is racist radical Cynthia McKinney.

 

At Syracuse University, Professor Arthur Brooks’ ongoing General Social Survey has found that even since the heated political climate of Vietnam-era 1972, the percentage of self-described “extreme liberals” has grown “far more” than of those calling themselves “extreme conservatives.” Between the presidential election years 1972 and 2004, the proportion of such “extreme liberals” among those surveyed has increased by almost 57 percent.

 

Wednesday’s Washington Post, in an article titled “Polarization Across Party Lines, or Politics as Contact Sport,” authors Shanto Iyengar, director of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University, and Post polling director Richard Morin described their recent research.

 

Iyengar and Morin reported finding “a widening chasm between Republicans and Democrats, with the percentage of partisans who have moved to the extremes…increasing significantly over time. In fact, polarized assessments of presidential performance are higher today than at any other time in recent history, including the months preceding the resignation of President [Richard M.] Nixon.”

 

Their study, which included having participants physically strike images of politicians, found in self-evaluations afterwards that “Democrats place the Republicans close to the point of maximum negativity…Republican assessments of Democrats are less extreme….”

 

Using their numbers, one can calculate that the Republican partisans Iyengar and Morin tested were on average approximately 19 percent “less extreme” than Democratic partisans in how they perceived leaders of the other party.

 

The “point of maximum negativity” that Iyengar and Morin saw typically approached by Democratic partisans could be called demonization, political hatred so extreme that it makes political cooperation and compromise difficult. This level of extremism among Democratic partisans undermines small-d democracy by turning politics into uncompromising warfare and every issue and statement into weapons.

 

Even more discouraging is research by Emory University psychologist Drew Westen, who did Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans of the brains of partisans as they processed political information during the 2004 presidential campaign.

 

What Westen discovered, as CBS commentator Dick Meyer described, was that in these partisans “it was the portions of the brain that process emotion, not rational thinking, that became active.” As Westen told Meyer, “The thinking caps went off and the feeling caps went on.”

 

Reacting emotionally, these partisans were quick to ignore negative or contradictory information about the politicians they favored, and were quick to believe the worst about politicians of the other party.

 

These brain scans show that the politically partisan brain behaves both emotionally and illogically, almost as if drugged, hypnotized or Mesmerized. “This is your brain,” wrote Meyer. “This is your brain on politics.”

 

And this, in growing proportions, is the brain of Democratic politicians and voters. If present trends continue, America might soon wage its elections between largely rational Republicans and entirely emotional Democrats. Such a polarization would make reasonable democratic compromise and mutual respect almost impossible. Sigmund Freud might describe these as elections between two contrary parts of the human mind, the civilization-sustaining Superego and the self-indulgent emotional Id.

 

And as students of Freud and of the movie “Forbidden Planet” know, the Id can produce violent monsters.

 

Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a politician from the Id, appears to be the emerging future face of an increasingly partisan Democratic Party.

 

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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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