Ever have something or someone that is from where you're from, but you kinda wish they weren't? That's how I feel about the fabulous McKinney clan from Georgia. Cynthia and James E. "Billy" McKinney are Georgia politicians that are so shameless I can't really think about them without rolling my eyes. It's bad enough that I-285 has essentially become the McKinney Highway (there is something so uplifting about being on the James E. "Billy" McKinney Highway while passing under the James E. "Billy" McKinney Bridge), but this family is everything that politicians shouldn't be.
They claim bias but then abuse privilege. Everything is politics to them. The names on restaurant dishes, the Atlanta Airport, the need to constantly reinvision and appropriate a history that their rhetoric does little to solve, resolve, or absolve.
"I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents. Unfortunately, the police officer did not recognize me as a member of Congress and a confrontation ensued. I did not have on my congressional pin but showed the police officer my congressional ID. I know that Capitol Hill Police are securing our safety, that of thousands of others, and I appreciate the work that they do. I deeply regret that the incident occurred," she said in a statement.
Good grief....it's like the powertripper Hollywood movie stereotype screaming, "Do you know who I am" at some poor underling. That, "to fulfill my obligations to my constituents" quote just makes me want to vomit. Bullspit, total bullspit. She thinks she is above the law. Look at her track record. That she refuses to wear the pin that allows her to bypass the detectors (a ridiculous privilege) and then plays the race card speaks to her moral character.
Remember how she was gone from Congress for one term because she lost the election when she claimed that the Bush administration might have had advanced knowledge of the 9/11 Attack and let it happen for their political benefit? http://www.counterpunch.org/mckinney0918.html
On Berkeley's 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. 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 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.
She represents the most gerrymandered congressional district in the US of A.
During the 2000 presidential campaign, Mckinney's wrote 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." The Gore campaign pointed out however that his campaign manager was black.
She asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff why he shouldn't be charged with negligent homicide for the federal government's apparent failure to save more Hurricane Katrina victims. Pulling out a series of news reports as she questioned Chertoff during a House committee hearing, McKinney read the headline: "Nursing home owners charged in deaths," in the case of 34 residents who were not evacuated from the floodwaters in New Orleans. She then had the gall to ask: "Mr. Secretary, if the nursing home owners are arrested for negligent homicide, why shouldn't you also be arrested for negligent homicide. It seems that chaos was the plan that was implemented, Leadership, Mr. Secretary, was lacking."
This article lists many of the bad things she does, but the author has a decidedly antagonistic tone.
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 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."
During her two years out of office, as noted earlier, McKinney held the position of Visiting Professor at Cornell 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."