Marc Cooper Attacks Cynthia McKinney -- Please Respond
Trying to attack McKinney via Obama with exaggerated distortions is, in some ways, a very good sign -- they are that concerned about her candidacy.
It appears that they need to turn people away from her before anyone can hear what she has to say, especially potential Obama voters. There will be more to come, but we need to respond.
Marc Cooper is a writer for the Nation, a publication that does their best to trash anyone who asks too many questions and defend most official version of events, no matter how transparently. For example the Nation published an attack article on The New Pearl Harbor, by David Ray Griffin, authored by CIA agent, Robert Baer, that started with the line: "Conspiracy theories are hard to kill," and went downhill from there. This is what the Nation and it's writers are about -- defending the official version of events and working hard to take down anyone who asks too many questions through distortion, smears and innuendo.
(Interestingly, just as an aside, there are a number of parallels in this article to a recent on by Horowitz's "Front+Page" publication, by Eric Dondero, almost to the point of plagarizing, it seems. Check out the paragraph starting with "The former six-term Democrat Congresswoman . . . " which is almost identical to the one in this story.)
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GREEN PARTY, RIP
McKinney’s shenanigans sent the party further into irrelevance
BY MARC COOPER
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 2:58 pm
HERE’S SOME NEWS YOU MIGHT USE about Barack Obama. Did you know he was, in reality, a government plant, a sort of Manchurian Candidate activated by Big Brother to confuse black people?
That’s the political gospel according to the recently self-proclaimed Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney as she launched her national campaign this week from Houston. When asked by someone in the small audience at Texas Southern University about Obama, McKinney responded: “Look at the Colin Powells, the Condoleezza Rices, the Ward Connerlys... We have to be careful with the black people who are put before us by the media.” She then segued right into a monologue about the 1960s FBI COINTELPRO program, noting that it had included a plan to replace Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a more moderate voice. Which, we can only conclude, pretty much sums up Obama’s sinister role in the scheme of things — or, at least, in the jumble that occupies the space between McKinney’s ears: He’s a government stooge.
Nothing really new here from the sad Ms. McKinney. You’ll recall that during her six terms as Democratic congresswoman from Atlanta, a post from which she was ousted a second time in 2006, she staged several similar outbursts. Though a champion, at least for a while, of liberal Democrats, McKinney rolled around in the usual sort of mud piles that surround Capitol Hill and at one point had to publicly apologize for using taxpayer money to fly Isaac Hayes around to perform at her fund-raisers.
But it was her bizarre public behavior and outrageous political positions more than her shady ethics that finally eroded her support. Apart from taking a haymaker swing at a Capitol Hill cop and beyond her solicitation of $10 million in social contributions from a Saudi prince, she was one of the first high-profile adherents of the official wack-job “9/11 Truth” movement, directly implicating the U.S. government in the staging of the attack on the Twin Towers. She made the charge — surprise, surprise — on Berkeley’s Pacifica Radio station, and then repeated it during a 2002 speech to the Congressional Black Caucus. After winning back her congressional seat in 2004, she put her signature on a “call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”
The conspiracy charge hardly came out of the blue, as the McKinney family has established a rich tradition of public scapegoating. In the immediate aftermath of her defeat in the 2002 primary, her dad told reporters: “Jews have bought everybody... J-E-W-S.” Somehow she was re-elected to office in 2004, but was finally defeated again in 2006 by Hank Thompson, an African-American county commissioner who ran on a platform of, well, sanity.
So now the publicity-hungry McKinney is back, all dressed up as a presidential candidate, albeit of a third party, and being trundled around by the likes of Cindy Sheehan and other activists who have clearly gone ’round the bend. Anyone with even vaguely progressive inclinations ought to toss tomatoes at a charlatan like McKinney rather than applaud her. She’s an embarrassment and a fraud.
I’d say it’s a pity that the Greens are adopting her if it were not so predictable they would. There are some places in the world, like Germany, where the Green Party actually has some reality and some real influence (the Greens were part of the governing coalition there for much of the last decade). And at a time when consciousness about climate change and the environment in general is rapidly growing, the moment seems ripe for a movement or a party based on sustainable alternatives. But not the U.S. Greens.
I readily admit to having signed a public letter of endorsement of Green candidate Ralph Nader in 2000 and have never regretted it, though I was disappointed in the campaign he ran. He took criticism at the time from some fringies for not being lefty enough during his run, but I thought he pandered too much to the fragmented sects around him and didn’t run strongly enough as Ralph Nader the consumer advocate the country had admired for decades. His rerun in 2004, unfortunately, descended into farce. And if McKinney becomes the Green candidate this year, the party will have reached the level of shame and total irrelevance.