Speaking Truth requires a Courage few candidates for public office have demonstrated in this campaign season. It's the deepest expression of Patriotism for one's country.
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“I was more loyal than the [Democratic] Party deserved,” McKinney says. “I think I probably am a reflection of many African-Americans who retain a visceral connection to a party that left them behind a long time ago. I changed political parties because the political party that I was a member of totally didn’t reflect my values any longer.”
The former House member testifies that corporate interests have taken control of the public policy debate, and the Democrats and Republicans have become corporate political parties that no longer look out for the interests of the people.
Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, the Green Party favors the single-payer universal health care plan that polls say health care professionals and the American public favor. McKinney criticizes her former party for their failure to end funding for the war in Iraq since they regained control of Congress in 2006, and she doesn’t believe Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama when they say they will complete a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The Green Party advocates what McKinney calls “radical common sense” policies that would result in real change in the United States.
Cynthia McKinney Goes Green: controversial congresswoman brings campaign for Green presidential nomination to Sacramento
Want to see the state’s multibillion dollar budget deficit disappear? Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney says it’s a snap. If we cease spending money on the war in Iraq today, the state budget could be balanced overnight. Well, almost overnight. The controversial former congresswoman from Georgia estimates the United States spends $1 billion on the war every two days, so it would take 40 days to cancel out the state’s $20 billion deficit.
“We need to end U.S. wars abroad, extend health care to all and increase resources for students in kindergarten through colleges and universities,” she told a small but enthusiastic crowd during a campaign stop at Carol’s Books on May 12.
As the first black woman in Georgia elected to the House of Representatives, the outspoken McKinney instantly became a magnet for Republican attacks. Her views on 9/11 U.S. foreign policy and the Katrina debacle, considered heresy by mainstream media, are in fact shared by many Americans, if not the Democratic Party.
So, McKinney, who served six terms as a Democrat (1993-2003 and 2005-07), has gone Green. The daughter of a police officer who became a Georgia congressman after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 thanked her supporters for their hospitality. “It’s almost like I’m back in the South,” she said.
This is May, 2008; and it was in this very month in the year 1925 that our beloved warrior and Black prince - Malcolm X was born. Despite every effort by the 21st Century Amerikkkan power structure to distort and sanitize the words of Brother Malcolm, the fact is that Malcolm X was uncompromising in the struggle for justice and Black Liberation. It would have been utterly unthinkable for Brother Malcolm to have figuratively thrown Rev. Jeremiah Wright under the proverbial bus and then backed up to run over him again and again at the behest of the racist U.S. corporate, military, and prison industrial apparatus. As Malcolm X repeatedly said, “No sell outs!” Brother Malcolm made it crystal clear that the Democratic and Republican Parties [i.e. the Republicrats] are “foxes and wolves.” Their ultimate objective is to keep Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and yes even White peoples - disempowered while pretending to be doing the opposite. Their actual masters are the elite of the corporate / military / prison apparatus.
Just as Malcolm X was and remains, in the words of the late, great Ossie Davis, “Our own shining Black prince;” so it is that we have been blessed to currently have our own shining Black princess in the person of Cynthia McKinney. She is of us, and we of her.
The “Power To The People” Campaign is about all of us. Our love and respect for Malcolm X, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Assata Shakur, Martin Luther King, Jr., Huey P. Newton and so very many others; is alive and well in the person Cynthia McKinney and the “Power To The People” Campaign.
This is not only about the United States of America. This is about the peoples of the entire world. This is about our Mother Earth. This is about political, social, and economic justice in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Mexico, and every nook and cranny on this planet. This is about US – the people - everywhere.
Get involved now. Make it real! Onward then…. Let’s get busy.
Billy and Leola McKinney talk about their daughter Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney. Billy Mckinney talks to Herbert Dennard about how he would take his daughter with him to Civil Rights rallies when she was a child.
The following letter is now being circulated for signers in support of its message. Follow the read more link below to learn more.
AN OPEN LETTER RE CYNTHIA MCKINNEY
TO OUR POLITICALLY CONSCIOUS
SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF BLACK AMERICA
For far too long Black America has been at the mercy of political pimps and usurpers, particularly of the Democratic Party. It is now the year 2008, and we in Black America, in conjunction with our Brown, Red, Yellow, and White sisters and brothers have a genuine and serious choice in order to build a true people's movement for real systemic change through the "Power to the People" campaign inspired by former U.S. Congresswoman Sister Cynthia McKinney.
Cynthia Mckinney has demonstrated that she wants, and is fighting for, real, systemic change; which is the only change that will address the health care, employment, judicial, and environmental needs of all people.
STEP UP TO THE PLATE NOW
Sister Cynthia is not a corporately sponsored clone like John McCain, Barack, or Hillary Clinton. She is The Real People's Candidate. Cynthia knows that her campaign is about building the opportunity for a different America; an America that supports and believes in itself and the peoples of the world in a very real sense.
While Bush celebrated the birth of Israel with a speech before the Knesset in Tel Aviv, on May 16th, 2008, Cynthia McKinney joined many others to speak at the al-Nakbah Commemoration in the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza before the United Nations in New York. al-Nakbah annually commemorates the tragedy of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel.
These are her remarks:
I hope by now it is clear. Our values will never be reflected in public policy as long as our political parties and our country remain hijacked.
Hijacked by false patriots who usurp the applause of the people and all the while betray our values.
I've decided that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will operate any longer as business as usual -- not in my name.
That Democrats and Republicans will use my tax dollars and betray my values , not one day longer -- not in my name.
That neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have earned my most precious political asset -- my vote.
And that now is the time to do some things I've never done before in order to have some things I've never had before.
And so here today, I declare my independence from weapons transfers: including Apache Helicopters; F'16s; sidewinder, hellfire, and Stinger missiles.
I declare my independence from occupation, demolished homes, political prisoners, and babies dying at checkpoints.
I declare my independence from UN vetoes, expropriated land, stolen resources, and the installation of puppet regimes.
I declare my independence from all forms of dehumanization and am not afraid to speak truth to power.
A personal video endorsement from Rachel MacCratic.
Cynthia McKinney visted Chicago in December of 2007 and gave this address at an awards dinner.
Cynthia McKinney, Green Party candidate for President and former Democratic Congresswoman of Georgia discusses the power of individuals entering the electoral arena and making changes with a stroke of the pen. She heralds the bravery of individual activists who have taken the step to become candidates in order to make changes. This interview was taped at the Alameda Greens Meeting on May 11, 2008 at Anna's Jazz Club in Berkeley, California.