American Samizdat

Wednesday, December 19, 2007. *

* Finally, someone I could get behind and support... that is if I were to vote my conscience. Love to see her team w/Kucinich with money bags Oprah Winfrey backing them.

Cynthia McKinney Announces Bid For The Presidency

Cynthia McKinney, a former six-term Congresswoman and an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, today officially launched her campaign as a Green Party candidate for President.

In a video news release, McKinney says "the Republicans have deceived us; the Democrats have failed us. It is time for a new beginning: A time for hope to rise from the ashes of despair."

McKinney, a former Democrat from Georgia, was one of only three members of Congress to vote "yes" on a House Resolution in 2005 calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. One of her last acts in office was introducing Articles of Impeachment naming George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.

According to McKinney: "It is time to break the vicious cycle where the poor go to war and veterans come home wounded and ignored."

McKinney supports universal, single-payer health care; fair trade; and has been an unrelenting advocate for Hurricane Katrina survivors. No stranger to controversy and unafraid of speaking truth to power, McKinney has demanded that the Bush Administration tell the American people what the Administration knew about the events leading up to 9/11 and when they knew it.

She's got courage, integrity, tenacity, vision and style. Definitely one of the most honorable and honest politicos we have.

I'd vote for her, and proud to do so -- IF I decide not to boycott the whole charade.

Unfortunately, the Pentagon and PTB won't 'allow' someone like McKinney who challenges their power and the MIC status quo to actually win the popular vote. Even IF she were to win by some fluke, I'm sure the establishment Republocrats, militarists, globalists and globalist financiers would shut her out and isolate her politically. Especially the State Dept., Congress and Pentagon would resist cooperating with her if she tried to change (or even influence) long-established strategic, economic, foreign and domestic policy. She would have to have very powerful, established, well-connected and experienced politicos on her staff and in key positions of Congress and Federal agencies in order to wield any real authority and avoid being forced to wage constant legal and bureaucratic battles by those wanting to stonewall her.

The real 'test' of our democracy would be if someone like McKinney, whose anti-war, pro-peace-and-social-justice 'leftist' stance is regarded with distrust and suspicion by much of the public and those in government, were to be accorded the authority, dignity, respect, and honour of the President's office, cooperating completely and with the military fully complying with her lawful orders and directives as C-in-C. That would signal return to civilian control of the military and a legitimate public-directed self-Government of, by and for We the People.

But as it is, the popular, distributed self-interest of Defense Industries in several hundred Congressional districts constituting a huge defacto Corporate welfare boondoggle will be a huge disincentive to reducing the US's dependency on war as an essential part of America's economy -- because an institutionalized failure of courage and imagination doesn't realize the large range of alternatives to war that are far more lucrative and beneficial to everyone -- not just the elites. As well as the elite's self-interest in protecting their power and remaining immune from their serial crimes.

One can dream and blow sweet smelling smoke rings into the ether...signifying nothing.
*hehe..stole Philips
posted by Uncle $cam at 11:11 PM
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