For the answer to the question of why the right-wing pays so much attention to Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), look no further than the recent congressional votes on the Iran Freedom Support Act. Congressman Dennis Kucinich called this bill "a stepping stone to the use of force." It passed in the House 397-21. This bill sounds strikingly similar to the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, and it comes at a time when the Bush Administration is not only considering attacking Iran, but using nuclear weapons to do so. Why would Democratic Members of US Congress, who complained they were tricked by the Bush Administration into signing the Iraq Resolution of 2002, now sign onto a bill that Bush may use to set the world on fire with a nuclear attack on Iran? Although the bill contains two sentences stating the bill is not an authorization for war, how do they know that Bush won't interpret it differently as he did in 2002 when that bill required him to first get authorization from the United Nations
The bill calls for "promoting Democracy" in Iran. Sound familiar? The problem with that is Iran is already a democracy. Iran was a democracy way back in 1953 when the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) orchestrated an overthrow of the democratically elected President of Iran. The CIA then installed the Shah of Iran and SAVAK, one of the most brutal secret police forces in human history.
The entire Congressional Black Caucus, whose constituents have been the most opposed to the US Invasion of Iraq, all voted for it, except, as expected, Cynthia McKinney.
Why, "as expected"?
This is why she remains a constant target for attack by the Right and by corporate interests. This is the very same Cynthia McKinney who had the courage to ask George Bush, "What did the administration know and when did they know it?" about the events of 9/11. She should have copyrighted that question because it has been asked over and over again by many others. We now know Bush knew much more than he was revealing and McKinney was absolutely on point. She was also one of the very first to speak out against the US Invasion of Iraq even before Bush invaded. Had the Democratic Party followed her courageous lead, Bush may not have been able to use 9/11 as a backdrop for war. Former US Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) called her a "loony", and she was defeated in 2002 by a political slight of hand called crossover voting. McKinney came back and won her seat again in 2004 with a crushing defeat of five opponents. Today we know the "loony" ones were those who took the Bush Administration at their word, which has led to one of the greatest strategic military blunders in American history. The now known to be needless, fraudulent, and immoral war on Iraq has cost countless lives and more than half a trillion dollars in US taxpayer funds ...and counting.
This is the same Cynthia McKinney who fought to force the government to recognize the dangers of Agent Orange to our military veterans, and she won that fight.
McKinney fought Bush, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the US Department of Defense, and the powerful Carlyle Group to cancel the controversial and over-blown budget of the Crusader Artillery Program, and she won that fight as well. That fight saved America more than half a billion dollars.
This is why they attack Cynthia McKinney.
Amazingly, the attacks have not always come from Republicans. After her astounding comeback victory in 2004, she returned to the US House only to find that the Democratic Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, in an almost unprecedented move, would not return her seniority. McKinney returned to serve her 6th term in the US Congress as a freshman. This was done to keep her off the powerful International Relations Committee and to keep her from being a Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee. She has a record of remarkable work on both committees.
Many who attack her claim she is unable to "bring home the bacon" to her district. That is an ill-informed statement. In this current term alone she has brought home nearly 15 million dollars for transportation, sidewalks, bike trails, and additional funding for Arabia Mountain Park. She brought back more than 22 million dollars in her previous term. This while being ranked among the most fiscally responsible Members of US Congress in the nation (1997) and the most fiscally responsible representative in Georgia (2002) by the non-partisan Concord Coalition, a national citizens' fiscal watchdog organization.
In a democracy, nothing could be more important than the right to vote with confidence and integrity. McKinney led the fight for voting integrity in Georgia, and was the first politician her to take a stand against Diebold and paperless voting, and once again she has been proven correct. Even Georgia's Secretary of State, Cathy Cox, now admits that a voter verified paper audit trail is needed in all elections, which is exactly the position that McKinney fought for.
No matter what the issue, if the lives and well being of ordinary people are at stake, we know where Cynthia McKinney stands. She stands with the citizens of the 4th District and the American people.