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March 16 , 2010

Ain't Nothing Like Freedom


Elected six times to the House from the state of Georgia,Cynthia McKinney cut a trail through Congressional deceitlike a hot ember through ash.She discovered legislators who passed laws withoutreading them. Party leaders who colluded across partylines against their constituents' interests. Black-skinnedindividuals shilling for the white status quo.She excoriated government lassitude over HurricaneKatrina, uncovering dark secrets. She held the only criticalCongressional briefing on 9/11, introducing counter- testimony of scholars, investigators, former intelligenceagents.As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sheheld Rumsfeld to account for malfeasance by militarycontractors and missing billions in the Pentagon’s budget.Then she hammered him on the reasons for the failure ofNORAD air defenses on 9/11.She read truth into the Congressional Record, held townhalls and hearings, led protests, showed up while othersplayed along to get along, took the side of the peopleagainst the will of the Party. And when she got too truthseeking and speaking, the Republicans rigged theDemocratic primaries to boot her out, leaving behind a trailof achievements mostly won singlehandedly as a result ofher service on the House International Relations, HouseAgriculture, House Armed Services, and BudgetCommittees and the Select Committee on HurricanesKatrina and RitaBut McKinney rose again like a Phoenix, answering the callto run as 2008 Green Party candidate for President,challenging the corrupt two-party stranglehold onAmerican democracy. Then it was on to the FreedomFlotilla to Gaza, to be seized on the high seas andimprisoned in Israel. On to Tripoli, to serve as witness tothe NATO terror bombing of Libya. On to Malaysia to serveon the War Crimes Commission...Often introduced as the Sojourner Truth, the HarrietTubman of our age, McKinney reflects here on the Biblicalfigures of Esther, Deborah and Naomi.This is the Cynthia McKinney saga as it stands to date – what she saw, what she learned, and how she fought forchange.
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