Green Party Candidate Cynthia McKinney
The Other Black Candidate
also Afghanistan. She views U.S. forces as armies of occupation that interfere with Iraqi and Afghani self-determination. “I actually had the opportunity to visit
the border areas of Afghanistan on the Pakistan side of the border,” McKinney said during an interview with The Capital City Hues. “And I visited refugee camps
there. I asked the Afghanis what capitalism and communism are. They didn’t know what they are. Yet, they are caught up in a clash between one economic type
of system and another type. They are just caught in the middle.  The Afghani people want what the Iraqi people want. I just saw a
headline that said the Afghani
people are fed up with Hamid Karzai. He’s a pretty impressive figure when he puts the coat on. But where does he get the authority for the cape? That’s because
there are U.S. and NATO troops that give him authority, not from the power of the Afghani people. The Afghani people deserve self-determination as well.”
McKinney would essentially dismantle the U.S. military presence around the world and replace it with peace efforts. “If we had, instead of State, the Department
of Peace, we would deploy our ambassadors around the world with a mandate to help create the conditions around the world that are needed for peace, then I
think we could actually have peace,” McKinney said. “I think it is just the orientation of our engagement in the world that is the problem. It’s not a question of
being isolationist.”
      McKinney would serious pare back the defense department budget and put those resources toward creating alternative energy and other technologies that
would put people to work. “We need educated people and we have to have a healthy people,” McKinney said. “That’s why we need a single payer health care
system in our country like a Medicare for All system. We also need an educated population. So students shouldn’t have to take out loans in order to go to
college. They shouldn’t end up being tens of thousands of dollars in debt. I think we can do all of this by shifting our priorities. But you can’t do any of this — the
Johnson Administration’s War on Poverty quickly showed this — with a war going on. You can’t have guns and butter.”
      McKinney is against the free trade agreements and other policies that have given capital free movement throughout the world, but not other institutions and
policies that would counteract its power. “I didn’t vote in support of NAFTA,” McKinney emphasized. “And I actually authored legislation to deny tax breaks to
corporations that move their jobs overseas. That was long before anyone was talking about it. We have this free movement of capital and then you try to restrict
the movement of people. They aren’t really trying to restrict the movement of people because when the movement is clandestine, it allows for the mistreatment
of labor. Basically you have labor being mistreated on every side of the free trade equation. That’s part of the problem with the so-called free trade agreements.
Another part of the problem is their complete disregard for environmental standards as well. And so, I also authored legislation that was called the ‘Truth Act.’ I
authored legislation called the Corporate Responsibility Act that would force U.S. corporations to abide by labor and environmental standards that are set by the
American people. If they operate abroad, then they ought to raise the standards, not lower them. The problem with trying to impose corporate responsibility was
that the U.S. corporations would have subsidiaries or contract companies and they wouldn’t disclose the location. So monitoring of their labor practices was very
difficult because you didn’t know where they were located. So the Truth Act sought to force the disclosure of the locations of these corporations and companies
so that we could ascertain the extent to which the corporations were telling us the truth about what their standards were, both environmental and labor.”
      The next President of the United States will be in the position of nominating 2-3 people to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will have a huge impact on the
decisions the Court makes on abortion, affirmative action and other issues that come before it. McKinney had some unique choices in mind for the Court. “I like
Ralph Nader,” McKinney said. “I would like for him to have a life-time appointment on the Supreme Court. I think we would finally get some justice. And I think
Ramsey Clark would be good. Can you imagine a Supreme Court with Ramsey Clark and Ralph Nader on it? And the third one would be … one woman who has
proven by the fire and had her mettle tested was Elaine Jones who was the executive director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. I think she
would be a very distinguished member of the Supreme Court who would not have allowed decisions like Bush v Gore and the other civil liberties decisions. She
would be a very strong voice in support of human and civil rights.”
      As the presidential candidate for the Green Party, McKinney is very environmentally conscious and believes that in the future, America is going to have a
resource problem: water, even though it appears to be in abundance now. ” The state of Georgia had the scene of the governor asking people to join him on the
steps of the state capitol to pray for rain because 70 percent of Georgia is in extreme drought,” McKinney observed. “But as folks were praying for rain in Georgia,
no one thought about water conservation and preparing for the tremendous growth that Georgia has experienced by building new water reservoirs. Water is
perhaps the most important resource issue we are facing. And I think that it is estimated that ten states by 2012 will have problems with water. Nuclear power is
viewed as a solution to the energy problem, but nuclear power, aside from certainly not being sustainable and being a very dangerous way to provide for energy
needs, it also takes a lot of water. So just as people are losing corn production to ethanol now, can you imagine diverting the precious resource of water, which
people can’t live without, to production of nuclear energy. Canada has decided it could meet all of its space heating needs with solar energy. If Canada can do
it, certainly the United States can do it, you would think.”
      While it has not been much of an issue in the presidential campaign, McKinney is for solving the underlying problems that contributed to the current
immigration fiasco. “NAFTA opened up borders to capital, yet closes the borders for labor,” McKinney said. “When people are forced to leave their communities,
their families and their country to go to a foreign country and then be mistreated in this country and subjected to raids as if we were in Nazi Germany, it is
absolutely outrageous. There is much that the Congress could do, but it has yet not acted. The Green Party offers to have public policy made in the likeness of
our values. I condemn all of the so-called ICE raids, condemn the treatment of innocent people who are subjected to the economic whims that they don’t
understand, but they are victimized by. And these whims are the result of public policy made in Washington, D.C.”
McKinney is a Democrat no more.
Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is now the Green Party’s
presidentail candidate.
By Jonathan Gramling

Part 2 of 2

      Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate for President, grew up in the Jim Crow
South that was Georgia in the 1950s and 1960s. Her father was a Republican because of
the “All-White” primaries that effectively kept African Americans from participating in the
Democratic Party — the party that ruled the South until the election of Richard Nixon as
President in 1968. With the end of the “All-White” primaries in the 1960s, McKinney’s
father was elected to the Georgia legislature
      McKinney followed in her father’s footsteps and was elected to Congress in 1992. Her
father had told her that she would always be an outsider and although she was embraced
when she first arrived in Washington, it eventually changed because of McKinney’s
uncompromising nature and tendency to speak exactly what was on her mind. As a
member of the House Armed Services Committee, McKinney perennially voted ‘No’ for the
Pentagon budget. And in the wake of 9/11, McKinney was a lone voice in expressing her
opinion that the Bush Administration was responsible for the events of 9/11.
      One does not have any problems differentiating between McKinney’s positions on the
issues. McKinney is for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces out of not only Iraq, but