R.E.S.P.E.C.T. that is what this means to me.

April 4th, 2006

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney slapped a Capitol Police officer who didn’t recognize her as she tried to pass a security checkpoint at a House office building without stopping.

When asked if her new hair style might have been the reason the officer failed to recognize her, generic cialis and she said:

“If the security of the House of Representatives of the United States is based on how members of Congress wear their hair … I think this is really ridiculous.”

No ma’am. The security of the House of Representatives depends on the vigilance of the law enforcement officers (as was evidenced here) and the gracious cooperation of congresspeople and their staffs (which Ms. McKinney did not display at all).

Congresswoman McKinney wants to make this an issue of racial profiling and respect.

It has nothing to do with racial profiling (if she was an Arab-American I might think she had a point, there but she’s not and she doesn’t.)

But it is an issue of respect.

The issue is she didn’t respect the people who are charged with protecting her life.

And once again, we play political/racial games with matters of life and death.

Entry Filed under: Observations,Politics

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. grumps  |  April 4th, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Would I be severly out of line to offer a little perspective?

    Cynthia McKinney may or may not be a jerk. She acted like one and a cop got pushed/slapped/hit.

    Tom Delay may or may not be a jerk. He used the FAA to track errant state lawmakers during his unconsionable bid to redistrict Texas to make it easier for the K Street Project to bilk the US Government. He took a tumble but no responsibility.

    Congressman _____ was seen with _____ in a blatant power grab to divert earmarks to his state of _______. He traded his vote on_______ to get a _____ for _______ and his _____. He’s a hero at home.

    The House rewards bad behavior only if it is so overtly awful that folks can’t believe it happened. Slapping a cop? That’s the kind of thing that Cousin Billy does on Saturday night. We can’t have that.

    The McKinney’s of the world have an inflated sense of self worth but they’re not delusional enough to be a character in the House.

  • 2. Administrator  |  April 4th, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Excellent perspective.

    Arrogance is arrogance.

    And power breeds it in all sorts of forms.

  • 3. Max Power  |  April 5th, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Last night’s Daily Show completely ripped on McKinney… and it was hilarious (see, they’re non-partisan offenders). It’s not up yet, but they’ll hopefully post the video online sometime soon. Keep an eye out for it here.

  • 4. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  May 16th, 2006 at 7:58 am

    […] Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney […]

  • 5. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  August 8th, 2006 at 11:02 pm

    […] Cynthia McKinney, the congresswoman who slapped a policeman because he didn’t recognize her, was defeated in her primary race, today. […]

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