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

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.

5 comments April 4th, 2006


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