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Hello, friends
I am deeply disturbed by the remarks of Cynthia McKinney, a member of the Georgia delegation to the U. S. House of Representatives who was quoted by the Washington Post as saying:

We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11. What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered? . What do they have to hide?

McKinney continued, implying that President Bush didn't act because his friends stood to gain financially.
When McKinney took her seat I was happy to see this young woman succeeding. I am not really a political person, but I knew she was on the liberal side of issues. I did watch, at the State of the Union, McKinney trying to get President Bush's attention as he walked to the podium through the floor of the Senate. I also remember Cynthia McKinney at an arms conference saying,

We've had enough of deaths, murders and destruction that rage around the world. We've had enough of tyrants of the world, inflicting despair and misery. More importantly, we've had enough of excuses that certain governments give to persisting the deadliest of weapons trades of those to repressive regimes.
At times like this one, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should reexamine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Then, on Sept. 11, bin Laden launched a terrible attack on the United States. When a Saudi prince offered 10 million dollars to help the victims of the attack, Mayor Rudy Giuliani returned the money because the Saudi prince implied that the Sept. 11 attacks were the result of American foreign policy (See the remarks in the box on the right). McKinney addressed the issue by apologizing to the prince for Giuliani's actions, obviously forgetting about her previous statement to the arms conference.

And I couldn't understand her support for a regime that treats women as if they did not exist. An unjust society, without many of the freedoms that we accept as ours out of hand.

Zell Miller, Georgia's good senator, called McKinney's actions in October "disgraceful," and described her actions in April as "loony." Now there's a Georgian of which I am proud. I would like for each of Georgia's politicians to add to Miller's voice with their own comments on the dangerous comments of Cynthia McKinney.

In the past, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker, who is editorial page editor of that respected paper has had this to say about McKinney:

Given McKinney's propensity for reckless rhetoric, far-left views and meddling in local politics, she is vulnerable. She has turned out to be, unfortunately, very much the daughter of her father --- the outrageous and divisive Billy McKinney, a longtime state legislator.

Reckless is right, Ms. Tucker. On McKinney's web site the 4th district representative had this to say about then vice-president Al Gore: "Gore's Negro tolerance level has never been too high. I've never seen him around more than one at a time."

I am ashamed that any portion of the state I call home is so short-sighted as to elect a woman of McKinney's obvious talent of opening her mouth and inserting her foot. I think Al Gore said it best, "It's time for her to go."

Randy Golden, Publisher

Editor's note:
On August 20, 2002, Georgia's 4th district sent Cynthia McKinney a pink slip in the form of a landslide victory for Denise Majette, her opponent in the Democratic Primary. With her usual aplomb, McKinney blamed Republican cross-over voting and lack of Democrat support for her loss, rather than admitting she was out-of-step with her district's political pulse.

The campaign orchestrated by McKinney was the dirtiest campaign in Georgia politics in the last 20 years. She viciously attacked Ms. Majette with lies, including charges that her campaign was financed by out-of-state Jewish supporters. On the evening before the primary her supporters used an unethical and illegal phone message telling Republicans it was illegal to crossover and vote Democratic.

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