The other day, when a CapitolÃ‚Â police officerÃ‚Â was rude enough to stopÃ‚Â Georgia Congressmoron Cynthia McKinneyÃ‚Â because she didn’t walk through a metal detector, which members of Congress aren’t required to do, McKinneyÃ‚Â slugged theÃ‚Â officer in the chest.Ã‚Â
It was a simple misunderstanding. The officer didn’t see McKinney’s credentials. I think we’d all like to see her credentials, but that’s neither here nor there for the purposes of this discussion.
McKinney is now blaming the police, and the issue has, predictably, become one of race. This is far from the case. “Race”, in this instance, is being used to cover up the real reason for the altercation: Ivory tower elitism. It’s the same reason that, a few years ago, Rhode IslandÃ‚Â Rep. Patrick Kennedy hit an airport security screener, bludgeoningÃ‚Â the screenerÃ‚Â withÃ‚Â the heavy KennedyÃ‚Â heavy silver spoon. And why? Because they’re in Congress, dammit, and the rules they make for the rest of us don’t apply to them.
McKinney held a news conference Friday, where she said, “This whole incident was instigated by the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female black congresswoman.”
You have to feel bad for the officer involved. Here’s this poor guy, trying to do his job, which is to protect members of Congress, like McKinney. He thought this was what he was doing, and soÃ‚Â one of the people he thinks he’s protectingÃ‚Â hits him. Next time let ’em through, pal. Cynthia McKinney isn’t worth a beating, or worse.
There’s now an investigation into the incident, but firstÃ‚Â there should first be an investigation into how we can go about trying to keep idiotic, self-absorbed pinheadsÃ‚Â out of the House and Senate.
Think about it. Everything else involving this country’s security you have to qualify for in some way. To get into the military you need to pass a mental and physical exam, for the F.B.I. and C.I.A. an extensive background check along with all the exams, etc. But there’s absolutely no qualification whatsoever, other than age and where you were born, for becoming a congressperson. And they ostensiblyÃ‚Â are charged with creatingÃ‚Â laws regarding our nation’s security– and they don’t even have to pass through a metal detector to go to work when everybody else does.
Incidents like this are what happens whenÃ‚Â the shut-ins at Bellevue are allowed to dispense their own meds over long periods of time.
We can’t even count on an awakenedÃ‚Â citizenry to help get rid of embarrassments like McKinney, because they’ll just redrawÃ‚Â districts to continually include all those whose vote can be bought with aÃ‚Â wink and a nod, a wacky “Bush knew about 9/11 in advance” theory,Ã‚Â and a pint of Yukon Jack.
The powerful in congress can gerrymander their voting area to the point that now most district lines look like something thatÃ‚Â Stevie WonderÃ‚Â drew on an Etch-A-Sketch. The Founders had one fatal flaw in their plan. They created this magnificent vehicle for freedom, but made it way too easy for nearsightedÃ‚Â dizzies with an inner ear imbalance to get behind the wheel. They designed a beautiful, shiny Rolls Royce only to letÃ‚Â Billy JoelÃ‚Â drive.
So McKinney can try to make this incident as racial as she pleases, but she can’t cover up the fact that she’s merely symptomatic of many in Congress who are out of control, spoiled, elite boobs with no grip on reality.
If Cynthia McKinney can treat someone who has been hired to guard her very lifeÃ‚Â the way she did,Ã‚Â and then hit him andÃ‚Â blame him for the honest misunderstanding, what do you think her opinion is of the rest of her constituency?
Out there right now there could be some terrorist trying to find an accomplice who resembles McKinney, because they now know that they’ll be able to waltz right on into the Capitol without question. Nobody’s going to dare mess with Queen McKinney again. By bashing security, figuratively and literally, Cynthia McKinneyÃ‚Â may beÃ‚Â doing nothing but putting her own life, and thatÃ‚Â of her colleagues, in unnecessary peril. To that end, she is a security risk. The officer had it right, and should get a bonus for his improvised “rope-a-dope” technique.
This incident isn’tÃ‚Â a black or white thing. It’s an ivory tower, out of control Congressmoron thing. Elitism is colorblind.
These are the people who make our laws, folks. Yikes.