[THS] !!!!! Cynthia McKinney: My Country Has Been Hijacked
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"My Country Has Been Hijacked"
Munich Peace Rally Speech
By Cynthia McKinney
Posted February 10, 2010
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Thank you for allowing me to come from the United States and participate in this rally
My country has been hijacked by a criminal cabal intent on using the hard-earned
dollars of the American people for war, occupation, and empire.
As a result, the national leadership of my country, both Democratic and Republican,
became complicit in war crimes, torture, crimes against humanity, and crimes against
As a Member of Congress from the Democratic Party, I drafted Articles of
Impeachment against George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice. Later,
when Democrats voted to support more war rather than take care of the needs of
the people, I declared my independence from them and all national leadership; the
Green Party nominated me to run for President, which I did on a platform of truth,
justice, peace, and dignity.
I watched as Candidate Barack Obama came here to Germany to speak. I saw tears
on the faces of many in the crowd who believed that, finally, there was something
worth believing in again. That America had turned a page from its evil playbook that
had so outraged and disappointed the world. That good was finally about to triumph
I know that beleaguered people all over the world, victims of cruel and deadly
military, economic, imperial policies finally could believe in hope and change. And
America could be believed in again.
Everywhere I went all over the world there were pictures of Barack Obama, slogans
Yes, We Can, and the words Hope and Change plastered everywhere.
And after eight years of George W. Bush, Barack Obama seemed to be the man the
world was waiting for.
So when the Candidate became the President, we held our breath in anticipation.
That torture and rendition; spying on innocent, dissenting Americans; war and
occupation; crimes against the U.S. Constitution and crimes against the peace would
end and that the United States would finally join the community of nations.
Sadly, one year into the Presidency of Barack Obama, that is not the case.
On our front door step we have witnessed U.S. complicity in the overthrow of
President Zalaya in Honduras and the hostile takeover of Haiti by 20,000 troops with
guns sent in when the devastated people needed food, doctors, and heavy lifting
President Obama is expanding U.S. troop presence in Colombia, threatening the
peoples gains in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
President Obama has drones killing innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen,
and Somalia. And Administration lawyers are trying to figure out how to legally kill
U.S. citizens. You even have U.S. assassination teams on German soil!
Sadly, President Obama is guilty of every item I cited in my Articles of Impeachment
against President Bush.
Both Tony Blair and President Obama justify war in Afghanistan by citing the tragedy
of the September 11th attacks in New York and on the Pentagon. But my
government has not told the truth about what really happened that day. Just like
they lied to start a war against Iraq.
So what are we to do? Let us work together on behalf of truth, justice, peace, and
dignity. I will struggle in the U.S. and I will struggle with you:
Not one more dime for war.
We cant give in and we cant give up. We must take our countries back.
International Peace Conference, Keynote Address
By Cynthia McKinney
The most recent official report on employment states that 85,000 U.S. jobs were lost
in the month of December. Everything I have read indicates that things are going to
get a lot worse in the United States before they get better.
Already, the United States has slipped to 7th in the worlds best places to live, behind
France, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, and New Zealand. The U.S. place in the
world will slip more than that in the future if the brakes are not put on current
The United States is rapidly becoming a country even more divided:
Over 31% of Puerto Ricans live in poverty, making them the poorest ethnic group in
the U.S. Meanwhile the war on Latinos continues with police harassment, racial
profiling, and deportations of the undocumented--for driving, if you can believe that.
Approximately 166 legal cases winding their way through U.S. courts target
Palestinians in the United States who were trying to help Palestine, and they are
being prosecuted with new laws that would have been unthinkable a generation
agolike the Secret Evidence Act. My sister, Lynne Stewart, an activist lawyer of
conscience, sits in a U.S. prison right now because she dared to represent a Muslim
cleric who ran afoul of the U.S. What a message that sends to other lawyers
committed to the notion that everyone at least deserves a fair trial.
According to United for a Fair Economy, whose work I adore, Black unemployment is
now at 14.7 percent compared to 8.7 % for whites. And in 2007, for every dollar of
white wealth, a black family had just one dime.
From the sub-prime banking scam alone, because of mortgage foreclosures, Blacks
and Latinos are currently experiencing the greatest loss of wealth in recent U.S.
history because 53% of blacks and 47% of Latinos were saddled with sub-prime
mortgages, as compared to only 26% of whites. The greedy banking class were in a
feeding frenzy, feeding on black and brown hopes to become a part of the American
According to a recent study, U.S. schools today are more segregated than in the
1950s. In our most diverse state, California, one-half of black and Asian students
attend segregated schools, as do one fourth of Latino and Native American students.
And, young black girls are experiencing unwanted sterilizations and other
complications because of forced vaccinations with an experimental drug in these
In 1954, the Supreme Court found that segregation inherently meant unequal.
Correspondingly, schools in low-income areas are highly unequal with not even the
slightest remediation of the root societal causes that strongly affect student
This of course feeds quite nicely into the prison-industrial complex that is a nice
money-maker for those with the disposable income to invest in the private prisons of
the U.S., or are lucky enough to have a business that contracts with the prisons to
employ U.S. inmates for pennies an hour.
Yes, the United States, imprisoning more people than any country on the planet, has
become an incarceration nation, but only for certain people. Be suspected of being a
Latino driving without a drivers license and you can get stopped and deported for
having one tail light bulb thats out; but Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and
Barack Obama can order the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents all over
the planet and they walk around free without the worry of even a citizens arrest, let
alone a warrant from a real, legal Tribunal.
Incredibly, Whites whose fortunes were sinking in the pile of unkept political promises
and debilitating U.S. national debt were proselytized to by special interest media that
hatred of the other was OK. There was little national outrage when Pat Robertson
said that Hugo Chavez should be assassinated and then, more recently, when this
man of the cloth opined that Haitians suffered so much because they made a deal
with the devil to throw off French slavery.
Incredibly, while a record number of Blacks are seeking emergency food assistance,
and people of color are losing not only their homes, but their dreams too, FOX News
and CNN propagandize that it is those others, those people of color who are
responsible for the drowning of White America. And that includes President Obama
who, one Southern Baptist preacher prayed to God should die. I wonder, who is his
True to fashion, the news that is watched by most people in the United States refuses
to tell the people the truth of the conditions facing too many in our country and why.
However, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, certain
Whites also constitute part of the problem: according to her they are
environmentalists and white supremacists. Interestingly, hatred spewing from the
likes of special interest television hosts seems OK as long as they buy into the
Republican/Democrat political paradigm and stay there.
Napolitanos enemies of the state, White supremacists and environmentalists, left that
conformist paradigm over two generations ago. And I believe that any of us who
leave that paradigm, and begin to think for ourselves and then act politically on our
own independent, critical analysis can begin to put our country on the road to real
independence from the special interests that have overtaken every aspect of our
governmental, legal, and political apparatus, and like a parasite, has sapped the life
from our body politic.
But leaving the acceptable political order puts us in the crosshairs of those whose
position and power come from it.
And because the United States today is a rudderless, leaderless, divided society
coming apart at the seams, now is the time more than ever that we need to employ
what public schools in this country stopped supplying long ago: critical thinking
about where we want to stand as a community of nations and where we in the
United States want to stand as a country.
And this brings me to the real winners in the midst of this socio-economic collapse.
Most people spend so much time looking at the losers in such a scenario, and we
must care about the innocent victims that pay the ultimate price in the grand political
power plays of our day. But, we must not neglect taking the time to study who it is
that is actually sneaking off with the stolen merchandise.
There are real winners and they are the ones whom George Bush called his base:
that is, the haves and the have mores.
President Obama has hastened approximately 23.7 trillion of our hard-earned dollars
to them. Therefore, the real purpose of our political activity must be to thwart the
wholesale theft of a nation under the guise of Hope, Change, and Yes we Can.
That is the only purpose our political activities must now be geared toward.
It means then, that, those of us who have stepped outside of the acceptable
political paradigm must be willing to break bread with one another and find common
ground on which we can operate. My experience has been that such interactions
only enhance future opportunities for positive political interactions.
A careful read of the COINTELPRO papers will reveal that the biggest fear inside the
government was that the interests of those who pulled the strings would get totally
engulfed and swallowed up by Black people and White people coming together
during that time, of the civil rights movement and beyond, and successfully pressing
for a full justice agenda that encompassed both domestic AND foreign policies. If
they were afraid of that then, I guarantee you they are still afraid of it, now.
Secondly, the leadership of this new movement cannot be the leadership that is
responsible for the death of the truth, justice, and peace movements inside the
Going to the same people who caused the problem by abandoning their publicly-
stated convictions is not going to get us closer to the truth or peace.
This means that we might have to thin our ranks, but we will at least know that those
deep in the trenches with us are not sleeping with the enemy.
Finally, we need a voting bloc that places peace and the budget priorities of peace
and peoples needs above any other special interest. This voting bloc will not support
any candidate running for office from The War Party. Because it should be crystal
clear to everyone who cares about peace that we cant get from here to where we
want to be by doing what those who are responsible for this mess want us to do.
Weve got to do something different in order to take our country back and make our
The fact is that unless we are willing to step outside of the box of political conformity,
we will continue to get what weve always gotten.
Now, finally for the record, let me say that I left Congress, not because I wanted to,
but because the special interests and the War Party wanted me out.
What could I have possibly done to raise their ire?
Well, for the twelve years that I was in Congress, I:
1. Filed articles of impeachment against George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleeza
2. Voted against every Pentagon appropriation, considering it immoral to spend so
much money on war when millions of our children go to bed hungry every night;
3. Defied Congressional Democratic Party leaders, by holding a Congressional Hearing
exploring the role of race and class in the governments response to Hurricane
Katrina and introduced legislation to punish law enforcement that prevented the
mostly Black citizens fleeing the floodwaters from crossing over from New Orleans into
its mostly White suburbs;
4. Wrote legislation to ban the importation of coltan from the Democratic Republic of
Congo into the United States because of the horrific human rights abuses committed
during its mining;
5. Was the first Member of Congress to ask the Bush Administration of the September
11, 2001 attack on the United States, what did it know and when did it know it; and I
6. Led the Congressional Black Caucus Task Force at the 2001 World Conference
Against Racism, defying President Bushs boycott.
Currently, I am an endorser of the Brussels Tribunal that cooperated in the filing of a
lawsuit in Spain against all the U.S. Presidents responsible for war crimes in Iraq.
I participate in the Malaysia Peace Organizations efforts to criminalize war, establish a
War Crimes Tribunal, and hold leaders accountable for their wars.
And in December of 2008, I tried to take humanitarian supplies to the people of Gaza
after the start of Operation Cast Lead and the Israeli military rammed and destroyed
In June 2009, I tried to take crayons to the children of Gaza and the Israelis hijacked
our boat, kidnapped us, took us to Israel, where I spent seven days in an Israeli
I do with my body what I did with my Congressional office.
I left Washington because the pro-Israel Lobby was able to utilize all of its leverage
inside both the Democratic and Republican parties target and oust me. They ousted
me because I dared to believe that all human beings, including Palestinians, have
In 2007, at a peace rally in front of the Pentagon, I did what I am now asking one
million U.S. voters to do: I declared my independence from a national leadership
that had caused my country to become complicit in war crimes, torture, crimes
against humanity, and crimes against the peace.
I joined the Green Party and in 2008, ran for President of the United States. I
traveled the length and breadth of my country and now I travel the world carrying a
message of truth, justice, peace, and dignity. I spent approximately 10 of the 12
months in 2009 outside of the country.
But, Im being told now by my friends and supporters that its time to come back
home. That the real heavy lifting is inside our country. That if we want life to be
better for the people in the refugee camps all over the world, that weve got to
change the policies coming out of Washington, D.C.
My very first campaign theme was Warriors Dont Wear Medals, They Wear Scars.
And Ive borne my scars in public for all the world to see.
And honestly, sometimes, I wonder if its worth it. I take a look at where the world is
and I say what could I possibly do to stop this.
And then, I think of the people of Gaza whom I saw after Israels Operation Cast
Lead. I saw in Gaza, the indomitable spirit of humanity. Despite the pain, the
murder, the killing, the destruction--I saw life. I experienced love.
But we dont have to go to Gaza to gain inspiration to continue to struggle. If we just
dare to look into the eyes of the homeless man looking for a warm bed, or the tired
face of a mother on her way to work at 6:00 in the morning when its still dark, if we
would just dare to love the nameless human beings whose lives turn on the policies
that powerful politicians choose to support or ignore, I know we can become
inspired. And in the process, spark some bit of hope in the desperate and the
No one deserves to be hopeless.
So, Ive come a long way to be with you. And I thank you for the invitation.
When we were organizing our Emergency Anti-Afghanistan Escalation Rally in front
of the White House, one of my supporters reminded me of my own saying: "We must
never give in when we are right."
Peace is right and we must never give up.
Thank you so much for giving me this time to share with you this evening.
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