Wednesday, April 05, 2006

What In The World Is Wrong With Cynthia McKinney?

So, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) tried to go through a Capital security checkpoint without her ID pin and got “hassled” by the Capital Police. What’s the big deal here? Aren’t the Capital Police supposed to check to see who’s going in and out of the U.S. Capital Building?

But Ms. McKinney is indignant that she was not recognized by the Police officers on duty, who would have to be able to recognize 535 Senators and Representatives at sight to please her. After some sort of confrontation occurred, Ms. McKinney is alleged to have hit the officer in the chest with a cell phone.

And, apparently, this isn’t the first time Ms. McKinney has had such difficulties.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer yesterday said his officer did the right thing when he stopped Rep. McKinney after she walked past a secure checkpoint in a House office building last week. "It's much to do about nothing," said Chief Gainer. "I want to make it really clear: If [officers] are not sure who's walking in that door, I expect them to challenge that person. And the person who is challenged has no right to strike an officer."

Well, “Duh!”

In what has become the order of the day, it seems, in such cases, Ms. McKinney screams that “racial profiling” and “racism” are at the heart of this incident, but it seems more likely that what is behind this is the arrogance of Ms. McKinney, and her eagerness to turn her own errors into matters of race.

It just won’t work, Congresswoman.

Here’s a little advice for her: “Wear your identification like you are supposed to, and like the vast majority of other Senators and Representatives do, and instead of challenging the officers who are providing protection for you and your contemporaries, try helping them do their job, and expressing your gratitude to them.”

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