The United States Congress stands on the same precipice as its Roman ancestor. If Bush pulls another electoral coup in 2004 and we see the presidential election thrown into the House of Representatives, the future for the country appears very dim.
August 22, 2002
Wither Congress, Wither America?
Crushing Congressional Dissent: The Fall of Hilliard, Barr and McKinney
by Wayne Madsen
Historians will one day write that the 107th Congress was the last to stand up to the constitutional encroachment by the military and monarchist policies of the Bush II administration. Just as with the Roman Senate, the Congress of the United States is becoming an elite club of pathetic assenters and global elitists. Once the domain of great orators and dissenters like Cato and Cicero, the Roman Senate was eventually subsumed by the Roman Army when the Emperor took on dictatorial powers. The Roman Senate could say nothing as the Roman dictatorship annexed Macedonia, Spain, Greece, the Middle East, and North Africa. By the time Emperors Tiberius and Septimius Severus took power, the Senate, which had grown to an elite club of 600, was a rubber stamp body that had no choice but to go along with the military's continued usurpation of power...
Atlanta, Ga. Aug 20, 2002
As peace-loving peoples everywhere mourn the loss of Cynthia McKinney as the voice for the oppressed peoples of the United States and the world, most observers have missed an important announcement to humanity. Fifty thousand people voted FOR McKinney and AGAINST the war in one Georgia County alone. Make no mistake; the voters who chose McKinney do not want war. Not the coming War against Iraq, not the War on Terror, not the War on Drugs, and not any other demagogically created slogan for United States killing and oppression.
McKinney's 50,000 supporters see this clearly and loudly cheer her call to wage peace, not war, and to address the pressing social needs of this country. While MSNBC, CNN, the local paper, and other corporate news outlets analyze "Why McKinney Lost?" none appear to grasp the extent to which McKinney has served to rally and embolden the victims of social injustice, not just in her district, but nationwide and around the world...
August 21, 2002
Splenetic Thoughts for Dog Days
From Cynthia McKinney to Katha Pollitt, to the ILWU to Paul Krugman
by Alexander Cockburn
One less radical black voice in Congress. One less champion of labor. One less brave soul unafraid to jump the traces of political orthodoxy. Cynthia McKinney, five-term US rep from Georgia's Fourth District, was beaten in Tuesday's Democratic primary by Denise Majette, also black, a former judge, put in with the help of lots of money from American-Jewish groups and by a hefty Republican cross-over in Georgia's open primary.
Don't you think that if Arab-American groups or African-American groups targeted an incumbent white liberal, maybe Jewish, congressperson, and shipped in money by the truckload to oust the incumbent, the rafters would shake with bellows of outrage.