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Comparisons between Obama and McKinney on Key Issues

Comparisons between Obama and McKinney on Key Issues

(Compiled by Bruce Gagnon, member of Maine Greens and Mainers For Cynthia McKinney Committee.)

Impeachment: Cass Sunstein, an adviser to Barack Obama from the University of Chicago Law School, says that prosecuting criminal conduct from the Bush Administration. risks a “cycle” of criminalizing public service and Democrats should avoid replicating retributive efforts like the impeachment of President Clinton–or even the “slight appearance” of it. Cynthia McKinney, before leaving the Congress in 2006 introduced impeachment resolution against George W. Bush.

Afghanistan: Obama says we must add 10,000 troops and win in Afghanistan because it is the “right war.” McKinney is opposed to the Afghanistan war and wants us out right away.

FISA Bill: Sen. Obama voted in favor of the Bush FISA surveillance bill. Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was opposed to the bill.

Experience in Congress: Cynthia McKinney served 12 years in the US Congress. Barack Obama has been in Congress for 3.5 years. They both served in their state legislatures in their respective states.

Iraq: McKinney calls for a “quick and orderly” withdrawal of all U.S. forces and mercenaries now occupying Iraq. While in Congress she opposed funding for the occupation. Obama calls for a “responsible” and “honorable” withdrawal and has recently changed his withdrawal timeline to 16 months after elected. Obama also uses the term “redeploy” which means move many troops onto the big US permanent bases in Iraq and also move many to bases in nearby Kuwait so they can be sent back into Iraq when needed. Obama voted for most Iraq occupation appropriations.

Military Spending: Obama calls for increasing the military by at least 92,000 troops and supports increases in military spending. McKinney has long been an opponent of increased military spending and while in Congress often took on former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in House hearings demanding answers to her questions about what happened to the $2 trillion the Pentagon lost.

Public Financing of Elections: Obama recently changed his position and now refuses to participate in public financing of the national election. McKinney supports public financing.

Trade Issues: Obama’s economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee from the University of Chicago, last February urged the rightwing Canadian government not to pay too much attention to Obama’s campaign critiques of NAFTA, explaining that the candidate’s rhetoric was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy.” McKinney opposes NAFTA, CAFTA and all the rest of the so-called “free trade” agreements, which are “anti-union” and institutionalize corporate profits and priorities.

Africa: Obama supports the creation of the new Pentagon Africa Command (AFRICOM) saying that the command will “facilitate” fighting terrorism on the continent. McKinney opposes the new command saying “the last thing Africa needs is AFRICOM, U.S. soldiers, or a School of the Americas-type relationship with Africa.”

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Kucinich Presents 35 Articles Of Impeachment Against Bush

Santa Arrested for Demanding Impeachment!

Santa Arrested for Demanding Impeachment!

Santa in the middle of a protest for honest government 3 demanding justice
Santa in the middle                                             3 demanding justice

of a protest for honest government

Posted by Jodin Morey, Impeach For Peace

Portland Indy Media –Santa Arrested in PDX for Demanding Impeachment
(and Offering Candy Canes, Constitution to the Cops)

On the picket lines today—for the 21st Thursday— in front of the Portland OR office of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, three of the Impeach Group’s pickets were arrested: Santa and two elves. “Santa” was Joe Walsh, a Veterans for Peace member and sparkplug for regulars in red impeachment shirts responding to the Oregon congressman’s refusal to co-sponsor Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s HRes 799 to impeach Vice President Cheney.

Blumenauer has indicated seniority on the House Ways & Means committee is more important than his oath of office and the Constitution despite Democratic state and his district’s leaders recent demands he co-sponsor impeachment. In his only town hall meeting with constituents during the fall recess, he ignored impeachment demands by 40 out of 45 speakers and a packed audience on its feet chanting “Impeach Now!” His excuse up to recently has been the eight-point mantra ordered by House Democratic leadership and the Democratic Leadership Council to explain why they want impeachment off the table.

So for a Christmas touch in the weekly Impeach group’s demonstrations, Walsh decided to dress as Santa. After sealing the front door of the building with duct tape, he joined two elves in rockers to hold up impeachment signs and read a Christmas manifesto to Blumenauer—as demonstrators sang parodies of Christmas carols composed by the group’s Codepink members. Soon, a half-dozen police cruisers arrived. Walsh explained their purpose and attempted to give them candy canes along with a lecture about the Constitution and Blumenauer’s two-term refusal to take any action about Bush’s and Cheney’s high crimes rising to the Constitutional standards of impeachment.

For a look at additional coverage, see: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/12/370199.shtml

Portland has 157 activist groups and was dubbed “Little Beirut” by the Bush family who rarely visit the city now unless they stay at airport hotels, ringed with police because of descending hordes of demonstrators. Republican Senator Gordon Smith’s Portland office has been peacefully besieged in relays, with demonstrators cuffed, held in jail for 6-8 hours and usually fined $100 or assigned 30 days of community service.

Instead of previous manhandling of pickets and using pepper spray and concussion grenades, however, today the police for the first time dealt gingerly with Santa’s big scene. No horses. No batons. No riot gear. No Blackwater attitudes. For nearly an hour, officers tried cajoling Santa and his elves to either return to the group’s usual peaceful strolls or to open at least open the doors a crack so Blumenauer staffers and visitors wouldn’t have to enter/exit by the rear door. The changed behavior by the police was attributed to five years of expensive victories by citizens in class-action suits against the city, by the usually peaceful nature of constant demonstrations, and by the ouster of one chief from Los Angeles for a Portland police veteran familiar with the First Amendment and the city’s usually peaceful rallies and marches.

After 30 minutes—when Walsh and the elves had made their point—the police arrested them. The prefunctory assembly line trial ought to be something because the judge will have to read charges that Santa and the elves were arrested while offering candy canes, the Constitution, and Blumenauer’s record to the police and passersby.

Santa sends a message

A message read just before Santa was arrested in front of Blumenauer’s office in Portland, Oregon on the 21st Thursday of protest for impeachment:Woe to you Bush and Cheney,
Pray that Congress calls you to account.

If and when you leave office we will wait for you.
In every speech, we will be there,
In every restaurant we will be there,
In every baseball game,
you will see and hear us,

We will point our terrorized finger, than
turn our backs on you,

We will shout as loud as possible:

There goes the torturer,
the killer of children, the assassin of the Constitution,

There goes the destroyer of hope,
For the rest of your life, you will know our anger.

Pray that you are called to account for your wicked deeds now and not later.
Shame awaits you two, and redemption will be ours.

A warning to you Rep. Blumenauer:

Stand up for the Constitution or look for unemployment in
Ho ho ho


Rumsfeld’s Successor: Be Careful What You Dance For

In view of the fact that Robert Gates is being considered as Rumsfeld’s successor, I thought I would share this that came across my desk from a friend:

From John Gideon:



GATES NOMINATION (Senate – November 07, 1991)
[Page: S16305]

Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the nomination of Robert Gates to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mr. President, at the outset of the confirmation hearings, I had serious reservations about the nominee. The confirmation hearings only raised more questions and greater doubts. Questions and doubts about Mr. Gates’ past activities, managerial style, judgment, lapses in memory and analytical abilities. Questions and doubts about his role in the Iran-Contra Affair and in providing military intelligence to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war; and questions and doubts about whether he will be able to remove the ideological blinders reflected in his writings and speeches or whether Mr. Gates is so rooted in the past, that he will not be able to lead the Agency into the post-cold war era. Because of these concerns, I have concluded that Mr. Gates is not the right person for the important job of overseeing our intelligence operations in this New World.
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