Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander

You won’t see me defending the police very often these days. As a former DC area resident, I’ve a special distaste for the Capitol Hill police. I’ll likely side with them in this particular case, though:

U.S. Capitol Police on Monday asked a federal prosecutor to approve an arrest warrant for Rep. Cynthia McKinney after she tangled with a uniformed officer last week.

A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein said he was reviewing the merits of the case.

“We are working with Capitol Hill police to fully understand and appreciate the incident,” principal assistant U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

McKinney framed the matter in terms of race. “The issue is racial profiling,” McKinney, who is black, told CNN.

McKinney’s attorney told CNN that reports police were seeking an arrest warrant are “not true.”

“They are doing no more than any other law enforcement agency does, and that is, simply to file with the prosecutors the necessary paperwork for them to further investigate the case,” attorney James Myart told CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “That’s all it is.”

Neither Phillips nor the police department would say what charge was being sought against the six-term Democrat or when any warrant for her arrest might be issued.

It was a minor scuffle and a trivial little matter, IMO. Normally I’d suggest that we just drop the issue and move on. However, normal citizens are herded through the government cattle chutes for “our own protection” all the time. We don’t have any special privileges or any reasonable expectation to be able to bully the cops into dropping charges.

As I’m traveling right now (and received additional security screening en route), I’m doubly sensititve to this issue. My take is that all congresscritters should be sent through the same metal detectors to which they force the rest of the country to submit — along with random strip searches and probes and wands. If they resist, throw them in the same jails. Then maybe the laws they impose on us would begin to change.

Stephen Gordon

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  1. Stephen; did you mean to say it that way?

    “As I’m traveling right […]”

    I’m having trouble understanding the nuance in this statement.

  2. It’s not fair to blame Cynthia McKinney for the federal government’s policies. She is an opponent of this administration. It would be different if she were a supporter of the administration.

  3. To be fair, Stephen, I *was* willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and think you were making a pun about security screenings and random body-probings becoming more frequent the more one travels to the right… lol

  4. Richard; as a non-expert, I still have to ask the question: is she an opponant merely for color spectrum reasons, or is she a principled objector?

  5. All I know is… if Joe Lunchbucket punches a cop, it’s not going to end the way THIS sordid tale will… McKinney will keep dealing the race cards, and she’ll produce deck after deck, especially if she’s arrested.

    Then again, she might blame “the J-E-W-S” instead.

  6. Jason, McKinney explicity exposed herself as a thief that stole money from the public. She flew Isaac Hayes to ATL for an office opening on taxpayer’s money. Not to mention all the other things she supports, but people are too stupid to consider that robbery.

  7. What a great point. They make us go through more security and they should have to do it too…

    This particular member of Congress has had several similar “inceidents” in the past…

    Mike Sylvester

  8. She blew passed secuity WITHOUT her badge or pin, ignored repeated calls to stop, and then was politely and gently halted. Had it been a male the guard didn’t recognize, there would have been guns drawn and handcuffs. Naturally, her not getting a pass on security is a question of race…? She should get on her knees and thank the guard who stopped her for being willing to take a risk to protect her, not whining because she paid the price for her own forgetfulness.

  9. Ms Mckinney is NOT a victim. She is a bully. She consistently picks fights with those she knows she can push around. She is just another example of how certain parts of our country now resemble corrupt third-world dictatorships.

  10. I hadn’t thought much about the case, but hearing you speak about it…I agree. Everyone (including guvment types)should have equal opportunity for abuse. They keep making the laws, they should have to deal with them too.

  11. 1) I know someone in Alabama (not even in or near DC) who has never been in Congress but has a pin.

    2) I never made a personal assessment of McKinney here. I’ve a personal reason not to like her, appreciate her good votes (including on some security issues) and dislike her bad ones.

    The point I was trying to make is that Congress should have to endure the same losses of freedom the rest of us do.

  12. Nothing is going to come of this. She’ll skate away as she always does. On a security front, tho they should all be walking through the gantlet. By all accounts her comrade in crime, Teddy The Hutt always goes through the process. If he can stumble through and get wanded, so can the others.

  13. Mckinney should “not be judged by the color of her (their) skin but by the content of her (their) character. MLK

  14. A Congresswoman is a servant of the people, not a King. Members of Congress do not deserve special privleges, it is the rest of us that deserve them.

    If this had been any other Congressman they would have been arrested. If this had been an unauthoeized person and the police didn’t apprehend them the police would have been held accountable.

    She should state publicly that she was wrong and apologize for all the stupidity she has put us through.

  15. For the love of… It doesn’t matter what color or party affiliation she is. I’m with Stephen. In theory, congresspeople have to follow the same laws we “little people” do. Even the President does. Of course, reality rarely works out that way, but that’s still Civics 101 — we’re a “nation of laws.”

    As a left-of-center voter, I suspect that if we equally enforced the laws on both sides of the aisle, there’d be weanings in both parties (almost all politicians — regardless of party — are scum, in my opinion). But my gut (biased) feeling is that the Right would be hit much, much harder than the Left, if justice was applied impartially.

  16. And they should be subject to the same Social (in)security taxes we have to pay. Then radical reform might get serious consideration.

    Stephen said:

    My take is that all congresscritters should be sent through the same metal detectors to which they force the rest of the country to submit — along with random strip searches and probes and wands.

  17. Yeah, I would agree with 1gewehr about certain parts of our country…..I would throw texas and alabama into the mix.

    As for the congresswoman…..I suspect this has a lot to do about so-called disrespect that we often hear our african brethren talk about….she’s got a chip on her shoulder and she’s just looking to pick fights with certain people. I’m a liberal and I can’t stand her.

  18. What no one is addressing here is teh complete LACK of diversity training for the DC Police. You just *don’t* TOUCH a black woman you don’t know. It’s a huge cultural difference between whites and blacks, and if *I* know this, then there is no excuse for the DC cops not to know it.

    I’m not going to get into whether or not cultural differences are “right” or “wrong” but they exist, and I expect our public servants to be better versed in them.

    He should have done something other than grab her.

  19. As a former member of the Navy, and even a former Postal employee, when a cop at a security checkpoint issues that third warning, they are actually authorize lethal force. She should count herself lucky all she got was touched. And, had the tables been turned, the congressman would be the bad guy for striking a minority officer just doing his job. McKinney is no friend to my state, and should be relieved of her responsibilities. This cooming from a Libertarian, not a republican.

  20. It’s transparent racism, a minor event blown out of proportion by political gain for the “poor victimized” GOP. She’s a black, US congresswoman and a vocal opponent of this criminal administration. That’s her true crime.

  21. rougy,

    If the officer did not recognize Rep. McKinney when she attempted to enter the office building it was his duty to attempt to stop her.


    Regardless of the culturally differneces of “Black Women” the officer had to attempt to stop her if he did not recongnize her.

  22. The citizen in question has the same rights as you or I. Not more and not less. Party affiliations are no bonus or detractor of those. She is being treated a lot better than you or I would have. I am sure there is a video of the incident and she should be innocent until otherwise proven guilty but she shouldn’t get a pass for the ad nauseum use of the race card.


  23. Robin –

    I’ll address the culture issue… in OUR culture, you don’t strike a cop who has just detained you, whether you’re black, white, a member of Congress or otherwise. You just don’t do it, no matter what. Everybody should know that, especially elected officials.

    The only thing that this has to do with color is that this is clearly a case of harassment under “COLOR” of authority. She thinks that because she’s a black female elected representative, that she is the nubian queen of the hill, and the rules don’t apply to her.

    She desperately needs to be charged, tried, convicted and serve one very well publicized day in jail. She should also be sentenced to public service, perhaps touring all of the DC public schools, to give a talk on why you don’t hit policemen, NO MATTER WHAT. One word about racism, and back to the pokey she goes.

    Maybe that will help change the culture of violent civil disobedience that leads her to believe that her behavior was somehow warranted.

  24. Further reflection:

    McKinney *might* be a racist (God knows what she thinks of white people), and she might not be, but she IS a bigot and an anti-Semite. Two out of three, eh?