The Militant, the newsletter of the Socialist Workers Party, has published an article on Cynthia McKinney‘s nomination by the Green Party. In a style likely to be considered critical, McKinney’s present platform is contrasted with her votes in Congress:
McKinney is running what she calls a “power to the people” campaign. Clemente says they will fight all “-isms and ideologies that divide us.” They are running on the 10-point “Draft Manifesto for a Reconstruction Party,” which includes demands for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, recognizing “affordable housing as a human right,” granting “reparations” to Blacks, “ending prisons for profit,” creating a “single-payer” health-care system, and enacting “real immigration reform.”
McKinneyâ€™s claim to be “the only genuinely antiwar candidate” is contradicted by her votes when she was in Congress. She voted for the September 2001 bill authorizing the U.S. war on Afghanistan and for the May 2005 “Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act.” She says she is for cutting “bloated Pentagon spending” and for deploying “our diplomats” to “resolve conflicts through peaceful means” and for “the orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops” from around the world.
McKinney often promotes conspiracy theories about Sept., 11, 2001, alleging that the Bush administration knew in advance about the planned attack on the World Trade Center.
Although McKinney says she is for immigration “reform,” while still in Congress she voted against expanding the number of visas for some categories of immigrant workers. She also voted both for and against lifting the U.S. travel ban to Cuba.
The article further states that “While McKinney uses radical-sounding rhetoric against the Republicans and Democrats, her political framework represents no break from capitalist politics at all.” It closes remarking on McKinney’s endorsements from the Workers World Party and the Workers International League, referred to as “two parties that call themselves socialist.”