The Radical Alternative

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jan. 28, 2008

In this age of political discontent, it seems clear that many
Americans who plan to vote are voting for "change".

Just what kind of change is an open question. Will that change
bring the first woman to the Oval Office? Or will it bring a Black man
(or ,to some, a 1/2 Black man?)

Whatever, it is interesting that the nation's punditocracy, the
talking heads who act like verbal sheepdogs of the American fleece, have
almost totally ignored one candidate who can, in her single self,
embody, not just the illusion, but the reality of "change", experience,
a demonstrated stand against the Iraq War, and a life of living female.

I speak, of course, of Cynthia McKinney, the bold, outspoken former congresswoman from Georgia, who spoke out against the Iraq War when it
wasn't popular.

She is running on the Green Party, according to published reports,
but the media has virtually ignored this fact.

Her record of speaking out against the U.S. war machine, the
military-industrial complex, and other issues of concern is head and
shoulders above any of the other candidates running for office, on
either party.

But, without the paid imprimatur of the corporate powers that be, it
can be little more than an insurgent campaign, one kept safely to the
margins of American politics, off the stage, and off the screen.

This is our loss, for the major candidates (or those supported by
the corporate status quo) are, by their very nature, designed to split
the votes of two significant blocs in the Democratic Party, which can
only leave the loser feeling embittered.

Why not a real Black woman as a candidate?

Wouldn't /that/ be a change?

And although all politics is symbolic, McKinney really is a woman of

She has been politically courageous in many of her stands, which has
made her persona non grata among both Republicans and Democrats.

That's because she's not a corporate candidate. She's proven in her
career as a member of Congress that she won't be bought off. Of who
else running today can the same be said?

People say they want 'change', but do they really?

Many people are terrified of change. They want the safety of the
routine, the comfort of predictability.

That's because many people fear losing their already tenuous grip on
their lifestyle.

But with millions of people facing foreclosure, and with the rest of
the economy on the brink of free-fall, how much safety is apparent?

That's only an economic concern, what about foreign policy?

Foreign policy, for at least the last decade, has been handled (or
should I say, /mishandled?)/ by an array of incompetents who have
succeeded only in making bad situations far worse.

Do people want change, or are they merely claiming that they do?

Cynthia McKinney would certainly represent that, in a way far more
substantial and meaningful than anybody else out there.

Politicians should be far more than paid agents of the wealthy.
They should be far more than millionaires working on behalf of other

Why are we not surprised that the U.S. Senate is a millionaires club?

How could such people have an appreciation of working people? What
do they really know about the poor?

Wouldn't Cynthia McKinney be a significant change?

--(c) '08 maj

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