She joins such notables as Roy Moore, Ann Coulter, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (yeah, right, as if PeTA even knows the meaning of "ethics, let alone exercises any), President Bush, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, and France. She becomes only the second individual Democrat to achieve the distinction of annoying me enough to get me to rant about her twice or more, though I'm surprised I haven't double-ranted Tom Cruise. That may simply be a result of my knowledge of his insanity and the fact that even thinking about the rat-bastard gets my blood pressure up dangerously high.
I would like to thank Sheryl for inspiring me to visit the, ahem, esteemed Congresswoman's website to see what she thinks, if anything. Since I wasn't expecting much more than bullshit, I wasn't disappointed. You may notice her quote of Article I, Section 6, Clause 1 (I'll ignore Clause 2 since it only precludes members of Congress from holding another government office simultaneously) of the Constitution of the United States of America. I find it particularly odd in light of what happened, but I'll get to that later. First, I'll join her in quoting that particular section of the highest law of the land, and since I'm feeling particularly frisky, I think I'll do something poetic, such as linking to the Constitution of the United States of America by way of the website of the body to which she belongs, the United States House of Representatives.
" The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. (See Note 6) They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place."
Not that it matters, the text of Note 6 is as follows: "This Clause has been affected by amendment XXVII."
Let's dissect this rather shabby defense of her actions, the latest in a string of desperate measures undertaken by Congresswoman McKinney. The only sentence that really matters here is the second one. "And for any speech or debate in either HOuse, they shall not be questioned in any other place." Utterly irrelevant, since, while she said plenty on the House floor, she also said plenty in the news media, and the heart of this issue has very little to do with words and everything to do with chucking a cell phone at a cop.
Now for the main event, the first half of the second sentence: "They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same..." First, the incident did not occur as she was actually on the House floor, but rather as she was entering an office building, so the subclause about "during their attendance at the session of their respective houses" is of questionable relevance and frankly doesn't pass the smell test. Second, and more importantly, they shall in all cases be priviledged from arrest, except treason, felony, and breach of the peace. Of the three, the last is the most certain, and the first does not apply in this case. The Constitution of the United States of America clearly outlines the definition of treason, and being an ass isn't even close. However, assaulting a police officer is certainly a breach of the peace and may qualify as a felony at some point in the future; however, that decision is in the hands of the Department of Justice. She was attempting to gain entry into one of the most important buildings in our nation's government without wearing the proper identification; in this case, a pin. Three times she attempted to get around the magnetometer, and on the third attempt, she hit a police officer in the chest with a cell phone. I'm more than certain that there are many guests of the state who are in their prison cells because they hit a cop, or that such a charge led to an extension of their stay.
Ms. McKinney, your defense is weak, and your ignorance and contempt for the rule of law is encyclopedic. Even after this incident, a few mea culpas, and this incident dies a quick death, but much like Martha Stewart, you weren't that clever. This was never an issue of race, your shrill protestations notwithstanding. This was an issue of one person thinking the rules did not apply to themselves and hitting a cop when she found those beliefs were mistaken. In short, this was about hubris.