Ben Johnson

…While the Gettin's Good: Van Jones Resigns

Posted on September 5 2009 11:59 pm
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Takin Back to the Streets.

Takin' it (Back) to the Streets.

This just in: Van Jones has “resigned” his post as the Obama administration’s Green Jobs Czar.

In his statement, released early this morning — over the Labor Day weekend, curious timing that — he made the dubious claim he had been “inundated with calls — from across the political spectrum — urging me to ‘stay and fight.'” But black-hearted “opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me.[1] They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

Now, he  finds himself under the bus, with Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, and other Obama associates who embarrassed the president by leaving a paper trail of the extremism that unites them. But his departure can’t bring closure. Jones is a racist, anti-American, self-described Communist with a soft-spot for cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal and an unshakable notion that 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina were conspiracies. (Read my piece “Conspiracy Czar” in the weekend issue of FrontPage Magazine.) He once likened his rage to those who join guerrilla forces. He was so devoted to Messianic statism that he once said green jobs would “repair our souls.” (I feel defiled even quoting that line on a Sunday.) Everyone who voted for Barack Obama has to ask himself how he managed to tap Jones as “czar” over an entire sector of the U.S. economy.

Obama could begin by kicking out Valerie Jarrett who boasted Team Obama was “so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We’ve been watching him really for — he’s not that old — for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland and all of the creative ideas that he has and so now we have captured that.” (Jones’ ideas were creative in the sense that they were unconstrained by reality.)

Science Czar John Holdren should accompany her. And Energy Czar Carol Browner, another Green socialist, should follow.

But the question remains how such extremists were given vast regulatory powers. During the campaign, we tried to warn such appointments are entirely consistent with Barack Obama’s worldview. Obama was a man schooled in Saul Alinsky’s methods of agitation, who believed mentor (and vile racist) Jeremiah Wright was no worse than his grandmother, and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers no worse than Sen. Tom Coburn. He became the Democratic frontrunner based on a speech that claimed the war in Iraq was “an attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.”[2] That is, like Jones, Obama was a command-economy conspiracy theorist. Obama obsessively demeaned his own country (half as frequently as his wife), articulately laid out his belief in transforming the nation through the redistribution of wealth, and campaigned on moving America toward the socialized medicine dystopia Jones’ resignation is intended to help effect.

Jones is not a distraction but a clarification of Obama’s deepest-held beliefs about this country and where it should be heading.

Rep. Kit Bond, R-MO, got the Jones affair right when he asked, “Can the American people trust a senior White House official that is so cavalier in his association with such radical and repugnant sentiments?” More to the point, can we trust a president so cavalier in his association with such radical and repugnant individuals?

You can trust him to continue pursuing Van Jones’ goals.

[1] This author cannot but be reminded of William F. Buckley’s statement when he read the John Birch Society out of the conservative movement: He “was widely criticized for ‘throwing mud’ at [JBS Founder Robert] Welch (a curious way to refer to the act of throwing at Mr. Welch his own statements!)” — WFB, “Notes Toward an Empirical Definition of Conservatism,” Oct. 1963. Reproduced in The Jeweler’s Eye, p. 22.

[2] David Horowitz and Ben Johnson, Party of Defeat, p. 92. Obama has to revise his speech now that he presides over a worse economy.

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