Sunday, September 06, 2009

Another One Under the Bus: Van Jones Resigns

I've been out of town for the last day or so, so I just found out that communist Van Jones has resigned as "Green Czar" for President Barack Obama.

"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Sunday. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."

He continued: "I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight.' But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future."

Of course, what Jones is upset about is the fact that his words and actions have caused enormous controversy once Glenn Beck exposed his past and present on the Glenn Beck Show on Fox News.

Liberals are trying to dismiss Beck's evidence with a mixture of "That was so long ago" and "So what?"
Jones never denied his past affiliation with the radical left. In the '90s, he was involved with the group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), which sympathized with Maoist-inspired peasant movements throughout the world and was organized to protest police brutality.

Jones, however, left radical politics and made the decision to work within the system, rather than try to overthrow it. For Beck, however, Jones' past statements were evidence that Obama is secretly marshaling a cadre of lieutenants pushing an agenda that is "radical, revolutionary and in some cases Marxist." (Meanwhile, in reality, Obama is backing away from even including a public health insurance option as part of health care reform. How that squares with Obama's Marxist agenda Beck has yet to explain.)...

It also emerged that Jones had signed a "truther" petition back in 2004. Truthers insist that there are unanswered questions about what U.S. officials knew about the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks before they occurred and want further investigations. Truthers are the left-wing version of birthers, people who believe that Obama was born in Kenya, is not a citizen and his presidency is illegitimate.

There's nothing inherently left-wing about 9/11 conspiracy theorists or right-wing about birthers; rather, they tend to fall on opposite ideological extremes because of mistrust of the president in question, be he Bush or Obama. But the birther movement includes prominent Republicans, including members of Congress, while connection to the truther movement can help cost a relatively obscure administration official his job.

It's pathetic when the only defense for an administration official is that the politicians on your side weren't vocal enough in their batshittery of the previous administration.

Of course, you wouldn't have known anything about Van Jones, his trutherism, his communist connections or his disparaging remarks about Republicans had you only watched or listened to the MSM. It was a story not covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, NBC or CBS. Because being the nutjob Jones is isn't radical to them, so there's no news to it. The nut is Glenn Beck for pointing out the radicals President Obama has in his administration. From Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion:
The mainstream media finally is covering this story. Not as news, but as history. The unfortunate and misguided exposure of Van Jones' love affair with 9/11 Truthers and various and sundry pejoratives.

That's what happens when one ignores a hot story for ideological purposes. The MSM is treating the Van Jones Affair as just another historical example of the vast right-wing conspiracy, without the slightest note that the MSM was dragged kicking and screaming into covering the story when Jones' resignation made it impossible to ignore.

Hot Air explains how Van Jones's resignation reflects badly on Barack Obama on soooo many levels. But it is funny watching those sweet, salty tears from the moonbats crying about it.