This column originally appeared on The American Spectator on September 9, 2009.
Former White House aide Van Jones, who resigned at midnight Saturday night on Labor Day weekend, explained in his resignation letter,
On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide….But…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.
Neither Jones nor any of the “progressive” bloggers or media “journalists” who have rushed to his defense have explained exactly what that “vicious smear campaign” or “lies and distortions” are.
As national talk show host and Fox News host Glenn Beck reported, Jones himself claimed to be a communist radical who wants to change “to a whole new system.” He led a campaign demanding the release of convicted cop killer and also avowed communist Mumia Abu-Jamal. In fact, Mumia shot the cop point blank in the face. The Washington Post reports that Jones was also involved with the Bay area radical group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a group of still more avowed communist radicals.
Jones has proclaimed publicly that whites are purposely poisoning minority neighborhoods, as also reported by Beck. Jones said, “The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities.”
Jones explained his job as White House green jobs czar by saying, “This movement is deeper than a solar panel! Deeper than a solar panel! Don’t stop there! Don’t stop there! We’re going to change the whole system! We’re going to change the whole thing. We want a new system. We want a new system.” This statement is especially troubling coming from a self-avowed communist radical with extensive ties to other communist revolutionaries. What new system would he be talking about, and is that what those who voted for Obama last year thought they were supporting?
Jones has also publicly alleged that under our capitalist agricultural system, Americans are spraying immigrants with poisonous toxins. He said:
What about our immigrant brothers and sisters? What about people who come here from all around the world who we’re willing to have out in the field, with poison being sprayed on them, poison being sprayed on them because we have the wrong agricultural system.
Jones has also called for redistribution of wealth to American Indians, saying, “No more broken treaties, no more broken treaties. Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth!”
None of these are smears, lies or distortions. These are Van Jones in his own words. I haven’t even mentioned yet that he signed a petition from the wacko group 911Truth.org that “questioned whether Bush administration officials ‘may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war,'” as the Washington Post reported. Nor have I mentioned that he called Republican opponents of Obamacare ass—-s.
Nor have I mentioned that Newsbuster.org reported Monday that “roughly 40 hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred, avowed Communist Jones publicly declared that the U.S. deserved what happened.” In its report on a September 13, 2001 Oakland rally, the left-wing website, indybay.org wrote:
“The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up New York City,” said Van Jones…who also warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. “The U.S. cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad.”
Nevertheless, none of this has stopped the crass opportunist Arianna Huffington herself from blogging on her own Huffington Post website that Beck had attacked Van Jones with “a vile and vicious smear campaign,” again with no explanation of what she is talking about. Another blogger featured on the Huffington Post website said, “The racism and red-baiting suffered by Jones at the hands of Beck and his admirers are simply key elements in a marketing strategy designed to serve Very Big Business.” Again no explanation of exactly what racism and red baiting that would be. Just the typical name-calling that passes for analysis at the Huffington Post.
Another careful Huffington Post commentator writes, “Van Jones’ resignation isn’t a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama Administration’s failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of the team.” So a self-avowed communist revolutionary with extensive ties to other self-avowed communist revolutionaries is a valuable member of the Obama White House team, according to the Huffington Post. Memo to the Huffington Post: that frenetic dry drunk delusional Fox employee has a radio and TV audience of millions and millions more than you, none of whom are persuaded by your name calling.
Still another Huffington commentator says of the communist hero, “Van is a fantastic person who has done fantastic work. He’s kept his advocacy real and didn’t compromise his principles….If we, as a movement, cannot stand up for a genuine progressive hero like Van Jones, then we will not be able to stand up for anything, much less major legislative initiatives.” So the above left-wing extremist statements from Jones, and his openly communist revolutionary ties, are just keeping his advocacy real and not compromising principles, according to the Huffington Post.
As the Wall Street Journal editorialized yesterday, “The ascent of Mr. Jones within the liberal intelligentsia shows how much the Democratic Party has moved left since its ‘New Democrat’ triangulation of the Clinton years.” The Journal references in particular that Jones “was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, which was established, funded and celebrated as the new intellectual vanguard of the Democratic Party.” They could have referenced as well Democratic Party national chairman Howard Dean, who, telling Fox News Sunday he had just talked to Jones, called the resignation of the communist revolutionary “a loss for the country.” What country would that be? Venezuela?
The Journal also noted yesterday that Jones was “praised and sponsored by Valerie Jarrett, who is one of the two or three most powerful White House aides and is a long-time personal friend of the President,” adding that “Jones wasn’t some unknown crazy who insinuated himself with the Obama crowd under false pretenses. He has been a leading young light of the left-wing political movement for many years.”
But Jones was not the only left-wing extremist nut on the Obama team. Mark Lloyd is the Diversity Czar for the FCC. In his book Prologue to a Farce, Lloyd states, as reported by Beck,
“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press….This freedom is too often an exaggeration….At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”
Nice American attitude towards freedom of speech for an FCC official. Lloyd proposes in that book a tax on private radio broadcasters equal to 100% of their operating budget, with the money to go to fund National Public Radio, NPR, government run radio. Of course, the purpose of that tax can’t be to fund NPR, because such a discriminatory, punitive tax burden would just drive the private broadcasters out of business, leaving a government radio monopoly. This inevitable result is the obvious purpose of the tax, especially for someone who thinks freedom of speech is an exaggeration and a distraction.
At a 2008 National Conference for Media Reform, Lloyd offered examples of how government radio can be used to achieve social change.
“State Radio in Rwanda was taken over by one tribe, one group, and they began to put out propaganda, so that the Tutsis were targeted and what resulted from the fact that state radio was able to do that was essentially mass genocide in Rwanda. [T]his particular tribe…controlled the radio very purposefully to make sure there was media and social change. In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution — dramatic revolution — to begin to put in place saying that we’re going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela the property owners and the folks who were then controlling the media in Venezuela rebelled — work frankly with folks here in the U.S. government — worked to oust him and he came back and had another revolution. And Chavez then started to take the media very seriously….”
So if we have government-controlled radio here in America, apparently we could then have government inspired genocide too. Maybe that would focus on the property owners, who were the only people who had a problem with the dramatic revolution, the incredible revolution, of Marxist strong man Hugo Chavez. In Lloyd’s mind, Chavez apparently is the model for the U.S., as is suggested by President Obama’s foreign policy in regard to Honduras.
As Seton Motley, director of communications for the Media Research Center told Beck regarding Lloyd’s policies, “His plan is to use the nebulous FCC regulations of diversity and localism to arrive at the same destination of the Fairness Doctrine, which is to shut you up by shutting you down. He wants to assault the radio industry to effect an ideological outcome.” Sounds like a communications policy worthy of Hugo Chavez.
Then there is Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and a White House policy advisor on health care in his own right. He thinks the government should decide who gets what health care and when, according to his vision of social justice and the greater good of society.
As Betsy McCaughey explained in the Wall Street Journal on August 27, true health reform according to Dr. Emanuel
must include redefining doctor’s ethical obligations. In the June 18, 2008 issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘overuse’ of medical care:… “This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath’s admonition to ‘use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment’ as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.”
Silly troglodyte doctors insisting that they should help the sick to the best of their ability, regardless of the impact on Obama’s budget deficit.
Dr. Emanuel explains his policy further in a 1996 Hastings Center Report,
Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity — those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations — are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.
This is exactly the health care fascism that Sarah Palin was objecting to, with the government pulling the plug on her grandmother, or her Down Syndrome infant. As long as Ezekiel Emanuel is a health policy advisor on his White House staff, Barack Obama has no business objecting to critics who say his health care plan will involve government rationing.
Then there is the White House energy czar Carol Browner, who served on the environment committee of the Socialist International, the umbrella group for 170 “social democratic, socialist and labor parties” in 55 countries, as reported by Fox News. Browner urged the international socialists to pursue “common action, since human survival increasingly depends upon the joint efforts of people around the world.” Browner favors repeal of the industrial revolution to save us from global warming, as the planet gets cooler and cooler.
And don’t forget the White House science czar John Holdren. In his book Ecoscience: Population, Resources and Environment, Holdren ruminates that forced abortions may be a necessary policy “if the population crisis becomes sufficiently severe to endanger the society.” The book also discusses spiking drinking water with chemicals to make people sterile. But what population crisis is Holdren talking about? The real looming crisis is the repeal of the industrial revolution that Holdren also favors under Obama’s cap and tax plan, aimed at returning fossil fuel emissions to the level of 1907.
This just scratches the surface of all the President’s nuts. I haven’t even mentioned Cass Sunnstein, who also favors government health care rationing, and Harold Koh, who thinks Americans should be ruled by the laws of foreign countries, not just by what we have democratically adopted. Many more will doubtless turn up in the bowels of the federal bureaucracy
As the Wall Street Journal also editorialized yesterday,
“As a candidate, Barack Obama was at pains to offer himself as a man of moderate policies, and especially of moderate temperament. He said he would listen to both the right and left, choosing the best of each depending on ‘what works.’ He sold himself as a center-left pragmatist.”
But this was just another example of Obama’s practice of calculated deception. Since his election, we haven’t seen any of this supposed pragmatism. All we have seen is ultraleft ideology. That is why the political bills for this deception are just beginning to come due, as the Journal further explains,
Mr. Obama is falling in the polls because last year he didn’t tell the American people that the “change” they were asked to believe in included trillions of dollars in new spending, deferring to the most liberal Members of Congress, a government takeover of health care, and appointees with the views of Van Jones.