Saturday, September 5, 2009

What's With This Van Jones Guy Anyway?


Of all the White House "czars" that have irked conservatives, none has given them so much angst as a guy named Van Jones, who President Obama tapped to oversee promotion of environmentally friendly initiatives in the United States.

By all accounts, Jones is well qualified for the position he's been given and is well respected in his field. But that's not what has the right going crazy over his choice.

Among the things they find distasteful is that Jones once referred to Republicans as "assholes," that he admitted that he was a communist, that he's been critical of white people for not showing tough love to Caucasian youth (he once said black kids might shoot other black kids but only white kids pull a Columbine), that he's a 9/11 "truther" and, and this may be his worst transgression, an organization that he founded is leading the very successful charge calling for advertisers to boycott the Glenn Beck Show on the Fox News Channel.

Not surprisingly, Beck has been fighting back, revealing all of Jones' real or perceived transgressions. But the question that this all raises is, who vetted him for the job, the same people who picked Sarah Palin to be John McCain's running mate?

7 comments:

Sam Daly said...

Why is it no major media outlets outside of FOX have mentioned Mr Jones? Had this been a person appointed by the previous administration, the same media who isn't covering Jones would have been all over this story!

Anonymous said...

Obviously the vetting process has either failed, or the people who chose this man have a sick sense of humour.
Diplomacy is not his strong suit!

His comments are at best insensitive, but quite obviously racist. Listen to the speech he made about the difference between black and white youth to glean this. If you want to create divisions within American society then you couldn't do better than have someone like him in a position of power.
So what is the administration doing? Let's look at the philosophy behind this, one of the guiding principles:

Alinsky™s Rules for Radicals
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut
off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people
and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but
very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

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Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that you're not the slightest bit upset by this man's appointment, Gary, since you were on ground zero and saw, firsthand, the devastation done that day.

How soon people forget....

Anonymous said...

Gary, last count there were 32 Czars in this administration. RUSSIA didn't have this many Czars!

Doesn't this bother you just a tad that they've found a way to do an end-run around the confirmation process?

Gary Baumgarten said...

Wow, I'm not upset about Jones' appointment? Then why did I post this commentary? But you somehow connect Jones with 9/11? You're kidding, right?

Oh, and the term czar is one made up by the news media. There are no positions called czar in the administration.