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By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards
Sept. 8, 2009
The drama surrounding Green Jobs Czar Van Jones is mercifully over…he has resigned after a storm of controversy erupted over comments that came to light only in the last few days: "Republicans are a-holes"; "George Bush is a crackhead"; 9-11 was an inside job (he signed his name to the Truth.org statement). Jones resigned for the most superficial, and simplistic of reasons. It was the sensational comments and actions by Jones and not his radical past that caught up with him.
As always there is a much larger story.
Predictably the mainstream media ignored the Van Jones story entirely. Initially broken by Aaron KIein at World Net Daily, it was driven primarily by conservative talk radio, the conservative blogs and Glenn Beck. Curiously the big conservative outlets like Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times missed the larger story on Van Jones as well. Peggy Noonan missed it. Writing in the Wall St. Journal she said: "Apart from a flirtation with radicalism (you have to hope it did not become a full, deep and continuing relationship)…"
Flirtation with radicalism? Is she nuts or just journalistically lazy? A quick Google search reveals Jones' 'flirtation with radicalism' going back to the early 90's. Van Jones was and still is, a radical and self-avowed Communist. It was Jones' radical views and past that should have triggered his resignation, not his latest flurry of stupidity. A man like Jones should never be allowed anywhere near a president…except Obama is not like past presidents. Obama was packaged as a centrist and sold to the electorate by an enabling mainstream media.
Let's see what a few clicks on Google reveal about Van Jones.
In 1992 Jones was arrested during the Rodney King riots. While in jail he converted from black nationalism to radical communism. He loathes capitalism because he claims it exploits nonwhite minorities worldwide.
After receiving a Yale Law degree Jones formed Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM in 1994. The group held study groups on Marxist theory and dreamed of creating the perfect socialist utopia. While at STORM Jones published Reclaiming Revolution.
Jones: "Revolutionaries need to be militant in street actions. As leaders in the fight for liberation, we should be role models of fearlessness before the state and the oppressor."
In 1996 Jones co-founded of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change. It was at this time that Jones began accusing the nation of "environmental racism" and "eco-apartheid" for putting industrial incinerators and dumping grounds in poor neighborhoods. He was beginning to tie the green movement to the social justice movement.
In an interview at the Ella Baker Center Jones expounded on environmental racism:
"White environmentalists and white polluters eventually wound up steering toxics into communities of color and increasing the toxic burden for people of color…"
Jones began to repackage himself as a mainstream guy. In a 2005 interview with the 'East Bay Express' he said:
"I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends."
Jones eventually launched an organization (Green For All) dedicated to building a 'green economy.'
He published The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, in October 2008.
"We want a green economy that is strong enough to lift people out of poverty. We're not leaving anybody behind. We don't want an eco-elite economy. We're talking about people that don't have a home. How do they get to be part of this green economy? What good is a green economy if, at the end of the day, it's just eco-apartheid anyway?"
At The State of The Black Union on Feb, 27 2009 Jones said:
"You cannot beat global warming unless you understand that 40% of greenhouse gases are not coming from cars they're coming from buildings and 75% of greenhouse gases are coming from the cities and you cannot green the cities unless you green the ghetto and you cannot green the ghetto in 2009 without giving Pookie a job."
Jones at the Powershift '09 Conference, March 10, 2009:
"And our Native American sisters and brothers who were pushed and bullied and mistreated and shoved into all the land we didn't want, where it was all hot and windy, well, guess what. Renewable energy. Guess what, solar industry. Guess what, wind industry. They now own and control 80% of the renewable energy resources. No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth. Give them the wealth. Give them the dignity. Give them the respect that they deserve. No justice on stolen land. We owe them a debt."
"This movement is deeper than a solar panel, deeper than a solar panel. Don't stop there. Don't stop there. No, we're going to change the whole system. We're going to change the whole thing."
White polluters poisoning immigrants, Native Americans and blacks in the cities… apparently Jones didn't repackage himself nearly enough. For Van Jones the green movement is not really about the environment. It never was about the environment. For Van Jones, and the left in general, this is about settling scores and stealing money. This is about payback. It's about social justice and wealth redistribution. For the Left there is always some perceived injustice that justifies them stealing your money.
Van Jones helped found the Apollo Alliance and served on its board until recently.
The Apollo Alliance was intimately involved in crafting the $787B stimulus package which included over $100B for climate change initiatives.
From the Apollo Alliance website (http://apolloalliance.org/state-local/boston/the-green-justice-solution/):
"Most of the direct on-site jobs are construction jobs, although a number of new energy auditor jobs will also be created. Many require only modest training, making them accessible to residents without college degrees. Of the-full-year-retrofitting jobs that would be created, almost one-third would be entry-level, almost two-thirds would be skilled or semi-skilled and only one in fourteen would be supervisory. This mix of jobs creates opportunities for energy efficiency workers to move up a career ladder into union apprenticeships that offer long-term, high-wage careers in a skilled trade."
These words express a lofty sentiment…green jobs for all. In reality this is an updated 'enterprise zones post-Rodney King riots scam' where the folks running the government program got rich while the folks in the neighborhood got some jobs pushing a broom…only this time the brooms will have green handles. Maybe they'll get a green tee-shirt too.
Van Jones is a classic race hustler, a communist, a fraud and con artist in the mold of Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton.
The climate change/global warming/green economy scam is essentially a money-laundering grants scam: raid the U.S. Treasury and use the money to subsidize low-level dead-end jobs repackaged as 'green jobs', make them union jobs and also distribute money to social justice agitators such as ACORN.
Van Jones was not the only Obama appointee to hold radical or extreme views. There are at least five other 'czars' we need to keep an eye on.
Mark Lloyd -- FCC Diversity Czar
Prior to joining the Obama administration Lloyd was a Senior Fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, for whom he co-wrote a June 2007 report entitled "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio."
Lloyd wants to kill off conservative talk radio by imposing localism and 'diversity' on programming. Any violations would trigger fines of 100% of operating costs which would then be used to prop up public radio like NPR. Lloyd also wants to see more minority ownership of stations funded by the fines imposed on station owners.
Lloyd's proposal is wealth redistribution and legalized theft wrapped in the feel-good language of fairness and diversity. There is absolutely no way any company paying the equivalent 100% of operating costs each year could stay in business. This is a rigged game and a con, especially when the FCC is runs by a socialist who can determine what the public interest is.
Lloyd is also a fan of the Hugo Chavez revolution:
In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution - a democratic revolution - to begin to put in place saying that we're going to have 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 came back and had another revolution. And Chavez then started to take the media very seriously in this country.
Cass Sunstein - Regulatory Czar
Cass R. Sunstein has taught law at Harvard and the University of Chicago. He is considered a legal scholar who, from his insulated and privileged Ivory Tower, has authored books on First Amendment rights, animal rights and the behavioral sciences. As Regulatory Czar he now gets to put his theories into practice.
In his book Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech (1995) Sunstein says there is a need to rethink First Amendment law. He believes that current free speech law "disserves the aspirations of those who wrote America's founding document."
As editor of the 2004 book, Animal Rights : Current Debates and New Directions", Sunstein suggested that animals ought to be able to bring suit, with private citizens acting on their behalf, to ensure that animals are not treated in a way that violates current law.
Sunstein also has some odd notions that speak to the current healthcare debate. In June of 2003 Sunstein stated: "Because every old person was once young an emphasis on life-years does not discriminate against anyone…the very people who lose when older also gained when younger in producing regulatory impact analysis…agencies should inquire into life-years and take into account of that inquiry in deciding what to do."
Sunstein has some rather peculiar ideas about your money and your property rights.
He feels that "we should celebrate tax day." claiming that the very concepts of property and society are based on government and taxes:
Without taxes there would be no liberty. Without taxes there would be no property. Without taxes, few of us would have any assets worth defending. [It is] a dim fiction that some people enjoy and exercise their rights without placing any burden whatsoever on the public fisc. … There is no liberty without dependency.
Mark Levin, in his book Liberty and Tyranny found this gem from Sunstein's 2004 book The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need it More than Ever:
[I]f some people have a lot and others little, law and legal coercion is a large part of the reason…. These forms of law represent large-scale government "interventions" into the economy. They are coercive to the extent that they prohibit people from engaging in desired activities. If homeless people lack a place to live, it is not because of God's will or nature. It is because the rules of property are invoked and enforced to evict them, if necessary by force. If employees have to work long hours and make little money, it is because of the prevailing rules of property and contract. The realists believe that private property is fine, even good, but they denied that the rules of property could be identified with liberty. Sometimes those rules disserve liberty."
Sunstein would sacrifice your liberty to advance his idea of conformity and security. He is a control freak who wants regulatory control over your property, your money, free speech and your mind and body.
Carol Browner - Energy Czar
Carol Browner is a former member of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society (CSWS), which is a formal organ of the Socialist International.
CSWS says the industrialized world must reduce its energy consumption and commit to punitive and internationally enforcable limits on "greenhouse gas" emissions. At the Congress of the Socialist International of June 30-July2, 2008 CSWS called for the imposition of international environmental taxes admitting that "market solutions alone are insufficient and will not provide the financial support and resources necessary to achieve the required combination of deep emission reduction, adaptation to already changing climate conditions, energy security and equitable and environmentally sound economic development." On Sept. 5-6, 2008, CSWS noted that its proposals would cost hundreds of billions (naturally) and it called for a "redesign of the international rules on intellectual property."
These proposals are nothing less than theft, i.e., calls for redistribution of property and wealth.
John Holdren - Science Czar
John Holdren has taught Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard and University of California, Berkeley. He said in a 2008 New York Times op-ed, that climate change skeptics were "dangerous" members of a "denier fringe."
Holdren would like to see a program of forced abortion implemented in the United States: "A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men. Indeed it has been concluded that compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society."
Holdren endorsed a "surrender of sovereignty" for the United States. He also finds himself in agreement with Carol Browner when he states that the UN must mandate "a requirement for the early establishment of a substantial price on carbon emissions in all countries, whether by a carbon tax or a tradable permit approach."
The common thread that runs through all of these Czars is the desire to control people through property, wealth and income redistribution. This is the hallmark of all Leftists and these czars personify the policy. Jones wanted to loot the treasury to create green jobs. Lloyd wants to steal money from broadcasters and use it to fund radio stations who's message the Left agrees with. Holdren and Browner want to finance a green world by destroying our sovereignty, making us subservient to the UN and funding this brave new green world with taxes from industrial nations. This would effectively become an international extortion racket.
Regarding Van Jones everyone has been asking 'Where was the White House vetting process? How could a man like Jones end up in the White House as an advisor to the President?'
The White House vetting process worked perfectly. As mentioned earlier Obama is unlike any president that came before him. These Czars are not there by accident. They are a window into Obama's soul. They are a reflection of how the president thinks. He is one of them. The reason any of the aforementioned charlatans are in the White House is, when viewed through the White House lens, there is nothing radical about these picks.
The person who did the vetting, Valerie Jarrett, is also 'one of them' . Michelle Malkin has termed Jarrett the keeper of Obama's urban/racial "authenticity." At the recent Netroots dKos blogger conference last month (August 15, 2009) Jarrett took full credit for the vetting process:
"Oooh. Van Jones, alright! So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he's not that old, for as long as he's been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy in the White House."
During the election Barack Obama asked us to judge him by the people he surrounds himself with. We have been looking at who surrounds the president and it is not a pretty picture.
In his autobiography Obama wrote: "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."
The real question is, how long do we tolerate the president being surrounded by radicals until we openly acknowledge that the president himself is a radical? How long do we admit to ourselves that there are only radicals, from Obama's past and present, surrounding the president?
How many more people like William Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi and now Van Jones have to be disavowed before the obvious becomes obvious to the people that voted for Obama. How long before Democratic Party realizes the terrible mistake made in nominating and electing this guy?