Daily Archives: September 1, 2009

Who are these People? … Van Jones, Green Jobs Czar

Candidate Barack Obama campaigned on these messages:

 “Change we can believe in” “Hope and Change” “Change we need” And … “Yes We Can!” 

This sounds so positive, so benign and yet… 

As he prepared to take office after winning the election we began to hear a stronger message….. 

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”. – President- Elect Barack Obama 

Transform to what?  This is still the greatest nation on earth! Can someone define what we are fixing?  Sure there are things we can do better, but fundamentally transform America? Folks, this does not sound like a tune up or some tweaking. Webster defines fundamental as: “constituting or functioning as an essential component of a system or structure: basic”. In America, the foundation of our society is the Constitution, making it the basic component.  

Now for all of you that voted for this president I ask – were you voting for a “fundamental transformation” of your country? If your answer is yes, what was it you were expecting to change? Did you still expect to operate under the Constitution? Did you want bigger and more intrusive government controlling your life, your income and your basic freedoms? Or as I would suspect with most were you just looking for a tune up, you know a few basic policy changes to make your life a little easier? Were you really expecting to be asked to give up your liberty, your freedom, and the American way of life? Is this really what you signed up for? 

Whether it is or not we are on a fast track to an America that most of us could never have envisioned. In this new America, we would use terms like “redistribution of wealth”, “social justice”, “government run health care”, “death panels” and “civilian security forces”, an America where we would be debating the merits of nationalizing the auto industry, nationalizing the banks, capping executive pay, taxing carbon emissions, cattle flatulence, soda and referring to our citizens who do not agree with proposed legislation as domestic terrorists?   Where the hell are we? We appear to be evolving, if the people in charge have there way into a hybrid government which is part communist and part fascist. See definitions below:

Communism: the political theory or system in which all property and wealth is owned in a classless society by all the members of that society 

Fascism: any movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism 

If you merge the bolded parts of each you end up where we appear to be headed as follows: “a movement, ideology, or attitude that favors a classless society, centralized control of private enterprise and repression of all opposition 

The majority party leadership (with plenty of help from the minority) of this country has decided that “we the people” gave them a mandate to do whatever they think is best. Now that their agenda has become increasingly clearer and people have begun to push back, we are getting signals that they intend to ignore us and push ahead whether we like it or not. 

Friends, I am afraid the message is becoming quite clear. So is the answer to my opening question – Who are these people? This will be the first in a series of posts to answer that question. We will begin with Van Jones. 

Van Jones is President Obama’s Green Jobs Czar. Prior to the creation of this position had you ever heard of Van Jones? Who is he and where did come from? 

Van Jones, is obviously an intelligent and engaging man with a checkered and troubling past. To start with Jones is a San Francisco extremist who admits to having been “radicalized in jail.”

Leading up to Rodney King trial, Jones said, “I was a just rowdy black nationalist on April 28th [1992], and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist. (…) I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’ I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.

In the late 90s, Jones was involved in Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement nicknamed(STORM), a multi-racial activist collective with Marxist influences. While never large, STORM was an influential group in the Bay Area, working with numerous organizations including Bay Area Police Watch, School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER). So strong were his radical beliefs that  Jones’ named one of his sons Cabral, in honor of Amilcar Cabral, the African Marxist who spoke to Castro’s Tricontinental Congress in 1966.

Van Jones is also the founder of both the Ella Baker Center and Green For All, as well senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and heavily involved with the Apollo Alliance another environmental/green jobs organization.

Here is Van Jones; in his own words: 

Feb 28, 2009, Keynote Speech at the Powershift ’09 Conference: 

“Because obviously we need some help, we need some wisdom from some place else. Because what we’ve come up with here (America) don’t make no sense at all”! 

 “All we do is take out the dirty power system, the dirty power generation in a system and just replace it with some clean stuff, put a solar panel on top of this system. We don’t deal with how we are consuming water, we don’t deal with how we’re treating our other sister and other brothers’ species, we don’t deal with toxins, we don’t deal with the way we treat each other, if that’s not a part of this movement, let me tell you what you’ll have. This is all you’ll have. You’ll have solar powered bulldozers, solar powered buzz saws, and biofuel bombers and we’ll be fighting wars over lithium for the batteries instead of oil for the engines and we’ll still have a dead planet. 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. 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. We’re not going to put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system. We want a new system”. 

Watch the full keynote speech here:

Here is an additional video from Glenn Beck with more background. 

Here is another quote from an interview he did as the head of the Ella Baker Center. 

 “The white polluters and the white environmentals are essentially steering poison into the people of colored communities”. 

If the average American made such a racially charged comment in an interview they would immediately branded as a racist and ostracized by the media. So how can you have this background and end up as a senior presidential advisor?

Jones views environmental activism as a means to advance the ultra-left’s Orwellian notion of “justice.” It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that there is no way this guy could have confirmed for any other job. He was an admitted communist and political radical – Czar was the only way in. But has Jones changed his ways?

Jones’ former colleague, Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society admits for a while Van was running around spouting 1960s rhetoric and romanticizing revolutionary icons. However, Eva says she advised Van to: “Rethink his tactics” and to “work for change in wiser ways.” Please notice that her advice was to change tactics rather than ideologies. In a 2005 interview Jones described his new found philosophy like this, “I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”

Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity draws the clear parallel between Jones’ communist and environmentalist advocacy: “I think it’s pretty instructive what his past is… it’s the same sort of philosophy, the idea that government ought to be reordering society in accordance with some utopian vision that failed with communism and socialism, and will fail with this green jobs idea”.

Given this guy’s background – Is this the profile of someone we want to responsible for helping ensure the American way of life, a way of life he clearly shows disdain for? Is this whose advice we want the president to seek? Remember, Obama has said we should judge him by the people he surrounds himself with. So if you are known by the company you keep….

America, are you awake yet? 

In the words of Buffalo Springfield, ” There’s something happening here, What it is ain’t exactly clear … I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down”! Pay attention, your country is depending on you. The founding fathers warned us this could happen. Stand up, Be counted, Make your voice heard… Restore the Republic and the American Way!

“Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world” – Earl Warren


“Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: ‘No man should have so much.’ The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: ‘All men should have so much.’” – Unknown


“Communism teaches and seeks two objectives: unrelenting class warfare and the complete eradication of private ownership” –  Pope Pius XI


“How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?”  – Ronald Reagan

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world”. – Thomas Jefferson