I’ve seen at least two articles — one by Arianna Huffington and the other on AlterNet.org — that posit that the ouster of Van Jones as a “green jobs” adviser from the Obama White House is the best thing that could have happened to Jones.
The idea apparently is that Jones will be able to do a lot more from outside of the White House than he could do from within it.
This seems logical. I mean, I can’t imagine working for the White House communications team, for instance. I mean, assuming that I could even get on the White House communications team, with my profanity-laced Internet screeds that date back to 2002 (um, Repugnicans aren’t just assholes, but they’re dirty fucking assholes) — and I couldn’t (so much for free fucking speech in the “land of the free”) — I’d have to be “proper” and “professional” all the time.
In other words, I couldn’t be myself. Just shoot me. (But only after you shoot Glenn Beck.)
Anyway, notes Huffington:
…No longer tied to his desk with a sock in his mouth, Van [Jones] is now freed to do what he does best: inspire and energize groups around the country. Student groups and labor groups and small business groups and middle class Americans everywhere who are losing jobs and losing homes and losing hope.
He’s free to push with all his might and insight for the vision tens of millions of Americans tirelessly worked for during the presidential campaign — the vision they voted for in November — but which is now in danger of being drowned in the fetid political swamps of Washington.
If Glenn Beck had any sense at all, he would have done everything in his power to keep Van Jones right where he was….
Huffington goes on in her piece to eschew the 9/11 “conspiracy theorists,” and I don’t understand this bandwagon, the need to frantically position oneself into one extreme camp or the other — usually into the camp that of course the unelected Bush regime that (after it stole the 2000 presidential election) lied about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction and fabricated color-coded “terrorism alerts” and just allowed Hurricane Katrina to ravage New Orleans never would have just let 9/11 happen!
My stance on 9/11 is that while I am not comfortable going so far as to say that the Bush regime orchestrated 9/11, I certainly wouldn’t put it past the Bush regime to have had a good idea that it was going to happen but at the minimum to have been nonchalant about it. I mean, again, look how well the unelected Bush regime handled Hurricane Katrina, for which there had been plenty of warning!
The AlterNet.org article, by executive editor Don Hazen, is titled “Five Reasons Why Van Jones and Progressives are Better Off with Jones Out of the White House” and gives these five reasons: “Now he’s a household name” (and “Now he has a national stage”); “He’s been rescued from obscurity” (a bit redundant); “He’s the leader progressives need” (kind of like a New & Improved Barack Obama! — Now With Balls!, I guess); “He has a renewed charge to speak the truth”; and “He can provide real vision and organizing framework.”
While I think that it would be incredibly ironic if Jones, thanks to Glenn Beck, became the kind of progressive leader that Obama promised to be but hasn’t been, I can’t say that I agree with Hazen’s assertion that Jones can be more effective than even Michael Moore can be (I mean, racism most likely always will work against Jones, and Moore doesn’t have that particular problem).
And I cringed to read Hazen’s quasi-likening of Van Jones to Al Sharpton in that Sharpton first came into the limelight with some notoriety but now is a well-known guy, and that the same might happen for Jones. Gee, I certainly hope that Jones doesn’t follow the self-serving blowhard Sharpton’s (or Jesse Jackson’s) path…
(Not to say that neither Sharpton nor Jackson ever accomplished anything worthwhile, but these days they’re little but media whores for every black issue that comes up, such as even the death of Michael Jackson, which, from what I can tell, had to do with Michael Jackson, not with racism.)
Van Jones can do much better than that, and I suspect that he will.
While Huffington needs to cool her rhetoric on the 9/11 stuff, since she doesn’t have any more information about what, if any, role that the Bush regime played in 9/11 (even just permitting it to happen) than I do or you do, I do like her final statement on Jones:
Glenn Beck has taken Van out of his in-the-shadows position and thrust him into the spotlight. I told Van after his resignation that I hope he will take the extra attention and energy Beck created for him and, like a jujitsu black belt, turn the blow into an opening, an opportunity to transform the negative attack into something positive for himself and for the country.
Yup. As I noted, I’d never even heard of Van Jones before the racist, fascist, dipshit wingnut Glenn Beck decided to gun for Jones, but now the paperback edition of Jones’ best-selling 2008 book The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems is on my amazon.com wish list. It is to be released on September 29, and it would be fucking great if Jones’ book surpasses any of Beck’s on the best-seller lists.
Finally, is Van Jones one burning hot hunk of a man or what?
He gets me all fired up about environmentalism… Is it hot in here or is it me or is it global warming?
Thank you, Glenn Beck, you fugly son of a bitch, for putting this beautiful hunk of man into the national spotlight, where he belongs.
Over lunch today my brother and I discussed that surely the wingnuts have claimed that the Obama adminstration had a socialist indoctrination speech all ready to go for the nation’s schoolkiddies today — but he scrapped it at the last minute only because of pre-emptive wingnut outrage.
Sure enough, I see this in Salon.com’s War Room from today:
…Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, who’d been one of the most high-profile critics of [Obama’s back-to-school] address, terming it “indoctrination,” conceded that it was a good speech — even one he’d want his kids to hear. But he wasn’t willing to drop his allegations completely.
“Now that the White House got their hand in the cookie jar caught, they changed everything, they redid the lesson plans, they released the text, and tomorrow he’s gonna give a speech that every president should have an opportunity to give,” Greer said [yesterday].
“I would anticipate, based on this president being so vocal and so aggressive about his vision of America, where government is in every aspect of our lives, I believe that the speech that he was gonna give, based on the lesson plans, is different.”
Oh, puhfuckinglease. Yes, some wording of the optional lesson plan accompanying Obama’s back-to-school address was changed because it was viewed as too political — schoolkids were asked how they would help the Obama administration reach national educational goals or something like that — but that hardly means that Obama was poised to turn our precious little freedom-lovin’ ones into frothing-at-the-mouth, flag-burning pinkos.
And it’s not like Obama could have said anything that he wanted to the nation’s schoolchildren — such as to report their parents to him via the White House website if their parents they think that Sarah Palin-Quayle would make a great president, you betcha! — and there would have been no blowback from that.
Of course, the wingnuts’ biggest problem with Barack Obama is that he’s presiding while black.
You can’t be blatantly racist these days, so before Obama was elected president, code for “He’s a nigger!” was “He’s a Muslim!” (To this day the xenophobic, racist, fucktarded wingnuts call Obama “Osama” and emphasize that his middle name is Hussein.) Today, the most commonly used wingnut code for “He’s a nigger!” is “He’s a socialist!”
My black sisters and brothers, this white gay man apologizes to you for those members of his race who hate you for your race — but who still call themselves “Christians.” (Most of them, anyway.)
For more assorted shit, please see yesterday’s post on Labor Day if you haven’t already. The stuff on Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” and Oliver Stone’s “South of the Border” got a bit buried, but I’m too lazy to dig it out.