To President Obama:
Van Jones is your Green Jobs Czar, a position of importance and power in deciding how to restructure US industry. He has recently been in the news for his speeches and petitions. He signed a petition asking that the US Government, then under President Bush, be investigated for complicity in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
He declared that he became a Comunist in his recent past. He stated that black high school students might shoot another black student, but that they had never tried to shoot many people at once, as two white students did in the Columbine tragedy.
It seems that you will announce soon that he has resigned, or that you have fired him, or that you are going to keep him in your administration.
Whatever you do, please tell me, what is new to you about this information? If you already knew about these aspects of his history, then why should you now fire him or ask him to resign?
If your actions are based on recent information, new to you, then what's new?
What Van Jones Signifies
09/05/09 - PowerlineBlog by Scott Johnson
[edited] Do not write off Van Jones as a one-off nutjob in the Obama administration. He signifies. The Obama team sought him out and signed him up for his job as green jobs commissar precisely because of who he is.
He is a self-proclaimed Communist. A vulgar Marxist twice over. A supporter of cold-blooded cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. A 9/11 Truther. A racist hater, whose hatred extends to the United States. And, insofar as his current job is concerned, we have a man who sees the "green jobs" con as a tool for overthrowing capitalism.
He is the complete, left-wing, nightmare package.
I will add that he seems to me to be a well-dressed, fit man, with energy and personal charisma. He speaks very well, simply and with good phrasing, if you ignore the content. He reminds me entirely of President Obama.
Van Goes Under The Bus -- Updated
09/05/09 - PajamasMedia by Ed Driscoll
A collection of links and comment about Van Jones, who he is, what he said, and how people are reacting.
Jennifer Rubin said in Commentary Magazine:
[edited] The immediate issue is that the White House is harboring such a figure. It is under siege for its leftward lurch, and is battling the tag that the president is out of touch with ordinary Americans. It's hard to believe that Van Jones isn't a fictional character dreamed up by Obama's conservative critics. Unfortunately no, Jones is very real.
Where is the policy paper?
07/26/09 - Easy Opinions by Andrew Garland
Obama and Congress must have thoroughly investigated before writing down new law to change all of healthcare. Where is it? Let's see it.
Or, are they legislating off of a cocktail napkin?