For one reason or another, I’m starting to believe that the Obama Administration hates me. Sure I might not support most of his initiatives – but the least they could do is start releasing interesting news during the week rather than over the weekend. Its pretty tough to have a life and start a blog when all the top news gets thrown out on weekends. However as they say, better late than never… which is exactly how I feel about the resignation of Van Jones.
Now I don’t know Van Jones and I won’t pretend otherwise. He very well could be totally reformed from all his past indiscretions that I find horrifying. Everything you will read in the progressive media will say Van Jones was a victim of a witch hunt orchestrated by Glenn Beck and his right wing hit team. However, since when did it become okay to ignore someone’s past when vetting them for a national political position? Even if it was an appointed position by Obama and not an elected position – it is still in the best interest of the office holder to ensure the nominated candidate doesn’t embarrass the administration. Of course, although EVERY…POLITICIAN…EVER… has their past investigated, judging Jones is apparently off-limits.
Let’s list a few of the extremist views that the Obama administration found acceptable:
- Admitted he was a communist in the 90’s
- Founded the Marxist group, STORM
- Expressed support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop murderer currently on death row
- Signed a 9/11 Truther petition claiming the Bush administration orchestrated the World Trade Center attacks as a pretense to the Iraq War.
- Called all Republicans, “Assholes” – (Okay, this one doesn’t count, but I find it funny that of everything that he has said/done in his life, the two things the media find fascinating are the 9/11 petition and this one.)
When you consider the reasons we have ridiculed our political figures in the past, where does “supporting conspiracy theories regarding 9/11″ rank against things such as, oh…having an unwed, pregnant 17-yr old daughter? If these were small nit-picky things we were talking about, Id agree with the sentiment that we should forgive and forget for a man’s past. In her commentary on the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington says:
Van Jones is not foible-free. He’s human. And ardent in his desire to effect change. In fact, his journey from radical activist to someone who came to see that the solutions we need in this country are ones not easily categorized as right or left is what has made him such an effective leader. If we continue to obsessively see things through that right/left prism — and use those differences as weapons with which we attack our perceived enemies — it is going to be infinitely harder to move the country to where it needs to be.
That’s terrific and I really do agree with her. Listen, I am all for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances in life…but there is no comparison between using personal foibles as ammunition, and an individuals past extreme Communist/Marxist political beliefs. There is a way Van Jones can prove his vision for America has changed and not have a national position in the White House. When even his hometown, liberal newspaper supports his resignation, you know that it was a mistaken nomination in the first place. With all the concerns raised by half the nation regarding Obama’s plans for the future of America – I am amazed they allowed this mistake to slip through the cracks.