The Sunday NY Times has a lot of competition for the most ridiculous thing on its Op-Ed pages today. The clueless Thomas Friedman opines: “We’re Gonna Be Sorry: Congress’s failure to pass an energy/climate bill is bad news for all of us.” But our top winner today has to be Van Jones:
Shirley Sherrod and Me
By VAN JONES
Published: July 24, 2010
I UNDERSTAND how Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign last week, must have felt
Last year I, too, resigned from an administration job, after I uttered some ill-chosen words about the Republican Party and was accused — falsely — of signing my name to a petition being passed around by 9/11 conspiracy theorists.
Some ill-chosen words about the Republican Party? No, Mr. Jones, it’s about everything you’ve said. Glenn Beck has said repeatedly that he has more Van Jones crazytime tape, but it’s too long to be shown on his Fox News show.
You (Van Jones) claim that you’ve never signed the 9-11 Truther petition, but I, personally, find it hard to believe. It fits in with every anti-American thing you do.
In my case, the media rushed to judgment so quickly that I was never able to make clear that the group put my name on its Web site without my permission.
No. The liberal media covered your back and never even reported on you until after you had resigned.
The result is that people at all levels of government are becoming overly cautious, unwilling to venture new opinions or even live regular lives for fear of seeing even the most innocuous comment or photograph used against them, all while trying to protect and improve the country.
Government officials have to be cautious with what they say! How terrible! They can’t just blurt out: “I don’t know the facts, but the police acted stupidly.” They’ve got to think before they say something. How awful!
Don’t we all believe that “sunlight is the best disinfectant”? Open meetings, YouTube, cable news and blogs aren’t bad. Is it better if a Congressman never holds a town hall to meet with constituents? Shirley Sherrod went on CNN to give her version of what she said. Don’t you think that she was taken seriously? Don’t you think that Fox News offered her many times to come on and say what she wanted to say? Don’t you know that Glenn Beck was one of the first persons to defend Shirley Sherrod?
The high standards and wise judgments of people like Walter Cronkite once acted as our national immune system, zapping scandal-mongers and quashing wild rumors.
Oh, to go back to the halcyon days of Walter Cronkite, when everyone watched the same news! This new internet thing is bad stuff, and so confusing!
And people do evolve into better people over their lives — just look at Senator Robert Byrd, who died this month and who entered politics as a segregationist and left as a statesman.
Van Jones loves Robert Byrd? ROBERT BYRD? The former Klansman who fought against the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s?
Robert Byrd left as a statesman? (Head slap.) No, Robert Byrd left as a big government porker Democrat. All is forgiven.
From The Wall Street Journal:
July 23, 2010, 1:45 PM ET
Van Jones on Sherrod: A Teachable Moment
By Susan Davis
LAS VEGAS–Former Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones weighed in on the Shirley Sherrod affair today. His message: It can happen to me. It can happen to her. It can happen to anyone.
“This woman is like Rosa Parks. This woman is as pure as the driven snow and she got slimed,” Jones said at Netroots Nation, a gathering of 2,100 progressive activists.
Actually, we now know, even in a larger context, that Sherrod is far from being pure as driven snow. She’s highly partisan with large axes to grind and scores to settle.
Jones, however, was quick to note that there was a difference between his situation and Sherrod’s—namely that his personal politics were considerably more radical and thus easier to malign.
“I had a much more colorful life than Ms. Sherrod,” he said. “I mean, let’s be honest: I was distinguishable as a radical leftist in the Bay Area. You’ve got to get up early, you’ve got to work weekends to be distinguishable as a leftist in the Bay Area.”
Yes, Van, you’re worse. Jones had constant access to the White House and was responsible for billions of taxpayer dollars.
A WSJ comment:
2:01 pm July 23, 2010
uh, her whole unedited clip contained racism throughout… her primary focus was the color of someone’s skin – whether the poor white farmer or the black president – she deserved to be fired (not allowed to resign). Pure, please
Oh, about that Van Jones speech in Lax Vegas before the Netroots Nation, from The Daily Caller:
Van Jones: Stop worrying about the deficit. The government can just take more money from rich companies
By Chris Moody – The Daily Caller | Published: 1:18 AM 07/24/2010
LAS VEGAS, NV — While the federal government sinks deeper into debt than any time since World War II, former White House “green jobs” adviser Anthony Van Jones said it was time to stop worrying about budget deficits and pressure Washington to take more money from American businesses to fund larger social and infrastructure projects.
“This is a rich country. We have plenty of money, and if you don’t believe me, ask Haliburton,” Jones told a group of progressive bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation convention Friday. “There’s plenty of money out there; don’t fall into the trap of this whole deficit argument.”
“The only question is how to spend it,” he added.
American corporations currently face the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world, according to the Tax Foundation.
Back to the New York Times opinion, Van Jones ends with this:
When it comes to politics in the age of Facebook, the killer app to stop the “gotcha” bullies won’t be a technological one — it will be a wiser, more forgiving culture.
Van Jones says we should all become “wiser. more forgiving.” Has he? Is Van Jones any less radical now than he always has been?
Van Jones is forgiving? This is a guy whose organization, Color of Change, is attacking every single one of Glenn Beck’s advertisers even now, as it has been for almost one year. They won’t stop until Glenn Beck is destroyed.
Robert Byrd can grow into a great statesman, but Glenn Beck must be destroyed. Glenn Beck’s “Founders Fridays” segements on the little known black history of the United States were pure evil and must be driven from the public airwaves.
The “teachable moment” behind Van Jones and Shirley Sherrod? There is one, if you look.
Worst administration ever.