By Douglas V. Gibbs
Long argued to be an attempt to control the people through behavior patterns, the environmentalist movement has long been a darling of the political left. So, who better to pick for a movement that desires to control the people by controlling their habits as they relate to the environment, than a committed communist?
Van Jones is President Obama's new environmental adviser. This new job will have him advising the White House on green jobs, green enterprise, and green innovation. His appointment was announced last March.
At Power Shift '09, an event billed as the largest youth summit on the mythical climate change in history, Van Jones declared that it is time to "change the whole system."
Change what system? Change America? Change America into what?
That sounds eerily like Michelle Obama's declaration that we need to change our traditions and history in Puerto Rico last year.
Van's anti-American speech also claimed that the American Indian was "pushed," "bullied," "mistreated" and "shoved into all the land that we didn't want."
Spread the wealth, that great Marxist ideal that the far left Democrats seem to be singing daily, was spread throughout Van's speech, as well. In fact, when it came to the Native Americans, he cried out, "Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth! No justice on stolen land ... we owe them a debt."
Van Jones then said, "We have to create a green economy that Dr. King would be proud of."
What does radical environmentalism have to do with Martin Luther King's message?
"If all you did was have a clean energy revolution, you wouldn't have done anything. You'll have bio-fueled bombers and we'll be fighting wars over lithium for the batteries instead of oil for the engines. . . This movement is deeper than solar power. ... Don't stop there! We are going to change the whole system!"
So apparently, according to Van Jones, to be an environmentalist, you must be an anti-war activist too.
Note that this speech occurred a couple weeks before Van Jones began in his position.
But Jones' radical nature goes deeper than that. According to World Net Daily, one day after the 9/11 attacks, Jones led a vigil that expressed solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as what he called the victims of "U.S. imperialism" around the world.
U.S. imperialism? If we are so damn imperialist, then why haven't we invaded Canada and Mexico?
In 2001, Jones was the leader and founder of a radical anti-American group, the communist revolutionary organization "Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement," or STORM. This is the same group that Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck showed America, via a section of STORM's manual (called "Reclaiming Revolution" - what kind of revolution? Something in line with Cuba's? Russia's? China's?), that describes Van Jones' radical organization as having a "commitment to the fundamental ideas of Marxism-Leninism."
So it turns out that Jones is an anti-American, communist revolutionary, and now this piece of trash is advising Obama on environmental issues.
And do you think Obama knew about Van Jones' history? Of course he did. Remember, Obama is the same guy that spent twenty years listening to Reverend Wright spew out anti-American drivel through a Black Liberation Theology lens. Obama not only knows of Van Jones' radical past, he agrees with it. That is probably why he picked him.
Unlike Obama, however, Van Jones has no problem admitting that he is a communist. In fact, in an interview with the East Bay Express, Jones said he first became radicalized in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King riots. "I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist." He also told the East Bay Express that his environmental activism was a means to fight for racial and class "justice."
What kind of class justice is it to destroy the opportunity for all Americans to become successful with a socialist system that kills individualism, and punishes achievers?
Once Van Jones' STORM organization fell apart due to internal bickering, he moved on to environmentalism. In 2007 he announced the establishment of "Green For All." In 2008 he held a national green conference. Jones also wrote a book called, "The Green Collar Economy."
Now, combined with all of the other radicals and tax cheats in the Obama Administration, Van Jones believes he's poised to bring "change" to America along with his socialist buddy, Barack Obama.
Interestingly enough, the liberal response to this (or at least a few) will declare that since I am against the environmentalist movement I must desire the world to become a slimy pit of pollution. Either you buy into their radical eco-terrorism, or you hate the planet.
It must be painful to be so small minded. I truly feel sorry for those pea-brained far left radicals.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary
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Van Jones - Power Shift Keynote (video) - YouTube
Obama 'czar' on 9/11: Blame 'U.S. imperialism'! - World Net Daily, Aaron Klein
STORM Manifesto "Reclaiming Revolution"
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