Van Jones's Resignation Reveals Vetting Lapse
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, September 6, 2009; 3:38 PM
The resignation of White House environmental adviser Van Jones has revealed a lapse in the administration's vetting procedures . . .
Jones, a towering figure in the environmental movement, had issued two public apologies in recent days. One was for signing a petition in 2004 from the group 911Truth.org that questioned whether Bush administration officials "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war," and the other for using a crude term to describe Republicans in a speech he gave before joining the administration.
His previous involvement with the now-defunct Bay Area radical group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), which had Marxist roots, also emerged as an issue. And on Saturday his advocacy on behalf of death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of shooting a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, threatened to further widen the controversy.
If you have followed the Van Jones story, several things become clear from it.
First, this guy was much more than just ‘involved’ with a group that had Marxist roots. He was a self-proclaimed Marxist communist.
Second, the attempt to portray this as a ‘lapse in vetting procedures’ requires a lapse in sanity. The views of Obama and Van Jones are almost interchangeable except that Van Jones was more dedicated to his cause that I think Obama would have been in that position. Obama thinks very highly of himself and would not be so quick to sacrifice himself for any cause, because Obama’s main cause is himself.
Third, as you listen to Van Jones you see the perfect illustration of the intersection of green environmentalism with red communism. Over-blown, uncritical environmentalism is the perfect way to convince semi-informed modern Americans to sacrifice their liberty on the alter of socialism. This approach, like a watermelon, is green on the outside, but red on the inside.
The green and the red have begun to come together in a blur. The image that finally appears from this is perfectly exemplified in Van Jones. He is clearly devoted to using the image of environmentalism to subvert liberty.
While it is good that he is now absent from this administration, he will unfortunately now be somewhere at large, hard at work making the world red under the pretense that it should be green.