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    A czar too far

    09/08/2009

    Late Saturday night, Obama’s “Green Jobs” czar, avowed communist, and “9/11 truther” (part of a group that suspects that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US government), Van Jones, resigned from his Obama Administration job.

    Some on the left, such as Howard Dean, are saying Jones was the victim of a smear attack. But even the White House knew better, offering the most tepid support of Jones in the days leading up to his resignation.

    What we need to be focusing on here, however, is not Jones, but two other key facts:

    (1) The government is being run by “czars", who almost certainly are involved in making regulations in a way which violates constitutional separation of powers. And they’re doing so in areas which are critical to American society, including science, broadcasting, energy, and the incredibly broad are of “regulation". If the Congress were being run by Republicans, or if a Democratic Congress were facing a Republican president, I expect we’d see some outrage by Congress about the White House taking on the functions of legislators. But the Democrats are not going to criticize The One, as he tries to use the appropriately dictatorially-titled “czars” to jam extreme, even anti-American, rules down the throat of America.

    (2) Obama’s choices of czars (and others who work for him) are true radicals. A few examples: Science czar John Holdren has supported mandatory abortion to curtain population growth. Broadcast Diversity czar wants to charge talk radio stations a fee equal to their entire operating budget as a way to kill conservative talk radio. And Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein believes that animals should have standing to sue in civil court. Carol Browner, the “energy and climate” czar, was a high-ranking member of an international socialist organization. Her picture was taken off their web page shortly after her nomination was announced. [The saga of the “scrubbing” of the internet is very interesting, including someone apparently from The New Republic magazine removing reference to Browner’s socialist affiliation from her Wikipedia entry.]

    There are over 30 such czars in the Obama Administration, as compared to around a dozen for George W. Bush and fewer than 10 for Bill Clinton.  Furthermore, Fox News reports that the czars, since they do not go before the Senate for confirmation, are not required to fill out the 7-page, 63-question questionnaire which others, such as cabinet secretaries and their deputies must complete.  See no evil, hear no evil?  Maybe, but don’t let that make you believe the Administration doesn’t know EVERYTHING about these people.  They just don’t want it in writing.

    The czars’ views and history are not secrets, and of course the White House would know just about everything about each of them before hiring them. Of course they knew that Van Jones is an avowed communist. (He’s a perfect example of a political watermelon: Green on the outside, red on the inside.)

    And, though most people aren’t aware of it, Van Jones has been working as a White House “adviser” since March. It was just his promotion to “czar” that got opponents of his overt hatred of capitalism to do a little more digging, to find the “9/11 truth” petition that Jones signed which eventually did him in. Interesting to note that being an overt opponent of capitalism not only didn’t disqualify Jones from working in the White House (sorry for that chain of negatives) but more likely, especially given the resumes of the other czars, was one of his biggest positives in the views of the Obama Administration.

    A couple of Jones’ greatest hits:

    “The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color’s communities because they don’t have a racial justice frame.”

    “We want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to some kind of eco-capitalism.” (That mentality has worked sooooo well in Spain!)

    According to IBD: “The green economy will start off as a small subset” of a “complete revolution” away from “gray capitalism” and toward “redistribution of all the wealth,” he said. “And we are going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.”

    You can see Jones talk about using “Green Jobs” as the banner under which to launch the next “assault". Also, starting around 2:15 in the video, you can see Jones’ famous moment calling Republicans “assholes".

    But what’s somewhere between amazing and frightening is that Van Jones is not an outlier within Barack Obama’s appointees. And why should he be? Obama’s friends, associates, and mentors from an early age were communists, racists, and terrorists. Nobody who was paying attention to Barack Obama’s history should be surprised by the wrecking crew he’s dispatching to deal with the edifice of American society. Obama is a committed left-wing ideologue who wouldn’t mind losing his second presidential election if he could manage a government takeover of most of the economy during his first term. Van Jones is just one of many who feel the same way…and who now work in the White House, implementing Barack Obama’s dystopian vision of America.

    It remains absolutely critical that Republicans, independent voters, and moderate Democrats put the highest level of pressure on their elected representatives to stand up against the ruling left wing of the Democratic Party, people like Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, and Frank, who are feeling as much pressure from their union masters. Obama’s agenda must be stopped unless you want to see the first generation of Americans likely to have a lower standard of living than their parents, unless you want to see freedom of speech destroyed under the fascist code word “diversity", unless you want to see your cost of living increase massively under the banner of “green", and unless you want to see America transformed into a country which you would barely recognize (but which East Germans might find familiar.)