Back in 2009, the public knew little about Van Jones. Perhaps, if anything, we knew only that he was one czar among many in the Obama administration. Like most czars, he did not need to be confirmed by Congress.
However, as more was learned about his radical background, Van Jones was exposed. Americans were repulsed by what they heard.
With his hateful statements and Communist views revealed, a personal history of radicalism emerged. A left-wing goody bag assorted with an affinity for anarchism, anti-capitalism, Communism, trutherism and, as Jones put it, “rowdy” Black Nationalism.
As the pressure grew, Van Jones was forced to resign as “green jobs” czar in the fall of 2009. But he wasn’t finished.
Today, nearly two years removed from the White House, he continues to delight “progressives” with his brand of Robin Hood-style “justice.”
In a manner one would expect from a class warfare peddler and propagandist, Van Jones recently asserted that America was “robbed” and that “somebody has our money” (emphasis added). Just who are the villains in this worn-out narrative? Why, Wall Street and the wealthy. This serves only to fuel class envy and the culture of entitlement.
Such rhetoric may seem little more than red meat for “Rebuild the Dream” conference goers—the event at which Mr. Jones spoke this month—but his calculated and oft-repeated charge is designed to influence the ill-informed. For the left-minded, excoriating the rich or, more generally, capitalism, has long been in vogue. It is sadly effective.
While class warfare will undoubtedly remain part of the narrative, radicals like Van Jones are not blind to the current political climate. In fact, their adaption to it, whilst advancing their agenda, provides them with a much desired platform. In the mold of Saul Alinsky, they know their true motives must be masked. Until they achieve power, that is.
Jones himself employed this thinly veiled tactic, no doubt useful during his stint as Obama’s green jobs czar. After all, it was a convenient front in his pursuit of Communist-inspired redistributive wealth policies and worse. Just listen to his words:
On the “green economy”: It would be “pushed” until it became “the engine that transforms the whole society,” and the entire capitalist system. Capitalism, in his warped worldview, is an economic framework that advances “exploitation and oppression.”
To achieve a new system of “eco-capitalism,” the steps taken to achieve the “complete revolution” of the 1960s would be followed. Not surprisingly, a key component centers upon the redistribution of wealth.
Note: One ought not forget that wealth redistribution has long been embraced by President Obama. ObamaCare, for instance, is a redistributive instrument. Indeed, so comfortable is he with an economic framework that “spreads the wealth around,” Obama once underscored the need for a constitutional re-interpretation to achieve this end.
Indeed, despite the fact that some on the left have expressed displeasure with the President’s actions, they know his is a solid ally.
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