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After right-wing smears, Van Jones gets a second chance

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

Van Jones, who resigned from the White House Council on Environmental Quality last fall in the face of a coordinated smear campaign by conservative activists, has reemerged from his self-imposed exile. He'll be teaching at Princeton University and taking up a senior fellowship at the Center for American Progress, where he will head a "green opportunity initiative."

And today, Jones will accept the NAACP President's Award from Benjamin Jealous, who mounts an eloquent defense of Jones in an op-ed.

A founder of "Green for All" and the online civil rights group "Color of Change," Jones penned a bestseller, "The Green Collar Economy," which provided a blueprint for using green technologies to bring jobs to deindustrialized American cities and create pathways out of poverty. He was a driving force behind the passage of the 2007 Green Jobs Act and one of America's most pragmatic environmental visionaries.

As we wrote in The Nation soon after Jones was run out of his job by clownish demagogue Glenn Beck,

The idea that Van Jones...was some kind of crypto-radical bent on subverting American capitalist democracy from the inside has as much relationship to the truth as the notion that Obama is hatching a plan for mandatory euthanasia of America's seniors.

In giving him the NAACP's President's Award, Jealous referred to Jones's missteps, including political statements made years ago. Yes, it was a misstep to sign a 911truth.org petition. But Jones repudiated his signature and said the petition's wording didn't then and doesn't now represent his views. In a saner political environment, that would have been the end of it. Or, as the NAACP'S Jealous put it, "we can never afford to forget that a defining trait of our country is our collective capacity to practice forgiveness and celebrate redemption. This is a nation built on second chances."

It is good news that Jones has gotten that quintessentially American second chance. I am sure he will be a force working "outside" the White House -- oxygenating the grassroots with his fertile ideas.

Yet I remain sad for my country.

Jones is one in a line of would-be public servants, stretching from Lani Guiner and Jocelyn Elders all the way back to those harassed by Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.), who were driven out of public office because right-wing demagogues targeted and distorted their views. How is it that a man working to help Americans invest in a green collar economy ended up branded as an untouchable radical? How is it that such attacks led a skittish White House, admittedly battling attacks on many fronts, to jettison a powerful voice for environmental justice?

What a victory that was for the demagogues among us. Van Jones is back, but there will be other targets and well-coordinated attacks that Americans must resist, instead of giving in to those who would debase our politics through smears.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | February 26, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
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Comments

Doubtless, somewhere in Ms. vanden Heuvel's rant du jour there is an entertainingly deranged Lenten demand that all the evil right-wing demagogues eat $3.49 heads of organic Romaine lettuce to save the poor from obesity.

But it would require that I actually read it to find out.

Posted by: Itzajob | February 26, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

van jones is a racist and now you are too...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, Vaney? Do you suppose if I run around giving Seig Heil salutes and ranting about Blacks, I might get a teaching position at Princeton too?

Oh...and exactly how was Mr. Jones slandered? I know I'm just a dumb citizen who doesn't understand things that you do, but...but..run that by me again?

Posted by: wjc1va | February 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

just because he is black does not mean he is not a racist...
and from the comments I have been hearing...
he is one of the worst...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The writer makes an analolgy to Senator McCarthy. HOw is that pertinemt here? Senator McCarthy's transgression was to use governmemt powers to try to coerce statements people did not want to make. Mr. Jones was criticized because of his own voluntary statements on videotape in public forums, and the 911 statement he signed and admits signing.

These were all voluntary acts on Mr. Jones' part part. He seemed to be proud of them at the time he made them. Based on the number of statements, it is not irrational to think the statements are useful in judging his political philosophy.

What Mr. Jones regrets is that his many statements cost him a job later when people judged them to reflect a political philosophy that is too radical. If Mr. Jones was making public statements he did not believe in to be noticed or to create controversy, then let that be a lesson for all of us that we all have to live with the consequemces of what we do and say in life.

Posted by: jfv123 | February 26, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that it's always the fault of "well-coordinated attacks that Americans must resist." Well, then why did the powers-that-be cave in?

And i love "oxygenating the grassroots with his fertile ideas"--isn't that what a BS specialist does?

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 26, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

You're sad for your country, while many of us think you're just sad

Posted by: sheehanjc | February 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Smear campaign? Oh, like what the NY Times just did to Paterson to force him to do what stinky in the WH asked him to do: step down? Or what the NY Times tried to do to McCain by suggesting he had affairs? Or is it what Rather did to Bush in advance of the 04 election that ended up getting him fired? You imbeciles on the Left are the masters of smear campaigns.

All you sickos on the Left are seriously disturbed and need serious professional help.

Posted by: DCer1 | February 26, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

To the neocons here, you and your breed are patently racist, so you can't really judge anybody else. What I don't understand is why people that call themselves conservatives would prefer to live in a more polluted country and promote the business interests of corporations ahead of your own health. Then, you wonder how you got cancer.

Posted by: fbutler1 | February 26, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

And your most fervent hope Ms. vander Heuvel is to get real legitimacy and gov't job and cash out. Movin' on up...

That Nation gig just doesn't cut the mustard.

Oh, please pick me Obama, I'm a real dyed in the wool progressive!

Posted by: adamnescot1 | February 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Smear campaign? What I saw was YouTube videos of the guy making an a** of himself. That's a smear?? And that was his signature on the 9-11 truther petition.

And what is this guys qualification to teach at Princeton?? Between him and that other Princeton nut job, Cornel West, I'm starting to wonder how smart all those rich kids are who are blowing $50,000 a year on tuition and fees.

If Van Jones is the best the radical left has to offer, then the conservative movement in this country will do just fine.

Posted by: sunnyroberto | February 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

All I've got to say about Van Jones is...

lol

hold on, does that make me a racist? even though I'm a latino.

lol

Posted by: Magox | February 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Smear? How is it a smear when it is the TRUTH that has been exposed? Smear pretends the allegations were false - all of which they were not...So how about a head line something" "Van Jones Emerges from Hiding after Communistic Ways Exposed"

Posted by: short1 | February 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This guy was a self admitted communist - this after communism has been shown to clear not work as a system of government.

This guy signed a petition supporting an accusation that the Bush administration collaborated with terrorist on the 911 attacks.

Right wing conservatives didn't run this guy out of town. Civil every day Americans did. This guy is loonie tunes. We don't need people like that in feg gov.

And one would think that they don't need people like that at Princeton. But they can make their own decisions there.

Posted by: Jaymand | February 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

For Jaymand: he admitted, if you paid attention, that in college and his early career he was involved with some communist groups and causes, thought they were stupid and unproductive, denounced them, and then re-aligned his whole career around far more mainstream beliefs. Ask a "communist" in the Bay Area he used to work with and they would call him a traitor for shunning his younger views. I realize that's too nuanced for you guys, and that people changing their views is unacceptable, but that's actually the truth.

As for the petition, a lot of people "signed" it who didn't know that they were signing it or didn't share those views. He didn't share those views. Sloppy and stupid, but again more complicated than how it was presented.

As for the nature of his work, his entire book and his entire point is that America needs to develop jobs here to rebuild the middle class and get ahead of the Chinese, and that those should be environmentally sustainable jobs to ALSO help deal with climate change. Do you really disagree with that? Is it radical to say that instead of a $15b solar industry thriving in China, it should thrive in the US?

Posted by: ben24 | February 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


Agreed. But

NOW let's hear it for the magnificantly qualified and patriotic nominees for major posts...

the the zionists and Israeli firsters don't like. Who are jettisoned while the rest of the world gasps. And, just as loudly, for the
sycophants that the Jewish Lobby demand be put in places that are injurious to American interests. The list is too long.

And includes the Department of the Treasury.

Posted by: whistling | February 26, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

complete, arrogant bum
.....much like his mentor and the other radical Czars and flunkies

Posted by: F-4Phantom | February 26, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

So what was the "smear," Katrina? You never did say. And if he wasn't a self-admitted Marxist and Truther, why did he resign from his job, hmmmmmm?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | February 26, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

again, silencedogoodreturns (a) he WASNT an "admitted Marxist" he was an admitted person who believed in Marxism once, realized it was unproductive, and denounced it. That was never a secret - it was in his NYT bestselling book that plenty of people read.

Did you ever believe something when you were younger that you think is silly now?

he also wasn't a self-admitted truther. He resigned because Glenn Beck was making him too much of a distraction for The White House.

Posted by: ben24 | February 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Again, I'm curious to understand from the Van Jones denouncers what your quibble is with his actual policies and ideas?

How is the idea that we could fix our economy and middle class AND environment by trying to get a leg up in a few industries where China and Japan are kicking our ass "radical" and leftist? Who disagrees with that, on principle?

And who on here disagrees with an economic agenda that has us (1) severing ties with the Saudis and (2) producing goods IN AMERICA and not in China is "marxist."

Go for it ... I'm waiting ...

Posted by: ben24 | February 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

To all the haters in the world and especially those lovely folks over at Cluster-Fox - Har....har...har....

especially billo-the-clowns' running buddy beckster... 'here's mud in your eye'...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | February 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ben25 - if that's what he's about then you're right, its not out of the mainstream. But we all live with our pasts. And he also has to live with his past actions, as he is doing so.

With that, I'll wish him well at Princeton.

I'm not a hater, but I don't like to see radicals in our fed gov.

Posted by: Jaymand | February 26, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

radical is being overused. if everyone is a radical, no one is.

kvh could have done a better job of explaining why mr. beck had such an issue with mr. jones, but blogs are opinion pieces, not news.

itzajob, you can't say anything substantive unless you've read the piece at issue, thus you have said nothing worth reading. your words should be precious, and instead you spill them aimlessly about.

sheehanjc, think harder before writing. the level of wit in your joke made me sad.

F-4Phantom, let's not talk about flunkies.

Dwight, submit evidence.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones admitted when he went to prison that is where he decided to become a communist. Valerie Jarret sat some place bragging on this man & telling everyone how wonderful he is. So that tells you what kind of friends she has. You cannot smear anyone that is on tape admitting to all this. And it is obvious he is so cocky & thinks he is so cute with his remarks. Princeton is a college that Woodrow Wilson is a hero. Woodrow Wilson was a Progressive & they say Obama is just like him. That is not good. We know Obama admitted to being a Progressive & the book on Woodrow Wilson needs to be read by the American people. Van Jones is a self described Communist & decided to become one while in prison & it is on video. Is this someone you want teaching your children in College?

Posted by: egw7777 | February 26, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

egw7777, what do you think a communist is?

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

ben24 -
I believe the statements he has made in public and the way he has lived his life in public. I do not believe what he has had written for him to try and rehabilitate his image. Van Jones and his followers are dangerous people. If you truly believe he is a righteous and honorable man, then you to are a very dangerous person. IMHO

Posted by: greg19 | February 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Katrina, were you born a moron or did your parants agree to get you a frontal lobotomy. Van Jones is a racist and anti-american. If you can't see that lady, then you have distorted vision and judgement.

Posted by: landrperite | February 26, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

landrperite, parants? oh, no you diunt.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Katrina Van den Heuvel is a communist. Van Jones is a communist. Van Jones was rewarded for his communism with a gig at the White House. Latrina was awarded for her communism with a gig at the Washington Post.

Posted by: chatard | February 26, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

chatard, what about this sounds so bad to you? "Communism is a social structure in which classes are abolished and property is commonly controlled." (from wikipedia) if you've never imagined all the different ways our society/government could be organized, you're really missing out. i mean, if you're paying attention, china is eating our economic lunch these days, and guess what, they are not a democracy, they ascribe to the c-word. if you think there's only one way, your mind is small. open it by talking less and reading and thinking more.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Katrina,

I think the Republicans are welcoming Van Jones back into the public dialog. Yes, long may he, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and of course, Charlie Rangel all reign.

That is of course, at least until November.

Posted by: pgould1 | February 26, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

BertinDC, perhaps my point was too subtle for you. But to recap, I have already written Ms. vanden Heuvel off as a knee-jerk partisan hack with nothing constructive to say. The Post should find someone with a few firing synapses to represent the progressive viewpoint. Those people do exist.

Posted by: Itzajob | February 26, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

what about left-wing liberals who destroyed conservative Republicans? How can liberal be rich and wealthy and be anti-capitalism and anti-business????

Posted by: Rockvillers | February 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse


I think I see how Green is creating jobs. It appears you can get paid by just running around the country claiming the sky is falling. lol

Posted by: AlbyVA | February 26, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones is a self-avowed communist in a RECENT clip. He lies when he says he did not sign the 9/11 thing. He is very bad news. Princeton is NOT the school it was in the 50's. It has gone way down hill. So what is he teaching? All those green jobby things that have been de-bunked? He is very bad news as is most of the rest of the WH.

Posted by: annnort | February 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

itzajob, your point was not subtle at all. i obviously gathered it completely the first go around, since you simply repeated yourself again. aim higher. do something useful.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Katrina, you really should find someone to bounce these opinions off of before your submit. You can't smear someone by bringing attention to their own, well established and deeply held views and beliefs.

Posted by: luvpool | February 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

BertinDC, I see you are less informed than most posters here, so I'll try again.

Since she started writing for PostPartisan a couple weeks ago, Ms. vanden Heuvel has opined, among other idiotic things, that the cause of obesity among the poor is their inability to buy organic Romaine lettuce for less than $3.49 per head, and that the purpose of Lent is to seek retribution from your enemies.

So I will no longer read any of the poorly-reasoned drivel that "spills so aimlessly" from her pen, no matter how cogent you find it. However, whenever I have time, I will ask the Post to find a more competent and less offensive columnist.

Do you understand now?

Posted by: Itzajob | February 26, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I would criticize Ms. vanden Heuvel, but she's really not even worth it.

It's very clear from her body of work, not just this piece, that she is utterly anti-American and completely detached from reality.

Rather than criticism, I am trying to decide between laughing hysterically at her deranged rants, or SMH in sadness at how miserable her life must be living and prospering in a country she so despises.

Posted by: etpietro | February 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

itzajob, save your presumptions for your personal life, my friend. as i said, i understood completely the first time.

i'm not defending anything. i'm suggesting that if you want to read and comment, do so. if you don't want to read, vote with your feet.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You must be one of those Hopium smokers that we in the Midwest keep hearing about.
Whoever offered you money for this drivel must be a die-hard Hopium smoker.

Posted by: jjlj | February 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Dwight Duarte Collins's comments about racism remind me of the pot calling the kettle . . . purple! Or, "it's takes one to know one!!!!"

Mr. Collins, you either use the racism card or the illegal immigration card. How about an original idea now and then?

Posted by: marmac5 | February 26, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The most effective smear of Mr. Jones was the playing of the video tapes of him making his comments. Nothing more needs to be said, and all explanations and excuses are pretty hollow.

Posted by: droberts57 | February 26, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Why are we listening to VandenHeuvel, the editor of th eNation, a pro-communist journal. Her husband, Stephen Cohen, is a Bolshevik historian.

Posted by: ravitchn | February 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

If he doesn't like it here, then send him back to africa....maybe he should try helping them....

Posted by: mark0004 | February 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

itzajob, one final thought for the day. you're probably a pretty nice person... is that right? would you sit down with someone you've spoken to a few times and start (and end) the conversation by saying, "I have already written [you] off as a knee-jerk partisan hack with nothing constructive to say"? i doubt it. you'd probably have a decent conversation. why then would you act like a closed-minded macho goon just because the internet is anonymous? you are accusing her of being closed-minded and then perpetrating the exact same crime.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

A Coordinated Conservative Smear? I'm
a Minority Liberal Democrat. This Kat
was captured on video tape in public,
calling Republicans *ssh*les, he was
caught on video tape in public proudly
proclaiming himself to be a Communist
and he was caught on video tape in
public declaring that the American
Government was responsible for 9/11.
That's right: This Kat said America
planted those explosives in The Twin
Towers on 9/11 and killed almost three
thousand of its own citizens. Then there
was Obama's PR Gal who proudly declared
in public that Mao Tse Tung was her
favorite political philosopher. He gave
the orders to kill more than 70 million
of his own Chinese People, for the crime
of being heard voicing some concern over
his pogroms. That's ten times more folks
than Hitler killed. And Valarie Jarrett
stood to make tens of millions of bucks
if the Olympics came to Chicago. That's
why she went to Copenhagen and she's
Michelle's best friend. And Barry is her
sock puppet? And you called all these
revelations of greed, hatred, bigotry,
bias and paranoid delusions a smear?
You're insane.

Posted by: iamredwolf | February 26, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse


"Right Wing Smears"

LOL !!

Posted by: jas7751 | February 26, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Jones was brought down by his own hate-filled anti-American diatribes; seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Reverse-Racism is every bit as ugly as the original.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | February 26, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Trying to get this straight here...
If someone sees - with their own eyes - Van Jones on video supporting outrageous ideas or saying inflammatory things, it's a "smear."
But then it's OK for the lefties to call people "clownish demogogues" or other names just because they disagree with them?
Oh, no, that's just "truth to power" or whatever crap, right?

Posted by: parkbench | February 26, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

To the neocons here, you and your breed are patently racist, so you can't really judge anybody else. What I don't understand is why people that call themselves conservatives would prefer to live in a more polluted country and promote the business interests of corporations ahead of your own health. Then, you wonder how you got cancer.

----------------

The only cancers that are a real threat to the republic are the cancers of revisionist history as reflected in the article and your post, the cancer of needy fools unwilling to stand up on their own feet and take responsibility for their own actions, and the cancer of unsubstantiated racism charges by reverse racists like yourself and the author of this drivel.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | February 26, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ah, one of van Jones' fellow comrades chimes in with her "intellectually dishonest" rants.

Katrina, no one "smeared" your pal. He branded himself a racist, foul-mouthed communist who thinks his government committed the atrocities on 9/11. His own words and actions came back to bite him. Quit defending him - you look like an idiot.

Posted by: anna_78750 | February 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Van's back working for Soros. What does that tell you!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | February 26, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

chatard, what about this sounds so bad to you? "Communism is a social structure in which classes are abolished and property is commonly controlled." (from wikipedia) if you've never imagined all the different ways our society/government could be organized, you're really missing out. i mean, if you're paying attention, china is eating our economic lunch these days, and guess what, they are not a democracy, they ascribe to the c-word. if you think there's only one way, your mind is small. open it by talking less and reading and thinking more.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Are you SERIOUS? What's wrong with that? Who CARES if China has a strong economy? They are jailed for speaking out against their government or accessing forbidden internet sites, for God's sake. They're told how many children they can have and how much they can earn. Communism only works when rights are suppressed.

Posted by: anna_78750 | February 26, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

egw7777 you are mistaken, or at least misleading other commenters. people should know that he was in prison overnight a time or two as part of several protests, sit-ins, etc - nonviolent civil disobedience. "sent to prison" implies a felony or a sentence. he was there overnight after protesting an incident of extreme police brutality - big difference.

Posted by: ben24 | February 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Right Wing Smears = Telling the truth

That's one way to spin the story WP.
If telling the truth about Van Jones is a Right Wing Smear, then YOU are the ones that are trying to put window dressing on an empty room !!!

BTW: Bulletin from Barry: "I did NOT have sex with the woman, Ms. Rogers !"

Posted by: thgirbla | February 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

so greg19 - what are these dangerous things he believes and has done? he won funding for expanded construction of solar panels and wind farms. he also won some reforms to the justice system in California that republicans embrace. you say:

"I believe the statements he has made in public and the way he has lived his life in public. I do not believe what he has had written for him to try and rehabilitate his image."

so what's your point? what statements did he say and what was "written for him?" if you're willing, I'll get you a copy of his book and you can tell me exactly which statements are "dangerous."

Posted by: ben24 | February 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a full fledged better red then dead commie. Read his history, read about the USSR. And you wonder why they keep you uneducated and pregnant. Welfare is better then a job. You keep having fools like this represent you. My advise, get educated, move to the burbs, get out of the ghetto.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | February 26, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

What chutzpah, Katrina. You're the one doing the smearing here. As I recall, all Glen Beck did was show a few videos in which Van Jones was caught on camera making a series of absurd and inflammatory allegations about America. Arguably, Beck's repeated airing of these videos can be characterized as a campaign of sorts, but, in airing these videos, Beck didn't smear Van Jones, let alone force him from office. If anyone kicked Van Jones to the curb it was Obama, not some vast right wing conspiracy. Van Jones was hoist by a petard of his own making.

Posted by: director1 | February 26, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Reading anything written by Katrina vanden Heuvel is like sticking needles in your eyeballs. But the Van Jones smear headline was good for a ROFLMFAO. That the WaPo has seen fit to give this screeching partisan a platform from which she can spew her mindless "progressive" propaganda demonstrates that its path to extinction has just picked up steam.

Posted by: jcp370 | February 26, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"White Polluters"
January 2008

Van Jones: "The environmental justice community that said, 'Hey, wait a minute, you know, you're regulating, but you're not regulating equally.' And the white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they don't have a racial justice frame."

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

-- "Gray Capitalism"
Uprising Radio, April 2008

Van Jones; "Right after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat if the civil rights leaders had jumped out and said, 'OK now we want reparations for slavery, we want redistribution of all the wealth, and we want to legalize mixed marriages.' If we'd come out with a maximum program the very next day, they'd been laughed at. Instead they came out with a very minimum. 'We just want to integrate these buses.'

"But, inside that minimum demand was a very radical kernel that eventually meant that from 1964 to 1968 complete revolution was on the table for this country. And, I think that this green movement has to pursue those same steps and stages. Right now we say we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to something eco-capitalism where at least we're not fast-tracking the destruction of the whole planet. Will that be enough? No, it won't be enough. We want to go beyond the systems of exploitation and oppression altogether. But, that's a process and I think that's what's great about the movement that is beginning to emerge is that the crisis is so severe in terms of joblessness, violence and now ecological threats that people are willing to be both pragmatic and visionary. So the green economy will start off as a small subset and we are going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society."

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

-- "behinds"
Berkely, Calif., Feb. 26, 2009: Jones took audience questions in Berkeley, Calif., during a lecture on energy issues.
Van Jones: "Well, the answer to that is: they're behinds."
Female questioner: I was afraid that that was the answer.
Van Jones: That's a technical, political science term. And -- Barack O -- Barack Obama's not an behind. So -- now, I will say this: I can be an behind. And some of us who are not Barack Hussein Obama are going to have to start getting a little bit uppity. How's that capitalism working for ya?
Female questioner: What?
Van Jones: How's that capitalism working for ya this year?
Female questioner: What?
Van Jones: How is that capitalism working for ya this year?

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Sept. 11, 2001

Press release for vigil

"We express our disgust at the present attempts by the U.S. security and surveillance establishment to turn this tragedy into a cash-cow bonanza - or to use it to mask a cynical power grab."

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

STORM Press Release, Sept. 4, 2009

STORM Manual:

"...as well as the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world."

Read the press release here.

"

Powershift Conference, March 2009

Van Jones: "What about our immigrant sisters and brothers? What about people who've come here from all around the world who we're willing to have out in the field with poison being sprayed on them because we have the wrong agricultural system, and then we're willing to poison them and poison the earth to put food on our table but we don't want to give them rights and we don't want to give them dignity and we don't want to give them respect. We need to get down on our knees and thank these Native American communities but also the Latino community, Asian community and every other community that's willing to come here and help is out because we obviously need some help. We need some wisdom from some place else because what we've come up with where don't make no sense at all. ...

"This movement is deeper than a solar panel! Deeper than a solar panel! Don't stop there! Don't stop there! We're gonna change the whole system! We're gonna change the whole thing! [...] And our Native American sisters and brothers who were pushed and bullied and mistreated and shoved into all the land we didn't want, where it was all hot and windy. Well, guess what? Renewable energy? Guess what, solar industry? Guess what wind industry? They now own and control 80 percent of the renewable energy resources. No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth! Give them the dignity. Give them the respect that they deserve. No justice on stolen land. We owe them a debt.

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry."

Statement, Sept. 2, 2009

Van Jones: "These comments, made before I joined the administration, were clearly inappropriate and I apologize for the offensive words I chose to use during that speech."

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones Said He is Part of "Global Struggle Against U.S."
Friday, September 4, 2009 | Kristinn

Posted on Friday, September 04, 2009 11:35:59 PM by kristinn
Edited on Saturday, September 05, 2009 1:12:27 AM by Admin Moderator. [history]

Van Jones, Barack Obama's Green Jobs Czar, produced a record album entitled "WarTimes: Reports from the Opposition" a few years ago that was narrated by convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal and featured a clip of an interview Jones did where he slammed the United States and Israel and proclaimed his stand with a "global struggle" against the United States.

Jones used his Ella Baker Center for Human Rights to found Freedom Fighter Music, the label WarTimes appeared on. WarTimes is also the name of an anti-war-on-al-Qaeda propaganda newspaper Jones helped organize.

The album was unearthed by the website Verum Serum, which posted a YouTube video with highlights of the album.

About three minutes forty-five seconds in to the highlight video, there is a brief interview with Van Jones at an anti-Israel demonstration where Jones criticizes Israel and calls for Palestinian 'right of return' then unloads on the United States:

"We see violence against poor people and poor people of color within the U.S. border, at the U.S. border, and beyond the U.S. border and you see U.S. tax dollars funding all of it. And so we have this now global struggle against the U.S. led security apparatus and military agenda that impacts people here and impacts people around the world and I think that we need to see our problems as linked."

Mumia closes out the album by describing it as a "small tease of the truth about U.S. imperialism's war on the world."

The time frame of the album is hard to gauge, but Verum Serum writes that Freedom Fighter Music existed from around 2002-2003 to 2005-2006 and produced maybe two or three albums. The album appears to be from late 2002 or early 2003.

Jones mentioned the label in an interview with USA Today's USA Weekend magazine published February 9, 2003 that Verum Serum found:

[I understand you have] developed a record label, Freedom Fighter Music.

Jones: Yes, we've had one for a little more than a year. Our second CD is coming out this year.

Verum Serum gave a link to an MP3 file of the entire album at Indymedia.

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

In 1992, while still a law student at Yale, Jones participated as a volunteer legal monitor for a protest of the Rodney King verdict in San Francisco. He and many other participants in the protest were arrested. The district attorney later dropped the charges against Jones. The arrested protesters, including Jones, won a small legal settlement. Jones later said that "the incident deepened my disaffection with the system and accelerated my political radicalization."[14] Jones said he was "a rowdy nationalist"[11] before the King verdict was announced. By August of that year, he said, "I was a communist."[11] Jones's activism was also spurred on by witnessing racial inequality in New Haven, Connecticut: "I was seeing kids at Yale do drugs and talk about it openly, and have nothing happen to them or, if anything, get sent to rehab...And then I was seeing kids three blocks away, in the housing projects, doing the same drugs, in smaller amounts, go to prison.”[10]

When he graduated law school, Jones gave up plans to take a job in Washington, D.C., and moved to San Francisco instead.[11] He got involved with Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a group explicitly committed to revolutionary Marxist politics[15] whose points of unity were revolutionary democracy, revolutionary feminism, revolutionary internationalism, the central role of the working class, urban Marxism, and Third World Communism.[16] While associated with STORM, Jones actively began protesting police brutality.[

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 26, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

The truth never matters to the right wing, only the bottom line. If they could move their agenda by slandering and twisting the reputation of their own mothers they would do so in a beat of their cold dark hearts.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 26, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Katrina,

...but this is kind of like asking Goebbels if Himmler was a racist.

You have zero "street cred" in discussing who is, and who is not, a communist.

Posted by: scott3 | February 26, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the other comments - NAACP is rewarding racism.

It is worst than the KKK acknowledging avowed racist because the NAACP is supposed to be a better group.

Posted by: mgd1 | February 26, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

No slant on this artical at all. Very well written. Non bias reporting. That is why the Washington Post is flying off the rack and they can't keep this paper in stock. Americans just love a well written artical.

Posted by: shazzamm | February 26, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Glen Becks ratings next week will beat all Libs news shows next week. Oh wait he already does that every week.
Do the libs have any news shows? Of course they do check the bottem of the ratings list.
CAPITOLISM at its finest. Don't like trash turn it off.

Posted by: shazzamm | February 26, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

A pinko has found a home in academia, consulting for a pinko think tank. What a shock.

At least he has no ability other people's money.

Posted by: sold2u | February 26, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Only a kool-aid drinking left wing liberal would defend showing videos of what someone says as *smearing* them!!
How stupid! How predictable! How suicidal!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | February 26, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

If I were Ms. vanden Heuvel (Zeus forbid), I'd think twice before I accused somebody else of being a "clownish demagogue".

Posted by: thebump | February 26, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

just because he is black does not mean he is not a racist...
and from the comments I have been hearing...
he is one of the worst...

Posted by: DwightCollins
===========================
Dwight...you are a racist..

The reason you do not recognize it..
You were told by your hanlder to deny it!!

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | February 26, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Katrina you have great eyes and are semi-hot but this column is a joke, right? Yeah, jokes: I get jokes.

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | February 26, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck seems to have been given a second chance so why not Van Jones?

Posted by: nlersch | February 26, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama sadly caved on Jones as he caved on many issues he should not have caved on, like to public option in the insurance reform. This is why progressives are having a hard time to support him all out, and this is why the democrats lost Massachusetts (albeit the Obama team seems not be able to understand it, or is simply in denial).

Posted by: simon7382 | February 26, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see people contributing to the comments here exposing this guy.

This next statement is serious, as was the above: I *assume* you, um, *do* oppose the badly misused Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping, the fiction of "enemy combatant," domestic spying by agencies whose charters assign them *foreign* duties, and the like -- right? You DO oppose those things, don't you???

Oops. I think I just heard a loud, angry, "NO!!!"

Posted by: MekhongKurt1 | February 27, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Van Jones is a radical crackpot. That's why he was rejected. But being a radical crackpot seems to be a badge of honor in some of America's institutions oh higher learning, not to mention the ObamaNation.

Van Jones ought to chum up with Ward Churchill. They seem to have a lot in common.

Posted by: battleground51 | February 27, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

We dont want these types in our Government- dont you get it? They hate America and what we stand for and they want to FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE IT . We wanted change but NOT the type Obama is promising.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | February 27, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Some interesting statistic thats "normal" people may find illuminating about the Republicans and the so called Tea Baggers:

-There are no black Republican congressmen or Senators.

-There are no black Republican Governors.

-Out of over 7,000 state legislators, there are just TEN, yes TEN black Republicans.

Why is it that Republican's don't vote for black representatives?

Does it come as a surprise that so many Republican's hate Obama because he's a black man?

The statistics are no quirk, no accident, Google it if you doubt them.

The Republican party is the party of racists.

Posted by: Richard18 | February 27, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, yes. Poor Van Jones. Imagine. Being "SMEARED" with your own words. You see, Van thinks that NO JEWS showed up for work at the Towers, on 911. They all got the 'wink' at the water cooler the day before. They KNEW that BUSH and CHENEY were gonna BLOW UP THE TOWERS. And how did they know this? Because they're JEWS. That's who the Republicans take their orders from. Right, Van? Right, Katrina? And all this 'talk' about Van being a self professed COMMUNIST. How's THAT important?
You know, sweetie, they've got a GUY out in Nevada, now. You know, a GUY you can PAY for 'things'. Birds and bees 'things'. Cause , obviously there's something MISSING in your life. Maybe your days are too LONG, and your work, too HARD. Maybe your head is THROBBING, by the end of the day, and you wish that night time would just COME. Can you understand, Katrina? Women have needs. (Some, more than others.) Maybe it's time for the trip to NEVADA? Maybe it's time to clear your HEAD? And you might wanna see if that DOWD broad, over at the other RAG, wants to go with you. God knows, she could use a BOOST. (If you know what I mean.)
Idiot.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | February 27, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

You've got it all BACKWARDS Richard18. Or is it DICK? Can I call you DICK?
The question isn't: WHY don't Republicans vote for Black Representatives? The QUESTION is: After 50 YEARS of living in HELL, why do BLACKS continue to support DEMOCRATS? After having their FAMILY STRUCTURE DESTROYED by Democrats, why do BLACKS align themselves with the Democrats?
Hey DICK. WHO are the ones taking away the SCHOOL VOUCHERS from POOR BLACK CHILDREN? WHO is CONDEMNING THEM to DANGEROUS, FAILING SCHOOLS, where they CAN"T GET AN EDUCATION? And WHO is doing it, because they care more about TEACHER UNION MONEY, than they do POOR BLACK KIDS?
You've been on the DEMOCRAT PLANTATION for 50 YEARS. And after 50 YEARS, you're STILL SUFFERRING from the same problems, that you were suffering from 50 YEARS AGO. DRUGS, CRIME in your neighborhoods, Poor Housing, High Unemployment, and my personal favorite: 85% of your CHILDREN being born to SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS, with NO FATHER. That one, is a DIRECT CORALATION to the DEMOCRATS WELFARE STATE. They give your people JUST ENOUGH TO SURVIVE. Just enough to GET BY. But not enough to break your DEPENDENCE on THEM.
Am I getting warm, DICK? It's any of this getting through?
There's a REASON, that after 400 YEARS in this Country, Blacks are at the BOTTOM OF THE HEAP. Every other GROUP comes here, and leaves you in their DUST. Because you've been TRAINED TO FAIL. You're used to it. Living in the Ghetto, living in the Projects. You don't even realize it anymore. You've got FOURTH GENERATION BLACKS, living in the projects. Four Generations that have known NOTHING BUT HEARTACHE and DESPAIR. And they've been voting DEMOCRAT, the whole time.
Idiot. Stop BLAMING everyone else, and go look in the MIRROR.
YOU are the problem. You and your BRAIN DEAD PEOPLE.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | February 27, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

"Dwight Duarte Collins's comments about racism remind me of the pot calling the kettle . . . purple! Or, "it's takes one to know one!!!!"
Mr. Collins, you either use the racism card or the illegal immigration card. How about an original idea now and then?
Posted by: marmac5 | February 26, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse"

being a latino, how can I use the racism card...
as far as illegal immigration goes, I am against it...
I'm sure you believe that laws are laws and are meant to be followed, after all, were it not for laws blacks would still be slaves...
do I believe blacks care for anyone other then themselves, no...
blacks are for blacks and should be treated accordingly in my opinion...
but van jones is a racist...
and katrina, well I get wierd feelings about her...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 27, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

why do blacks support white dems that want to increase the hispanic population that will eventually vote the black caucas out of the congress...
because we all know it's the blacks that are robbing latinos that can't have a bank account...
if all latinos were made citizens, maxine waters would not be in the house...
her district is made up of mostly latinos...
but given all the power to vote, they would choose one of their own...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 27, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

He3's a communist and thinks that the United States itslef attacked the Twin Towers and he'll be teaching at Princeton? Einstein must be spinning in his grave.

Posted by: Hairless | February 27, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

What a load. Van Jones is a radical so outside the mainstream that the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION had to fire him. He fired Jonesy because having an avowed communist who makes racist statements and harbors far left views reinforced the public's fears of his big-government agenda. Or do you think, Ms. vanden Heuvel, Obama fired Jones to shore up his far right base?

Posted by: ringo2 | February 27, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to get involved with all the extreme right wing nuts here, but I feel that I should point out to hairless that Einstein never taught at Princeton University; he was at the Institue for Advanced Study.

But this is typical of wing nut's "facts."

Posted by: lensch | February 27, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Just A Marxist defending a brother Marxist..who cares and who believes this mindless dribble.

Posted by: fcs25 | February 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't see why van jones should reap the freedoms out Republic secured for it's citizens...
I know he would love to change our country...
but why does he think he would be a leader...
and not just another slave...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 27, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"just because he is black does not mean he is not a racist...
and from the comments I have been hearing...
he is one of the worst...
Posted by: DwightCollins
===========================
Dwight...you are a racist..
The reason you do not recognize it..
You were told by your hanlder to deny it!!
ISA
Posted by: Issa1 | February 26, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse"

I don't have a handler and I am not a racist...
I see people for what they are...
I am a proud Latino...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 27, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure why Robert Bork was not given the same second chance that VanJones is getting...or is it only certain groups allowed second chances?

Posted by: grandad17 | February 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Oblama and Van Jones are proof positive that affirmative action is a total failure.

Posted by: mgrantham2 | February 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

When I read the level of the comments here it is clear why the US is in such a sorry state. You folks make our politicians seem like philosopher kings. A very tough job. Bravo!

Posted by: freundbd | February 27, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

We all no Van Jones was smeared because he was an easy target and he was black.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Come one Katrina, signing up as a "truther" was not the only reason Van Jones was pushed out and you know it.

From Wiki:
"When he graduated from law school, Jones gave up plans to take a job in Washington, D.C., and moved to San Francisco instead.[15] He got involved with Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a group explicitly committed to revolutionary Marxist politics[19] whose points of unity were revolutionary democracy, revolutionary feminism, revolutionary internationalism, the central role of the working class, urban Marxism, and Third World Communism."

Posted by: spamsux1 | February 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

In honor of Van Jones, here is a custom Haiku:

On videotape;
What a brilliant noble Statesman;
He is.

Posted by: BOBill | February 27, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Communism is still to this day such a trigger word owing to McCarthy et al, that no well-groomed outlet could handle proper discourse on the matter.

Besides, the utopian ambition to set up above ground workers' communities to ctrl means of production, aka unions, as an alternative to pre-1900s lodges, was so rapidly derailed that one would have to be autolobotomized to believe the utopia itself wasn't a fallacy to mask the design of Unions as a top-corrupted fantasy to give laborers the illusion of being cared for. Cared for but not free.

Now 100+ yrs later, with enough crack for every would be clown and H&other such bombs to undo the world multiple times over, isn't it more interesting to update the slogans? Who cares about Van Jones, there are no heros among us, what of it?

Posted by: pov_fragmentdispers | February 27, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Continue the lies, Katrina, and the Washington Post will be sued and you will no longer have a job. This column is 6th grade writing - and not even the best student in the 6th grade. It is also snarky, irrelevant and typical of your ilk.

If Van Jones is the best that Princeton can find, I am grateful for my children state universities education. They all have good jobs; they all tell the truth and they express themselves well and write circles around you.

Posted by: Kansas28 | February 27, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Since when did posting quotes from a person or video of speeches they gave amount to a smear? I am sad for you you left wing nutbag.

Posted by: gorams1 | February 28, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

My question is: Why is the Washington Post down playing the recently announced Retirement of Rep. John Linder, (R-Ga.)....had he been a Democrat it would have been the Main Headline on the Front Paper.

I guess it's like the old saying, "You do your MASTER'S Bidding."

Posted by: austininc4 | February 28, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me but since when is the truth smear?

Posted by: Lynne5 | February 28, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Tell me the Republican Party isn't home to America's racists. Here are the indisputable statistics.

Polling Results from the 2008 Presidential Election:

Black Vote: Obama 95%
Jewish Voters: Obama 78%
First Time Voters: Obama 69%
Hispanic Vote: Obama 67%
Youth Vote (18-29): Obama 66%
Asian Vote: Obama 62%
Female Vote: Obama 56%
Catholic Vote: Obama 54%

White Vote: McCain 55%

The Republican Party is the party of old, white, rural, protestent men.

Virtually every minority in the country voted against the Republican candidate, in many cases overwhelmingly. One has to ask why.

Couple this with the statistics below and a clear pattern emerges. The Republican Party has a race huge problem. Its the elephant in the room that they want to avoid.

-There are no black Republican congressmen or Senators.

-There are no black Republican Governors.

-Out of over 7,000 state legislators, there are just TEN, yes TEN black Republicans.

Posted by: Richard18 | February 28, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

chatard, what about this sounds so bad to you? "Communism is a social structure in which classes are abolished and property is commonly controlled." (from wikipedia) if you've never imagined all the different ways our society/government could be organized, you're really missing out. i mean, if you're paying attention, china is eating our economic lunch these days, and guess what, they are not a democracy, they ascribe to the c-word. if you think there's only one way, your mind is small. open it by talking less and reading and thinking more.

Posted by: BertinDC | February 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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Are you SERIOUS? What's wrong with that? Who CARES if China has a strong economy? They are jailed for speaking out against their government or accessing forbidden internet sites, for God's sake. They're told how many children they can have and how much they can earn. Communism only works when rights are suppressed.
===========================================
Anna_78750;
That's true, but Rove and Cheney are not subjecting them to the Patriot Act.

Posted by: saw1 | February 28, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives. What a special group of lemmings. Probably don't know what communism is, scared to death of one especially smart, highly educated person and led by a money grubbing nutcase with no education at all that offers nothing other than fear, anger, mangled logic and wing nut entertainment. Get rid of those that offer a lot and then bow to one offering nothing but make me rich BS scenarios.

Posted by: hoser3 | February 28, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

And I thought that he was going to go into private enterprise. Now I see where he will continue on his track of passing on questionable doctrines to our youth.

Posted by: npsilver | March 1, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

The so-called 'smears' were simply video clips of Van Jones spouting his bile. Liberals may not find him offensive, but normal people do.

Posted by: scvaughan | March 1, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow...seems Van Jones isn't getting any slack here, after vanden Heuvel's panting defense.

Good!!

Bad enough we have admitted Socialists in the Senate. We don't need one (and a racist one at that) at the right hand of the President.

Posted by: jpmenavich | March 1, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I've never read so many right-wing retardican remarks on one article in my life. Do you people have webbed feet and live under rocks? Your lack of critical thinking is absolutely amazing. Just go listen to some more Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. That'll guarantee your continued stupidity for years to come.

Posted by: SenseNotSoCommon | March 1, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse


SOOOOOOOOOOOO.....When we watch video of Van Jones spewing his hate and communist talk ......

..."that is ...right-wing smears?"...

Katrina....I would love to sit down and talk with you..

You dear are the one "smearing"

or should I say ...."defending"

Now you may have a bad crush on Vannie..

BUT ....what came out of his mouth ....

was his mouth...

AND WE ..."REMEMBER"

I would not want young people being feed his kind of warped thinking.


*****

Posted by: paulann1 | March 1, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes the ....HATE...came

FOX NEWS.....probably believes the "ACORN"

videos were ....HATE....also.....when you

watch a video with words coming from

someones mouth.....that is a "fact"

But then....some out there ..want ..think

like Jones...and some think "Acorn" is

a good organization.

I don't want my tax money going into Acorn.

I would not want my grandchildren sitting \

in Van Jone's class room.

He will always have people with minds who

think like he does and they have that right.

*****
****

Posted by: paulann1 | March 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I am so glad that America can see Van Jones for what he is........

AMERICAS....have "eyes" wide open.

We have video tape to show the ..."TRUTH"

GO ...FOX...KEEP...UP ..THE GOOD WORK.

A ...WATCHDOG...IN...."FOX"

****

Posted by: paulann1 | March 1, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse


Okay.....Michelle Obama was "proud" of her country after realizing her husband may become President.

Now, Van Jones, is doing this same "turnaround" ....all so sweet....does that seem strange to you guys?

I read the true "heart" when you are not on top of the mountain...

These two people and some of others feel like America has not been fair to them.

You can not blame (Obama does that a lot)
others for where you are in life.

If America is so bad.....why do people all over the world want to live here?

This country is the best country in the world...and if some don't think so..they can go.

Katrina, when are you leaving? I will help you pack.

****

Posted by: paulann1 | March 1, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Ms. VH is correct, President Obama should be able to choose the Communists he wants to serve in his administration.

Posted by: johnson0572 | March 1, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Excuses, excuses, excuses...
It is always someone elses fault.

A little personal responsiblity would be nice...Need a definition bud?

We forgive him for his rants...now he should go away and get his foot out of his mouth. He is no longer 12 years old and having a sensitive moment.

Posted by: jacques21 | March 1, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones and Katrina are both anti U.S. self-promoters.
Neither one of them deserves a platform to speak.

They are fortunate to be in the U.S. but you would never know it.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones is self-admitted communist who smeared himself in a number of video clips I've seen and heard. He's a perfect example of why unvetted "czars" are are such a bad idea. The NAACP marginalizes itself by associations with fringe radicals like this guy. Very revealing that Obama would voluntarily associate with people like this.

Posted by: hit4cycle | March 1, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones is living proof that the "green" agenda and the communist agenda largely overlap.

Posted by: hit4cycle | March 1, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Jones is a Truther and a Communist, by his own admission and action. How is exposing that slander? Oh right, it KVD from the Nation, she is cool with that, it's not like Mr Jones is something truly hateful, like a Republican.
Ah, to be on the left, never rsponsible, always a victim.

Posted by: devluddite | March 1, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Jones was not a victim of right-wing smears. His own words and his own speeches were revealed on videos. His own words are what incriminated him as someone who was too radical and anti-American and anti-capitalism to be around the White House.

Posted by: RedskinRedemption | March 1, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Telling the truth about someone now is Racist.

Posting his own foolish words is now somehow racist.

Katrina here just shows that she is a fool that doesn't know what the word racist means.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | March 1, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones just got caught. They’re all alike. They sit in churches for 20 years, listen to vile racist ranting and the like, and then expect us to believe that they weren’t affected by it. By the time you’re six years old, they got ya.

This article is nauseating and filled with lies and propaganda meant to continue to force us to accept radical Marxist thinking and doctrine.

Ms.vanden Heuvel, it is time to pass the torch to some younger and hopefully less ignorant person than you.

You are a disgrace to publish something like this and call it Journalism. Then again, it may just be a confession.

Posted by: Jimmy7 | March 3, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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