President Obama’s “green jobs” czar Van Jones resigned today under intense scrutiny of his past statements and associations. Van Jones biggest mark against him was his association with the 9/11 Truth movement, which suggests that the Bush administration either turned a willful blind eye or was directly responsible for the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Folks clamoring to make him a martyr might also want to keep in mind that he’s also a supporter of cop-killer Mumia abu-Jamal, and made racially charged statements indicating pollution was being routed by white polluters to minority neighborhoods. The 9/11 Truth revelation, busted wide open by Gateway Pundit, was the one that blew up in the administration’s face, but Van Jones’ past actions and statements clearly indicate he was one of the most radical members of President Obama’s administration.
Allahpundit makes a great point about how, during the campaign, we were told that Wright and Ayers didn’t matter, but the elevation of Jones to a position of “czar” makes it more than likely that the radical ideology of those Obama surrounds himself with does indeed make a difference. Ed Morrissey likewise has a couple of great posts about the mainstream media’s complete fumble of this issue. An example: the New York Times breathed not a word about Van Jones until after he resigned.
Van Jones blamed his resignation on a campaign of “lies and distortions to distract and divide,” and the push will soon be on to make him out to be a left-wing martyr. A word of advice to liberals – don’t make this guy your cause celebre.His resignation didn’t result from an unfair process of persecution, but the revelation of radioactive views that alienate the majority of Americans and taint the Obama administration with further proof of radicalism.
One wonders what effect this resignation will have on the largely ineffective boycott of Glenn Beck, led by Van Jones’ organization Color of Change. The effort may lose steam when the chief organizer of the boycott has been given the boot.
The entire episode also raises questions about the entire system of czars, which are exempt from Senate oversight and confirmation. That exemption may need to be reexamined, as the positions often wield as much power as Cabinet members. Regardless of which party is in power, positions of such privilege deserve to have the vetting of the Senate. Under the Obama administration, the number of czars has increased dramatically, and the lack of oversight could result in a number of embarrassing skeletons in multiple closets. We’ll see how this all turns out, but with folks like wacky eugenicist John Holdren as czars, I doubt we’ll be hearing the last of the entire issue.