Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Van Jones: A Chilling Resignation And A Terrifying Message To Our Children

As you may have heard, Van Jones, a very dangerous guy with a potty mouth and a mistrust of the federal government has resigned due to his potty mouth and mistrust of the federal government. 

For a society that preaches freedom of speech, we seem to be fond of tossing out people who say things we don't like and tossing them out but quick.

First, Jones signed the Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on which, for those of you who aren't familiar, is basically a conspiracy theorist site focused on the 911 attacks.  

Kind of like alt-dot-black-dot-helicopters-dot-com.  Thank you, Dale Gribble.

Then, Jones referred to Republicans as 'assholes.'  And for this, he had to turn in his resignation.

You're bent out of shape because Jones referred to Republicans 'assholes?'  Are you kidding me?

Aren't you guys the tough ones?  The cowboys?

Aren't you the ones who'll keep us safe from the wolves like in the ads leading up to the 2004 Presidential election?  You guys are the ones who have the balls to protect us from the terrorists, right?

But being called an asshole makes you cry?


Are we going to use the same standard across the board?

How about the comments from Lynn Jenkins in August?  Addressing a crowd of Republicans in Topeka, she said, "Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope.  I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington."

Just a side-note, congresswoman, you really need to fire whoever on your staff is in charge of letting you leave your house with that haircut.  Seriously, are you sharing an apartment with Laverne?

We elect the first black President and less than a year later, white congresspeople are rushing out to assure their constituents that they don't have to worry because America will be white again very soon.  This isn't underhanded or implied racism.  Rep. Jenkins showed herself to be an apologist for the use of racial tension as a political tactic. 

I'm fairly certain she named her shower-head 'Jesse Helms.'  (Yes, big Jesse, there, there!  I can feel your flabby jowls on my thighs!  Slap that jowl & ram my wobbly leg fat!)

Okay, that was admittedly uncalled for.  But is it really that much of a leap from race-baiter to masturbator?

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh, right.  Lynn Jenkins assuring a Topeka crowd that they'd find the great white hope.

This is way more insulting than 'asshole.'  It seems that over the course of the last few years, racist language has lost its subtlety. 

But I don't want the good Congresswoman to resign, no matter how big of a silly twat she is.  I want her there, in Congress, present and exposed for the kind of person that she is.

But hypocrisy in politics isn't really what I want to talk about.  It is common and to be honest, like most of us, I'm more or less desensitized to it, kinda like violence in video games and splatter movies.  So the whole 'it's okay when we do it but we'll throw a fit when you do it' isn't that big of a deal to me and let's be honest, our side does it, too.

What disturbs me about the Van Jones business was made clear in a flippant joke that the President made yesterday during a Q & A session with students in Arlington, Va. 
This is one of the things that Obama had to say: "Be careful what you post on the web on places like Facebook because it never goes away and you too could be famous someday."

When I heard that, a chill ran down my spine.

This is the lesson our children are going to walk away with.  Be careful what you say.

Don't let your opinions be known because you may be punished for your beliefs later.

If you stand up for what you believe in, it may haunt you later, so it's best if you keep quiet.

It is nothing more than an intimidating stifling of free ideas and speech.

I want my children to live in a country where they can think and speak freely with impunity.  

I want them to believe what they will and I want them to follow their convictions.  

I want them to speak out with the fear that they may be punished for their ideology. 

It infuriates me that school children are being told, "Be careful what you post on the web on places like Facebook because it never goes away and you too could be famous someday."

And if you are among those who called for or celebrated the resignation of Van Jones, all I can say is please stop saying things like, "the terrorists hate our freedom."

In fact, please stop talking about freedom altogether.

Because it is more than clear that you neither understand or value it.

And, in case you care, I'm listening to:


  1. "Don't let your opinions be known because you may be punished for your beliefs later," you said. But Jones, when questioned about signing the petition, said, essentially, "I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now." Which is it? This is what a trusted advisor sounds like? Please. I, too, want my children to believe what they will, and follow their convictions. Apparently, when the truth came to light, Jones was afraid to do just that.

  2. Yeah, to be perfectly honest, I would have liked to have seen him be more unapologetic. Backtracking never helps and it really does undermine one's integrity. Whether or not what Jones said was right or wrong isn’t really what concerns me. What Jones said and how Obama reacted is incidental.
    What concerned me was the epilogue to the whole debacle which was the President of the United States of America telling a classroom full of kids to watch what they say.