One last word on Van Jones and then I'm going to let him slither off into whatever hole he crawled out of before he became newsworthy.
Carl Pope has a post on HuffPo (linked by Memeorandum - I don't spend time reading HuffPo if I can help it), in which he repeats a meme I've seen coming from the left on this whole story. Van Jones was attacked by the right because he and Obama are black. For crying out loud, people! You were supposed to be the party that puts this race debate to bed. Quit dragging it back out of the box! Race had NOTHING to do with the sacking of Van Jones.
Pope writes, "What we underestimated was the power of the fact that both Jones and the Barack Obama are black. Yes, the hysteria was about politics -- I don't think Fox News really cares about Jones's ethnicity -- but it was enabled by race. Calling Bush a "crack-head" is seen by a large part of America as worse than calling him "addict-in-chief" because crack is not just a drug -- it is a drug used largely by black people. It reminds those Americans who are still uncomfortable with Barack Obama that we have a black president."
How deep did you have to reach to come up with THAT one, Mr. Pope? Your paranoia is astounding.
Van Jones could be purple or blue for all I care; he was targeted because of what he said and because of the petitions he signed which indicated his belief that our government blew up its own World Trade Center and killed over 3,000 people. He is a self-avowed communist. He became a communist in prison. He supports cop killers. I don't care what color he is, he doesn't belong in the administration nor does he need to have oversight of billions of taxpayer dollars.
Pope isn't the only one perpetuating the race paranoia; Nadra Redding says that the only reason anyone is protesting Obama's speech to school kids tomorrow is because he's black.
Charlie Rangel continues to insist that opposition to ObamaCare is primarily because Obama is black.
It's well past time to move past all that. The folks that are making these claims are failing to look at the issues that invite the controversies in the first place. There are plenty of reasons to object to ObamaCare and the education speech was problematic because of the instructions that came with it, not the speech itself. Nobody even knows at this time what the speech is.
And Van Jones? Enough said.