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Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones, Resigned

September 6, 2009 - 9:03am
Nick Coons by Nick Coons

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Amidst the controversy of signing a "9-11 Truther" petition and calling Republicans names, Van Jones has resigned as the White House's green jobs advisor, casually referred to as the "Green Jobs Czar". It's good that he resigned, but not specifically for these reasons.



Calling people names is a bit childish, but so is getting one's panties in a bunch about being called names.  This issue about calling Republicans names should demand no more than an apology, and then we move on.

Signing a petition to investigate the official story of 9-11 is also not a real problem.  It doesn't mean one necessarily believes "the government did it."  But there are either unanswered or unsatisfactorily answered questions.  Calling for this information to be made public is a good thing.

The real problem, one which Van Jones does not seem to mention in his speech about his resignation, is that he is a self-admitted Communist.  I find this particularly disturbing for a few reasons.  First, whenever you get involved with the government, such as applying for a potentially security-sensitive position in the military, a background check is required.  One of the questions asked is whether or not you've ever been involved in any questionable groups, been a member of an anti-government group, or been a communist.  Perhaps advising the President is not considered a high enough level position.

Second, and this should be obvious, communism is bad.  It doesn't work in theory, and it certainly doesn't work in practice.  It has been proven over the last century.  And yet we have someone with a completely flawed ideology working so closely with the President.

Van Jones' resignation is a good thing, but the reasons given are smokescreens.  However, one wonders with what kind of nut Obama will replace him.



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