Saturday, August 29, 2009

First Avowed Marxist In An American Administration

A short while ago, I posted an article in which I did some chatting about the McCarthy era and how the expression has come to mean "witch hunt." But I have good news for you. We no longer need McCarthy. For the first time in American history, we now have an administration official who is an open, public, avowed Marxist. I have provided you with a peek at the new official White House uniform.

Glenn Beck, David Horowitz and Michelle Malkin have been on this story for awhile, but I think it bears repeating here, along with a short discussion of just how far to the left the Obama administration has really gone.

Meet Van Jones. President Obama has appointed him to be one of the multiple czars in his administration, although it's probably more appropriate to call him commissar. Jones is in charge of developing green energy policy. What are a few convicted felons and communists in your administration if it means we're all going to have our energy needs fulfilled without the necessity of oil, coal, water, nuclear facilities, or any other technology currently known to man?

Jones first came to public attention during the Rodney King riots. He was a leader and organizer for "black justice." Their cry was "no justice, no peace." He was arrested, tried and convicted of inciting to riot, and went off to jail. Like most rioters, he didn't spend a lot of time incarcerated. But he was there long enough to know he had found his people and his true calling. In one of his sort-of autobiographical works he declared: "I met communists and anarchists and decided this is what I need to be part of. I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary."

Recognizing that Los Angeles wasn't the top environment for revolutionaries, he came to my neck of the woods. He became an active member and occasional leader of several Marxist groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He joined STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), a Marxist-Maoist cell staffed by members of several different revolutionary/radical not-for-profit groups. Several STORM staffers were also involved in the activities of antiwar groups "Not In Our Name" and "International ANSWER." Jones brought his Ella Baker Center for Human Rights into the larger body. He had founded the Baker Center for the purpose of diverting black convicts from prison sentences into "public service" activities which were actually nothing more than daily seminars on Marxist revolutionary rhetoric with a black "liberation" twist.

STORM eventually became the umbrella group which controlled many of the smaller organizations. Using an old communist tactic, many of the groups used words like "peace," "antiwar, "racism" and "justice" in their names, and rarely allowed the satellite groups to use communist phraseology in any of their literature or public statements. In fact, though carefully watched by their Marxist overlords, many non-communists and just plain radicals joined the satellite movements without any knowledge of the true underlying purpose of the parent organization.

But STORM itself has no such reservations. In a semi-manifesto entitled Reclaiming Revolution: Standing Together to Form a Revolutionary Movement," the organization used all the old-time Marxist lingo. "We are a revolutionary cadre organization that understands that revolutionary Marxist politics would be central to the development of a successful liberation movement in this country. We are committed to Marxist-Leninist politics." Nothing in this mission statement has ever been rescinded or modified by STORM. Clear enough for you?

Too clear, in fact. These are dedicated communists but they are not entirely stupid. They recognized that many deluded liberals and radicals were looking for causes, but they were generally hostile to the old revolutionary style and not educated in or committed to traditional communist ideology. So they've simply changed the public face of the satellite groups into "women's groups," "peace groups," "green energy and conservation" groups, and "anti-racism" groups. And the second-echelon groups are "working together for unity." "Unity" is the word used to replace "revolution."

And yet even there, it doesn't take a genius to see the connections which Jones and Storm lovingly embrace. There are close ties to the South African Communist Party, a break-off group from the American Communist Party, and other "socialist" and "collective" groups. And lest we forget, there is the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism" whose main hero was the ruthless Marxist leader of the revolutionary movement in Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands, Amilcar Cabral. Should anyone think that Cabral was a mere socialist, he called Lenin "the greatest champion of the national liberation of the peoples." I'm sure you've all heard the short definition of communism: socialism in a hurry. Cabral fits that mold perfectly. Van Jones in 2006 named his newborn son Cabral.

If 2006 is too far back for thinking that Jones is still an active Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, how about 2007? In 2005, Jones specifically denied any break with his communist friends in the East Bay Express (the Daily Worker for really dumb Oaklanders who obviously don't work). His words were "I still consider myself a revolutionary, but just a more effective one." Jones authorized the article's re-print as a revolutionary pamphlet in 2007.

Meanwhile, STORM has developed intertwining relationships with both the SEIU and ACORN. Jones has maintained his position with STORM right up to the time of his appointment, and will not disavow its goals in any event. Glenn Beck has been doing a series on the leftist takeover of America, and according to several independent sources has attempted to elicit a direct answer from the White House as to whether Obama and his advisers were aware of and/or approved of Jones's connections. The non sequitur which came back was that "Van Jones is focused on one policy goal: building clean energy incentives which create 21st Century jobs."

You don't have to be a lawyer to want to scream "Objection! That answer is non-responsive." Maybe the White House doesn't know the old communist mantra that the ends justify the means. Or maybe it knows it all too well. And the end in question with Jones is the economically and socially critical area of energy. What socialist programs of make-work, public employment and destruction of energy production does Jones intend to use in his March to Marxism? Or as the leftist detractors of Ronald Reagan's policies of keeping America safe used to say, "What did Obama know about Jones, and when did he know it?"

22 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

HawkHow about in 2010 after we take back Congress we set up Congressional Hearings. Not only do we get Van Jones, but we blacklist Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, etc. I'm kidding, and yet . . . . .

AndrewPrice said...

And where was the "real" media in all of this, you have to wonder? Could you imagine if Reagan or Bush had appointed someone with connections like this? The media would have relabelled them fascists and shown pictures of Hitler until those images were permanently burned into our televisions.

LL said...

I am thinking about using their own playbook myself.

No Justice - No Peace

patti said...

it's truly frightening. and then i just get pissed. again, this administration is underestimating the underlying anger that is just starting to boil over. those of us who hold our founding fathers in high esteem are getting our chance to rumble. i'm ready.

Writer X said...

Instead of newspaper journalists doing investigative reporting on stories critical to the country, we get another Michael Jackson story. No wonder Glen Beck's TV ratings have been through the roof.

I've only read bits and pieces of this story on various blogs. Thanks, LawHawk, for putting it all together here. Do you think that Van Jones is long for his green czar position? Or, will the administration turn a blind eye?

StanH said...

In my mind, this in the long run will be good, exposing the Democrat party for what they are, there’ll be no hiding behind the moderate moniker. The farther off to left easier to cut the rope and our leftist buddies tumble off a cliff. Van Jones is a prime example of Barry’s mindset and his hate and disdain for America.

LawHawkSF said...

Tennessee: And when we have a new President and a new Attorney General, they'd better hope the new team isn't as vindictive. Otherwise, we might see an investigation into why a President and his chief law officer knowingly allowed a subversive into the government.

Andrew: I'm not easy to shock, but I am shocked that the MSM has ignored this story. They haven't even tried to spin it. They've simply ignored it.

LawHawkSF said...

LL: This administration is so thick-headed and convinced of its own righteousness that it doesn't see the civil unrest potential in its dangerous disregard for traditional American political thought. The tea parties and town hall protests are their current reward. How about "No justice--no rest?" It plays on "there's no rest for the wicked."

Patti: It's truly sad how low the Democratic Party and its leader have sunk. If someone had proposed to Harry Truman, or John Kennedy that they put a communist in a high position in the administration, they would have let out with a stream of unprintable profanity. And JFK would have had Bobby investigate everyone involved.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, What amazes me is the uniformity of the MSM. You would think that somebody in the MSM would be reporting on these things. But instead, it seems to fall on blogs.

I'm with LL by the way, no peace for this administration and their garbage.

LawHawkSF said...

WriterX: I think the MSM have abandoned all pretense of investigative journalism. If presented with this documented story, they would wave it off (as they probably already have) and say "that's not true," or "so what, he must have his reasons." As for Jones being allowed to stay, I suspect Obama won't even try to express surprise and get rid of him, as Clinton did when confronted with his anti-American appointments. Obama was mentored by communists and black liberation theologians. He doesn't see anything wrong with this appointment.

LawHawkSF said...

StanH: Although I am seriously concerned with the damage these subversives can do, even in the short-term, I do see this as sowing the seeds of their own destruction. The important thing is to get the word out, and the MSM is no help in that area. When every communist is a community organizer and every loyal American is a fascist demagogue in the eyes of the press, we have to get the word out ourselves.

BevfromNYC said...

Other than being an avowed Marxist/Leninist and some dubious post prison "community organizing" in the joys of hemp, does Van Jones have any education in the development of energy policy or solutions? Does he have a Phd in Alternate Energy Development?

BevfromNYC said...

Additionally, here is the statement from the Whitehouse.gov website -
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/03/10/Van-Jones-to-CEQ/

It seems they have left out a few things from his resume like his stint at STORM and his prison issues.

In any other world (i.e. - a recent Republican adminstration) wouldn't he be considered a "lobbyist"?

LawHawkSF said...

Bev: Jones founded another leftist organization with a name that sounds a little like an energy NGO--Green For All. His words: "[We're] dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty . . . advocating for local, state and federal committment to job creation, job training, and entrepeneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy--especially for people from disadvantaged communities." Well, if I create a group dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that may make me a nice guy, but it doesn't quality me to be a Founding Father. There is nothing in his carefully hidden background which would indicate any expertise in anything except organizing Marxist groups. Oh, and he "attended" Yale Law School. Well, I attended a Giants game last week, but it doesn't make me a baseball player.

BevfromNYC said...

LOL! Yeah, and I can dress myself in the morning, but it doesn't make me Coco Chanel!

It's interesting that he "attended Yale Law School" and that is not part of his profile. I am just assuming he didn't graduate from Yale Law.

Also, because he went to Yale and not Harvard, does that mean he is part of Obama's "Team of Rivals"?

LawHawkSF said...

Bev: He's no lawyer. He didn't graduate. I think it's more like a bathroom attendant. I attended a lecture by Glenn Seaborg and another by Edmund Teller (UC did have its famous people), and I don't have any plans to form a nuclear physics policy committee. And my curriculum vitae doesn't include "attended the School of Nuclear Physics at the University of California at Berkeley." The Obama administration is full of people with phony credentials, starting at the very top.

They probably left the Yale Law School part out of his phony resume because that's the Clinton School of Radical Social Justice.

Tennessee Jed said...

Hawk - I actually have to disagree with one of your comments (possibly a first.) although it is not really an actual disagreement. You mention the m.s.m. has given up all pretense of investigative journalism. That is only true if the investigation would harm a liberal.

LawHawkSF said...

Tennessee: Good point. I still prefer to call what the MSM does to conservatives "inquisition" rather than "investigation." On the other hand, you are absolutely correct in calling it a "pretense."

MegaTroll said...

Incredible! I can't believe this guy gets through with barely a hint of who he is. Also, what does he know about energy? I don't see anything in his background that tells me he knows jack about energy.

HamiltonsGhost said...

I hope that Beck, Malkin, O'Reilly, and you guys can stir up enough trouble over this that the press and TV can't continue to ignore it. What's next? A religion czar named Killya bin Laden?

LawHawkSF said...

MegaTroll: This guy doesn't seem to know much about anything but hating America and organizing prisoners and future prisoners to support the socialist agenda of the left. His programs are make-work "jobs" paid for by government subsidies and foundation funding, and the only real goal is to get control of a major portion of the electorate. Green-Schmeen. This man and his cadres see only one color--red.

LawHawkSF said...

Hey, Team: If you're interested in how the White House is reacting to Glenn Beck's weeklong expose of the Obama administration, including the Van Jones issue: White House Calls Beck while his show is live on-air.

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