Thursday, April 7, 2011

And You Thought We Were Rid Of Him

Crypto-communist and former Green Czar Van Jones certainly hasn't gone into hiding since sneaking out the back door of the Obama administration's White House. He's been busy having war councils with the SEIU, practicing his Maoist rhetoric, cozying up to Frances Fox Piven (of "top down, bottom up, inside-out" politics fame), and posting revolutionary diatribes on the Huffington Post. He was in particularly good form recently at the HuffPo.

Speaking from his pulpit at the Center for American Progress, a left wing "think" tank, Jones has told his fellow leftists that it's time to drop the non-violent approach to righting all real and imagined wrongs and use mob force instead. But first, he had to tell a sad anecdote about the poor and oppressed who are suffering under the iron fist of capitalism. Bring on evicted granny. You see, poor Granny--one Catherine Lennon--fell behind in her mortgage payments and Simon Legree is tossing her out onto the ice floes.

But granny wouldn't go easily. She armed herself (with a broom or something) and refused to submit to the eviction that she had been given notice of months earlier. The evil sheriff, stroking his waxed mustache, evicted her anyway. The tale itself is simply a sad repetition of the unfortunate state of the economy and the inability of many people to pay their rent or mortgage. Granny claimed that she "missed some payments" but tried to make some of the mortgage payments. But because her name was not on the deed or the mortgage instrument, the greedy and unscrupulous lender refused to accept her checks.

Gee, I remember that my mom suddenly and unexpectedly found herself a widow, but after the initial time of grief, managed to get the deed to our house into her name and made the mortgage payments on time. She and I both had to go to work (my father's business was failing, he didn't tell us, and it probably led to his premature death), but that's what you do to survive and meet your obligations.

Granny made enough threats to kill anyone who tried to evict her that the sheriff was accompanied by a SWAT team. Fortunately, nobody was harmed or killed in the ensuing confusion. But wait, there's more. Jones says her dire straits should have been enough to allow her to stay, rent and mortgage-free, perhaps forever. After all, her husband had died, and she found it difficult to make ends meet. What he glosses over is that her husband died three years earlier. It took my bereaved mother about a week to fix the deed and mortgage issues. In Granny's case, even a probate court could have resolved those issues in less than three whole years, and in most cases, probate isn't even necessary.

So at this point, Jones brings out the proletarian harps. "Lennon's story is both a light of hope and a warning. We hope to see a video of the celebration as Ms. Lennon and her family [additional wage-earners who could contribute to the mortgage payments?] are allowed back into their home. But tonight Lennon and her family are in a homeless shelter. And today across the United States, more than 8,000 people will lose their homes to foreclosure. They are grandmothers, husbands, sisters and aunts. They are the fabric of the community: the teachers, the janitors--the same workers who are under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere." With all due respect, Mr. Jones, if they're not paying their rent or mortgages, they're also deadbeats.

He then goes on to tell his followers that all the non-payers should follow the example of anti-eviction gangsters Take Back The Land. Those charmers re-took possession of premises from which the non-payers had been evicted, and they were wielding considerably more than Granny's broom. They called it a "homesteaders program." I call it armed unlawful possession. Along with Piven and incomprehensible college professor Cornel West, Jones is advocating forcible resistance to lawful action as part and parcel of their agenda of destroying capitalism. They want those facing eviction to refuse to leave, and those who have already been evicted to break into foreclosed homes and "homestead" them without any payment to the rightful owners.

They are even taking preemptive action. Several organizations put together by community-organizing groups pioneered by Barack Obama and/or ACORN offshoots are signing up those who aren't even yet in foreclosure, encouraging the residents to quit paying and prepare to remain on the premises by any means necessary. If you don't have enough "victims," create more. This is really not about unfortunate people who are facing a tragic circumstance. And it certainly isn't about fairness. It's about fomenting a major upheaval in the mortgage and housing market so as to create another deep wound in the capitalist system. Each time a scofflaw can find a plausible justification for ignoring his legal duty, it becomes easier for him to find a more tenuous reason to do so the next time.

The breakdown of law and order and the social compact represented by the Constitution and duly-elected officials to dispense "social justice" is a prerequisite to revolution. Taking advantage of a crisis is a left/liberal tactic for bringing about "social change." Forcing the government into becoming the landlord who charges no rent is the forerunner of Maoist/Stalinist-type communism. Jones understands this very well. I pray that the forces of the rule of law rather than the rule of men understand this ploy equally well.

21 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

It really is an interesting, this phenomenon about social justice and the end justifying the means. Fortunately, the majority of Americans see it as the crap it is. I look at the Obama Administration as doing a prison term, say 4 to 8. Hopefully, by keeping steadfast, it will be 4 rather than 8

AndrewPrice said...

This guy is a like a bad penny, he just keep showing up. Oh well, at least the longer he stays in the news, the more he reminds people of the kinds of people Obama appoints.

rlaWTX said...

Tennessee - time off for "good behavior"??? ;)

This mindset is one that I truly cannot get my head around. I can't even see the perspective of legitimizing property theft because someone can't pay their payments. Does this extrapolate to others areas of property? Is the gov't supposed to supply everything? So, we just work and pay all our money to the gov't and they supply the necessities? Weren't those called company stores and aren't they evil?

and why wait and buy on time before you default and keep the property, just take it from the owner now and skip those annoying middle steps...

I just can't get my mind around it...

T_Rav said...

Call me crazy, but I kinda thought the unions in Wisconsin were the ones doing the attacking.

BevfromNYC said...

Oh T-Rav, so young you are...the unions are not "attacking" on their own. They have been FORCED to attack because the military will not be paid and all the houses are in foreclosure and the "Banksters" are stealing everyone blind. AND THE REPUBLICANS - SAVE US FROM THE REPUBLLICANS. The unions members have all been forced to leave their jobs and take to the streets to protect You and Me from rack and ruin! (What is "rack"? Is it literally the "rack" they used in the Middle Ages?, but I digress...)

Evil Republicans lead by the Koch Brothers (in secret, of course)...RUN..RUN FOR YOUR LIVES...AAAAAAHHAAHHGGEEKEDL

[pause...deep breath...]
END LIBERAL RANT
Well, I'm glad I got that out of my system...phew

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: We get time off for good behavior and work time? Hallelujah!

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: I think of it more like a recurring cancer, but either way, it's something that no real American could ever want. As he ages, he looks more and more like 60s communist African leader Patrice Lumumba.

LawHawkRFD said...

rlaWTX: Ha, ha, you got there ahead of me on "good behavior."

Jones is both a disciple of and partner with Piven. The communist ties are clear, but what is insidious is how they intend to go about it. Rather than band together in huge masses and dethroning the Czar, they are going after the institutions. The goal is to create chaos in every facet of capitalism, then declare it a failure so that "socialism in a hurry" can replace it. The Democrats, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made the housing and banking businesses the first and easiest target, but it's only the beginning.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: Who ya gonna believe? Jones or your lyin' eyes?

T_Rav said...

Bev, thanks for setting me straight! How could I have been so naive? Of COURSE these union guys in Wisconsin are all for the working man and trying to stop evil Republicans. Whew, glad that foolishness didn't last long...

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: Oh, you poor tool of the vast right wing conspiracy!

I knew the moment Judge Prosser in Wisconsin fell behind in the vote, the Democrats would declare a victory, then seal it with a few votes more for their leftist candidate. Now there's news coming out that +/- 7,000 votes in a pro-Prosser precinct have been found. I have no further info right now, but if true, that could be the end of the pro-union, pro-left, anti-people candidate who was only ahead by about 250 votes.

I'll update when I know.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: I hope I heard that news flash I mentioned to Bev correctly. If so, the attempts of the SEIU, Teachers Unions and AFL/CIO to kick out a conservative state supreme court justice in Wisconsin will have failed.

T_Rav said...

LawHawk, as you're probably aware, yes, that news flash was correct. I've been keeping track of it the past few hours, and apparently one of the local election officials stored the electronic ballots on her personal computer for security reasons, so they just got added in today. I'm pretty sure there's no fraud in it, because 1) she happens to be a Democrat, and 2) when I was following the returns Tuesday night, people familiar with the state were saying the returns from this county (Waukesha, I think) were running way too low. This would explain why. Either way, I just love it: the more so as the left-wingers online are starting to tear themselves apart over it.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: The thing that worries me most is that in state and local elections, any close call almost always goes to the Democrat. That's just a statistical impossibility. When it happened in the Washington gubernatorial election awhile back, I learned that the electoral plan is to keep counting until the Democrat wins. The Al Franken election proved it. I fear this will be no different, and unless Prosser takes a huge percentage of the "discovered" votes, he will lose even if he actually won. If Prosser wins, and a legal challenge goes to the state supreme court, he would have to recuse himself, therefore nearly assuring that the lefty wins.

T_Rav said...

Come on, LawHawk! Don't be a downer about this! After all the gloating from leftists the past day or so, seeing their grins turn to dumfounded gasps is just the thing we all need. Just check out the links I put up at the bottom of Andrew's thread from this morning; the liberal shrieking has already started.

BevfromNYC said...

Okay, I leave for a few "happy hours", and all heck breaks loose. I am truly shocked. I honestly expected that 7500 "lost" votes would be found for Kloppenwhosit, NOT Prosser? Dang those evil Republican who ALWAYS win in recounts (seriously, I just read that on HuffPo). The mandate that was declared when Kloppenwhosit declared victory has suddenly turned into a big fat problem for the Dems in Wisconsin. It's kinda' fun to watch them squirm...

Btw, I don't recall ANY kind of state Judgeship ever being so closely watch on a national level. Usually, judges get about 100 votes and nobody even cares. Am I wrong?

T_Rav said...

Bev, check out the links I posted at the bottom of Andrew's thread. The Left is already having an absolute MELTDOWN over this, and the more they think about it the worse the burn is going to be. The unions threw everything they had into this race, they cajoled, threatened, probably committed outright fraud in a dozen places, and they still lost (it appears). And if they couldn't win in freaking Wisconsin, Barack Hussein Obama is going to have a heck of a time trying to win the state in 2012. And if he can't win there...well.

I think this calls for a quote from the immortal Sir Winston Churchill: "This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

StanH said...

God I hate these people. These creeps are exactly what is wrong with this country, and to think we elected that nimrod Barry, or correction they did. If the RNC will exploit these kind of connections, I predict a massive landslide against the left in 2012. Who will be our Reagan!

That’s great news with Prosser, we’ll see.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far, nothing. It looks like the victory may be large enough to make a challenge difficult. But if I know my Democrats, that alone would be a reason for a challenge. If it's a slim margin, that's suspicious. If it's a big margin, that's suspicious too. And once these crooks get hold of an election, strange things happen. But for now, I'll join you in celebrating.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: There was one back in the 80s. It involved once-and-present California Governor Jerry Brown's crazed Chief Justice Rose Bird (and two of her companions). After declaring a murderer who had gotten the death penalty for putting a dozen shots in the back of the head of a tied-up victim not to have had "the intent to kill," thereby reversing the death penalty, Bird was recalled. The succession of Republican-appointed justices were a model for other states and restored at least some of California's luster in legal circles.

Our system is a bit different. Justices are appointed for their first term by the governor with the approval of the state senate. Then when they have completed their first term, they are on the ballot for successive twelve-year terms. It's not an actual election, and with exceptions, is essentially a lifetime appointment. The ballot doesn't give choices, it just says "shall Justice XXXX be retained on the Supreme Court for another twelve-year term?" But California has recall provisions, so then the ballot asks if Justice XXXX should be recalled, and if the then-governor has named a replacement, the ballot asks if the voters want that appointee to serve out the balance of the term of the recalled Justice. Usually, though, the recall stands on its own and the governor simply appoints a new justice if the recall is successful. Bird is still the sole and only Chief Justice ever to be recalled.

It's a bit byzantine, but it combines the best of lifetime appointments with the public's need to be able to replace bad justices. There haven't been many such recalls, but when there were, the justices were really, really bad. That was the only time three of the seven California justices were recalled and replaced in a single ballot. It made national headlines for months. Now do you know why Jerry Brown scares the hell out of me?

LawHawkRFD said...

Stan: I simply can't remember ever finding a batch of politicians and appointees so reprehensible. I had nothing good to say about Richard Nixon, but even after the revelations surrounding Watergate, his crew looked like choirboys compared to the Obama gang. Dean was a weasel, and Haldeman and Ehrlichman were at least complicit in the coverup. But unlike Obama's gang, they did some very wrong things because they loved America. Obama's team does very wrong things because they hate America.

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