The Van Jones resignation: "Coarse rhetoric" only OK if you're a Republican

[image-1]Hence, the campaign against Van Jones, the Obama green czar whose resignation was announced earlier today, following statements like this one from Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana):  "His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate."

His extremist views. Oh, right. He signed a 9/11 "Truther" petition in 2004 but has since renounced it, and he has a history of left-wing activism which he has never concealed. And now, wow, he's a fire-breathing, wild-eyed radical talking about — gasp — the green economy. Watch him go crazy in this video clip.

Now watch this sane, measured, fair-and-balanced video from Mr. Beck:

To be fair to Mr. Beck, he's not as upset by the fact that Jones called Republicans "the 'A' word" as he is by the fact that Jones refuses to apologize for his past (and for embodying that other "A-word": Activist). For Beck and his ilk, the old right-wing scare words of the 1950s and '60s are coming in very handy ("Communist," "Radical" and — horrors! — "Liberal!") and they're doing just what they're intended to do: inflame,  but never, ever inform. (And check Beck's "facts" — last I heard, the "Communist cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal" hadn't been freed by anyone, let alone Van Jones.)

Here's the most cogent statement I've read on all this (from liberal blogger and UCLA prof Mark Kleiman):

There’s an important general lesson here:  If you want to say batsh*t-crazy stuff and still be treated as a respectable participant in the national debate, you’d better be a Republican.  Suggesting that President Bush invited the 9/11 attacks in order to start a war is really no crazier than suggesting that President Obama wants to let terrorists loose in the United States, or that he plans to kill old people and disabled children, or that there’s something sinister about his encouraging schoolkids to study hard.

It'd be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.

Flame-throwing and name-calling are all fine if they come from the right, but let a Democrat — or worse, a black Democrat — or still worse. a black Democrat with a green agenda working  in the Obama administration  — let that guy call Republicans names, and WHOA! He has got to be STOPPED.

And worse yet, let that black Democrat be the founder of  a group that led a succesful advertiser boycott against the crazy-like-a-Fox right-wing media opportunist Glenn Beck, a guy who gleefully throws around absurd accusations like calling Obama a racist — and well, that black Democrat not only has to be stopped, he has to be publicly tarred and feathered.

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