Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Audacity of Assholes

Jack on Van Jones' resignation:

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movies, it’s that “The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.” Yet this White House is willing to let these psychological terrorists set the terms of the debate and negotiate from their insane positions. One group of people is trying to talk about co-pays. The other thinks the president is a secret Kenyan. One group of people sees the creation of domestic, sustainable jobs as a cornerstone of the 21st century economy. The other thinks the president is going to murder your grandmother. This is not legitimate political discourse and to make decisions acknowledging terms so far apart in their reality is just plain stupid.

Van Jones was one of the good guys. A really, really good guy. He used his education and his passion to combat police brutality and the massive, wasteful incarceration of so many of this nation’s young, brown people. Having fought in the trenches for so long, he saw an opportunity to build hope and jobs and tangible communities as the world responds to the climate crisis. He connected the dots and inspired action and had a vision. He was the rare outsider who got a chance to move inside, and move he did.

Van was the kind of guy that gave me real confidence in this administration’s seriousness. President Obama meets with generals every day and sees scary reports and wants to get re-elected. I can always make some politics-based allowances for his underwhelming actions. Van, however, was truly one of us. He got it. And to give someone like him power gave me more faith in the president. So when the lynch mob came after Van, it was a test. The same test so many Democratic administrations have failed time and time again. When the going gets tough, do you back your people, or do you fall back on excuses.

Not much of a surprise, but the following might be somewhat related to the previous passage:

No longer are we talking policy, but rather, Obama's inability to fight for what he believes in has now turned the debate to a discussion of whether our president is a "wuss." People don't like having discussions about whether their leader is a wuss. The very fact of having the discussion is trouble in and of itself. Particularly troubling, the administration still thinks the president is playing some game of ten dimensional chess that only he can see.
In my relatively short lifetime, the last time the nation had a conversation about whether the president was a "wuss" and a "wimp," that president was a one-termer.

Just saying.

I don't think Obama is a wuss - at all (you don't make it from Chicago to D.C. without a stainless steel spine) - but I'm not really part of the demographic that needs convincing. And kowtowing to the likes of Beck and Grassley and their ilk won't do much to shore up the progressive support for his major initiatives or the '10 elections.

Sure, it's hard to defend someone who was even tangentially affiliated with the 9-11 truther movement. But things are different in Washington, where you can ask the president to produce his birth certificate, cheer on torture, make casual jokes about assassination, claim Obama wants your grandmama to die or even mount a soft defense of Hitler.

Had Obama, his administration and the Left in general dug in and insisted that Jones stay in the White House, there wouldn't have been one iota of difference in the intensity of the opposition. Instead, the lynch mob rounded up a posse and got themselves a scalp.

And they'll be coming back for more. Because that's how this works. John Cole:

We are dealing with crazy people. Even if Jones did not step down, they would be behaving the same exact way, BECAUSE THEY ARE CRAZY PEOPLE.

Also, they're assholes.


Vernon Malcolm said...

John Hanson (1715-1783) was the first president (1780-1783) of the United States under the Confederation before the Oligarchs took power with the Constitution which allowed Bush to be president and the ownership of guns. Hanson was an Oldenburg Moor, a black nobleman, and like Elijah-Moses-Enoch-Baptist-Mahdi-Elvis, went to space on a fiery alien ship and never died. Hanson has returned as Obama to end the evil Oligarchy! This is why they could never find Obama's birth certificate! Danny Lazare is right to want to change this NRA chad Oligarch Constitution which allows the angry white talk radio males to object to Obama's berth certificate! We must impeach Scalia to disable the southern oligarchs of Calhoun, Corker, & Shelby and their demented Constitution. They have this evil bill of rights with rights for hate speech, guns, lobbyist blogging, campaign bribery, states, property, bonuses, and other oligarchic thievery that needs to end! Such euphemism, like when they call you boy as if they ever intend to call you man when you "grow"! This is why we must oppose oligarch-serving superstition by supporting one-state solutions in India-Packistain, Palestain-Isreal, Turkey-Grease, Creatia-Servia, Armeania-Asbyjean and Zahir-Condo. Then we can abolish greed and superstition across the globe with free psychiatric healthcare. We need to do domestically like we did in Servia, to teach these oligarchs they have no rights to be superstitious racists

james williams said...

I think they were stupid for letting this guy go.

Lisa said...

I can't believe he resigned. No body is perfect but you have to have a real tough skin to be in politics.

KST said...

I saw (or heard) this coming when I was listening to Mr. Beck's show last week. I literally drove off of the roof of our parking garage after listening to him babble on and on about the Van Jones. He was all dramatic and breathless as he presented the tape that he hailed as the "smoking gun" that would ensure his resignation.

Shame indeed.

John P. Araujo said...

If it's not the birthers on the right, it's the truthers on the left. That's who is running the country right now: birthers and truthers. We're screwed until we can deal with those narrow-minded nutjobs and their impact on the public dialog.

blackink said...

J.P. ... might have to disagree with you strongly here. What other truthers run the country right now?

Also, Van Jones signed a petition seeking an investigation into the allegations. To my knowledge, he never publicly expressed any belief that Bush allowed the terrorist attacks to happen.

That's very different from a number of GOP legislators (actual elected officials!) introducing and backing a bill that seeks to make the president prove his citizenship. Not to mention that a number of other right-wing politicians were openly engaging with people who claimed President Obama was born in Kenya.

However, I won't even say that birthers make up a majority of the Right. But they're enough of a presence within the right-wing that it gives one pause.