VAN JONES: One of the things that has happened I think too often to progressives is that we don't understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals. Right after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, if the civil rights leaders had jumped out and said, okay, now we want reparations for slavery, we want redistribution of all wealth and we will to legalize mixed marriages, if that had been there, if they had come out with a maximum program the very next day, they would have been laughed at. Instead they came out with a very minimum program: You know, we just want to integrate these buses. The students came up with a very minimum program: We just want to sit at the lunch counter. But inside that man demand was a very radical kernel that eventually meant that from 1954 to 1968, you know, complete revolution was on the table for this country and I think that this green movement has to pursue those same steps and stages. Right now we're saying that we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to some kind of eco capitalism where, you know, at least we're not, you know, fast tracking the destruction of the whole planet. Will that be enough? No, it won't be enough. We want to go beyond existence of exploitation and oppression altogether, but that's a process.Basically, this is a first hand illustration that Socialists are willing to use the environment as a pretext to bring about Socialist Revolution, and that they will obfuscate and otherwise lie to hide their real agenda from the public.*
We knew this, but this is a great illustration.
Now, on to Glenn's original question concerning Van Jones. Did the White House know who he was when they hired him?
VAN JONES: I was fully candid, I mean, about my past, about the ideas that I have explored. I was a midlevel White House staffer. I reported to a Senate confirmed nominee. Midlevel White House staffers go through a vetting process, a process that's very, very rigorous. But I wasn't a cabinet secretary. I was a worker in the White House. Some people decided to give me this crazy title of green jobs czar in the media. I don't know if you remember this. I came right out and said I'm not the green jobs czar. I'm the green jobs handyman.Valerie Jarett seemed to confirm that when she introduced him when they hired him, saying among other things that they had been watching him since his early activist days. So the answer is "yes".
Now the question to the Administration: Why is that ok with you? What parts of Van Jones' agenda are you on board with?
*(I really don't think civil rights activists were at all trying to hide the noble agenda of ending racial discrimination by choosing simple, targeted protests. Everyone was always fully aware of what they wanted and of course a majority sypmathized with them.)