Former White House staffer under President Reagan, Jeffery Lord puts together a solid if unimaginative article directing Glenn Beck to ask the following questions.
Here are the questions Glenn Beck and others should be asking, based on my own personal experience:
- Who on the White House staff cleared Van Jones?
- What was that person’s connection to Van Jones or Mr. Jones’s political sponsor?
- Who, exactly, was Mr. Jones’ sponsor for this job? How much money did he/she contribute to the Obama campaign?
- Did the Secret Service notify anyone on the White House staff — or the President or First Lady or Vice President Biden — that Mr. Jones had an arrest record on file with police in two cities?
- Did the Secret Service protest any of this, objecting to Mr. Jones’ clearance?
- If the Secret Service did object, who overruled them? The President? The Chief of Staff? Someone else?
- If the answer to this last question is yes, and the Secret Service was overruled by the President or someone else, why did this happen?
- The White House is a busy place. But there are always answers to questions like these.
Are you struck, as I was, by how naive and weak these questions are? Doesn’t Jeffery KNOW the answers to those questions? Is he afraid of upsetting the radicals in the White House? There really isn’t any reason to forgive the American public for crime it did to this nation by being lazy regarding vetting Obama. All of the connections to his radical friends and beliefs were available to anyone who did the least bit of searching. But if we are not able to forgive the American public, who are notoriously uninterested in politics, then exactly what do we think of an insider like Lord when he asks such naive and weak questions? Here Jeffery let me answer all of your questions…Obama.
My goodness Mr. Lord did you miss the part where Obama was turned over as a child to a communist mentor? That his mother was herself a “progressive”? Did you miss the cheerleading for Obama that is going on in Marxist websites such as Political Affairs? William Ayers, Father Phlegar, Revrend Wright, Khalidi and a the entire panoply of leftist nutjobs did you miss all of them??? Because if you have been paying attention these last few years you know that Van Jones is not a bug….he is a feature of the Obama administration.
Reading the comments I was struck by this commenter. Read this…at the end I have a couple of questions.
Wow. Mr. Lord, are YOU stuck in the dark ages or what? Very cute, your assuming any rules of decorum or tradition or respect for institutions still apply to presidential politics.
You think you are being SCANDALOUS by obliquely intimating that Obama might have – gasp – approved of a gangsta like Jones being in the White House? Hellooooooo! Obama WANTS people like this around him. It’s WHO OBAMA IS. Jones wasn’t approved in spite of his record; he was approved BECAUSE of it. Wake the hell up, you white-glove conservatives.
The rules ALL changed with the coronation of our first hip-hop president. Hip hop culture draws in no small measure from the thuggish conventions that were forged in America’s raw urban slums. It is the romanticizing – and lionization – of the ghetto’s Lord-of-the-Flies mentality vis a vis the mundane middle class decorum practiced by the pampered bourgeoisie. The Vanilla Drudges that comprise the “ancien regime” spend most of their time safely insulated in the protective bubble-wrap of dreary suburban values – values that are invariably scorned by rebellious youth, counter-cultural trendiness and, of course, the newly-ennobled gangstas, pimps and hoes themselves.
The hip-hop culture’s hallmark is a harsh, aggressive, rude style of in-your-face interaction, always punctuated by a crass materialism, a worship of instant gratification, an ostentatiously unapologetic avarice, and a bullying sense of entitlement that have been folded up neatly, given the stamp of “authenticity” and enshrined in our pop culture by our ever-so-wise children, “ageless” hipsters and, of course, “caring” liberals everywhere. And its impact on civility and the decorum that used to dictate dignified human interaction has been like hydrochloric acid on tender skin.
Snipped for brevity…further down.
And Van Jones personifies this mentality – and our tolerance of it – perfectly, no matter how much environmentalism, social justice, or well-tailored drapery he hides his ghetto ethic in. And the minimal cluck-clucking about what’s really behind his appointment proves that the tribute white guilt pays to thuggish black culture is, as ever, alive and well – as we see with Jeffrey Lord’s painstaking avoidance of – dare I say it, calling a spade a spade –and identifying what’s really going on with the Obama administration: It is the rise of the Hip Hop presidency. Even the ostensibly conservative Fox All-Stars Charles Krauthammer and Stephen Hayes delicately parse their responses to this travesty oh-so-equanimously, airbrushing out the more thuggish aspects of Jones’s behavior and laughing off a lack of basic civility that you can bet would have had their panties in a bunch during the Bush era. Why, who cares about the death of decorum, of serious people taking serious approaches to serious problems? (Jones IS black, after all.) Why, their only quibble is that Jones was revealed to be a – gasp – “truther!”
Hey, Charles and Stephen: That should have been the last straw, not the first.
So I wouldn’t count on Van Jones being kicked unceremoniously to the curb. He’s a “playa,” after all, and as hip-hop teaches us, we are to “hate the game, but not the playa.” And even if he is jettisoned from the administration, there are many, many more brutish, unhinged thugs where he came from. Just as occurred with the Reign of Terror, it is the very rejection of tradition, decorum, rule of law, common sense and civility that are the fuel of the Obama revolution. Wake up, conservatives. You have got to get hip to what the administration already knows: If you get rid of all of the rotten apples in this barrel, you’re going to wind up with an empty barrel. The American Spectator : The Real Van Jones Scandal: Why Glenn Beck Is Right
That comment and many others like it was posted on the American Spectator site not some fringe site catering to white supremacy. Read it again. Striking that these sorts of comments are starting to become mainstream. I agree wholeheartedly with the comment. But it is still strange to see these sorts of thoughts discussed openly. 5 years ago American Spectator probably would have banned a person for uttering such thoughts. Makes a person wonder how well the post racial America is doing. Now my questions for Glenn Beck.
- Do you believe that Obama is subverting the constitution by appointing Czars?
- What do you plan on doing about it?
- Do you think that Congress has an oversight role to play in the President’s appointments?
- What if the President subverts this oversight role?
- What does the congress plan on doing about it?
- Are the limits we have in place limiting the actions of the President effective against a person who might not feel restricted by traditions and who might be counting on the press to cover for him?
Let’s not speculate that Obama is Hitler but we should ask what if a radical somehow got into power. Exactly how would we limit the damage?
UPDATE: VAN JONES RESIGNS…one down a bunch more to go.