Hot off the AP wires comes news that Obama's environmental advisor has resigned.
This was just a matter of time. The administration had to separate themselves from him. Every day had new video footage of him saying something incendiary or offensive. Worst of all, this firestorm of controversy started reigniting past blazes - the names Wright and Ayers had started coming up again. Clearly, the man had to go.
The administration are hoping this will play out over the Labor Day weekend and will be forgotten by Tuesday. They will have the school and joint session speeches to hype and distract with. With any luck, Jones will lay low and not pull a Blagojovich, but you just never know these days. There is also the possibility of him becoming a left-wing martyr to the cause over the coming weeks, thanks to the MSM. I'm also betting Glenn Beck will be making some sort of comment over this turn of events come Tuesday. I have to say that his resignation statement certainly leaves plenty to discuss:
""On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
He continued: "I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight.' But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.""
He is painting himself as a victim in this - 'They are using lies and distortions...' Really? Weren't those 'lies and distortions' either a)caught on video or b) written in his own words in books and articles? Hardly lies and distortions when they come from his own mouth.
Due to this clown's appearance on the national scene, there are many pundits (not to mention run-of-the-mill Americans) now calling for a review of the many, many 'Czars' that have been given an awful lot of power and money with a frighteningly little amount of oversight. The esteemed Mr. Jones' prolific library of gaffes and agenda-outing has brought public scrutiny of the Czar complex to a head. This may very well signal the end of the czar system - something that is unconstitutional and should not have been allowed to be expanded as radically as it has. And for those who would drag George Bush into the argument (and there are always a few), yes, Bush did appoint some czars - about eight, as far as I can discern - and was soundly criticized for it by the MSM. Mr. Obama has appointed 4x as many as that demon Bush, and yet, nary a peep from the press.
President Obama had a very difficult, embarrassing time trying to appoint Cabinet members and high-ranking officials due to the vetting and congressional approval process. When he was stymied by the legal, constitutional approach, he simply decided to circumvent the process. There are at least 32 czars actively working for the Obama administration. and only 21 Cabinet officials. Many of the czars have powers and responsibilities that overlap cabinet positions, and they all have massive budgets to enact their 'reforms' (Van Jones had a budget of $30 billion). They are answerable only to the president, they do not need to reveal their agenda to Congress for oversight, and the only way to get rid of them is to have them resign or have President Obama remove them from office.
This entire system is unconstitutional. Where are the checks and balances?
It is time to take the administration to task for these czars and demand they all resign or submit to congressional vetting and approval.
It is getting harder and harder to make excuses for the number of radicals, marxists, socialists, and, at least in Jones' case, self-avowed communists infiltrating our government under Obama. It is getting harder and harder to separate President Obama from these radicals and their ideology.
As Van Jones said himself, "Personnel is policy". Either our president is completely clueless to the type of people he is appointing, which I find hard to believe in such a savvy man, or these radical policies are ones he shares. It was allowed, during the campaign, that he sat in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years, oblivious to the man's insane rantings. I'm not sure why it was allowed, as it speaks to Obama's judgement, but allowed it was. Unfortunately, such a gross display of ignorance can only be allowed once, twice at most.
After that, it becomes a pattern, and one that should be used to get a fuller picture of who exactly the 44th President of the United States really is.
Van Jones may very well be the catalyst for that epiphany.
UPDATE: Glenn Beck has issued a statement on Jones' resignation.
UPDATE II: The MSM is managing to drop the ball even more - and boy, does it have ridiculous spin! Bad, BAD internet!!