Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Van Jones: It Ain't Over Until the Fat Lady Sings

She's got to belt it out good and loud, until the windowpanes rattle and the neighbors fall out of bed. And the fat lady doesn't sing until the whole story's been told.

Nobody (outside of Washington DC) wants to hear a story that ends with the villain sneaking out of town at midnight, laying low for an indecently short period of time, and then quietly but lucratively re-emerging as, say, a lobbyist getting paid from a different pocket of the same suit, or even as a lefty lawyer writing legislation for a Congress that couldn't be bothered.

What kind of ending would that be? Boring and unsatisfying.

No, for the story to have any zing, the villain has to really and truly lose power. Add points for every disgraced crony he pulls down with him.

That's one reason why Americans are going to keep spreading the word about Van Jones.

This story is just not finished being told.

Did Jones take his midnight walk because he called Republicans "assholes," like the Obamatons would have us believe? Because he's an avowed Marxist/Leninist activist, which the Obamatons would rather not discuss?

Or was it because Commissar Jones had just been outed as an anti-American nut who told a rally that the U.S. deserved the 9/11 attacks? Only a day after nearly 3,000 people were savagely, torturously murdered by Islamic jihadists in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, Jones went out of his way to rally with other "blame America first" speakers "against the threat of more US violence." There's video of the event, if you can bear to watch the loony revision of history by assorted "supporters of Palestine," "anarchists," and "socialists" in Oakland, California.

Written by an attendee at the rally, as reported by BizzyBlog:
A recurring theme of the speakers was the brutal violence committed by or supported by the United States government on a daily basis. "The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City," said Van Jones, director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who also warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. "The US cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad."

In a diverse international community shocked by recent world events, deep feelings about the United States government were expressed.
A young Puerto Rican person said that "the belly of the beast had something back to eat." A young Filipino human rights activist said that "when we found out what kind of place got hit, we were kind of glad to see the Pentagon burning. But we also know that thousands of Puerto Ricans, Haitians and other workers were in those buildings." An African-American man who works on gentrification issues in West Oakland said that "we're always seeing Americans drop bombs on people. We watch the Vietnamese get bombed, Iraqis get bombed, Palestinians get bombed, now it has come home to roost." Japanese-Americans spoke about internment camps and the nuclear holocaust brought on by US militarism.
There's plenty more to the Van Jones story, and it's bound to get out. The question is: How many disgraced cronies will be written into the script before the curtain closes?

Hat tip: Yukio Ngaby at Critical Narrative

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