"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in the statement. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide." So says part of the statement given by Van Jones on his resignation early this morning.
Mr. Jones, you may find it hard to believe that my problem with you has nothing to do with healthcare or clean energy. My problems with you are the facts that YOU have described yourself as a communist, YOU have described white environmentalists as murders of urban minorities through the use of poison, YOU have signed a petition that says a former president was complicit in the murders of 3,000 innocent people on 9/11.
Your defense to this petition is that you did not understand what you were signing. May I ask, what did you think it said? Obviously you have some sort of disbelief of the 9/11 commission report.
Above and beyond that, why exactly would we want someone advising the president on how to invest $30 billion if you don’t pay attention to what you are signing? You are either crazy or lazy. Either way, it is not acceptable.
Mr. Jones, believe it or not there is a growing movement within the conservative community to reduce pollution and be better stewards of our world. One arm of the Christian conservative movement in this country truly believe that it is indeed a moral imperative that we care for the world that God lent us.
I agree with you that the energy sector is going to produce many jobs in the future and we need to start investing in it now. The more energy sources we can tap into in this country the better off we will be; as we can be rid of the likes of Chavez and Putin. Some of our goals are exactly the same. It is just that my reasons for doing them are different.
You are a very well educated man; I think that you may want to get some of your money back if you think that the reason people objected to you has to do with not wanting healthcare reform.