Former Obama czar launches yet another Anti-Tea Party

posted at 8:50 pm on June 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s former special adviser for “green jobs, enterprise and innovation,” yesterday launched what he calls “The American Dream Movement.” In a punchy, two-hour webcast that was heavily promoted by MoveOn.org, the former green czar signaled his support for all ideas progressive — and his appalling unwillingness to face some simple facts.

Jones’ American Dream at first sounds familiar: a decent job, a college education, a dignified retirement, a secure future. But he seems to forget the pivot on which the Dream has always turned: an honest work ethic that proceeds from no sense of entitlement but rather from a grounded optimism that ability applied to opportunity will yield results.

My friend and former colleague at The Heritage Foundation Brandon Stewart reports:

Throughout his speech, he repeated many of the same tropes of the left that we’ve heard before: that America is not brokethat the wealthy don’t pay their fair sharethat union membership is the foundation of the middle class,that wages have remained stagnant, etc.

Jones ended by questioning the patriotism of the Tea Party movement. With a nod to Vice President Joe Biden, he discussed the patriotism of paying higher taxes and took to calling his fellow progressives the “deeper patriots,” as if patriotism is determined by how much of other people’s money you can spend.

But perhaps the major conceit in Jones’s address was the notion that the economy is a zero-sum game where the success of one person hinders your ability to succeed. If you’re not doing well, it’s because someone else is getting ahead at your expense. “We’re not broke,” Jones said early on in his presentation, “We’ve been robbed.”

So, will such an attempt to stir up self-conscious activism work? Stewart doesn’t think so:

The Tea Party is the small business owner struggling under the weight of more and more regulations, the senior citizen wondering how the government can possibly afford to keep its promises, the parents concerned that their child will be worse off than they. In short, the Tea Party is a selfless movement driven by the desire to save our country before it’s too late.

This new effort by Van Jones is something else entirely. It’s supported by those who, like AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, know they have a vested interest in keeping government big and are trying to convince the rest of us that we do, too. This “American Dream Movement” is about fostering jealously and class warfare to justify expansive social programs and bigger government in order to, as President Obama explained, “fundamentally [transform] the United States of America.”

This isn’t Jones’ first attempt to counteract The Tea Party. He was also a part of an earlier short-lived effort — a coalition of liberal and civil rights groups under the “One Nation” banner that last October held a rally on the National Mall.

What has made The Tea Party so effective is precisely the inverse of what makes Jones’ efforts ring so hollow: The movement grew organically and had no real preconception of itself. The Tea Party built its character; it didn’t contrive it. In the upcoming elections, Tea Partiers should take care to retain that quality of thoughtful consideration of the situation at hand and an issue-by-issue, common sense approach to solutions. The truth — not ideology — will out.


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Van Jones! LMAO…what an irrelevant tool. Who cares what that commie thinks or says?

David in ATL on June 27, 2011 at 8:55 PM

The dream of the Green Mr. Clean will be a bitter tea.

jdflorida on June 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Great post. The progressives can blow smoke up their own skirts all they want and even get full support from the MSM, but at the end of the day America does not share their views or values.

Southernblogger on June 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM

If at first you can’t succeed….

Agitate

Roy Rogers on June 27, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Same ol’ Marxism. Updated and repackaged for the new 21st Century generation of “the-world-owes-me-a-living” spoiled brats. Lipstick on a pig.

infidel4life on June 27, 2011 at 8:58 PM

But perhaps the major conceit in Jones’s address was the notion that the economy is a zero-sum game where the success of one person hinders your ability to succeed. If you’re not doing well, it’s because someone else is getting ahead at your expense. “We’re not broke,” Jones said early on in his presentation, “We’ve been robbed.”

If you agree with Van Jones in the above excerpt, I urge you to please read this book.

The “Zero-Sum Fallacy” is a foundation of the Modern Liberal ideology. It’s critical for all Americans, no matter their political views, to understand the Zero-Sum Fallacy.

visions on June 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Van Jones! LMAO…what an irrelevant tool. Who cares what that commie thinks or says?

David in ATL on June 27, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Prisons are full of guys who listen to people just like Jones and judges are getting ready to release them back into the public due to overcrowding and lack of funding to house them.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Van Jones and his Struggle to Remain Relevant Movement.

…smells more like The Successful Bowel Movement.

FlatFoot on June 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Van Jones: Sometimes a journey of a thousand miles ends very, very badly.

Roy Rogers on June 27, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Everything the Left touches turns to crap. Absolutely everything.

NickDeringer on June 27, 2011 at 9:05 PM

What has made The Tea Party so effective is precisely the inverse of what makes Jones’ efforts ring so hollow: The movement grew organically and had no real preconception of itself.

Van Jones and his cohorts know this, that is why they have worked so hard to discredit the TP.

But, you know, God love em for continuing their fight for the revolution. Maybe when this group fails, like all the others, they can name the next group, “Come on people, please, please, please do what I’m telling you”.

ramrants on June 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Prisons are full of guys who listen to people just like Jones and judges are getting ready to release them back into the public due to overcrowding and lack of funding to house them.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

This. Do not take this person, nor his supporters lightly. They are fanatic in their beliefs. They are heavily funded (Soros, unions, et al.). Watch them closely and be ready to counter them. People like Van Jones are the ones most likely to foment open revolt in the streets and a left versus right battle (literally) for the soul of this nation.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:07 PM

“A chicken in every pot!’

“Two cars in every garage!”

Haven’t we been down this road before?

Khun Joe on June 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

The Tea Partiers aren’t a bunch of friggin’ leeches consumed with jealousy that someone might be more successful than they are.

NeoKong on June 27, 2011 at 9:09 PM

If at first you can’t succeed….

Agitate

Roy Rogers on June 27, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Yupp, become a liberal and blame others ecause it cannot possibly be your own fault!

bluemarlin on June 27, 2011 at 9:09 PM

“Death to the running dog imperialist Yankees! And Red Sox!”

Akzed on June 27, 2011 at 9:10 PM

the Tea Party is a selfless movement driven by the desire to save our country before it’s too late.

Wanting to save your country and freedom is profoundly selfish.

Second, Jones wants one neck so he can have one leash. Class warfare baby!

AshleyTKing on June 27, 2011 at 9:11 PM

“We’ve been robbed.”

Yes, we have!

OldEnglish on June 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Do not take this person, nor his supporters lightly. They are fanatic in their beliefs.

Well, he is clean. And articulate.k

BacaDog on June 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

What is neat about this is that they have their VERY OWN channel to watch!

They can all go online and the 46 of them can watch “Current TV” together with their popcorn!

Opposite Day on June 27, 2011 at 9:16 PM

“We’re not broke,” Jones said early on in his presentation, “We’ve been robbed.”

He is right as far as he went. he just did not mention that he is one of the thieves.

Slowburn on June 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Well, he is clean. And articulate.k

BacaDog on June 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

He and Barry must have majored in clean and articulate. The nutty part came as part of the clean and articulate package.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Beck, you magnificent bastard….

BallisticBob on June 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Caught this on radar,last week,behold:

Progressive Co-ordination!
=============================

AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka: ’12 Million Working Americans Rebuild The Dream’
(Video)
*******************

Made specifically for the Rebuild the Dream campaign, here is a video from the current AFL-CIO president about this honest-to-goodness movement. Watch:

For more about the Rebuild the Dream movement, check this out: http://www.rebuildthedream.com/launch-highlights.php
==========================================================

Watch Launch Event HighlightsWatch highlights from last night’s Rebuild the Dream launch event–
*****************************************

then share it with everyone you know by using the sharing links on the right. And don’t forget to sign up to host a house meeting (just click the “host” button), so that you can bring your friends and neighbors in to the movement.

http://www.rebuildthedream.com/launch-highlights.php

canopfor on June 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Prisons are full of guys who listen to people just like Jones and judges are getting ready to release them back into the public due to overcrowding and lack of funding to house them.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

+1.

BallisticBob on June 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Tina,excellent intell work:)

canopfor on June 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Prisons are full of guys who listen to people just like Jones and judges are getting ready to release them back into the public due to overcrowding and lack of funding to house them.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM
+1.

BallisticBob on June 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

And California is planning on releasing a lot of prisoners due to a lack of funding.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Street hood in a tie.

Hummer53 on June 27, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Oops,i screwed up the first linky,should be,

http://front.moveon.org/afl-cios-richard-trumka-12-million-working-americans-rebuild-the-dream/

canopfor on June 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

More Soros money being flushed down the sewer trying to reshape america.

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Heh. Green tea. Weak green tea with a dash of communism for good measure.

He’s right about one thing:

“We’ve been robbed.”

Yes, we have!

OldEnglish on June 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

2ipa on June 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM

This guy is a buffoon. Where does his money come from, who listens to him and why? This is a mystery.

Mason on June 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Besides destroying America don’t leftists have any ORIGINAL ideas?

toongoon on June 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM

More Soros money being flushed down the sewer trying to reshape america.

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I pray every night that his heart will go *pop* very soon.
He is the consummate real-life James Bond villian. IMO.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:31 PM

This guy is a buffoon. Where does his money come from, who listens to him and why? This is a mystery.

Mason on June 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM

There is no mystery. Research Soros and all his related organizations and you will find your answer.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:32 PM

The truth — not ideology — will out.

I wish I could be that optimistic. The power grabs and disregard for the rule of law in the Obama Administration (and their allies) at all levels are more and more frightening by the day.

Here’s the latest. Be sure to click on all the links about flooding farmland, buying up farmland etc. To whet kill your appetite savor this fact: George Soros is now the 3rd largest owner of farmland in the country, “behind only Archer Daniels Midland (542 million bushels storage capacity) and Cargill (344 million bushels storage capacity.”

Buy Danish on June 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Liberals try Air America in a bid to ‘counteract’ evil, conservative talk radio.

Fail.

Liberals try the ‘Coffee Party’ in a bid to counteract the evil, conservative TEA Party.

Fail

Liberals try the “American Dream Movement”

PROFIT!!!!!

or something…

catmman on June 27, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Van Jones, Orwellian. Van Jones, Communist. Van Jones, enemy from within.

petefrt on June 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Buy Danish on June 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

My only response to that is my comment at 9:31.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Rebuilding the Dream since 1991.

forest on June 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM

This nation used to know how to treat communists properly.

rayra on June 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Rebuild the dream??? You’re one of the guys who helped break it!

Putz….

Fighton03 on June 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

This nation used to know how to treat communists properly.

rayra on June 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Until we started letting them teach our kids and run our government.

darwin-t on June 27, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Van Jones! LMAO…what an irrelevant tool. Who cares what that commie thinks or says?

David in ATL on June 27, 2011 at 8:55 PM

You forget that we have a closet commie in the WH who was promising the same bill of goods that Van Jones is promoting. It is all based on class warfare, a sense of entitlement, and deep resentment.

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Alternate Names:
Milli Vanilli Tea Party
Russian Caravan Tea
Chinese Tea
Coffee Party Redux

mizflame98 on June 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM

You are so right Van Jones!! Right ON, brother!! Speak the Truth!!

In fact, you should take that opposition to the man sho has most betrayed your universal truths, and run a camapign for President against your old boss, Barack Obama. You should make sure that the Left in this country have a real voice at the ballot box.

JohnGalt23 on June 27, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Then again, amidst the bad news, there is some good news, via Mother Jones of all places:

Dissent has also surfaced within the ranks of ICE. On Thursday, the National ICE Council, a union representing 7,600 ICE employees issued a new memo, calling it a “law enforcement nightmare” and accusing the Obama administration of going out of its way to “protec[t] foreign nationals illegally in the US.”

More at the link…

Buy Danish on June 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Here is the moveon.org video that is going viral in Lefty circles. Robert Reich “explains” Lefty economics in about two minutes. It is to cry over this simple-assed thinking, yet I managed to get into a civilized argument with a fairly intelligent acquaintance over why this whole nonsense is flawed.

Watch and weep.

Interesting (???): Robert Reich explains his view of the current economic situation and how we got here in two minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTzMqm2TwgE

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM

This. Do not take this person, nor his supporters lightly. They are fanatic in their beliefs. They are heavily funded (Soros, unions, et al.). Watch them closely and be ready to counter them. People like Van Jones are the ones most likely to foment open revolt in the streets and a left versus right battle (literally) for the soul of this nation.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:07 PM

You are so right. We are getting a taste of what might be coming with the “wildings” taking place among hordes of unemployed, ill-educated, fractured-family young people.

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Buy Danish on June 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I emailed Ed and Allah to move that ICE thread from the Green Room to no avail. There are serious underminings of our civilization being orchestrated by this administration.

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Wow, I never knew Jones had the word “Innovation” in his Special Adviser title. Obama appointed an avowed communist as his Special Adviser on Innovation? Isn’t that this whole administration in a nutshell?

Kaisersoze on June 27, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Jones is not the only one on the left who’s trying to mimic the Tea Party’s success. Down in Tucson a group of latinos have created The Tequila Party…. No, I’m not joking. They claim to be non-partisan, but that is hard to believe given that one of the founders is an immigration rights activist.

Desert Gardens on June 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM

And California is planning on releasing a lot of prisoners due to a lack of funding.

predator on June 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Yep.

We’re waiting to see how that plays out here.

BallisticBob on June 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Second, Jones wants one neck so he can have one leash. Class warfare baby!
AshleyTKing on June 27, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Class warfare, 14 million casualties and counting with Obama/Jones war on Americans!

DSchoen on June 28, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Sign of hope:

The San Francisco Public library had a used book sale in April. Hardcover books only cost $3. There were about 30 new copies of Van Jones’ book on a table which were attracting zero interest.

Heck if books by Van Jones don’t sell, even at a huge discount, in San Francisco then Van Jones’ influence is much smaller than he would like us to think.

wren on June 28, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Not your classic American Dream.

Fixed it.

Kenosha Kid on June 28, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Van Jones – once again whimpering “I’m a victim”.

GarandFan on June 28, 2011 at 1:03 AM

This guy needs a wall to be stood up against

His minions are just a bunch of freeloaders who wouldn’t know a days work if it hit them on the head

I’ll take the Kimber with a box of. 45 acp
, Ty

Sonosam on June 28, 2011 at 6:57 AM

This little presentation has NOTHING to do with Glenn Beck and his starting GBTV…….this isn’t Soros answering Beck and his move at all right?

Jones is in a suit and tie but his heart is dressed in Che guerilla war fatigues.

He is at war with America and it’s founders.

Gird your loins.

PappyD61 on June 28, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Higher Patriot…
Do you overpay your tax?
Show me cancelled checks…

Haiku Guy on June 28, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I emailed Ed and Allah to move that ICE thread from the Green Room to no avail. There are serious underminings of our civilization being orchestrated by this administration.
onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I should have known the Green Room would be on this. I betcha Ed or Allah writes about it. This is huge…

Buy Danish on June 28, 2011 at 8:07 AM

You are so right. We are getting a taste of what might be coming with the “wildings” taking place among hordes of unemployed, ill-educated, fractured-family young people.

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM

No problem…you just don’t lead em’ quite as much.

BigWyo on June 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Is this little pu$$y still going to sue Glenn Beck, or did he run away when Glenn laughed at him?

MNHawk on June 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Let’s just cut right to the chase:

Van Jones is nuts!

I mean, Spot The Looney nuts!

pilamaye on June 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Van Jones another lackey for George Soros.

Christian Conservative on June 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Number(day) 179 of 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy.

We ask that the government undertake the obligation above all of providing citizens with adequate opportunity for employment and earning a living. The activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of the community, but must take place within its confines and be for the good of all. Therefore, we demand:… an end to the power of the financial interests. We demand profit sharing in big business. We demand a broad extension of care for the aged. We demand… the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of national, state, and municipal governments. In order to make possible to every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education… We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents… The government must undertake the improvement of public health—by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor… by the greatest possible support for all clubs concerned with the physical education of youth. We combat the… materialistic spirit within and without us, and are convinced that a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of the common good before the individual good.

Nazi Party, Munich, February 1920.

Coincidence that Van Goebbels screed was the night before?

jdkchem on June 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Two hours of Van Jones? I think not.

In short, the Tea Party is a selfless movement…

Well, not entirely. A large percentage of Tea Party seniors has a “hands off my entitlements” attitude.

SukieTawdry on June 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

What has made The Tea Party so effective is precisely the inverse of what makes Jones’ efforts ring so hollow: The movement grew organically and had no real preconception of itself. The Tea Party built its character; it didn’t contrive it. In the upcoming elections, Tea Partiers should take care to retain that quality of thoughtful consideration of the situation at hand and an issue-by-issue, common sense approach to solutions. The truth — not ideology — will out.

Lets not forget that their is no leader or spokesperson for the TEA party.

Anyone who claims that they speak for the TEA party and makes an endorsement for any local, state or national candidate doesn’t really represent the TEA party.

The tea party is a grassroots movement with millions of people speaking out on an issue.

Conservative Samizdat on June 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Only in One Nation with No Labels can a Coffee Party get so much press coverage… you’d think this American Dream is more in the line of “15 minutes of fame”.

Did someone forget to remind him?
Third time’s the charm, fourth time is harm…

Sure it’s pointless superstition, but given the level of argument I’m opposed by that seemed more than sufficient.

gekkobear on June 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

They will simply be cannibalizing their existing leftist activist base to create the appearance of a new mass movement — so purple SEIU shirts will be swapped out for red progressive tea party shirts and so on. They are so used to top down astroturf movements that they cannot conceive of an actual grassroots movement.

EasyEight on June 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM