How can the hard left complain about Obama if he has people like this working for him?
President Obama is counting on two Marxists who blame America for the 9/11 terrorist attacks to help turn Sept. 11 from a day of solemn remembrance into an unseemly celebration of radical environmentalism and Big Government.
The two men charged with this politically correct exercise in desecration and icon-smashing are the boorish, self-absorbed Rev. Lennox Yearwood and the comparatively suave, articulate Van Jones. Jones is adept at concealing his radicalism; Yearwood is incapable of doing so.
Yearwood is apparently an ordained minister of the Church of God in Christ. He uses a megaphone and 1960s style protests to get his message out. Jones, the more urbane and media-savvy of the two, is the president’s green jobs czar at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Jones uses Web 2.0 and the language of capitalism —non-threatening words like investment — to sell socialism. But more on their Marxism in a moment.
As I wrote last week, about 60 groups including those associated with Yearwood and Jones, are planning to help the Obama administration greenwash the meaning of 9/11. They want to turn each Sept. 11 into a National Day of Service focused on the importance of bicycle paths, ethanol, carbon emission controls, putting solar panels on your roof, and radical community organizing. It has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year’s election campaign.
Somehow after President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law on April 21, the “National Day of Service and Remembrance” referred to in the legislation started being called the “National Day of Service” by the White House. No doubt there are many sincere people who’ve signed up to volunteer and who plan to do good works on this day, unaware that the administration is trying to hijack the meaning of 9/11.
In an Aug. 4 video on the official White House blog, Jones discussed the administration’s plan to flush 9/11 down the memory hole just as it has tried to rechristen the Global War on Terror the “Overseas Contingency Operations.” Jones said the National Day of Service will be a great opportunity “for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America.”
At a White House press availability the same day, Yearwood was joined by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Department of Energy Under Secretary Kristina Johnson. Yearwood said that the National Day of Service will be “the first milestone” of a larger effort called Green the Block. That campaign attempts to convince Americans that the utopian fantasy of an oil-free so-called green economy is possible without turning the U.S. into a Third World country.
Sixty or so groups participated in the White House-sponsored teleconference call on Aug. 11 led by Yearwood. Yearwood and other leaders said on the call that they wanted 9/11 to be used for something “positive,” “forward-leaning,” and “productive,” said a source with knowledge of the teleconference. Groups on the call included run-of-the-mill interest groups, environmentalists, labor groups, and extreme-left groups including ACORN, Apollo Alliance, Color of Change, Friends of the Earth, and Yearwood’s Hip Hop Caucus.
My source told me over the weekend that members of the coalition are “still in shock” that their plans got out. The groups haven’t come up with a crisis management strategy yet, the source said. “So far it looks like they’re planning to ride out the controversy.”
The source previously said these people view Sept. 11 as a “Republican” day because it focuses the public on supposedly “Republican” issues like patriotism, national security, and terrorism. According to liberals, 9/11 was long ago hijacked by Republicans and their enablers and unfairly used to bludgeon helpless Democrats at election time.
MSNBC’s foremost left-wing bloviator, Keith Olbermann, summed up this ugly perspective the week after the Republican Party convention last year by accusing the GOP of turning 9/11 into “a brand name” and “a Republican campaign slogan.”
Olbermann is hardly the only progressive to take this view.
Similar accusations have been hurled at the GOP by MoveOn.org and by one of its major donors, liberal über-philanthropist George Soros who accused the Bush administration of exploiting the “politics of fear.” Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore said President George W. Bush “use[d] the deaths of Sept. 11…as a cover for his right-wing agenda.” Vice President Joe Biden, former President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Al Gore, former Sens. John Edwards (D-NC) and Tom Daschle (D-SD), former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, and a parade of left-leaning public figures all leveled the same charge.
But Yearwood and Jones go much further than the conventional liberal Bush-bashing. They have both made it clear that they believe the attacks of 9/11 were America’s fault.
Yearwood, a younger version of Rev. Jeremiah Wright — without his racism but with his lung capacity — blamed the world’s problems on America in a 2007 interview. “Our country as a superpower was literally causing hell on earth,” said “The Rev” (as he often refers to himself).
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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H/T to National Review Online