Van Jones, in His Own Words

Glenn Beck, FOX News, September 1, 2009

We’re going to take another look at our new green jobs “czar,” or special adviser to the president for green jobs or whatever they want to call him. But what I want to do is to really take a good, hard look at who Van Jones is.

We’ve told you for the last couple months now, that Jones is an avowed, radical, revolutionary communist. In the last few days, the left has been trying to scrub his image clean–to the point where they are now claiming that he has totally transformed into a raging capitalist. All of a sudden, he’s a combination of Bill Gates and J. Paul Getty. He’s mainstream now; the perfect, young go-getting entrepreneur to kick job creation into high gear. All he wants to do is create green jobs, right?

Wrong.

I hate to intrude with the facts here, but let’s look at Van Jones’ own words. Now granted, we have to go way back here–I mean, I don’t even know how old President Barack Obama was when this event happened–it was clear back before April of this year.

I know, we have to go all the way back to this past March, to the Power Shift ’09 conference–right before Jones was appointed as our president’s “special adviser”–when he said this:

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VAN JONES: This movement is deeper than a solar panel! Deeper than a solar panel! Don’t stop there! Don’t stop there! We’re gonna change the whole system! We’re gonna change the whole thing. We’re not gonna put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system. We want a new system!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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But this goes further than whether Van Jones is a capitalist or a communist. Look at what else Jones said at this conference:

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JONES: And our Native American sisters and brothers who were pushed and bullied and mistreated and shoved into all the land we didn’t want, where it was all hot and windy. Well, guess what? Renewable energy? Guess what, solar industry? Guess what wind industry? They now own and control 80 percent of the renewable energy resources. No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth! Give them the dignity. Give them the respect that they deserve. No justice on stolen land. We owe them a debt.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Give them the wealth? Is that what you voted for?

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No? Let’s try it again. Here’s more from Van Jones–again, to be fair, this is from his “ancient history catalogue”–this past March:

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JONES: What about our immigrant sisters and brothers? What about our immigrant sisters and brothers? What about people who come here from all around the world who we’re willing to have out in the field, with poison being sprayed on them, poison being sprayed on them because we have the wrong agricultural system. And we’re willing to poison them and poison the earth to put food on our table, but we don’t want to give them rights and we don’t want to give them dignity and we don’t want to give them respect?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

We don’t want to give them rights? We’re poisoning immigrants? Who is “we”? This was from an interview he did as head of the Ella Baker Center:

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JONES: We’re really entering a third wave of environmentalism in the United States.

The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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[Editor’s Note: The videos Glenn Beck is referring to can be viewed here.]

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