I Didn't Vote For Neville Chamberlain.
There's so much that's gallingly hypocritical and cowardly regarding the resignation of Van Jones that one is at a loss to begin explicating the whole sordid affair. But two things stand out clear and are not subject to interpretation:
The white feather in Obama's cap mentioned by David Neiwert comes from a chicken and Glenn Beck and the Borg mothership aka Fox "News" in which he dwells still dictates who gets to stay and who goes in the White House. It's Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, Phil Donahue and Eason Jordan all over again.
In Van's obviously forced resignation (coming as it did during a holiday weekend news cycle, as all high profile resignations tend to be, albeit for differing reasons- witness Palin's resignation announcement on July 3rd in order to actually dominate the 4th of July news cycle to ensure visibility while avowing to eschew it), we saw the same old chicken-feathered politics of a Barack Obama desperately wishing that those feathers aren't accompanied by Republican tar.
Once again, we saw a Barack Obama who took someone to task for saying things when he wasn't around and before his "Green czar" even took a job at the White House. By allowing Jones to resign in the middle of momentous changes in both the environmental movement (started by Cap and Trade) or not even publicly supporting him, Obama threw under the wheels of the omnibus of "progress" another fellow black man simply for speaking the truth. Simply for signing a petition (before accepting the WH job) that stated the obvious (the Bush administration's complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which is screamingly obvious) and said nasty things about Republicans that largely went unnoticed until brought up by Republicans.
During the campaign last year, we made much of Hillary Clinton's triangulating and charged her again and again with saying and doing anything to get elected. I still hold true by that but not enough was said (except here in Pottersville) about Obama doing the same thing. While she was obviously wrong in both casting a vote in favor of going to war with Iraq in 2002 and in not apologizing for it long after it became obvious that the war was unjust, illegal and unnecessary, Hillary at least stuck to her guns and refused to apologize for it. If Obama had voted to go to war with Iraq in 2002 (as he surely would've. It would've been political suicide for any future presidential candidate to not to given the zeitgeist of that year), it would be entertaining to say the least how he'd spin that vote today. As it is, we have the luxury of speculating on how he would've considering all the flipflops he'd done during last year's campaign alone on issues ranging from public campaign financing to financing for the Iraq War.
What's infuriating most of all is Obama's insistence on trying to appease a GOP that's bound and determined to despise him no matter how many "reversals" or "adjustments" he makes in his policies, no matter how many times he steps and fetches it and says Yassa, massa! They will hate him and vilify him for even taping a speech that simply tells students to work hard and stay in school.
It'll be up for posterity to decide whether Van Jones was a Socialist, Communist or wild-eyed anarchist. We may never know if he knew about his old organization, Color of Change, going after Glenn Beck and his sponsors. But one fact is clear: As long as there's one Republican in the House, as long as there's one Republican in the Senate and as long as there's one conservative douchebag like Glenn Beck with a microphone and a shortwave radio, Obama will capitulate again and again, will throw any number of bodies under the bus's wheels even when the truth was spoken until there's nothing left of our party, until every Democrat who still adheres to liberal, progressive principles looks hidebound by comparison.
I didn't vote for Neville Chamberlain. I voted for Barack Obama. And I, for one, did not help this man get to the White House so he could be a Step 'n' Fetch It House nigger for the Republican Party.