Monday, September 7, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #116: The Ballad of Van Jones

The United States political-economic-media circus is pretty ridiculous. If we're not careful, this discourse will get less civil than the Taiwan Legislature brawl from a few years ago:

In recent news, Glenn Beck, as a metaphorical Bolshevik, has brought it on himself to take down the Czars of the Federal government. That's right: I just called Beck a Bolshevik, to fit in with the Czar analogy. Yadda, yadda, yadda...Van Jones resigned his post because of all the noise leveled against him. From the Chicago Tribune:
White House officials said Sunday that the presidential environmental adviser Van Jones resigned this weekend of his own accord after a furor over his fiery remarks about Republicans and his signature on a petition questioning whether the U.S. government had any role in planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Jones may have overreached with his blanket condemnation of Republicans as "assholes." Yesterday, I indicted only a certain segment of Republicans as certifiable A-holes: Fearmongrels, consisting of dumbass dittoheads and demonic demagogues. Thinking, educated, and ethical people who are registered as Republicans (wherever they may be...?) don't deserve the insult. TV, radio, and popular parts of the Web would be better places if those who represented the "conservative point of view" in economic debate(s) were legitimate economists and not crony capitalists.

Am I not a gracious blogger? I am a gracious blogger, and you're welcome. If my statements against fearmongrels will bite me in the ass in the future (if I am ever foolhardy to run for political office), that just means that political fearmongering will still exist. Or worse, ill-mannered fearmongering will once again be a dominant force in the social landscape in the future, and we will have all failed in erradicating the A-hole element in public discourse. Remember, being anti-totalitarian, I approve of smart opponents, who argue cogently and use fact and accepted theory to back up their opinions. By the same token, I approve of people on my side of an issue who use ethical means to debate as well. Fearmongrels of all ideologies be damned!

Okay, back to Van Jones: He was insinuated as a 9/11 truther, and that is a no-no in the Democratic Party. On the other hand, it seems that in fearmongrel-Republican circles, it is a badge of honor to be a birther, a deather, and/or a teabagger. Obviously, I put the last one there for comedic effect. In any case, I thought that the truther movement was more related to the Ron Paul (real) conservative-libertarian movement than any liberal-progressive ideology, so this might be a moot point.

To quote ABC's Jake Tapper (via Twitter):
Rep Pence said no place for Jones' "extremist views and coarse rhetoric" in public debate. GOP leaders -- is that now the bar?
I can only hope that the far-daft wing of the opposition party implodes. We'll deal with the far-daft wings of other parties later. Civil debate now!

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