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Ron Radosh

Can Van Jones Create a ‘Left-Wing Tea Party’? Don’t Bet on It

August 17th, 2011 - 6:23 pm

Last February, when he first announced the new movement and no one took notice, Jones said: “We will prevail because — in truth — we are not in a right-wing period of American history, nor are we in a left-wing period. We are simply in a volatile period.” But of course, his claim that his movement is capturing the non-partisan “moral center” is fraudulent. Jones’ movement — or attempt at one — is a far left operation, as can be seen by the demands he raises and the context in which he puts these demands.

So Jones then said, “Let Saturday, February 26, 2011, mark the beginning of the national movement to renew the American Dream and return us to the moral center — where everybody counts, and everybody matters.” Feb. 26th passed, and nothing happened. Now, the date has suddenly changed first to July 23rd and now to August 15th. Whatever the date, we can be sure that Van Jones will fail once again, and perhaps next year George Soros will give him more money to announce yet a new organization and a new starting date. After all, the man has got to do something to earn his pay.

So I end with the image Jones gives to Michelle Goldberg. He tells her that when Obama leaves the White House in 2016, he might have to “block the driveway” to prevent him from leaving. That date, of course, assumes Obama will have two terms in office. So, I look forward deeply to 2013, when the new Republican president takes office, and to watching the capitol police haul Jones off the White House roadway.

That result won’t take a movement — only the electoral activity of the American people, who show by their ballot that they are fed up with Barack Obama.

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