Van Jones and the progressive version of the “tea party”
Discover the Networks - “Jones' new approach was modeled on the tactics outlined by the famed radical organizer Saul Alinsky, who stressed the need for revolutionaries to mask the extremism of their objectives and to present themselves as moderates until they could gain some control over the machinery of political power.”
Why is it that the progressives cannot come up with creative original thoughts that can persuade the American public their beliefs are in our best interest? Because, the ideology and the aims of their goals are radical and un-American. When the tea party was born and rapidly grew into an American grass roots phenomena it was a wake up call for them that the public wasn’t buying their product. They called us terrorists, thugs, racist and astro-turf of the corporate sector.
The progressives in the media and in the halls of Congress denied our passion even existed. Rallies were held around the country and the numbers were staggering to behold. Throughout this assault on our wives, grandmothers, sons & Daughters we kept coming out to the rallies to show our frustration at the direction these Progressives were taking us against our collective wills.
It started slowly when Scott Brown, a Republican, took the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat followed by the victories in Virginia (McDonnell) and New Jersey (Christie). Then, came the tea party tsunami of the 2010 mid-term elections that saw a fresh wave of new, tea party conservative faces in Congress. These predominent “blue” state victories as well as the loss of the Democrats control of the House to Republicans were brushed aside as anomalies by the main stream progressive media.
Van Jones laments recently at the “Netroots” conference when he gave a speech where he insists that it is the Congressional conservatives (yes, the newly elected tea party backed ones) who are intentionally trying to unseat Obama by not passing legislation the Democrat/socialists want regarding spending. He says that they won’t even pass their own legislation to achieve this. I cannot count how many bills they indeed voted and passed regarding budgets, spending and the like that Harry Reid and company have squashed.
In June 2011, Jones, with the financial aid of Soros funds started his own political movement that he intentionally borrowed from the tea party script calling it “ Rebuild the Dream”.
Here are the 10 steps they espouse:
1 - Invest in America’s infrastructure
Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads, and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks. help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.
2 - Create 21st Century Energy Jobs
We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.
3 - Invest in Public Education
We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.
4 - Offer Medicare for all
We should expand Medicare so it's available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it -- but it's not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country -- paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.
5 - Make work pay
Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity, and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.
6 - Secure Social Security
Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors' protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.
7 - Return to fairer tax rates
End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us -- or our kids -- must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country's wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.
8 - End wars and invest at home
Our troops have done everything that's been asked of them, and it's time to bring them home to good jobs here. We're sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.
9 - tax wall street speculation
A tiny fee of a twentieth of 1% on each Wall Street trade could raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, "flash trading," and outrageous bankers' bonuses -- and we'd have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation.
10 - Strengthen Democracy
We need clean, fair elections -- where no one's right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn't buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam shut the lobbyists' revolving door in D.C., and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.
Maybe its just me, but these 10 steps are the “same-old - same-old” rhetoric that the progressives have been spewing forever and are exactly what the tea party patriots have opposed.
So, just as the progressives perform their sleigh of hand routines by changing nomenclature to mask their agendas in a “more friendly” illusion they now want to appear “tea party” like in their softer version of tyranny. The imagery I liken this to is captured in the title of this article. Little Red Riding hood is rank and file tea party members happily skipping to grandma’s house where a “big bad wolf” is impersonating grandma lies in wait to devour us.