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Video: Change Agent Van Jones Says Tea Party Wants to “Smash Down Every American Institution”

John on July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

One of the supporters of the Obama administration and its promise of “change” is sounding pretty conservative these days. Van’s new message seems to be, let’s prevent our “opponents” from changing anything. Sort of makes you wonder who the establishment is and who the real iconoclasts are in this fight:

That is the agenda of our opponents. They want to repeal the 20th century. They want to smash down every American institution our grandparents fought for, from the labor unions to public education to the safety net–really the American middle-class. We should not let that happen without a big fight, the biggest fight in the history of the country…

It’s not clear from the tail end of the clip I highlighted, but if you listen to the entire 11 minutes you’ll see that he’s primarily talking about the Tea Party and, implicitly, the GOP.

There’s no room in Jones’ rhetoric for people who a) want to see us pay our bills before the entire nation defaults or b) believe things like school vouchers might be a better solution than government schools that graduate 60% of pupils. I’d love to sit and watch Waiting for Superman with Van and then have him explain to me why we need to have a “big fight” to protect the institution shown in that film. Seriously, Van, you’re defending failure and misery for children. Aren’t you even a little bit ashamed to do that?

I’m sure the bit about “the biggest fight in the history of the country” was hyperbole. I don’t think even Van Jones wants to see a Civil War erupt over collective bargaining. At least I hope he doesn’t. I know some on the left would be fine with that.

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