Saturday, April 7, 2012

Standing my Ground against Van Jones

I try not to get upset about things that progressives do even though many of them are brutally dishonest. A recent video that a friend sent to me almost knocked me off the rails. I’ve posted the full video below as footnote number (1). It exposes a diabolical effort on the part of the left to use the Trayvon Martin episode to set off a race war that could lead to the deaths of thousands or millions of Americans.

I even thought that I wouldn’t advertise the existence of the video to keep Van Jones from getting more undeserved publicity. But the ideas presented in this video are so subversive of society, so evil and so dangerous that I have to comment about it so readers can learn about the evils of collectivism. You need to know the kind of killers that President Obama has let loose on society. You need to understand what they are doing and how they hope to get away with it.

Van Jones’ effort to call all conservatives racists, as he does in this video, betrays a common method of deception that has been engaged by totalitarians for many decades. It is the method of using collective thinking (group thinking) when discussing the actions of individuals. A crime is not a group phenomenon; it is engaged in by an individual seeking to harm another individual. It is a volitional act and is therefore the responsibility of the individual who perpetrated the harm. Properly, crime legislation should be about protecting the individual rights of the victim, not about any sort of bogus group rights. Groups don't have rights; only individuals do. When individual issues are dealt with according to group conflicts, such thinking poisons the minds of people and the results are prejudice and unfair treatment toward individuals.

Some of you will remember Van Jones as the one-time Obama Czar responsible for transitioning our industrial economy from fossil fuels to green energy. This initiative was part of a grand strategy that combined Cap and Trade legislation and global warming fears with government investments in green technologies.

Let’s leave aside the issue that this initiative could not possibly succeed for a variety of reasons. Let’s stay on Van Jones. You will recall that, once it was discovered that Mr. Jones was an avowed Marxist, several individuals on the “right” began to expose past statements made by Mr. Jones that did not represent “mainstream” ideas. A clarion call went out that the President was promoting, without the advice and consent of the Senate, communists and other radicals who were decidedly anti-American. Soon, very soon, Mr. Jones was fired and put out to pasture.

Or so we thought. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the radical left does not want Mr. Jones to disappear. In fact, since he was famously fired Mr. Jones seems to be everywhere. His statement that he is no longer a communist is incongruous to say the least. His claim that he wants to hire unemployed youth in government subsidized “green” companies is a farce. His work to indoctrinate children with communist principles is certainly dubious, and his posing as a thinker with new ideas (really old Marxist ideas) on how to make industry more socially responsible should also be questioned.

Are we viewing an orchestrated effort to make this man look like a capitalist with lots of conservative ideas? Should we let our guard down and let him once again return to the family of man? No. Mr. Jones has recently burst out of his shell and revealed himself again for what he truly is: a partisan propagandist for class and race warfare. Mr. Jones has shed his recently acquired “pro-capitalist” persona in order to tell us that all of white American society is racist. He has found his new truth in the Trayvon Martin scandal and especially in the “stand your ground” laws. These laws, he declares, are an effort to kill innocent blacks on the streets.

What Mr. Jones ignores is that the "stand your ground" law in Florida also applies to and protects black people. But let’s stay on track. What he seems to be saying is that the Koch Brothers (two influential conservative businesspeople who support Republican causes), through an organization known as ALEC (2), have funded a legislative effort to establish “stand your ground” laws in 22 states. To date, this "racist" law is in place in Florida, the state in which Trayvon Martin was killed. So the thinking goes: Trayvon Martin is black. He was killed because of the “stand your ground” law. In other words the "white racist" George Zimmerman killed him because he was free to stand his ground against blacks who attack whites. This makes the “stand your ground” law racist, and since its implementation was supported by ALEC which is supported, in part, by the Koch Brothers, this makes the Koch Brothers racists and this makes Florida a racist state and ALEC which is an organization dedicated to conservative issues, is also racist. Because conservatives are mostly white, then all white conservatives are racists, and, well, let's be consistent, all whites are racist by nature (Critical Race Theory). I think that pretty well says the unsaid here, except for one more conclusion: since ALEC supports conservative causes and the group most often opposes progressive causes, being against progressivism is also racist. This means all whites and all conservatives are racists and so they should all be put in jail because they are white. I’m not sure if it also means all white progressives are racists too. I think it depends on whether they vote for President Obama.

Needless to say, this “revelation” by Van Jones of just how racist conservatives are will be important information for voters in the lead up to the next election. Everyone must get on the bandwagon and totally repudiate all conservatives and Republicans. Not just Coke and Pepsi (which I will never purchase again), but everybody should do everything they can to expose ALEC and ensure that this crony-capitalist scheme (as described by progressives) is put out of business and boycotted especially on election day. That means voting overwhelmingly for the only honest politician who is working for the middle class against corporate America, you know the guy from Chicago whose cause is so righteous that he only helps corporations that bundle money for his election, yes, Barack Obama, the union money launderer who is the favorite candidate of Mickey Mouse.

Let’s get back to reality. The concept of “stand your ground” is not new. In fact, courts have considered the issue in several cases as far back as 1906 and generally, they have sided with the person being violently attacked. It has never been considered an issue that enabled racist whites to kill innocent blacks…at least not until now. Wikipedia describes “stand your ground” this way:

“A stand-your-ground law states that a person may use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the "stand your ground" law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that an immunity bars suit, charges, detention and arrest. A defense permits a plaintiff or the state to seek civil damages or a criminal conviction. More than half of the states in the United States have adopted the Castle doctrine, stating that a person has no duty to retreat when their home is attacked. Some states go a step further, removing the duty of retreat from any location. "Stand Your Ground", "Line In The Sand" or "No Duty To Retreat" laws thus state that a person has no duty or other requirement to abandon a place in which he has a right to be, or to give up ground to an assailant. Under such laws, there is no duty to retreat from anywhere the defender may legally be. Other restrictions may still exist; when in public, a person must be carrying the firearm in a legal manner, whether concealed or openly”. (3)

What this means is that "stand your ground" legislation is not some recently cooked up racist idea from some Republican smoke-filled room. It is not intended to suppress the black vote or commit genocide against the entire black race. "Stand your ground" is a principle that has nothing to do with race, has had a long history of case law and is really about immunizing the individual against frivolous law suits when he happens to survive and win out over a criminal who was intent on robbing or killing him.

In view of this long history of “stand your ground” legislation, consider what Van Jones is saying. The whole history of the “Stand your ground” legal battle is a right wing racist conspiracy that goes back to 1906. The fact (if it is a fact) that the Koch Brothers are behind recent efforts to extend “stand your ground” legislation is considered by Mr. Jones as proof that they have a racist intent to kill blacks “at will”. Is Mr. Jones aware of the extensive case law about this concept? Does he understand that in the past even progressive Supreme Court Justices have defended the principle of “stand your ground”? Is he aware that “stand your ground” is actually a response to past laws that demanded a retreat before a person could defend himself? I would say that these facts are irrelevant to Mr. Jones because they do not justify the conclusion that he wants to draw, that the Koch Brothers are racists and that white society wants to kill black people.

I question the intent of Mr. Jones’ effort to vilify whites and stop the “stand your ground” laws. It is, in fact, an effort to stop ALEC, an organization that has opposed the welfare state and ethno-centric favoritism for many years. It is not a racist organization. In addition, the effort to ensure that honest citizens can protect themselves without civil liability is not part of a racist intent to kill "innocent" black people. It is an effort to ensure that people, any people, of any color, can protect themselves in cases where they are being attacked - without having to worry that later they might be accused of criminal murder for defending themselves or sued civilly for having harmed or killed their assailant. “Stand your ground” laws protect innocent people against predatory lawyers seeking to squeeze money out of them for crimes committed against them.

Jones’ assertion that “stand your ground” laws are racist, if heeded, will have the effect of releasing criminals onto the streets to "kill at will". Without “stand your ground” in effect, a criminal can expect that anyone he attacks will have no legal standing for defending him or herself. In effect, “stand your ground” protects innocent people from assault because the criminal will know that such a citizen can protect himself and that the law defends his right to do so. If the progressives were really concerned about violence on the streets of, let’s say, south Chicago, they would be overwhelmingly in favor of “stand your ground” laws.

What makes me angry is that I know what Van Jones is doing and I know that he is trying to destroy civility and reasoned debate in society in order to replace it with mob rule, mob lynchings and other forms of violence. The outrage expressed by many race baiters in the Trayvon Martin case is being stoked and aggravated in order to create disorder and violence on the streets. This is not about Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman. This is about a deliberate effort by the radical left to breakdown improving race relations and destroy civility for the sake of power.

I was asked what I thought was going to happen if people start believing that all white people are racist. I answered: “There is only one thing that could happen when collectivism becomes the common method of thinking: lots of dead bodies. That's what happened in Germany when Hitler started railing against the Jews. It was the illogical and unscientific “group-think” that gave Hitler the justification for jailing and murdering Jews. And this is the same method that Jones and his radical friends are trying to smuggle into our society. What’s the next line? ‘Whites are racists; we must get rid of them’.” And, in fact, many of the radicals have been saying exactly that for several decades. All they need is a good lynch mob atmosphere to get it done.

The worst aspect of this travesty is that Republicans are clueless about the race warfare that people like Jones are trying to bring about. The only people who seem to understand it are the black conservatives who have spoken out; Thomas Sowell (4), Shelby Steele (5) and a few others. They are warning us about these radicals and their destructive goals.

When you consider that George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, is a Latino, not a white person, that all the media "evidence" that was used against him (the evidence that started the so-called outrage), was selectively edited, you have to ask yourself about the immoral nature of people who would take advantage of a situation like this in order to create a lynch mob mentality, not just on George Zimmerman, but on every non-black American in the country. This is utter evil, and because of it, we are moving into a dangerous time for the nation. The real racists are those who are stoking the fires of this issue and they must be called to task.

Radicals like Van Jones are not engaged in a war to help blacks or even to protect them. Their war is against the individual, the one person who must be enslaved in order to advance the entitlement state. This person must live in fear about whether tomorrow he will be robbed on the street or robbed by his government.

Collectivism is the means of creating fear in individuals and of forcing them to give up on a better life. One thing is sure, in this environment today; if you are white, don’t count on being in the right group. It doesn’t matter that you are a fair minded, hardworking individual who has treated all people equally. The only thing that matters is that other whites were racist and, well, you’re white. Sorry. This is the essence of collectivism.

Racial division is the goal of Van Jones and our present government: If they can spread the poison of collective thinking, as did Hitler; if they can get you to think in terms of groups, then they can justify anything. If you really want a civilized society that gives everyone a fair chance, you cannot allow them to use race to divide us. The idea that groups matter over individuals is the lie that Hitler and the Nazis brought to the world. The result was a devastated world and millions of murdered individuals. On the basis of racial group thinking, the logical fallacy known as overgeneralization, fascists can direct the debate to favor any group they choose and disfavor any group they’d just as soon do without. This process enabled Hitler to gain the trust and loyalty of Germans and the deaths of other people who were not part of that group. Is Van Jones the next Adolph Hitler? Only you can make sure that he is not.

Speak out and let people know that this nation is about individuals not groups, that it should focus on individual rights not "social justice". This is a society based on laws, not on men who hold the power of life and death over other people.

(2) American Legislative Exchange Council

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