Will Bernie Folks Listen To Van Jones And Noam Chomsky?

CNN contributor Van Jones, you may remember, once worked for President Obama as his Special Advisor for Green Jobs, or as some liked to call it, the “green jobs czar.” You also may remember that Glenn Beck repeatedly attacked him after his appointment in 2009, essentially suggesting he was, like Obama, a left-wing terrorist who hated white people. Other conservatives attacked him, too, including Republican members of Congress. Those ol’ boys were mostly offended because Jones, just before Obama appointed him, attended a lecture at Berkeley, in which he was asked why Democrats couldn’t get that famous stimulus packaged passed in 2009 even though they had 58 votes in the Senate:

QUESTIONER: …how were they, Republicans, able to push things through when they had less than 60 senators, but somehow we cant?

JONES: Well the answer to that is, they’re assholes.

QUESTIONER: I was afraid that was the answer.

JONES: As a technical, political kind of term. And Barack Obama is not an asshole. Now, I will say this: I can be an asshole, and some of us who are not Barack Hussein Obama, are going to have to start getting a little bit uppity.

As you can imagine, since this was pre-Drumpf, everyone on the right was outraged that the Scary Negro’s appointee, himself an even scarier Negro, called lily-white legislators “assholes,” even though it was true and even though he did so before the Scary Negro appointed him. Here’s a screen grab from Fox “News”:

I want to particularly call out one Republican congressman who went after Jones. His name is Mike Pence from Indiana, who is now the governor of that Drumpf-loving state. Back in 2009, Pence was very upset with Jones and demanded his resignation, saying, “His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate.” Yes. Pence said that. He said that extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in government or in public debate. None. Nope. No place.

Except when they do.

Less than a month ago, while meekly endorsing Ted Cruz, Pence said,

I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington, D.C.”

Hmm. Things have changed a bit since 2009. Not long after Pence made that statement about Drumpf giving “voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans,” Cruz got shellacked in Indiana’s GOP primary. Shortly after that, Pence endorsed the extremist views and coarse rhetoric approach:

I’m fully supportive of our presumptive nominee, and I do think Donald Trump will do well in the State of Indiana. I’m going to campaign hard for the Republican nominee because Indiana needs a partner in the White House.

He meant, of course, that Indiana needs a partner in the White’s House, even if that partner is really, truly a profane extremist. Apparently, Pence, like other Republicans in bed with Drumpf, don’t mind white folks doin’ all that fussin’ and cussin’; they just don’t like uppity Negroes doin’ it. Ain’t acceptable.

In any case, Van Jones resigned in September of 2009, after it became clear President Obama wasn’t in the mood for a fight. There were important things to get done and Jones was a distraction. That was too bad for the Obama administration but good for Jones. He has enjoyed a pretty good career since then, including a lot of face time on television, where he appears often, these days as a Bernie supporter.

But even though Jones is a Bernie man, he ain’t nuts. He isn’t about to let the Bern get the best of him or his country. I have never seen him badmouth Hillary in the way most Bernie people do when they get in front of a camera. He’s cool about it. That’s why he made a video for van jones videoMoveOn.org, an organization that also went all-in for Bernie, but apparently understands that things are getting out of hand with some Bernie folks. The video is a warning that Drumpf can win the general election if we, liberals and leftists and anyone else who doesn’t like Orange Man, don’t “work together” to make sure the profane extremist doesn’t make the White’s House his home.  (You can watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmoveon%2Fvideos%2Fvb.7292655492%2F10153454110680493%2F%3Ftype%3D3&show_text=0&width=560  and then come back for a word from a leftist’s leftist, Noam Chomsky.)

The comment section accompanying the video is an interesting read. There are some real Hillary haters on there, folks who won’t vote for her no matter what. Even if it means a President Drumpf, they don’t care. They want a “clean conscience.” Which brings me to Noam Chomsky.

Chomsky is a real radical leftist. Over the years he has said some things I agree with and some things I think are ridiculous. No need to go into that here. What I want to do is post something he said to yet another leftist, Amy Goodman, on her fine program, Democracy Now! After raising the point that corporate forces are funding elections and writing legislation and that a “countervailing force” is necessary to defend “popular interests, needs and concerns,” Chomsky said this:

noam chomskyBut now, going back to who should you push the button for, well, my own—in the primaries, I would prefer Bernie Sanders. If Clinton is nominated and it comes to a choice between Clinton and Trump, in a swing state, a state where it’s going to matter which way you vote, I would vote against Trump, and by elementary arithmetic, that means you hold your nose and you vote Democrat. I don’t think there’s any other rational choice. Abstaining from voting or, say, voting for, say, a candidate you prefer, a minority candidate, just amounts to a vote for Donald Trump, which I think is a devastating prospect, for reasons I’ve already mentioned. So—but meanwhile, do the important things.

I have to admit that surprised me. We are, after all, talking about Noam Chomsky. But even though clearly he doesn’t like Hillary Clinton—heck, even Bernie isn’t quite radical enough for him—he still has enough sense to see that even radical leftists should not commit national suicide by voting for a third party candidate or not voting at all.

Now, I say this to all you earnest Bernie folks out there: If Noam Bleeping Chomsky can “push the button” for Hillary, you can too! We can’t afford to let the assholes win! “Do the important things.”

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  1. Anonymous

     /  May 17, 2016

    As I have stated before, Bernie’s supporters will fall in line with the progressive party. The 25% that stated, “Never Hillary” will possibly not vote, but they won’t vote Trump in my opinion. Sanders has stated he will support the nominee and not go the Nader route. The people we need to worry about are the Joplin Globe letter writer below, and those that vote the party instead of their conscience.

    “If Republicans lose this election, they will only have their often self-appointed leaders to blame for they’ve the ones being churlish and small.

    True, Donald Trump as president scares me a bit, but Hillary Clinton as president is downright terrorizing.

    Trump is the clearly the people’s choice for obvious reasons in spite of all the machinations trying to prevent it.

    They are sick to death of the Washington establishment and they want it changed.

    Those who have been in office for years clearly think they have “homesteaded” their seat in Congress and believe they should make the decision as to who should be president instead of the people.

    It’s time to wake up and smell the roses before they face their next run for office. Keeping a seat in Congress for years, often as a result of apathy on the part of the people, is no guarantee that it belongs to them.

    Just like a kid who pushes his parents to their breaking point, so have many in Congress pushed their constituents to the point they are on the verge of getting soundly spanked.

    True, Donald Trump has no experience in how things are done in Washington, but that is what appeals to the people.

    Those who served in the first congress had no experience either and yet they so how managed to set a sound foundation for the greatest country in the world.

    Where that got corrupted is speculation, but corrupted it is and people want a return to the values this country was founded on.

    We don’t want or need political correctness. We want honesty in politics with the good of the country at the forefront. Remember, it’s for the people, by the people.”

    Diane Slater

    For this Joplin “elite” to be so uniformed as to support a maniac is far more troubling than blustering Bernie supporter.

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    • Diane Slater is still writing letters to the Globe? I figured she’d be a columnist by now! 

      In any case, I betcha she votes for Billy Long, who publicly stated he would only run for three terms, as I recall. Talk about homesteading in Congress.

      Slater has been writing such nonsense for a long time and I’m not surprised she has embraced Drumpf. I expect those folks to fall in line. I am still worried about those “blustering” Bernie supporters, though. We need a big chunk of them to actually go out and vote. Like you, I think a large majority will. But a significant number won’t. And in some states, that may make a difference. My point is that Bernie seems incapable of seeing that his rhetoric is leading his followers to a point where some of them won’t even listen to a future plea from Sanders, if it ever comes, to vote for Clinton.

      Forgive me, but I am a little bit, no, a lot, nervous about this upcoming election. Now that Drumpf has released his list of Court nominees, we can all see how much the country will change under his, uh, “leadership.”

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      • Anonymous

         /  May 19, 2016

        Diane is allowed the occasional column in the Globe, to give you an idea how sad the “newspaper of record” has become under the Beatty/Stark leadership. I was hoping you might challenge Long, I doubt he would leave the buffet line to campaign against you.

        Bernie is done, anyone still supporting him after the superdelegates hypocrisy, will be offended by his statement on the Nevada incident. Passion is high among his younger supporters, and the realization he cannot win led to the fracas, in my opinion. I believe he will strongly advise his supporters that type of behavior will have no place at the convention. I hope he will, at the end, just as passionately endorse Hillary and the DNC against Trump.

        That being said, I don’t think it is in the best interest of the party to refer to him as “a piece of shit” or demand that he end his campaign as many have done. I think that only further alienates the minority of his supporters that are radicals. Bernie is behaving badly, but he is not the enemy, that title alone belongs to Trump.

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  2. I was hoping I wouldn’t hear more whining about Bernie from you. Since not voting is in your view literally tantamount to suicide, it suggests that you would advocate murdering people who don’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Always from you is blame for people who don’t do what you want instead of where it actually belongs. I imagine you will try again to pretend to laugh this off instead of seeking professional help. Few people end up seeking help by choice, especially when their delusions are of a political nature. I hear a lot about Bernie supporters, mostly from you, but I hear from you directly, and you are worse, maybe not Trump-worse but that really is not saying anything.

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    • I tell ya what. I’ll consider seeking professional help, if you send me the name of your psychiatrist. Just so I’ll know whom not to consult.

      And thanks for saying my delusions aren’t quite on the level of Drumpf’s. I value your opinion and expertise on the matter of delusional thinking. If you know what I mean.

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      • I wish I could oblige, but you should find someone more local. Up until now you haven’t even realized that I’m not even an American and don’t live in the United States, only fomenting your paranoid fear that I won’t vote for Clinton.

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