I’ve seen Van Jones speak, I’ve worked with people who have worked with him, and I take a lot of inspiration from him. Last year, when Obama was elected I thought immediately of him as a member of administration, the kind of person that crosses boundaries, that proposes new ways of addressing the old problems of social inequity, economic disparity, oppotunity inequality, global environmental crises and local public health and justice issues. He’s a smart guy, a funny guy and a guy who gets things done.
That he was torn apart by the right, that the Obama admininstration did not defend him and that the mainstream has pilloried him for having political views that are not the majority’s is a stunning indictment of the current US political climate. I fully fear for the Obama agenda. I had hoped that he would represent the best chance for real change in America, but now it’s clear to me that change will never come from Washington.
I hope Van lands on his feet, as I know he will, perhaps back in Oakland making a real difference in the lives of people who need it. For that is where real change comes from, not from the bleating talking heads on FOX and MSNBC or the terrified co-dependant money addicts of Washington.