Obama “Czar” Van Jones Resigns in a Win for Conservatives

I don’t want to get my hopes too high; politics and politicians have already been more disillusioning than my conservative idealism was ever ready for. And yet, I can’t help but start to think that amid a national “tea party” movement toward conservatism, an uprising against Obama’s health care town hall meetings, and now, the latest news of Obama-appointed “Green Jobs” Adviser, Van Jones, has resigned after an outcry about several controversial remarks he made, this might finally be the revolution that conservatives have been waiting for.

As it turns out, Barack Obama has been his own worst enemy.

Lately, everything he touches seems to end up in controversy (as well they should), and I’m starting to wonder where on earth all these newfound activists were on Election Day last November. This summer our beloved President has taken blow after blow, and he’s getting more defensive and desperate as he sees his ratings plummet. With the news of Van Jones’ resignation, Republicans end the summer well poised to question the validity of Obama’s judgment:

White House green jobs adviser Van Jones resigned in the middle of the Labor Day weekend following persistent controversy over his past remarks and associations.

Jones, who served as an adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, had generated mounting criticism over the past week. He earlier issued back-to-back apologies — first, for calling Republicans “assholes” during a videotaped address earlier in the year, and second for signing a petition in 2004 supporting the “9/11 truther” movement, which believes the Bush administration may have been involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The latter development, which came on top of several others, was perhaps the most devastating and led to calls for his resignation.

Jones stepped down late Saturday.

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., became the first lawmaker to call on Jones to resign, issuing a press release calling for a moratorium on the hiring of additional “czars” until the vetting process in Jones’ case could be properly investigated.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said these officials are an “affront to the Constitution.”

“When you take all these people that make policy close to the president and the White House … and aren’t approved by the Congress, you’re just adding fuel to the fire by those who think Washington is taking over everything,” he told “FOX News Sunday.”

Finally, Obama’s honeymoon with the American people seems to be over, and the reality of the marriage is starting to sink in. Of course, conservatives saw this coming from miles away — is it any surprise that our favorite egomaniac lacked sufficient skills in character judgment (or, any kind of judgment, for that matter)?

With the resignation of Van Jones, I have two thoughts. First, I am glad to see that he’s done the respectable thing and removed himself from more public scrutiny, whether or not this decision was of his own making. His past affiliation with communism and 911Truth.org, his racist statements, and his childish remarks about Republican “assholes” show that he is clearly not fit for the high office to which Obama appointed him. Had he been a Republican, he would have been slaughter into non-existence. But Republicans will not treat him with the same disrespect; we have bigger fish to fry.

Which brings me to my second thought: without making it a personal attack on Van Jones himself, it is absolutely crucial that Republicans use this as an example of why our President’s actions need to be scrutinized carefully. Finally, the ball is in our court and the public is listening. This is not the first time that Obama’s associations, friends, and public employees have had questionable histories; it’s just the first time people have actually cared.

This means that it’s time for Republicans, conservatives, and really, just Americans who understand the importance of freedom and personal accountability to get on board with this new movement to prevent a liberal socialist agenda from being forced upon us. We can’t afford to lose our momentum. Whether it’s through the Tea Party movement, town hall protests, or simple grassroots, I desperately hope that we can force the media and our legislators to start paying attention.

The next issue on the table is health care, and for the first time since our President’s election, it seems possible that the right side has a fighting chance.

Cross-posted at Conservatives with Attitude!

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