Van Jones Resigns as White House Advisor
American politics is incomprehensible to me. My dad used to quote: "If you are not a socialist when you are twenty, then there is something wrong with your heart. But, if you are still a socialist when you are forty, then there is something wrong with your head." But you are not allowed to mature in the States; you are painted with old brushes. Or it is OK to call the elected President and Commander in Chief a racist, but it is not OK to call Republicans as****es. Or it is OK to be a Birther (even a member of Congress Birther) but it is not OK to have once supposedly been a truther.
We really all started this gig with good intentions; to be non-political, to promote green living, to help people reduce their carbon footprint. TreeHugger founder Graham Hill insists that the message needs to be heard by everyone. It is a conservative message: Use less, be responsible. But we are not called conservatives; we are called eco-nazis. In the last year we have been called so many names, been barraged with so many nasty comments, that it is almost impossible not to be politicized. And now we have lost a good man to this madness.
In a statement issued Sunday morning, Van Jones said that opponents of reform had decided to launch "a vicious smear campaign" against him.
"They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he said. "I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight.' But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future."
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