According to a number of media sources including the Associated Press, Van Jones has resigned from the post of White House Environmental Advisor. He is a champion of the creation of "green jobs" to help move the American economy from just one where it still uses the old ways of manufacturing instead the promotion of smart manufacturing and energy conservation among other initiatives. He has been under fire for the past week since the media "discovered" that he is one of the "100 Noble Americans who signed the 9/11 Truth Statement. Also he doesn't hold his tongue on his views of Republicans, he is quoted saying at the 2009 Berkley Energy and Resources Collaborative at the UC-Berkley:
"The answer to that is: They're assholes. That's a technical political science term. And Barack Obama's not an asshole. I will say this, I can be an asshole. And some of us who are not Barack Hussein Obama are gonna have to start getting a little bit uppity.Do you blame him saying what he said? Some Republicans are assholes in Congress and some states because they seem to be them main ones against "smart growth" initiatives along with putting a cap on urban sprawl. Too many of them want to be "no men" rather coming up with coherent alternatives to the Democrats proposals on a number of fronts including "green jobs", health care reform, and energy conseravation.
So many Republican including the obnoxious Glenn Beck at Fox News Channel have spend the better part of the week throwing shade at the man and calling for his resignation. A number of Congressmen like Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana saying "his extremist views and coarse rhetoric has no place in this administration or public debate" and Senator Christopher Bond saying "Congress should investigate his fitness for the job."
Ironically, Karl Rove after making a number of asinine statements didn't resign from the Bush Cabinet at all after numerous Democrats and liberals were calling for his head for years.
He said in his e-mail sent yesterday that:
"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me..."I'm really disappointed that Mr. Jones let his critics force him to resign from the post. I just don't get why so many Democratic officials will cower under pressure. I say "screw them" because you have a job to do and don't let others opinions orchestrate the duty you were assigned. Jones just folded like a lawn chair after this week of "heat" from bizarros like Glenn Beck and propagandists Republicans like Rep. Pence and Senator Bonds.
As I've said before with his administration, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't, so you just gotta do what you need to do to get things done.