Preaching Personal Responsibility: Good Enough For The School Children’s Message, But Not Good Enough For the President or Van Jones

The “whole message” that President Obama will be bringing the school children on Tuesday “is about personal responsibility” according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  In addition to wasting the time of teachers and students when they could be learning the three r’s, President Obama’s message on personal responsibility is hypocritical. 

Our leaders love to tell us what we should do.  How about showing us by example.  Let’s look at the example of the resignation of Van Jones.  Clearly the appointment of Van Jones represented a “vetting lapse”  laments the Washington Post.   Well, we have yet to hear the President come out and say that Jones should never have been appointed to his job.  I thought that you were from the party of Truman, Mr. President.  Didn’t he have sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here?”  Let’s show some personal responsibility.

Then we have Jones himself who said in a written statement, “On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”  Did you or did you not call Republicans (expletive deleted)?  Did you or did you not say in 1992  that you were a communist?  Were you or were you not filmed saying,  “the white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they don’t have a racial justice frame.”

You did say those things Mr. Jones and you were brought down by your own words and your own actions, not by any vast right wing conspiracy.  How about a little personal responsibility Mr. Jones?


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