American Autumn and Van Jones: He needs to fade into the background
Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
It’s Not About Party Politics or Money or “Leaders.” It’s about participation of the majority.
I just visited a site titled “nation of change” and I will tell you all of the things that are wrong with this site.
1. It puts money first. First of all as part of its banner across the top of the home page we have “Stand Up to Corporate Power”. This is good, but just beneath it we see: ”We have raised $7,075 of our $25,000 Fall fundraising goal. Make a tax-deductible donation to Nationofchange” and then underneath it in large letters DONATE NOW.
This is the typical Democrat/Republican Wall Street approach: Money first. Give the money to the leaders and then they will decide how it will be spent. This is part of the broken machine of our government. Real change is NOT going to result from the side who raises the most money. Real change is going to come from the MAJORITY who decide on their own and contribute what it is they have to offer–people like the individual citizens I saw yesterday at Occupy Dallas handing out homemade breakfast burritos that they made at home. Individual citizens–not sponsored by some corporation–handing out extra bottles of water that they had brought to the gathering to share with others. That is the spirit that will allow the majority to take back our government.
The Nation of Change site is just more of the same in a different wrapper.
2. The site glorifies one leader, Van Jones.
Again, America does not need one hero telling the rest of us what to do. We need many heros. All of us must step up to the plate and become heroes. No one person should be front and center in this democratic movement.
3, It promotes Warren Buffett as a supporter of the people–one of the biggest Wall Street fakes on the planet. If we are looking to ANY corporate CEO for our salvation, we are in trouble. Buffett is a master of Newspeak. If he really meant what he said about taxing the rich, five years ago when he first made the comparison of his tax status to that of his administrative assistant, he would have quit using tax loopholes and off shore accounts and would have started paying the full 35% of his income in taxes that he should pay.
One of Buffett’s companies, Clayton Homes is being sued in the USA for providing FEMA with formaldehyde-laced trailers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. How about that? Poison the victims of Katrina. But if you think that is bad, hang onto your St. Christopher medals. Bill Clinton’s Foundation bought many of these contaminated trailers from Clayton Homes and had them shipped to Haiti to serve as school houses for children. The legal suit was already in effect prior to the purchase so it’s not like they didn’t know.
4. It uses the typical divisive politics of Washington of pitting political ideologies against each other. Here is a quote from Van Jones: I think everybody should hold onto your seats. October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the “Progressive Fight-Back.”
This is not about Progressives against the Tea Party. This fight is not a Democrat or a Republican fight. This fight is not a Tea Party or a Progressive fight. That is EXACTLY how the rich and powerful minority have wielded control over the majority for years. Divide and Conquer. Pit the majority against itself.
To Win, we the people must unite and overwhelm the plutocrats on Wall Street and in Washington. Putting a label of “progressive” on the movement is one sure-fire way to kill it. We need all members of the majority with us on this and that includes the Tea Party majority as well. Yesterday at Occupy Dallas we all stood shoulder to shoulder, Tea Party and Progressives; Democrats and Republicans–all united against the machine of the wealth minority.
2012 should be the year of generics. Citizens from the majority (non-millionaires, non-Wall Street investors) should rise up in every Congressional District in the nation and take over the House of Representatives.
Van Jones is just another opportunist who is no different from those who came before him.