Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Obama's Wars, Obama's Radicals

By Byron York: Barack Obama is fighting a lot of political wars these days. The most important, of course, is the war over the war in Afghanistan. Then there's the war over health care. And spending. And the environment. And financial regulation. And on and on.
They're all serious and time consuming. But the war that has become unexpectedly intense in recent days isn't about any particular policy. It's the war over personnel -- the president's choices to fill important but not necessarily high-profile jobs in his administration.
Some of Obama's choices have been people with radical pasts -- or radical presents. Others are so overtly political that they can't see any line between serving Obama and serving the public. The presence of each has made it increasingly difficult for their boss, the president, to present himself as a centrist.
First was Van Jones, the Obama "green jobs" czar who once signed a petition supporting the "9/11 truther" movement; who was a self-professed communist during much of the 1990s; who supported the cop-killer Mumia abu-Jamal; and who accused "white polluters" of "steering poison into the people of color communities." Under fire for his extremist views, Jones disappeared in an unusual middle-of-the night resignation on Sept. 5.
Then there was Yosi Sergant, who, as communications director for the National Endowment for the Arts, crossed an entire football field of ethical lines by using his office, which is intended to promote the arts in America, to instead enlist artists to work on behalf of specific Obama initiatives. He resigned Sept. 24.
Now comes Kevin Jennings, the gay activist who heads the Education Department's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. Jennings founded a group called the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and has devoted his career to introducing the topic of homosexuality into every American classroom, including elementary schools. Some of his credentials include writing the foreword to a book called Queering Elementary Education, which included chapters like "Why Discuss Sexuality in Elementary School?" and "Locating a Place for Gay and Lesbian Themes in Elementary Reading, Writing, and Talking." Jennings worked hard to bring discussions of overtly homosexual topics -- and in some cases, sexual practices -- into classrooms.
As a young teacher, nearly two decades ago, Jennings was approached by a 15-year old boy (some defenders now say the boy was 16) who said he had had an encounter with an older man. Instead of pursuing the matter with the authorities, Jennings, by his own account, offered some simple advice: "I hope you used a condom."
More at the Washington Examiner.


LL said...

It's hard to find worse people to fill the Czar ranks or the ranks of appointed office than those put in place by the Obama Administration.

Of those appointed, I think Kevin Jennings is just about the most odious.


Because Jennings has been put into a place to influence the lives of America's children.

Jennings is quite simply a bad man - in company with a host of other bad men and women Dear Leader has pushed down our throats.

Rotti said...

I am so grateful my children are grown up, but now am deeply concerned for the little ones coming up and getting ready to go to school soon. My kids must think their mother is out to lunch sometimes as I am always emailing and calling them to be on the lookout, to check the books, to ask questions.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I'm personally not surprised Obama is surrounding himself with "LIKE MINDED" individuals.

WoFat said...

Those who surround themselves with evil, should not pretend to goodness.

Candle said...

Yep, its total insanity, and something like 1/2 of the U.S. voting population seems to have no problem with it. Mostly because it just isn't being reported. This monetary problem we're having (you know, the dumping of the dollar), is going to wake up a great many people - there simply will be no other choice. When that hits, its like this giant mass of corruption that isn't being reported will just come gushing out at high speeds - but I worry it'll be too late. Damage done, Obama out, new a-hole in complaining about the problem he inherited, etc. etc. And then the chuds attack.

Opus #6 said...

Ll, they are hand-picked radicals.

Opus #6 said...

Rotti, as mothers we must fight for our children's country. Our forefathers loved us enough to do it. It is the least we can do.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, his picks reflect him exactly.

Opus #6 said...

Wofat, that makes sense.

Opus #6 said...

Candle, people will notice when it takes a wheelbarrow of cash to purchase a loaf of bread. By then it will be too late. But I have faith in the people of this land. Once aroused, we are unstoppable.