Glenn Beck: ‘This is Not About Van Jones; He Is Only One Of The New Radical Appointees’

Here’s the transcript to Glenn Beck’s vicious attack on Van Jones, which he later claims is “not about Van Jones.” Van Jones is the Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and a renowned civil rights leader. Beck blames Jones for the fact that he has lost dozens of advertisers over the past several weeks, largely a result of his racist rants about President Obama. The advertiser boycott was spearheaded by, an organization Van Jones co-founded, that “exists to strengthen Black America’s political voice.”

BECK: The bloggers and detractors can say I’m targeting Van Jones, but too many things have been happening in this country that just don’t make sense. Amazing things like President Bush telling us he’s all about security, but leaving our borders wide open. All the way down to the latest: Medicare and Medicaid are broke, so let’s double-down and have an even bigger system modeled on that.

It doesn’t make sense.

During the campaign, the president said, you want to know what my policies are, look to the people I surround myself. So we did.

Van Jones said the same thing: “personnel is policy.” What does this tell us? Well, in the case of Jones and several others in the administration, it says the president has an agenda that is radical, revolutionary and in some cases, Marxist.

We’ve laid this all out in their own words, for weeks. But, for the last 24 hours, everybody has been talking about the Republicans instead. Apparently what’s captured the notice of so many people since we played the video on Wednesday, is the fact that Van Jones called Republicans a naughty name in February of this year.

Well, Jones has apologized. He’s sorry he said the A-word about Republicans.

He is not sorry however, about any of these things:

— That he’s an avowed communist

— That he believes we need a “whole new system”

— No apology for his campaign to free communist cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

— Not a word from Van Jones about being a member of the revolutionary, communist group, STORM

— He has not apologized for his radical past as a black nationalist

There’s been no apology for saying that we should redistribute wealth to Indians:


JONES: No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth!


BECK: He’s not sorry for that.

Not a word from Jones concerning his remarks that whites are purposely poisoning minority neighborhoods:


JONES: The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities.


BECK: He’s not sorry for that.

He hasn’t apologized for saying that immigrants are being sprayed with toxins by Americans:


JONES: What about our immigrant sisters and brothers? What about our immigrant sisters and brothers? What about people who come here from all around the world who we’re willing to have out in the field, with poison being sprayed on them, poison being sprayed on them because we have the wrong agricultural system.


BECK: Nor has he expressed any misgivings over his ranting about “changing our whole system”:


JONES: This movement is deeper than a solar panel! Deeper than a solar panel! Don’t stop there! Don’t stop there! We’re going to change the whole system! We’re going to change the whole thing. We want a new system. We want a new system!


BECK: But, he has apologized for using a disparaging word to describe Republicans.

Who cares?

I couldn’t care less what he thinks about members of any political party. My concern is this guy’s vision for America as a “special adviser” to the president. I mean, especially since “personnel is policy.”

Why doesn’t he apologize for this?



JONES: One of the things that has happened I think to often to progressives is that we don’t understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals. Right after Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat, if the civil rights leaders had jumped out and said, OK, now we want reparations for slavery, we want redistribution of all wealth, and we want to legalize mixed marriages, had that had been there, if they would have come out with a maximum program the very next day, they would have been laughed at. Instead they came out with a very minimum program, you know, we just want to integrate these buses. The students a few years later came out with a very minimum program. We just want to sit at the lunch counter, but, inside that minimum demand was a very radical kernel that eventually meant that from 1954-1968, you know, complete revolution was on the table for this country and I think this green movement has to pursue those same steps and stages. Right now we’re saying we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to some kind of eco-capitalism where, you know, at least we’re not, you know, fast-tracking destruction of the whole planet. Will that be enough? No, it won’t be enough. We want to go beyond ex-systems of exploitation and oppression altogether. But that’s a process and I think what’s great about the movement that beginning to emerge is that the crisis is so severe in terms of joblessness, violence and now ecological threats that people are willing to be both very pragmatic and very visionary. And so the green economy will start off as a small subset and we’re going to push it and push it and push it, until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.



BECK: From that clip we get a pretty strong understanding of Jones’ feelings about capitalism. So much for “he’s a great big capitalist now.” From his own mouth: “suicidal gray capitalism.”

He mentions that “right now” we’re transitioning to eco-capitalism, but as he said that’s not enough. He wasn’t to “go beyond systems of exploitation and oppression.” Got that? He’s talking about finding ways and planting the seeds to “change the whole system” — that doesn’t sound like he’s content with just tweaking the current one.

I also found it interesting, if you caught it, that he mentioned how the public is faced with “severe joblessness and violence.” He said that in April of 2008. The unemployment rate was under 6 percent at the time.

And violence? What violence is he talking about? Does he know something we don’t? I’ve seen a couple people get snippy with Arlen Specter at town halls, but is that violence in Van’s world? Maybe if he’d talked about severe, scattered, rudeness — I might give him that point.

Or is he foreshadowing one the necessary steps on the way to that radical kernel transforming into a beautiful, mighty communist oak tree?

Look, this is not about Van Jones; he is only one of the new radical appointees in this administration. This is about the policies of this administration. We didn’t set out to find some special adviser to the president and then see if we could just mess with him. We set out to do what Barack Obama told us to do: Judge him by those he surrounds himself with:


THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed chairman, Paul Volcker. If I’m interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden or with Dick Lugar, the Republican-ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO. Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House.


BECK: So that leads me to these two questions: One, did the White house not vet this guy? That would seem irresponsible and quite frankly dangerous. Or two: Is this what Obama actually believes?

Quoting Van Jones again: “Personnel is policy.” It’s one of the two: Either the president is in trouble or the country and the world are.

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10 Responses for “Glenn Beck: ‘This is Not About Van Jones; He Is Only One Of The New Radical Appointees’”

  1. Rob says:

    Right on! Let’s start calling a spade a spade. If it looks like a socialist/fascist/communist and quacks like one… it is one. Heir Obama is trying to steal this nation away from its founding principles and expectations. I say no. Stop the racist socialist and fight.


  2. Tom Long says:

    We are being sold out. Enough is enough.Keep em coming. Some folks have to be pummelled over and over before they realize what’s happening. Our nation is being destroyed from within.

  3. Bob Devine says:

    This man needs his meds adjusted. It reminds me of Bob Dylan’s early “Talking John Birch Blues”. “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” and clearly Glenn Beck is 6 sandwiches short of a picnic. In addition to being a flaming paranoid, he’s also a pathological liar. The rush to the exits on the part of his advertisers gives us some inkling of his future. It’s definitely a Lonesome Rhodes story.

  4. Tom says:

    Tom is right. Glen Beck is the only one speaking the truth!

  5. rebecca says:

    totally agree with tom! Glen is right on target. he is passionate about this great nation and i support his views whole heartedly!

    Bob needs to stop drinking the koolaide!

  6. Ekim Noslen says:

    Too much time in the Skagit valley has left this man’s mind very rusty (or maybe it was the mushrooms)

  7. Nicely done! Glad to see no one took the crazy bait.

    Hey Beck fans, what are you doing reading TPR? I thought y’all were allergic to thinking for yourselves? Don’t let your hero know, I doubt he’d approve.

  8. Bob Devine says:

    Shucks, I sell them chicken
    fertiliser as caviar.
    I can make them eat dog food
    and think it’s steak.
    Sure, I’ve got them like this.
    You know what the public’s like,
    a cage full of guinea pigs.
    Good night, you stupid idiots.
    Good night, you miserable slobs.
    They’re a lot of trained seals…
    I toss them a dead fish
    and they’ll flap their flippers.

    Lonesome Rhodes, thinking he was off the air, in Face in the Crowd
    Glenn is our generation’s Lonesome Rhodes

  9. Noreen Miller says:

    “And so the green economy will start off as a small subset and we’re going to push it and push it and push it, until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.”

    To Bob Devine and others who share his anti-Beck opinion… This isn’t about Beck, it’s about Jones. Beck simply shared Jones in his own words including those I’ve quoted above. Did you even read it? Or, do you agree with Jones that the green economy should be an engine to transform the society. I know plenty of “green” folks who don’t believe in socialism, but rather conscious capitalism. This Jones guy wasn’t one of them. Beck shared plenty of clips where Jones was clear about his own racist and anti-capitalism views. Bravo to Beck for exposing the truth.

  10. Noreen Miller says:

    And to Dave Parker, Beck encourages folks to question everything and come to their own conclusions. Again and again, he suggests even his own words and reporting should be questioned and analyzed and followed up on through online research. And, then use your judgement to decide for yourselves. So, NO, Beck wouldn’t mind at all that an online search brings us to this site… Surprised there aren’t more of your regular readers commenting here. Or do the words of Van Jones take even them by surprise. Do a YouTube search for Van Jones in his own words…

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