07 September 2009
Thomas Jefferson Would Love Glenn Beck
"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." ~ Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823
Radio talker and Fox News show host, Glenn Beck, has been heavily criticized by those on the left in recent days due primarily to his exposure of, and aggressive "agitation" toward, President Obama's "Green Jobs Czar", Van Jones. It is quite interesting to watch those critics on the left, who are usually very vocal defenders of a free press and free speech, come down on Beck. Most readers now know that Jones has resigned due to all the negative publicity and exposure of his very radical, anti-American views and agenda. Many pundits (including The Politico) are giving a large amount of the credit (or blame, depending on your perspective) to Beck's "agitation."
Any objective person reading Jones's past comments, associations, and positions cannot honestly come to any other conclusion than the fact that Jones was very much out of the mainstream of American political thought and was a proponent of ideas that are antithetical to the very founding principels of our great Nation. President Obama should have fired him. It is good he finally submitted to the agitation and resigned. He needed to go. Beck and the others did our country a great service. Good riddance.
Jefferson, as well as most of the other founders, knew how important a free press was in keeping "the waters pure." Beck and the others were doing exactly what the founders had in mind when they penned the first amendment: agitating government officials who deserved it and holding them accountable. Too bad that those in the state-controlled media have too much invested in the current administration to even run one story about Jones during the height of the controversy. As The Washington Examiner has pointed out, the silence from the administration's lapdogs was deafening:
Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the New York Times: zero.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the Washington Post: zero.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on NBC Nightly News: zero.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on ABC World News: zero.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on CBS Evening News: zero.
(As of 9/4/09. See more about the left wing media's silence here.)
And in a related story, Venezualen thug, Hugo Chavez, continues to silence his critics:
"Venezuela will pull the plug on 29 more radio stations, a top official in President Hugo Chavez's government said on Saturday, just weeks after dozens of other outlets were closed in a media clampdown. Infrastructure Minister Diosdado Cabello closed 34 radio stations in July, saying the government was "democratizing" media ownership. Critics say the move limits freedom of expression and has taken critical voices off the airwaves." (More here.)
Thanks to Beck and others like him, Jones must now consider other job opportunities. Too bad some Americans have more in common with thug Hugo Chavez than they do my fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson.
**Update: Chavez wants to "help" President Obama. Birds of a feather?