Van Jones' Modus Operandi is not hard to discern; he routinely accuses his opponents of doing what he does.
It seems that, each time he has spoken in the last few months, he has leveled charges against the good guys of destroying America, its foundation, and its principles. The funny part, if any of this can be said to be funny, is that he pretends that he and those of his ideology are the ones who built the structure of our society. While Jones works unceasingly to destroy the nation so that his comrades can build a Leftist government on top of its smoldering ruins, he tries to paint those who would save the nation as the actual destroyers.
“At this point in this struggle, it’s the so-called patriots who are the ones who are smashing down every American institution….It’s the so-called patriots, the ones who come out here with their Tea Party and the flags and call themselves patriots — they’re the ones that are smashing down our unions, smashing down public education, smashing down every American institution that we built, and our parents built, and our grandparents built to make this country great.”
Jones added that the Tea Party is trying to “take a wrecking ball — and paint it red, white, and blue — and smash down all the things our parents did for us.' "
Like the Jedi mind-trick, though, it also only works on the weak-minded. The problem is that we have a whole lot of weak-minded people who buy into this drivel.
Jones' plan looks to me like it came right out of the playbook of the The Thinker's Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery.
Page 20 of this book contains Jones' standard play - "Accuse your opponent of doing what he is accusing you of". In the book it is referred to as "Dirty Trick # 1".
I don't have much else to say. It is plain that Jones fancies himself a Master of lying and manipulation. In this case he is probably quite correct. My only real note is that the good guys must always keep in mind the maxim that "He who controls the definitions controls the debate". If those who actually desire to save America from the likes of ol' Van and Company, want to be successful, they need to press hard with the truth. They need to forget about defending themselves. Saying things like "No, we're not trying to destroy anything." puts you exactly where Jones wants you to be - on the defensive.
Jones needs to be labeled for what he is. He is a destroyer. He is the anti-Patriot and the anti-American. This message needs to be pressed home on a daily basis. He must be described as such every time that the opportunity presents itself. I hold that Jones should even be brought into the discussion whenever possible. We must be even more relentless than he.
Like Obama, I don't think that Jones' ego can handle the pressure. If we keep up the pressure, I think that he will fold.