Are The Czars Beginning to Fall?
Tony BeamDr. Tony Beam's Weblog
- 2009 Sep 08
Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush both had one. President Clinton had three and
President George W. Bush had four.
No not scandals, press secretaries, or even vetoes overridden. We are talking about powerful positions
established by the president by the stroke of a pen without congressional
approval or scrutiny. We are
talking about czars.
Before President Obama, the
undisputed czar king was Franklin Roosevelt, who had twelve czars. But Roosevelt was a minor leaguer
compared to Obama who, up until late Saturday night, had thirty-two. In the middle of the night on a holiday
weekend, Van Jones, the "green czar," decided the handwriting was on the
wall. He chose to throw in the
towel before another shoe could drop.
Jones had already seen more shoes dropped than at a sixties sock
First, the story broke that while Jones was a Yale law student and
working as an intern in the San Francisco bay area, he participated in the
infamous Rodney King riots. Jones
took to the streets with thousands of other radicals who believed their time
had finally come. Jones was quoted
as saying, "Yes, the great revolutionary moment had at long last come. And the time, clearly, was ours! So we stole stuff. Y'know, stole
stuff. Radios, tennis shoes…. well,
not everybody of course." Jones
tried to downplay his role in the riots admitting to taking part only in what
he called "peaceful protests"(you have to wonder what part of "stealing stuff"
is peaceful). But in a 2007
reflection on the riots Jones called the riots, "understandable, unavoidable,
Then there was the statement Jones signed in 2004 calling for an
investigation into evidence that suggests "people within the current (Bush) administration
may indeed have allowed 911 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war." By signing that statement Jones became
a card-carrying member of the "911 truther" movement; a collection of oddball,
conspiracy theory fanatics who believe the Bush Administration planned and
executed the attacks on 911.
Again, when his participation came to light, Jones tried to control the
damage releasing a statement saying, "As for the petition (911 statement) that
was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does
not reflect my views now or ever."
It was a strong statement but it was too little, too late. Jones has already been placed in the
same category with those who believe our landing on the moon was a fake and
wrestling is real.
Just when it seemed the furor over Jones might calm down enough for him
to survive a tape surfaced from February of Jones using a profane word to refer
to Republicans. The weight of all
these events crushed the façade of respectability Jones had carefully
constructed, leaving nothing but the glaring truth of his radicalism. After the pressure mounted from a
multitude of news services, Jones had enough and decided to slink away under
the cover of darkness.
The burning question before us now is will Jones be the first and last
fallen czar or will his departure be the beginning of a full-scale
constellation realignment? As the
Obama Administration pushes for more and more government control, more and more
Americans are beginning to question his motives. The town hall meetings of August were not just about
healthcare. They were supposed to
be opportunities for Obama to shore up support for another government takeover
but they turned into an opportunity for thousands of concerned citizens to
raise their voices over a myriad of issues. The czars are rapidly becoming a distraction for the
President and a flashpoint for an electorate hungry for accountability and
tired of seeing their government spinning out of control. Czars are individual advisors who are
appointed by the president without being subjected to congressional
scrutiny. They have an incredible
amount of authority over federal departments and federal policy with no
Other czars with questionable histories include John Holdren, the science
czar. In 1977 Holdren wrote, "It
has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws
requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing
Constitution if the population became sufficiently severe to endanger the
society." Now there is something we definitely do not need in America…a science
czar who believes our Constitution has more in common with Deng Xiaoping than
Then there is Cass Sunstein, the
regulator czar, who said, "Killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to
killing a person, that is, a being wants to go on living." Sunstein has also suggested outlawing
sport hunting and giving animals the legal right to file lawsuits. Sunstein would be right at home in
Spain where the government recently granted gorillas the same rights as
Or, how about Mark Lloyd the diversity czar? Lloyd has suggested imposing a 100 percent tax on broadcast outlets to provide money for "alternative viewpoints" while pushing a plan that would require broadcasters to cater to the demands of local community activists. How would you like to have your local radio station controlled by Acorn?
As the facts come to light concerning the shadowy world of President Obama's czars one thing is becoming crystal clear. Many Americans are ready to get the czars out of their eyes.