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DETROIT - JUNE 16: Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality, sits on the panel of a Town Hall meeting on the topic of "Vision for America" at the National Summit June 16, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The National Summit is a three-day gathering of business, labor, government and academic leaders designed to develop and promote America DETROIT - JUNE 16: Van Jones, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality, sits on the panel of a Town Hall meeting on the topic of "Vision for America" at the National Summit June 16, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The National Summit is a three-day gathering of business, labor, government and academic leaders designed to develop and promote America's competiveness in a global economy. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)  

Liberal activist Van Jones mimics Tea Party document

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Liberal activist Van Jones is taking another page out of the Tea Party playbook.

Along with MoveOn.org, the former Obama administration green jobs czar is pushing an initiative called the “Contract for the American Dream.” It’s a way of generating progressive ideas for legislation from liberals online.

The whole project is similar to the Tea Party-inspired “Contract from America,” a document of legislative desires that received a fair share of press attention last year. Candidates and office-holders were asked to sign it and pledge support to the ideas.

In an email to MoveOn.org supporters, Jones said more than 6,600 new ideas have been generated for “creating jobs and fixing our economy.”

“Today we’re looking at how to get the money to pay for all those good ideas,” Jones said. “America is the richest country in the history of world. But we can’t make the investments we need because giant corporations and the super-rich aren’t paying their share.”

He has publicly stated his desire for a liberal version of the Tea Party movement. And in a speech at Netroots Nation this summer referenced the “Contract from America,” talking about how it was “written by 100,000 people, as a wiki.”

“I’ve studied the Tea Party,” he said then. (GOP senators bash Holder’s decision to give civilian trial to Somali terrorist)

Ryan Hecker, the Tea Party activist behind the Contract from America, said he’s “honored” that Van Jones and MoveOn.org are trying to “deliberately copy the success of the Contract from America.”

“However, I believe their efforts will be futile, as the Contract from America is backed and strengthened by the powerful grassroots, bottom-up tea party movement, and in-step with the economic conservative views of a majority of Americans,” Hecker said.

“The efforts of the Left to copy the Contract from America are, on the whole, a top-down affair and a fringe effort out-of-step with the current political climate.”

Attempts to reach a spokesman at MoveOn.org were not successful.

  • ferm1

    GOP are being “led to slaughter” by there very own Tory Army of slaves for the elite pandering for Monarchism by using monopoly control of politics, commodities, cultures, media, power, cash flow, artificial democracy, legislation, government. Never heard of Van Jones! Remember my history and the War of 1812. Looks like to me the war of 2012 is exposing applications for a “revolution” in reverse! Baaaaaaaaaa!

    • truebearing

      infirm,

      Not only have you proven yourself to be an uneducated idiot, but an insane one as well.

      • ferm1

        Excuse me Graduate of Western Michigan University/Petroleum Distribution/Marketing/Business Law/Economics/////// What is your excuse for posting nothing but rants and assumptions about myself “truebearing”. You must be a teaslave master or is it a just a teapot? Education; Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mobil Oil Corporations but just a few of resume resources junior!

  • flips

    Here is Van Jones addressing his audience of young people.
    http://youtu.be/5KXPyMN_KuI

    You all are right to be afraid of this man.

    He speaks the truth, not the Limbaugh/Beck/Murdoch version of reality served up to scared teabaggers. He is building a movement.

    • truebearing

      flips,

      Stop talking with your mouth full…..of testicles. Jones couldn’t speak the truth if his life depended on it, and even if he could, you would reject it. He is a lying, power-mad ideologue, and you are a racist moron and a useful idiot for anyone with a totalitarian, racist message.

    • ladylove

      there are also a lot of videos out there showing Van Jones for the AMERICA hating MARXIST he really is.

  • ladylove

    obviously the TEA PARTY scares marxist loving, AMERICA hating Van Jones.

    and obviously the Tea Party works, otherwise why try to mirror it.

    every time they try to counter act the TEA PARTY, they fail, and this will be a failure as well

  • bigdave

    This “liberal activist” is actually an OBAMA-TYPE COMMUNIST! COME ON NOW PEOPLE…LETS CALL THEM FOR WHAT THEY ACTUALLY ARE!! NO MORE GAMES HERE PLEASE! VALERIE JARRETT ALSO, ANOTHER COMMIE. MY QUESTION IS: WHY IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA NOW TOTALLY LEFTSTREAM AND IN THE TANK FOR OUR DESTRUCTION?! WHAT ARE THESE IDIOTS GOING TO GET OUT OF THE LOSS OF THIS COUNTRY WHICH WILL BE TURNED INTO A THIRD WORLD COMMUNIST STATE?! IT DOES NOT TAKE LOADS OF INTELLIGENCE TO SEE THIS TRAIN WRECK COMMING!!

  • dookhh

    I am confused. The left keeps saying the conservatives have no ideas and they have to steal ideas from the right? Who’s out of ideas?……….

  • rone

    TO THE COMMIE I DEDICATE A SONG

    MADE POPULAR BY CHER

  • dennisl59

    Why is this avowed Communist getting any press coverage UNLESS the press loves him? He’s Anti-American. In my opinion.

    • MJHBAMA

      Not to worry dennis. It’s doubtful that any liberals, unless they are viewing this site or The Blaze, even know Van Jones is still alive. I have followed him on other sites (I refuse to include HuffPo) but see no mention of his mimicry, supercilious as it may be. His claims of revolution are as weak as his mind.

  • Realist4U

    Liberals are not capable of original thought. Their voting history proves it. They are sheep being led to slaughter. Baaaaaaaaaaa!

  • bigvarmit

    What will Jones do if Soros quits funding Moveon.org? He will be on the street in Chicago with is hand out.