Fox TV’s Glenn Beck is known for being a blowhard when it comes to the Obama Administration - he recently went so far as to even accuse the president of being a "racist." But whodathunk his ire would land on the country’s new green czar?
On Monday, the conservative commentator’s war of words turned in the direction of Van Jones, the special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Beck accused him of being - gasp - a radical.
It turns out that an activist group called Color of Change, promoting a boycott of Beck’s advertisers had been co-founded by Jones. Jones, who has been hailed as an environmental hero, is listed on the site as inactive.
But for the record, being a radical isn't necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to green policy, I kind of like the idea of having someone in charge who's a bit of a revolutionary.
Who'd you rather have, someone who's a supporter of the status quo? Or someone committed to instituting change to make America greener, creating new jobs in the process?
As Jones says on his online bio: "Dr. King didn't get famous giving a speech that said,'I have a complaint.' It's time for us to start dreaming again and invite the country to dream with us. We don't have any 'throw away' species, nations, or children. We must birth a global green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty."
That's a radical concept. And, frankly, I like the sound of it.