In a venomous speech this weekend, notorious ex-Obama aid Van Jones went on a hate-filled rant against “cheap patriotism” and “libertarians,” calling out his free-market opponents as “anti-immigrant, bigots.”
Jones was introduced by actor and Obama activist Edward Norton, who likened the disgraced former Green Jobs Czar to the Dali Lama.
“When I was on a panel once with [Jones] and the Dali Lama it was a toss up as to who was wiser, Van or the Lama” Norton mused.
Jones began his speech by citing his six months of work in the White House before launching into a tirade against the “so-called Libertarians.”
In citing the Libertarian principle of economic liberty, Jones stated “They’ve taken their despicable ideology and used it a wrecking ball, that they have painted red, white and blue, to smash down every good thing in America.”
Jones continued, “They say they’re Patriots but they hate everybody in America who looks like us. They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings, ya know ya’ll.”
“You know your right-wing cousin that you can’t even talk to at Thanksgiving? Always posting what a patriot he or she is?” Jones asked the crowd at one point. “They love going to New York City! [sarcastically] I just had to take my child to see America’s beauty.” Jones then referenced the Statue of Liberty and fumed “You can’t be an anti-immigrant bigot and a Patriot at the same time.”
In an action item, Jones commanded, “It’s time to take the country away from this cheap patriotism and stand for some deep patriotism.”
The smoldering, anti-capitalism diatribe concluded with Jones asking the audience to purchase his book: “Give me and my book another round of applause! On sale now!”
The speech took place at the “All In For The 99%” rally in Los Angeles Saturday. The Rally was a gathering of multitudinous left-wing organizations and activists that include SEIU and Moveon.org as well as notables like Val Kilmer, Russell Simmons, Marisa Tomei and Edward Norton.
Listing of the sponsors for the Rally: