Why does that not surprise me in the least? Carol Browner, Obama's "Climate Czar" is a self-described socialist. If there is a difference between the two philosophies, it's a small one and can be summed up in one small sentence: communism is imposed by the power of the state, socialism by the vote of the people. The end result is the same, however - statism. As I have pointed out before, nowhere in the U.S. Constitution will you find any stipulation allowing the President to appoint a "czar" that is unaccountable to We The People. Yet Obama has 34 of them. Some are outright kooks. Past Presidents have had them, but they were largely ornamental. This is different as it is tantamount to a shadow government operating outside of any accountability. Case-in-point today of the kookiness factor is Van Jones, the "green Jobs czar." From the Detroit Examiner: Van Jones, 'Green Jobs Czar', a self-described 'communist' arrested during Rodney King riots.
The 41-year-old Yale Law School graduate and civil rights lawyer is also the founder of California's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, "a non-profit agency for justice, opportunities and peace."The Ella Baker Center was connected to STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), a "multi-racial activist collective with Marxist influences" with which Jones was involved.In 1992, Van Jones founded another STORM project, Bay Area PoliceWatch, a "hotline and lawyer-referral service for victims and survivors of police abuse." This is fitting, perhaps, since Jones was himself arrested and detained briefly during a protest after the Rodney King verdict that same year.Jones told the East Bay Express in 2005:
I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th , and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist. (...)
I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.' I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.
Like a character out of The Big Chill, Van Jones seems to have evolved from radical activist to Establishment insider. Perhaps only a left-wing administration incapable of recognizing irony would put a self-described communist in charge of creating jobs. Luckily for Van Jones, and Obama's many other "Czars" with dubious credentials and troubling backgrounds, his new job was not dependent upon making it through Congressional hearings.
Thus back to my question of the constitutionality of these unaccountable positions of power. If most of these kooks couldn't make it through public Congressional hearings, then what the heck are they doing with any input into our lives whatsoever?