Big Business's Hidden Hand in the Smear Job on Van Jones
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The Stop Obama Alliance
Make no mistake: Jones' resignation from the White House was the work of the very same forces that brought you the rage of August's town-hall meetings, where a rude, and sometimes violent, minority, using the tactics of thugs, convinced mainstream media that the American people rejected efforts by Obama and congressional Democrats to reform health care.
(Played over and over, that theme began to convinced even Americans who thought they had wanted health care reform began to doubt themselves, thanks to the lies advanced by the town-hall screamers.)
Although these forces are most recognizably felt in the health care debate, stopping health care reform is likely a means to a greater end. It's far easier to upset people over their personal health care than it is to get them ginned up over something as esoteric as cap-and-trade or Net neutrality (also targeted for legislative defeat by AFP).
But once you've used health care reform to convince the frightened and paranoid that the president is a white-people-hating socialist (or fascist, depending on the day) who wants to kill off Grandma, it's a lot easier to get them to oppose just about anything he might propose.
A very powerful alliance, designed to motivate various iterations of the grassroots of the right wing, is taking shape, and its players are determined to win by any means necessary -- racism, red-baiting, violence or lies.
Americans for Prosperity, Grassfire, Freedom Works (the astroturf group led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey) and the Murdoch empire -- especially as represented by Beck -- have teamed up to keep the air dirty, the poor in their place and more people dying every day for lack of health care.
But more than anything, they've joined hands to keep the preponderance of the earth's riches in the hands of a very few -- the rest of us be damned. They're determined to die with the most toys, leaving a poisoned and impoverished planet as their legacy.
Adele M. Stan AlterNet's Washington bureau chief.