They said I hated Van Jones because I spoke out. I didn't. I stood for his right to be a communist. But I don't have to believe it.
They said I hated Barack Obama because I spoke against him. I didn't. I stood for his right to associate with Marxist revolutionaries. But I don't have to join in.
They said I just hated Soros because I exposed him. I didn't. I stood for his right to do with his money as he wishes. But I don't have to buy into it.
They now say I hate another billionaire—Donald Trump—because I warn against him. I don't. I stand for his right to be a deep, lifelong liberal progressive. But I don't have to embrace it.
What I find objectionable with all of these men is their dishonesty. It is simply the fact that they all feel the need to lie about what they truly believe. To live in the shadows and prey upon men's freedoms. The fact that they smear and attempt to destroy anyone who stands in their way is against everything most Americans believe. The ends DO NOT justify the means—no matter which side is employing the Saul Alynski rules.
I believe: The truth matters. Context matters. Associations and a humble and contrite heart matter.
But most of all, I believe this: The truth will set you free. In today's world, speaking that truth to the powerful, left or right, will make your life a living hell. But that is okay.
Because in the end, you have your integrity . . . and you are free.
Van Jones of #cut50 discusses juvenile justice and Fusion's forthcoming documentary 'Prison Kids' at the Capitol Visitor's Center on September 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Fusion)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a reception for the nation's mayors in the East Room of the White House January 21, 20016 in Washington, DC. The president hosted more than 250 mayors on day two of the group's annual winter meeting. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
Founder of Soros Fund Management LLC George Soros attends the Boao Forum for Asia on April 8, 2013 in Qionghai, Hainan Province of China. State and government leaders from Asia and other regions have been invited to attend three-days of economic meetings for the annual Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, a coastal town in south China's Hainan Province. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel's 16th annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards at The Venetian Las Vegas during the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show on January 21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOT Show, the world's largest annual trade show for shooting, hunting and law enforcement professionals, runs through January 23 and features 1,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 62,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)