Van Jones: What I learned in the White House

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GLENN: Let me play a little bit more of what Van Jones said. He was talking

about being in the White House and the things he learned, and he just said that,

you know, people like me with my political views don't get into the White House.

The question that remains unanswered is the question that I said the day after

they fired him: No, don't fire him, I didn't want to fire him. I want to know,

how did he get into the White House! And he's now admitting that, that people

like me don't get into the White House. Now listen.

VAN JONES: and in airplanes, maybe going to Colorado or some place where you've

got a lot of turbulence and you just hope that somebody in the cockpit knows

what they're doing. I was in a cockpit for six months. I got a chance to see

close up, very clearly, the amount of peril the country is in, the challenges

that we're facing. I got a chance to learn that nobody in Washington D.C. has

all the power that they want, including the president, and that there are

informal systems of power that operate. And they operate along racial and other

lines. And we have to be much more sophisticated now. See, we did everything

right. We had six years of one party, authoritarian rule in this country from

2000 2006, and the people in this room did everything right.

GLENN: This is critical. Listen to this.

VAN JONES: We got 60 votes in the Senate, we got Speaker Pelosi, not some

rightwing Democrat speaker Pelosi and

GLENN: Stop. Stop. You hear that? We did everything right. We got the president

in and we got Nancy Pelosi as our Speaker. Not some rightwing Democrat as the

speaker. So his spectrum of political thought is so broad, it goes from the uber

left to the middle left. It doesn't even go to the right left. It doesn't get to

the you ready? Rightwing Democrat. Which, the ones who sold the country out for

healthcare, those rightwing crazies? Which rightwing Democrats did we have? So

he thinks the rightwing of the Democratic Party is extreme. What do you what do

you think he thinks of the Tea Party? It's extreme. Not like extreme, "Oh,

they're bad for the country." No, no. What do you think he thinks of people like

me? Not just he disagrees with the policies. Now, here comes the real part.

VAN JONES: Barack Obama elected president. We did everything right. So standing

flat footed January 2009, everything that we were taught to do we had done and

been successful. And here we are less than 24 months later and most people feel

like the hope bubble burst a long time ago.

GLENN: Here it is.

VAN JONES: Because there's other systems of power that we were not taking

seriously, and they have to do with the media, they have to do with the racial

discourse in the media. And that's the next frontier.

PAT: The media is the next frontier.

GLENN: No, no. No, the media, and do you have the Al Sharpton audio?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: The media and the racial, what did he call it, the racial what of the

media? Approach of the media or whatever. So in other words, what he's saying is

the media is a problem, and the way race is used by the media is a problem. So

that's the next frontier. To use race to shut down the media. Listen.

SHARPTON: We're going to Washington next week to meet with FCC. We're also going

to unveil a petition that we're going to challenge members of congress and the

Senate to sign onto and release on national action network's website who signs

on, who doesn't or who ducks. Because it's very important

PAT: Listen to this.

SHARPTON: for federal officials to take a position not necessarily just on

Limbaugh but on whether or not they agree that anything, whether you are doing

it explicitly or implicitly, against people based on race or gender should be

allowed on federally regulated airwaves.

GLENN: Stop. It is not a coincidence.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: Look, the left is very, very good. The right, who do we have? Really who

do we have? We have Ron Paul. He's on the he's on the extreme libertarian side,

who I agree with more and more every day. You have that can really make an

impact. You have Sarah Palin. You have me. You have Rush Limbaugh. Michele

Bachmann. But we're not coordinated. These guys are coordinated.

PAT: You can tell in their language. Listen to them.

GLENN: Exactly.

PAT: They are all saying the same thing.

GLENN: Exactly what they're saying. And you have WikiLeaks being coordinated as

well. They're revolutionaries. This is very well thought out. A genius without a

plan will be beaten every time by an idiot with one. They have a plan. They can

say one thing. It's a solar flare. I'm a solar flare. I'm the same flare coming

out all the time saying this. Why don't people believe me? Because you're not

hearing it from several sources. So I'm a solar flare and they're like, "You

look up and you see that solar flare and you're like, what the heck happened to

the sun." Solar flare. Now, if that it's just that one solar flare going out all

the time, it appears that the sun is unstable. That's why they have coordinated

this movement. One will say it, then someone else will say it, then someone else

will say it, then someone else will say it. That way no one looks unstable.

Haven't you noticed that's what they try to say about me? Oh, he's unstable.

He's unstable. Isolate. Saul Alinsky. Isolate. Why? See, they look unstable.



Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.