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So-called progressives generally don’t care a whole heck of a lot about defending America; they would prefer to blow the nation’s defense budget on welfare. Leftists would rather send soldiers abroad as armed social workers bearing care packages instead of as warriors defending America’s freedoms.
And there’s no doubt that Jarrett, who seemed to function as de facto Secretary of Defense last year, is, like Obama, a hardcore leftist with radical roots.
Like Obama and Bill Ayers, Jarrett lived within the precincts of Hyde Park, Chicago, the home of many elite leftists. She worked for Chicago’s first black mayor, the radical Harold Washington, whose election was cheered by leftover 1960s radicals. After Washington died in 1987, she worked for the new mayor Richard Daley. Jarrett later landed a job at Habitat, which was headed by Daniel Levin, cousin of two left-wing politicians, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Congressman Sander Levin (D-Mich.).
In 1983 she was married to Dr. William Robert Jarrett, son of the Chicago Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett. Her father-in-law wrote upbeat articles about communist members of the artistic community including Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. DuBois. He also served on a union publicity committee alongside Frank Marshall Davis, an important early influence on the young Barack Obama. And as Paul Kengor notes in his new book, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, Vernon Jarrett was also a member of the Illinois Council of American Youth for Democracy, the youth wing of the Communist Party USA.
Jarrett is obsessed with racial issues. She has helped to promote Al Sharpton’s radical agenda, according to Obama administration staffers. She pushed Obama’s campaign staff in 2008 to be more aggressive on racial matters, telling them they needed to be less “gun-shy on race issues.” After that, according to a campaign source, moving forward Obama “made it very clear to us that we were just a bunch of white people who didn’t get it.”
Once ensconced in the Obama White House, Jarrett successfully lobbied to weaken rules preventing officials from meeting with lobbyists. The reason given for the flip-flop on lobbyist meetings was that the rule would prevent other “legitimate” issues raised by “civil rights organizations whose directors happen to be registered lobbyists – [from being] heard.” Of course, to Jarrett so-called civil rights organizations are groups like ACORN, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and the radical Service Employees International Union.
Jarrett pressed Obama to create the office of Chief Diversity Officer within the Federal Communications Commission. The post came to be occupied by Hugo Chavez admirer Mark Lloyd, a Saul Alinsky adherent and former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who wants to put conservative talk radio out of business.
Jarrett also helped bring in law professor Cass Sunstein as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. The fey legal theorist has said Americans should “celebrate tax day,” and that animals ought to be allowed to sue people.
Without Jarrett’s advocacy, it seems unlikely that the self-described “communist” revolutionary Van Jones would have become green jobs czar in the Obama White House in 2009. At a leftist confab Jarrett got positively goofy about Jones.
“We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House,” Jarrett said. “We were watching him…for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that, and we have all that energy in the White House.”
What exactly was Jones doing out in Oakland, California?
He was leading a Maoist group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). The vehemently anti-American collective held a vigil in Oakland mourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world on the night after Sept. 11, 2001.
That’s what Jarrett, now arguably the most powerful woman in the world, holds in high regard.
Imagine what she’ll help Obama do to America if he wins a second term.
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