10/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Farewell to Van Jones and His Green Jobs Agenda

Saturday night's surprising resignation of Van Jones and the controversy leading up to to it reveals all that is good and great about our political system. It also reveals all that is bad and sad about it.

In the good and great column: Jones"s rise from a community activist to an advisor to President Obama. Also here, Glenn Beck and FOX News, regardless of fairness, for engaging in political discourse to bring down someone who they did not believe was fit for public service.

In the bad and sad column: Jones' mission to promote green jobs being unfairly and inaccurately labeled part of a central planning agenda akin to communism. That few people rose to defend Jones and prevent his sudden resignation (over Labor Day weekend no less). That solutions to environmental challenges will be painted socialist. And finally: Jones' past is going to become part of the conversation around healthcare reform.

Here, in his own words, Van Jones and his plan for "green collar" jobs:

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