I am not one to usually throw around such criticisms about others, especially people I have never met, but in this case, I am willing to make an exception. After all, if they walk like an idiot, talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, it’s probably Van Jones!

Van Jones had been President Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” until he was forced to resign in September of 2009 due to controversies over his past activism. In 2004, Jones signed a petition from the group 911Truth.org that questioned whether Bush administration officials “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.” Another part of the controversy was that Jones had used a crude term to describe Republicans in a speech he gave before joining the Obama administration.

One would hope that after being forced to leave his position at the White House, Van Jones would have worked on his foot-in-mouth disease, but sadly, he is still up to his old tricks. On March 31, 2012, at the “All In For The 99%” rally in Los Angeles, California, Jones decided that he would turn his rhetoric towards libertarians. He told the crowd that, “They’ve taken their despicable ideology and used it a wrecking ball, that they have painted red, white, and blue, to smash down every good thing in America… They say they’re patriots, but they hate everybody in America who looks like us. They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings.”

Anyone who actually understands libertarianism knows that these claims by Jones could not be further from the truth. Just refer to the Libertarian Party 2010 Platform Preamble, where it states:

“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings.”

That doesn’t sound like a group that hates everybody in America. In fact, coming from someone like Jones, a far-left progressive who espouses hatred towards the “one percent” and those to the right of the political spectrum, this lambasting of libertarians is hypocritical and downright absurd.

On a website dedicated to Jones, it states that “Van Jones is a frequent target of false, misleading and hateful rhetoric from the far-right.” You mean, rhetoric like, “They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings.” That kind of false, misleading, and hateful rhetoric?

There are certain beliefs in America that should be addressed, with racism being such a belief. In spite of the fact that the first “black” president occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, racism does still exist. However, when people decide to use inflammatory language to falsely accuse a tolerant group of individuals as haters of entire groups of people, dangerous precedent is set and truth is lost amidst the lies.

Despite Jones’ ridiculously false accusations against libertarians, I believe that most people will see through his heated rhetoric and realize that libertarians have a just yet merciful set of beliefs. As Christopher R. Barron wrote in a Daily Caller article, “Unfortunately for Jones, the ideological Underground Railroad is alive and well in this country, and every single day more and more minorities are recognizing that big government has failed them. Libertarians have been, and will remain, important conductors on this track to freedom for all Americans.”

Libertarians are constant defenders of liberty, while Van Jones forsakes liberty on a regular basis.

Odie Turner | Mary Washington College | Fredericksburg, Virginia | @OdieTurner