December 4th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today directly challenged People for the American Way Chair Lara Bergthold to substantiate her organization’s claims that ALG had engaged in a “McCarthy-era” attack against top advisor to Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, on the ALG website, StopJarrett.com.
“We ask you to find one factual error on StopJarrett.com,” Wilson wrote in a letter to Bergthold. “Unlike the People for the American Way, whose website is riddled with inaccuracies, StopJarrett.com is meticulously researched. Perhaps the reason you don’t like it is because Ms. Jarrett is a radical who should have never achieved her position of power.”
People for the American Way’s charges against Americans for Limited Government and other outlets were published in its document dated December 2009, “Rise of the New McCarthyism: How Right Wing Extremists Try to Paralyze Government Through Ideological Smears and Baseless Attacks”.
Wilson wrote to Bergthold that the accusations were “pathetic,” stating that concerned citizens had every right to object to the policies of Barack Obama’s nominees, and to question the vetting process for choosing what Wilson termed were “radicals.”
“Valerie Jarrett, in her role as Barack Obama’s trusted advisor, has advocated for these appointments, and thus is responsible for the agenda that is taken into the office by these officials, just as Barack Obama is for making the appointments,” Wilson wrote. “The fact is, as we have carefully documented, these appointments represent a highly objectionable, radical agenda totally at odds with the ways and wishes of the vast majority of the American people.”
Wilson said that he objected to Obama’s nominees’ plans to “create a ‘green’ economy based on faulty, manipulated science, as Mr. Jones was tasked to do; extend legal rights to animals and to create constitutional mandates on education, health care, and other entitlements, as Sunstein has advocated; and utilize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a means of enforcing ‘diversity’ in media ownership and on the airwaves through the creation of a Chief Diversity Officer … now filled by Mark Lloyd.”
Citing the American Spectator as a source, Wilson wrote, “Jarrett interviewed Jones for his position as the ‘green’ jobs czar in a position Jarrett’s Office for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement (OIAPE) helped to create. Her office also helped to create Lloyd’s current position at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ‘Chief Diversity Officer.’ And she also had a direct hand in hiring Sunstein.”
The letter concluded, “Barack Obama, with the explicit collusion of Valerie Jarrett, nominated a line-up of radicals to be in pivotal government positions. Their policy positions are a matter of record.”
ALG Editor’s Note: Every day next week, Americans for Limited Government will be publishing a five-part series, “The Jarrett Chronicles: Corruption — The Chicago Way.”