Skip to comments.Rep. Scalise Calls for Obama to Fire Podesta 'Immediately' for 'Jonestown' Comparison
Posted on 12/18/2013 11:33:35 AM PST by Kaslin
Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is calling for the resignation of White House counselor John Podesta for comparing the House Republicans to Jonestown cult. Podesta was named to the post just one week earlier.
The Jonestown Massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 900 people who drank poisoned Kool-Aid in 1978 at the direction of cult leader Jim Jones in a South American Jungle.
Podesta told Politico that "[White House officials] need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress."
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Oh, don’t call for him to be fired,
MOCK AND RIDICULE HIM.
The very idea that an Obama supporter would accuse others of being cultlike... you can’t satire these people.
Calling Republicans Socialist Utopians. HOW DARE THEY?
Jimmy wasn’t just a socialist.
He was a self proclaimed commie.
What happen to separation of Church and state?
In 1951, Jones began attending Communist Party meetings and rallies in Indianapolis. He became flustered with harassment he received during the McCarthy Hearings, particularly regarding an event he attended with his mother focusing on Paul Robeson, after which she was harassed by the FBI in front of her co-workers for attending. He also became frustrated with ostracism of open communists in the United States, especially during the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. This frustration, among other things, provoked a seminal moment for Jones in which he asked himself, “how can I demonstrate my Marxism? The thought was, infiltrate the church.”
Jones moved away from the Communist Party when CPUSA members became critical of some of the policies of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
In 1960, Indianapolis Democratic Mayor Charles Boswell appointed Jones director of the Human Rights Commission. Jones ignored Boswell’s advice to keep a low profile, finding new outlets for his views on local radio and television programs. When the mayor and other commissioners asked Jones to curtail his public actions, he resisted and was wildly cheered at a meeting of the NAACP and Urban League when he yelled for his audience to be more militant, and climaxed with “Let my people go!”
He also set up stings to catch restaurants refusing to serve African American customers and wrote to American Nazi leaders then leaked their responses to the media.
Unlike most supposed cult leaders, Jones was able to gain public support and contact with prominent politicians in the local and national level. For example, Jones and Moscone met privately with vice presidential candidate Walter Mondale on his campaign plane days before the 1976 election, leading Mondale to publicly praise the Temple. First Lady Rosalynn Carter also personally met with Jones on multiple occasions; corresponded with him about Cuba; and spoke with him at the grand opening of the San Francisco Democratic Party Headquarters, where Jones garnered louder applause than Mrs. Carter.
In September 1977, California assemblyman Willie Brown served as master of ceremonies at a large testimonial dinner for Jones attended by Governor Jerry Brown and Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally. At that dinner, Brown touted Jones as “what you should see every day when you look in the mirror in the early morning hours... a combination of Martin King, Angela Davis, Albert Einstein... Chairman Mao.” Harvey Milk, who spoke at political rallies at the Temple, wrote to Jones after a visit to the Temple: “Rev Jim, It may take me many a day to come back down from the high that I reach today. I found something dear today. I found a sense of being that makes up for all the hours and energy placed in a fight. I found what you wanted me to find. I shall be back. For I can never leave.”
Jones forged media alliances with key columnists and others at the San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets.
As a show of support, Brown spoke out against enemies at a rally at the Peoples Temple, which was also attended by Milk and then-Assemblyman Art Agnos. On February 19, 1978, Milk wrote a letter to President Jimmy Carter defending Jones “as a man of the highest character,” and claimed that Temple defectors were trying to “damage Rev. Jones’ reputation” with “apparent bold-faced lies”.
On December 13, 1973, Jones was arrested and charged with soliciting a man for sex in a movie theater bathroom known for homosexual activity, near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The man was an undercover Los Angeles Police Department vice officer. Jones is on record as later telling his followers that he was “the only true heterosexual”, but at least one account exists of his sexual abuse of a male member of his congregation in front of the followers, ostensibly to prove the man’s own homosexual tendencies.
While Jones banned sex among Temple members outside of marriage, he himself voraciously engaged in sexual relations with both male and female Temple members.
First week in the position and the focus is on him and not on Obamacare and its failures. Hmmm, can you say “Accomplishing the mission?”
CNN’s ‘Escape From Jonestown’ Downplays Democratic Connections
November 14, 2008
On Thursday, CNN aired “Escape from Jonestown,” presented by CNN special investigations unit corespondent Soledad O’Brien. This week marks thirty years since the horrific deaths of more than 900 people, roughly a third of them children, at Jonestown. The massacre was orchestrated by “Reverend” Jim Jones. What CNN barely referenced was Jones’s connection to several leading Democratic politicians of the time. O’Brien did identify Jones as a believer in socialism and, with a survivor, passingly alluded to his influence in the Democratic Party:
O’BRIEN: In 1975, Jones moved his church headquarters from Redwood Valley down to San Francis, to a larger stage, where he became a political force and a face in photo-ops.
GOSNEY: Roslyn (sic) Carter was campaigning for Jimmy Carter. I believe that was 1976. And there was going to be a rally downtown. Literally, we stuffed the building. We were — we were the rally.
Jones was much more than a face in a photo-op. Democratic San Francisco Mayor George Moscone appointed him to the city’s housing authority. Willie Brown, who later served as Democratic Speaker of the California Assembly, in 1976 introduced Jones as a combination Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Albert Einstein and Chairman Mao.
That same year Senator Walter Mondale, later elected vice president, invited Jones to meet with him on his campaign plane. The People’s Temple chief also had a personal meeting with Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn.
Jones referenced that in 1977 when he wrote to the First Lady and recommended the U.S. government give Cuba medical supplies. He mentioned his “deep appreciation for the privilege of dining privately with you prior to the election.” She replied by saying she’d enjoyed the experience and hoped the U.S. would adopt his suggestion on Cuba.
When Jones moved his operation to Guyana, he brought with him written accolades from several liberal Democrats.
Wrote Walter Mondale: “Knowing of your congregation’s deep involvement in the major social and constitutional issues of our country is a great inspiration to me.”
Alaska Senator Mike Gravel thought the People’s Temple “was almost too good to be true.” California Congressman Don Edwards expressed the wish that “there were more like the people of the People’s Temple Christian Church.”
Joseph Califano, an official in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and secretary of health, education and welfare for Jimmy Carter wrote Jones: “Knowing your commitment and compassion, your interest in protecting individual liberty and freedom have made an outstanding contribution to furthering the cause of human dignity.”
Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey said that Jones’ work “is testimony to the positive and truly Christian approach to dealing with the myriad problems confronting our society today.”
No, Jim Jones was more than just a face in a photo-op. He benefited from the attention and praise of several notable Democratic politicians of the era. In a two-hour program, that relevant part of history should have been reported.
Podesta is trash and a Democrat. What else would you expect?
Yeah, right. Sebelius and Holder still have their job.
Correct. Jim Jones was very left wing for his time. Although, by today’s standards, he could be to the right of BO, Valarie Jarrett and company.
Why would Obama fire him when he’s only using the talking points that were given to him by the white house?
These communist creeps are beyond vile and there’s nothing they won’t say or do to get their way.
There are quite a few of those in the 0bama administration. But as 0'Reilly says "just because his policies are socialist doesn't mean he's a socialist."
I truly believe if Jim Jones was alive today he’d be Obama’s WH spiritual director.
You're probably right.
Podesta is a racist. Jonestown was predominatley a black cult
Podesta is only 65 come Jan. 2014???
he looks 80...
brain dead as most liberals are...
The problem though is that they live forever (ex: Soros).
Is that Dianne Feinstein in the picture on the left?
"Ax, here's a good joke for you...the Pubbies are demanding I fire Podesta!"