Liberals vs. Conservatives -The Resume

I noticed an interesting phenomenon yesterday. Have you, gentle reader, ever noticed that the typical resume of a liberal reads quite differently from the typical resume of a conservative?

I made this observation when I did some digging regarding the duel between Glenn Beck, of FOX News, and Van Jones, of Color of Change, a political organization for Black Americans. It seems to me that Glenn Beck’s life has been a series of failures and disappointments, while Van Jones has rocketed from success to success.

Let’s use the Right Honorable Wikipedia as our arbiter, our decider of fact.

Glenn Beck:

-Divorced – 1994

-Admitted to Yale University

-Dropped out of Yale

-Struggled with substance abuse

-Got a radio show – 2000

-Started show on CNN  – 2006

-CNN pulls Glenn Beck show off the air – 2008

-FOX News hires Glenn Beck  – 2008

-Glenn Beck calls Obama racist – 2009

-Beck show loses several sponsors – 2009

I realize that there are some ups and downs there. It’s not entirely negative. But it seems like Glenn Beck has a lot of drama in his life, more than his fair share.

Now look at the life of Van Jones, a co-founder of the group that pressured companies to stop buying ads on Beck’s show.

Van Jones graduates from Univ of Tenn – 1990

Illegally arrested by police during Rodney King incident – 1992

Earns J.D. from Yale Law – 1993

In 1995, Jones started Bay Area Police Watch

Leads successful campaign to block building of a Super-Jail for youth 2001-2003

Begins Green-Collar Jobs Campaign – 2005

City of Oakland launches Green Collar Jobs Corps

Named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People – 2009

Named White House Special Adviser on Green Jobs – 2009

One can see that the arc of Jones’ career is much different from that of Glenn Beck. In a sense, I am comparing apples and oranges since Jones is an activist and Glenn Beck is a broadcaster. However, they both work toward achieving their own political visions of America. Also, Beck’s career is not entirely negative nor is Jones’ career entirely positive. Yet on the balance, it seems that Jones has had a life filled with academic and political success. Beck’s career has been marked by personal and public failure.

This example is illustrative, yet it is not the only one I could name. Think back to the Bush-Kerry election of 2004. Kerry earned a medal in Vietnam, served as Lieutenant Governor of Mass, and served as Senator from Mass. Bush failed in a number of endeavors, doing poorly academically, failing as an oilman, and having a dismal career in baseball. His father did serve as President. W did serve as Governor of Texas, but ask Texans about that before you get too impressed.  W brought Texas to the bottom of the list in terms of its environment. His gubernatorial campaign falsely accused his opponent of being a lesbian.

You may contend that I am cherry-picking facts and that you could prove the opposite of my claim by cherry-picking your own facts. That may be true. But how about this simple test: take any election of the past 12 years that pitted a staunch liberal against a staunch conservative. Imagine that the election is replaced with a job interview for say, associate at a law firm. Comparing the two resumes, who would get the job – the liberal or the conservative?



  1. #1 by Godless American on August 25, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Yeah, it speaks volumes.

    I’ve often said that what America needs is campaign reform as follows.

    Abolish privatized campaign financing; I mean literally no free lunches. Everyone running, and that receives the necessary amount of signatures, gets the same amount of money. Abolish PACs, they are a a back door for campaign financing.

    Debates are scheduled on PBS, other stations may rebroadcast them but they aren’t sponsors.

    Resumes for each candidate are published in booklets similar to the tax booklets we print every year. The resumes are accompanied by a full back ground check, academic grades, military record, etc. There is nothing left out from their lives. These could be available online as well.

    • #2 by LOUDelf on August 25, 2009 - 8:17 pm

      Great ideas! Which major party would go for it?

  2. #3 by LOUDelf on August 25, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    I guess we can always pull up examples to prove any point… but make sure they’re correct. Kerry had lower grades then Bush at Yale, including 4 Ds as a freshman. And since we’re speaking of records, ask Massachusetts residents for 3 things that Kerry has done since being elected senator of their state (most residents would be challenged to remember one). To my point, you’ve cherry-picked points that may be factually incorrect, or at least not quite balanced.

    Additionally, in our last election, we had a guy that wrote the textbook on going across party lines and suffering for his country, versus a guy that really didn’t have a track-record. Comparing the two resumes, it was pretty obvious the wrong person got the job (if you had to choose one).

    It is better to compare apples to apples, and talk the whole story rather than cherry-pick if you want to prove a point.

  3. #4 by Godless American on August 26, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    There’s more to McCain’s record than his POW experience. I know many Republicans seemed to forget that.

    Bush’s resume would be a disaster. Failed at every business endeavor, destroyed the Texas environment, etc.

    Let’s get it all out there and we’ll see which candidates really are qualified.

    • #5 by LOUDelf on August 26, 2009 - 8:35 pm

      Very true, but considering the guy he ran against had “present” as his record, his negatives were easy for them to forget.

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