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.
-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?