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Posted on 10/09/2008 10:27:32 PM PDT by Fred
I am a child of the 60s. I grew up with the radical twaddle of people like Tom Hayden (the Ted Baxter of the radical Left), and Romper Room Revolutionaries William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the Mao and Jiang Qing of adolescent radicalism. It was an overheated time made worse by nursery school traitors. It was a time during which the most pampered generation in the history of mankind went into an extended tantrum, punctuated only by the indulgent sighs of their misguided and clueless parents who still apparently thought the destructive impulses of their little darlings were somehow cute. Bill Ayers father, the late Thomas G. Ayers, Commonwealth Edison Chairman, Chicago grandee and symbol of muscular capitalism comes to mind. (Does anyone really believe that Ayers and Dohrn, wanted by the FBI, lived without family help and contact for 11 years underground in Chicago, the town his prominent father and powerful friends helped run and which has been described as having the distinction of being the only completely corrupt city in the nation? Please.)
But Ayers and Dohrn demonstrated that low grade, child radicals, too, could be dangerous. Their simple minded nihilism was exceeded only by their almost complete ineptitude. But it is important to recall who they were and to know who they are because not only do they still exist and spread their poison, their very relationship to a national candidate for President should chill every thinking citizen.
An outgrowth of an earlier Leftist organization, the Students for a Democratic Society, was established in 1960 with a manifesto that represented a break with the traditional non-Communist Left. With Tom Hayden at its helm, it is unsurprising that it started as a shallow, self-dramatizing collection of students fresh from panty raids and looking for something more interesting to do. As the turmoil of the 60s continued to ferment, it became more and more strident, inflexible and radical in its project.
After an internecine war in 1969, it split into different groups, among which was the Weathermen, a would-be domestic terrorist organization with little apparent purpose except to engage in violent acts in service of the national tantrum and of a badly articulated, simplistic ideology with little grounding in anything other than the romantic fantasy that they were somehow aiding the Revolution. The preening self-regard of its leaders was breathtaking.
Its primary activity was the issuance of dramatic communiqués from the underground in a grotesque imitation of stilted Soviet-speak, like a bad 50s movie, threatening violent action in instant mayhem. Its first act was a riot called Days of Rage, not surprisingly in Chicago. With its usual flair, the Weathermen announced that its protest would be the largest ever, but with its usual ineptitude, only a few hundred showed up. They blew up a statue honoring policemen who had been killed or injured in earlier riots. (They blew it up again when it was rebuilt several years later.) They burned cars, shattered windows and attacked policemen, injuring 28.
Bernardine Dohrn, in an astonishing display of hubris, demonstrated her simple-mindedness and limited forensic gifts in her attempt to define their purpose: We are building a communist organization to be part of the forces which build a revolutionary communist party to lead the working class to seize power and build socialism We must further the study of Marxism-Leninism within the Weather Underground Organization. The struggle for Marxism-Leninism is the most significant development in our recent history. We discovered thru [sic] our own experiences what revolutionaries all over the world have found that Marxism-Leninism is the science of revolution, the revolutionary ideology of the working class, our guide to the struggle.
History has now shown us the merit of that project as even those who knew it best and preserved it longest have rejected the moronic and evil ideology that was Marxism-Leninism but not Ms. Dohrn and Mr. Ayers.
Shortly after the Days of Rage riot, the Weathermen risibly declared war on the United States. The sheer pretentiousness of these junior Bolsheviks was vaguely laughable. But they were deadly serious. Dohrn constructed and planted an anti-personnel bomb containing heavy metal staples and metal projectiles on the window ledge of a police facility, killing one officer, Bryan V. McDonnell, and severely wounding and permanently blinding another, Robert Fogarty. Their families never recovered. Ayers laughingly and emphatically admitted his participation and Dohrns skill in placing the fatal bomb.
In 1970, the Weatherman attacked New York City policemen with bombs and firebombed the home of a New York judge presiding over the criminal trial of black thugs who had wrapped themselves in the mantle of radicalism; a favorite ruse of the time. They went on to plant bombs at the United States Capital, the New York City Police Department and the Pentagon, all the time issuing taunting communiqués suggesting more attacks were on the way. Had it not all been so lethal, it would have had all the earmarks of children playing war in the back yard. It is a shame it was not so benign.
Despite their later, self-serving statements that they really intended to harm only property, the evidence is clearly otherwise. In 1970, an explosion rocked Greenwich Village, destroying a beautiful, privately owned townhouse. The townhouse had been converted to a bomb factory and, demonstrating the ineptitude for which the Weathermen had become almost as legendary as their infantile communiqués, three of them blew themselves up while making bombs. It was a fitting end to the meaningless lives of Diana Oughton, Ted Gold and Terry Robbins, whose deaths stunned their colleagues but left the world a little cleaner. The fragmentation bombs they were making were intended for the murder of American soldiers at a dance at Fort Dix and for the destruction of a library at Columbia University.
Who were these people? Children of privilege whose nihilistic, radical project was intended to destroy this nation. They were, and are, at root, evil. Commenting on the Charles Manson murders, Ms. Dohrn told her collective: "Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in their bellies. Wild!" Dig it, indeed. The belly she was referring to contained Sharon Tates unborn child. What kind of perverted monster could find pleasure in the thought that a woman eight and one half months pregnant, on the eve of delivery, was killed and mutilated with a fork left sticking out of the unborn infant inher abdomen? That is the measure of Bernardine Dohrn and her consort, Bill Ayers, who attempted to suggest she was kidding when she made the statement. It is hard to imagine any context in which the joke would be comprehensible to anyone who is not unhinged by radical ideology. No, she wasnt kidding. Anyone who could wantonly murder police officers with a bomb that shredded them like lettuce has no soul and could not be moved by the Manson Familys savagery.
And so it goes to this day. Dohrns latest ravings are of a piece with those of her past. In the July/August 2003 issue of the Monthly Review, she descended, yet again, into the pit of radicalism from which she never really emerged ranting about American imperialism. Fulminating about law enforcement and the reasonable effort by our government to keep its citizens, even those as unworthy and unthinkable as Bernardine Dohrn, safe. Gibbering about American oppression. Biting, yet again, the hand that protects her.
Some things are not forgivable. There are some things for which one cannot atone. Treason is one. Betrayal of ones country is another. Wanton murder, still another. But apparently there is forgiveness in Chicago. No one has ever accused the present Mayor Daley of an overabundance of grey matter. But he told the New York Times that he finds value in Ayers and Dohrn. He says Ayers has done a lot of good in this city and nationally. People make mistakes. You judge a person by his whole life. Mistakes? Deliberate, cold blooded murder is a mistake? Conspiracy to murder soldiers is a mistake? Mocking the murder and mutilation of an expectant mother on the verge of giving birth is a mistake?
When Dohrn emerged from the miasma, she was offered a job at Sidley Austin, one of Chicagos most prestigious law firms, even though she was denied a law license by the State of Illinois. The managing partner, Howard Trienans, a friend of Mr. Ayers father, thought she would make a fine addition to the firm. In the sort of dismissive sarcasm so favored by those who are not used to being contradicted, he said She didnt get her law license because she is stubborn. She wouldnt say she was sorry. She didnt say she was sorry, Mr. Trienans, because she isnt. What more need be said? One wonders how understanding he might have been had one of her targets been Sidley Austin for representing the monopolistic AT&T, his most lucrative client.
Her fatuous narcissism continues to this day in her writings and defiant view that this nation that has brought freedom to the greatest number; this nation that is a beacon of hope to people throughout the world; this nation that nurtured the idea of liberty when there were none other to protect it from those to whom Ayers and Dohrn paid their fealty, is the major source of evil on the globe.
It would be easy to dismiss Ayers and Dohrn as toothless relics of a forgotten age; witless simpletons reduced to legal clinics and the academy. But they are not sorry. And they still spread their poison. And they still have influence.
Obamas views on foreign policy did not happen in a vacuum. His disdain for the idea of American exceptionalism comes from the dangerous world view of the milieu from which he so recently emerged. His view of the military, Americas history and his opposition to war come from the environment in which he has immersed himself for these past 20 years; an environment sharply defined by Ayers, Dohrn and their allies and protectors. The New York Times would have us believe Obama and the Ayers hardly knew each other. Yet the exalted Mayor Daley knows them well in the hothouse of Chicago politics, and says so. Is it even remotely likely that an obscure state senator who lived three blocks from Dohrn and Ayers and was first introduced politically at their home does not? It hardly matters, though. They are cut from the same cloth.
Knowing who Ayers and Dohrn were and are, we must ask ourselves: what sort of people would embrace them? What kind of people would excuse their acts and, more importantly, why? What decent person would welcome them into civil society? What does it say for a public official that he does not condemn them outright? What does it say of a public official that he would accept any help they might offer? That he is ignorant of history? That he is young? That he is naïve? Or is it because, when linked to others of his associations, he may sympathize with their twisted radicalism?
But is there still enough time for America to listen?
Great review of what this spoiled children have done in the service of evil.
Love especially how Ms. Dohrn took a job at one of Chicago’s top law firms after leaving the fugitive life. what a PRAT!
Sidley Austin? Isn’t that also where Michelle Obama worked?
A better question might be; “Is there enough left of this apathetic and superficial electorate that would even care?”
These people are fundamentally broken, and I have to think that a few minutes of conversation would be enough to notice that. Long enough for a normal person to notice, but apparently not enough for Obama to notice.
From what I've read, my opinion is that Ayers and Dohrn and Co. were Obama's mentors. They groomed him for the presidency. He did almost nothing on his own, without the help of they and their cohorts.
Imagine the influence they will have if Obama gains the presidency and the majority in the house and Senate are Democrats. Very likely, a revolution fulfilled (Note they said they didn't go far enough). Absolutely frightening.
From the little I know of her, apparently Obama’s mother was a leftist. It would seem, with her influence, he was ripe for the picking.
Too many take their freedom for granted, are in their own little worlds and don’t seem to get it, even when facts and dangers to their lives are well explained.
"Oh, just some nice local housewife that was wrongly put on the FBI Most Wanted list."
I looked at your homepage. Stunningly impressive and exhaustive work, ETL. Just amazing. You really should write a book. Thank you for such a spectacular effort. : )
Thanks. I greatly appreciate that.
Much more on the ObamaRat-commie connections at my FR Home/About page. Everything there is linked directly to its source. I've now added within-page links and a 'clickable' table of contents which makes it easy to hop around to the various sections:
“I am a child of the 60s. I grew up with the radical twaddle of people like Tom Hayden (the Ted Baxter of the radical Left), and Romper Room Revolutionaries William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the Mao and Jiang Qing of adolescent radicalism. It was an overheated time made worse by nursery school traitors. It was a time during which the most pampered generation in the history of mankind went into an extended tantrum, punctuated only by the indulgent sighs of their misguided and clueless parents who still apparently thought the destructive impulses of their little darlings were somehow cute. Bill Ayers father, the late Thomas G. Ayers, Commonwealth Edison Chairman, Chicago grandee and symbol of muscular capitalism comes to mind.”
He makes it seem as if he is talking about “baby boomers” but he is writing about John McCain’s generation.
Tom Hayden, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
McCain (b.1936) is about 8 years older than Ayers (b.1944).
“The mother of some children that my kids went to school with?”
That’s a lie too. Ayers “childen” are all adults. There’s no way they attended school with Obama’s kids.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Obama meeting Ayers through Michelle, who worked with Ayer’s wife. However, I think there’s a more than reasonable chance that he knew Ayers well before he even went to Chicago. In fact, that might well be WHY he went to Chicago. There were both in New York at the same time and close by and they probably moved in the same circles. Obama’s first mentor Frank Davis came from Chicago and is highly likely to have known Ayers. He may well have introduced them.
“McCain (b.1936) is about 8 years older than Ayers (b.1944).”
Exactly, they are all of the pre boomer generation, McCain is six years older than Bernadette and three years older than Tom Hayden, and 28 years older than boomer Sarah Palin.
Bernardine, not Bernadette. You must be a Four Tops fan. :)
Even when I do searches I keep typing in Bernadette for some weird reason.
This septic couple have been joined at the hip to
Obama since 1982!!!
They were in New York together, at school, less than a quarter of a mile apart for two years, possibly four.
Obama stayed in New York for two tears after graduating Columbia in 83, Ayers graduated from Bank Street College of Ed in 84 then went to Columbia till 87.
They had mutual acquaintances.
there can be no doubt from the subsequent interactions that they met there.
You’ll find the name spelled both “Bernardine”(correct spelling) and “Bernadine”(one ‘r’). Both will usually yield valid results.
I knew them some. I knew SDS’ers when I was a social worker in New York.
How can these two people tell their children what they did and others children who are entrusted to their care for teaching.
How in the Lord above can they do this?
Obama (peace be upon him) noticed all right, he agrees with everything they stand for.
Which is also my generation, the generation that served honorably and courageously in Vietnam. While you're lumping John McCain with the likes of Ayers and Dohrn, remember that there 2.5 million of us serving during Vietnam and 56,000 of the best we had lost there.
Chinstrap61a - Company G, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines 1967
He may have been talking about McCain's generation, but I doubt that generation was pampered any more than the great majority of Boomers. But it is true that most of the radical leaders of the sixties pre-dated the Boomers. Virtually all the wild-eyed, leftist terrorists of the sixties were non-Boomers. Especially the leaders like Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin.
I thought he was describing Osama Bin Laden and Atta.
“Which is also my generation, the generation that served honorably and courageously in Vietnam. While you’re lumping John McCain with the likes of Ayers and Dohrn, remember that there 2.5 million of us serving during Vietnam and 56,000 of the best we had lost there.”
That wasn’t intended to besmirch McCain but to slow this media driven attempt to create the “boomer” myth.
It seems you fell for it too, born too late to be involved in starting the Vietnam war the boomers lost 31,337 men in combat in Vietnam, while your generation lost 14,913 in combat there, I have to assume that the bulk of the 10,000 non combat deaths in Vietnam were mostly boomers as well.
When boomers have 9.4 million veterans, almost 40,000 dead in Vietnam and suffering casualties in every conflict since then, including our current wars, you should not be under the impression that Vietnam was not their war as far as the bulk of the fighting and dying goes.
I very much believe what you are saying. Dohrn is an organizer, planner and strategist and someone willing to most aggressiveley implement his ideology through any means. I am wondering, though, what the original source is for the fact that Obama and Dohrn had similar acquaintances and lived near one another in New York, and why so few authors mention this, as the point when/where they met?
They didn't necessarily LIVE near each other, but they were certainly at school close to each other - 371 yards between the two schools.
We know both of them where friends of Edward Said, the Radical Palestinian sympathizer and Columbia professor. Why so few authors mention this is something of a mystery but then Obama has done a good job covering his tracks and hiding information, so it is tough sledding for anyone who wants to go after it.
How do you know they were both friends of Edward Said? What is the source for that?
Obama took an English class under Said at Columbia, and is photographed with him. In “Dreams from my Father” he wrote that he actively sought out “Marxist Professors”..
Said was known to be a close friend of Ayers and wrote the forward to one of Ayers’ books.
I don't think the connection is a coincidence and it is more than likely they met at that time. Ayers and his friends are known conspirators.
“And they still spread their poison. And they still have influence.”
This article from 2006 by Sol stern absolutely astounds me!
With his Teachers College credential in hand, Ayers landed an ed-school appointment back in Chicago, where his father was CEO of Commonwealth Edison and nicely plugged in to the citys political establishment. These days, Ayers carries the joint titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. One of his several books on the moral imperative of teaching for social justice is a bestseller in ed-school courses. Like many other tenured and well-heeled radicals, Ayers keeps hoping for a revolutionary upheaval that will finally bring down American capitalism and imperialism. But now, instead of planting bombs in bathrooms, he has been planting the seeds of resistance and rebellion in Americas future teachers, who will then pass on the lessons to the students in their classrooms.
Future teachers signing up for Ayerss course On Urban Education can read these exhortations from the course description on the professors website:
Homelessness, crime, racism, oppressionwe have the resources and knowledge to fight and overcome these things.
We need to look beyond our isolated situations, to define our problems globally. We cannot be child advocates . . . in Chicago or New York and ignore the web that links us with the children of India or Palestine.
In a truly just society there would be a greater sharing of the burden, a fairer distribution of material and human resources.
For another course, titled Improving Learning Environments, Ayers proposes that teachers be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and . . . be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, a teacher teaching for social justice and liberation.
The readings that Ayers assigns are as intellectually stimulating and diverse as a political commissars indoctrination session in one of his favorite communist tyrannies. The reading list for his urban education course includes the bible of the critical pedagogy movement, Brazilian Marxist Paolo Freires Pedagogy of the Oppressed; two books by Ayers himself; another by bell hooks, a radical black feminist writer and critical race theorist; and a Freedom School curriculum. Thats the entire spectrum of debate.
For students who might get bored with the purely pedagogic approach to liberation, Ayers also offers a course on the real thing, called Social Conflicts of the 1960s. For this class Ayers also posts his introduction to the soon-to-be-published collection of Weather Underground agitprop that he edited with Dohrncalled, with no intended parody, Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements and Communiqués of the Weather Underground, 1970-1974. Once things were connected, Ayerss introduction recollects, we saw a system at work, we were radicalized, we named that systemimperialismand forged an idea of how to overthrow it. We were influenced by Marx, but we were formed more closely and precisely by Che, Ho, Malcolm X, Amílcar Cabral, Mandelathe Third World revolutionariesand we called ourselves small c communists to indicate our rejection of what had become of Marx in the Soviet Block [sic]. . . . We were anti-authoritarian, anti-orthodoxy, communist street fighters.
Ayers makes clear that his political views havent changed much since those glory days. He cites a letter he recently wrote: Ive been told to grow up from the time I was ten until this morning. Bullshit. Anyone who salutes your youthful idealism is a patronizing reactionary. Resist! Dont grow up! I went to Camp Casey [Cindy Sheehans vigil at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas] in August precisely because Im an agnostic about how and where the rebellion will break out, but I know I want to be there and I know it will break out.
Americas historical ideal of public schooling as a means of assimilating all children (and particularly the children of new immigrants) into a common civic and democratic culture is already under assault from the multiculturalists and their race- and gender-centered pedagogy. Now Ayers and his social justice movement, by dismissing the civic culture ideal as nothing more than capitalist hegemony, subvert the public schools even furtherwhile subsidized by the taxpayers, including the capitalists who supposedly control the schools.
And its not just from his government-funded outpost at the University of Illinois that Ayers is spreading the word about radical social justice teaching. He maintains a busy lecture schedule at other ed schools around the country, and he does teacher training and professional development for the Chicago public schools. All that still leaves him enough time to give nostalgic lectures on college campuses about his Weather Underground experiences.
He also turns up from time to time as a guest lecturer at Teachers College, where he gets a heros welcome...
And it goes on and on showing how he has infected Teachers’ Ed colleges all across the country and of course from there school programs and cirricula.
It is interesting that in his acceptance speech at Denver, Obama claims he is going to recruit “an army of new teachers” to improve the state of education in the public schools. Where is he going to find this “army” but in these very colleges that are teaching Ayers’ dogma. This is what you get from a socially acceptable but unrepentant communist domestic terrorist!
'Spose you could translate this into English for me?
1. How do you make your determination that we Baby Boomers were too young to have been in on the start of the war? I was 20 in 1966 and a whole bunch of my fellow Marines that were my age or younger were in country at the start of the American conventional force involvement.
2. What does "you should not be under the impression that Vietnam was not their war as far as the bulk of the fighting and dying goes."mean? I was right in the middle of that fighting and dying, so I should know who was there..if there was anybody but Boomers except some of our older NCOs and officers, who were they?
I thought that you were saying that you were of John McCain’s generation, but I seem to have misunderstood you.
On the thing about the start of the war boomers were not in on that, in this case you misunderstood my post, here is the quote.
“born too late to be involved in starting the Vietnam war “