As a Viet Nam Veteran who was away from America during the active time of the Weatherman Underground movement, first for 18 months in Viet Nam followed by 3 years in Germany with the U.S. Army, I missed out on a lot of the news of the activities of this radical leftist group. What little word leaked to us wasn’t paid much attention to, as we were busy with more important matters at the time.
By the time of my return to the United States in March 1974, much of their goals accomplished, ending American involvement in keeping innocent South Vietnamese free, there was scant mention of them in the news.
So it was with particular interest that I paid attention when the name of Bill Ayers popped up during the Obama coup d'état of the presidency. Naturally, the leftstream media, in the tank for Homey, poo pooed any involvement between the two and castigated any who tried to confirm the connection. Even Whoopi Goldberg once said she thought Ayers had “rehabilitated himself,” that sentiment shared and echoed by B HO during campaign stumps.
I have to give B HO credit for quick thinking when he distanced himself from Ayers with,
“This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood … the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago — when I was 8 years old — somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.”
Ending his month’s long silence, Ayers now comes out with a similar sentiment saying that the GOP attack was a
“dishonest narrative ... to demonize me,” adding, “I don’t buy the idea that guilt by association should have any part of our politics. This idea that we need to know more, like there’s some dark, hidden secret, some secret link, it’s a myth thrown up by people who want to exploit the politics of fear.”
I wonder if the name Jack Abramoff rings a bell with Ayers? Of course, since that was a different attempt to steal the presidency, I’m sure such a “luminary” and “distinguished” Domestic Terrorist as Ayers would not need to know of such efforts since no corroborative link between Abramoff and President Bush was established, in spite of strong efforts.
In what I can only assume is an effort to appear “softened” and somewhat “rehabilitated” of his radical bombing domestic terrorist activities that cost the lives of three Weathermen, including Ayers then girl friend, Diana Oughton, he now makes the claim that quotes of him saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I wish we’d set more bombs. I don’t think we did enough,” from 2001 around the time of the release of his autobiography, ‘Fugitive Days,’ are
“neither my narrative nor my sentiment, but the idea was seized upon by the neocon media machine: I was an unrepentent and violent terrorist.” He added, “I never actually said that I ‘set bombs,’ nor that I wished there were ‘more bombs.’ ... I killed no one, and I harmed no one.”
Did he forget that the bomb that killed his girlfriend in 1970 was a “nail bomb?” Nail bombs are strictly “anti-personnel” bombs, designed only to kill, maim and disfigure humans.
Do you wonder if he ever considers the harm he does to 2.5 million American Citizens who served in the defense of South Viet Nam, including just over 58,000 Brave Souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and their families and loved ones when he states,
“I didn’t regret for a minute resisting the murderous assault on Viet Nam with every ounce of my being?”
Or, when he says, “History has shown of the Vietnam War that those who opposed it were on the right side?” I imagine a few million Vietnamese people would disagree with that assessment. Hundreds of thousands more might, if they still were alive today.
In yet another recent narrative by Ayers himself, he states the flagrant lie,
“The war in Vietnam was an illegal invasion and occupation, much of it conducted as a war of terror against the civilian population. The U.S. military killed millions of Vietnamese in air raids—like the one conducted by McCain—and entire areas of the country were designated free-fire zones, where American pilots indiscriminately dropped surplus ordinance—an immoral enterprise by any measure.”
Lies as this has perpetuated the myth of the deranged Viet Nam Veteran for decades now and he claims he “caused no one harm?”
Of that “neocon media machine” he slurs, his claims were made on September 11, 2001 in the New York Times and the August 2001 edition of Chicago Magazine, to mention just two. Neither are what I would classify as either “neocon” or “rightwinged.”
All during the campaign, mentions of Ayers association with B HO would elicit the response shown above that Barry was only 8 years old when Ayers was committing those detestable acts that Ayers now says he really didn’t commit. I recall no one trying to make the claim that B HO was involved in the Weatherman’s activities long ago, just that he was associating with a known and unrepentant domestic terrorist that made the claim, “Guilty as hell, free as a bird—America is a great country.” Yet, Ayers appreciation of this “great country” is to try to bring about its downfall through Socialist programs that have failed in every Communist Nation they were tried in.
Then again, how does Ayers now claim he really didn’t do anything wrong, but make the claim of his guilt and freedom from prosecution? John Murtagh might just feel a bit different about Ayers not really having done anything wrong, as he recalls the night he woke up at 9 years old to firebombs going off around his home, placed by the Weathermen that Ayers led.
Both Barry and Ayers claim they really had no association, to successfully counter claims made about their association. Ayers claimed the only knew each other “professionally,” yet in the same interview, says that B HO was a “Family Friend.”
In the ABC interview, after identifying Ayers as a “distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago,” reminds us that in a new afterward to “Fugitive Days,” Ayers describes Obama as a “neighbor and family friend.”
Is this why Ayers remained quiet all during the campaign, breaking his silence only after B HO’s coup d'état was complete? To protect him from their association?
Then again, how “rehabilitated” is Ayers that he has maintained several radical ideals and ties to Marxists throughout his professorship? What is the possibility, given that B HO expressed several Marxist ideas throughout the campaign, that they share the idea of Subversion of American Youth, Ayers through education and Barry through his Youth Corps.
Newly appointed White House Chief of Staff for the incoming B HO administration, Rahm Emanuel explains some of the Youth Corps here.
There is no claim and if I recall correctly, Barry says Ayers will not be advising him. But then again, Barry said he was bringing “Change” to Washington D.C. and yet, with his appointments so far, he appears to be building a return to the troubled Clinton Administration. Will the “distinguished” unrepentant domestic terrorist find a way into B HO’s ear anyways? Only time will tell.
Might this subterfuge during the campaign be to further the goal of turning our education system into a radical leftist indoctrination system, as was outlined and read into the 1963 Congressional Record by Florida Democrat Congressman, A.S. Herlong?
Interesting yet scary times we live in when a radical like Bill Ayers is regarded as a “distinguished” anything, instead of serving time in prison, where he belongs.
How absolutely hypocritical that Ayers, who expresses and has shown such hatred towards a Capitalist America, is still hawking a book for his own profit.
Could it be that like most other Socialists, curtailing of profit is only for you and not them?
Apparently Bob Dylan was wrong all those years ago. Even with a weatherman, many still don’t see which way the wind blows.