Why Ayers Matters

The media is atwitter today over Sarah Palin’s pointing out something they and their candidate of choice would just as soon went unnoticed: Barack Obama’s history with Bill Ayers, late of the Weatherman Underground. Given the lack of coverage over Ayers, to say nothing of his connections to Obama, one might well wonder, what’s the big deal? Why would anybody care whether Obama was friends with some ex-hippie who protested the Vietnam War, way back when Obama was just a kid?

The answers is: Bill Ayers was more than a ‘war protester,’ and more than simply a ’60’s radical (let’s face it, Obama couldn’t set foot in a college faculty lounge without running into plenty of those). He was much, much worse than any of that.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn–who herself gets way too little notice in any current reporting–were far worse than simple anti-war protestors. They were very much on the other side, actively working for the defeat of America abroad in war and the murders of Americans at home. Among many other crimes, Dohrn traveled to Cuba in 1969, where she met with Huyhn Va Ba of the Vietnamese Provisional Revolutionary Government. In that meeting, Dohrn and other Weathermen agreed to “wage armed struggle” within the United States. In appreciation for their efforts, Huyhn gave Dorhn, and later Ayers, rings forged from the metal of downed American fighter planes.

One wonders whether John McCain’s A-4, downed in Hanoi in 1967, was the source of either ring. One also wonders whether Ayers and Dohrn were wearing those tokens of fraternal solidarity when they introduced Barack Obama to the political world from their home some 13 years ago.

The excuse is often trotted out that Ayers and Dohrn weren’t so bad, since the Weathermen were so incompetent at terrorism that they only managed to kill a few of their own ranks, in a 1970 explosion. That’s errant nonsense. The bomb that destroyed a New York townhouse, and less sadly, the three Weathermen who were inside it, was intended to be set off at an Fort Dix NCO club dance. If you think Ayers and Dohrn and the other surviving Weathermen who were complicit in that planned bombing ought to be considered guiltless because the bombing was botched, you must also think Richard Reid should be set free because he too was an incompetent terrorist, one dumb enough to try and set off his shoe bomb with a match.

Of course, Reid’s incompetence, and that of Zacarias Moussaoui, are not a mitigating factors, nor should they be. Reid and Moussaoui actually got off easy. Both deserve execution; instead, they get to spend the rest of their lives looking at a blank wall in Supermax.

If any member of the press corps had a single ounce of nerve, they’d ask Barack Obama why the same fate shouldn’t have been visited on his pals from Hyde Park.

I’m not holding my breath. When the press mentions Ayers at all, it’s in romanticized terms. Too many members of our political and media elite still look on leftist terrorists as heroes, more to their abiding shame.

The number years that have passed since Ayers’ and Dohrn’s Weatherman days are likewise irrelevant; there is no statute of limitations on terrorism or treason. Another of Obama’s political patrons, William Daley, Jr. of Chicago, has the audacity (if you’ll pardon the term) to shrug off Ayers and Dohrn, saying recently, “This is 2008, people make mistakes. You judge a person by his whole life.”

No, Mr. Mayor, you don’t. Not when those “mistakes” are major crimes.

To restate: Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn should be staring at blank walls in Supermax for the rest of their lives. They are not cute. They are not admirable. They are not innocents who were swept up in juvenile enthusiasms. They are traitors who consorted with America’s enemies during wartime. They are terrorists who bombed the US Capitol, the New York City Police Headquarters, the Pentagon, and who tried to set off a bomb that would have killed and maimed dozens of American servicemen, their wives and sweethearts.

I have no particular illusions as to whether Obama will ever seriously be asked (much less answer) questions about why he ever associated with these two criminals. His flip and misleading answers to date suggest that he considers the question radioactive (as well he should), but the press, in the tank for Obama’s candidacy and still full of romanticism for Sixties “rebels” is fully intent on giving him a pass. Yesterday an AP writer even made the risible accusation that criticism of the lily-white Ayers and Dohrn is somehow “racist” (and while I’m not and probably never will be a McCain fan, this kind of crap is one of the very best reasons not to vote for Obama; four years of hearing “Racism!” uttered as a defense against the slightest criticism is not my idea of a healthy political environment).

Obama’s opponents in the primaries didn’t dare mention (much less criticize) links to the Weathermen; they were too dependent upon the loony Left for funding and activism. So now it’s left to McCain and Sarah Palin to ask the questions that others wouldn’t.

Obama’s canned response that he does not agree with Ayers and Dohrn’s actions as Weathermen is not the point; for whatever it’s worth, I believe him (although I’m not sure I’d believe a similar denial if issued by Obama’s mentor, Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright). The point is rather why any sane American would accept being in the same zip code with these two criminals, much less launch a political career from their living room.

Despite press and candidate protestations to the contrary, Stanley Kurtz of National Review has credibly reported that Obama and Ayers had a significant working relationship since at least 1995 (Kurtz, doing the work American reporters won’t do, had to force a FOIA request to gain access to paperwork on the foundation Ayers apparently groomed Obama to join; the deliberate attempt to hide records from the Annenberg Foundation was naturally not mentioned in a NY Times Ayers/Obama puff piece today). Based on Kurtz’s work, there’s no question that Ayers was far more than “a guy in my neighborhood” to Obama.

So, again, the question to Senator Obama: these people are not just terrorists and traitors, they’re admitted terrorists and traitors, and they’re even still boastful about what they did and why. So why on Earth did you ever so much as say hello to either of them, much less launch your career from their parlor? Are your own politics so radical that you didn’t think there was anything wrong with people who assisted your country’s enemies in wartime, or conspired to kill American solders at a dance?

What does it say about you, and with the Chicago machine that birthed you, and with the media that’s protecting you today, that none of the above seem to be even mildly troubled by the criminal careers of Billy and Bernadine?

Answer: nothing good. And that’s why those questions haven’t been asked. It’s also why those questions matter a great deal.

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14 Responses to “Why Ayers Matters”

  1. NukemHill Says:

    Brilliant, Will. Too bad it’s nothing more than pissing in the wind at this point.

    Short of an October Surprise from the MSM itself, nothing’s going to derail Obama. McCain could go all Ayers/Rezko/Wright all the time in the next debate, and the media would mention it only in passing, as yet another racist attack on The One.

    I’ve never been this despondent about the electoral process. The only glimmer of hope I have, and it’s a weak one, is the poll released by Rasmussen today saying that 59% of the public is in favor of replacing the entire Congress.

    I’ll truly believe that when Pelosi polls below 50% in her district. Until then … eh.

    We need a viable third party. Period. Enough is enough. My vote is for fiscal conservativism, social hands-off-my-private-life, and a foreign policy that stops putting up with the bullshit going on around the world. Obviously, there has to be some flexibility in that last one, but what the fuck. Is it that hard to have integrity and supporting Democracy be our baseline?

  2. Tim P Says:

    Will,

    Great post! You couldn’t be more correct.
    Unfortunately, though it seems as if the fix is in as NukemHill suggested.

    Where I differ is in the hope that the voters will make up their own minds in November and not blindly follow the media’s lead.

    I have stated elsewhere that if you look back to the election of Reagan in 1980, you’ll see he was behind in the polls, he also had to fight not only the opposition, but a hostile media as well. Despite the overwhelming noise against Reagan, he won. SO all is not lost until after the votes have been counted.

    Should Obama win, and for the record, I’m betting against it, he will be a one-term disaster, similar to Carter.

    My fear is that if elected and if a veto proof democratic majority emerges in Congress, we will see the revival of the fairness doctrine and some form of net neutrality act as payback to the MSM for their over the top support. How else will the MSM stem their decline?

  3. Will Collier Says:

    I’ll always believe that Reagan won on election eve, when he bought simultaneous prime time on all three networks to address the public directly, without any filters.

    McCain doesn’t have that option, not least because there are a lot more than three networks today…

  4. Northlander Says:

    Will,

    Very good piece. Kurtz has done a good job trying to dig out information on Obama’s connections to Ayers. However, one individual who I think is further ahead in exposing the tangled involvement of Obama and Ayers is a “lawyer, political scientist and law professor” named Steve Diamond who runs a blog called Global Labor and Politics (http://globallabor.blogspot.com/) He seems to have a very solid case, I recommend people check out some of the links on the right side of his page.

    I’m somewhat hopeful as the majority of the electorate starts to pay attention enough will dribble out to make enough people pause when they fill out their ballot.

  5. bpenman Says:

    Should be required reading by everyone at MSNBC.

    And there are those that equivocate these guys with a right-wing think tank.

  6. Tim P Says:

    Another reason, (anecdotal I admit, but none the less), that I think that McCain just might do better than expected.

    Last month I was in San Francisco. When I told folks I met that I was from Alaska, the conversation always turned to Pailin.

    I was asked if I knew her and what did I think of her. I don’t know her personally, but I have friends at work who do. I told them I thought that she was a good person and the real deal and that the media was totally in the tank for Obama and out to dis-credit her in any way possible.

    A surprising majority of these folks said that they liked her too. Then many of them looked around to see if anyone had heard them and one guy warned me, as a friendly warning, to be careful of what I say while there.

    I think that in the privacy of the voting booth, many who pay lip service to Obama might be voting the other way.

  7. Word | Explorations Says:

    […] Word Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn should be staring at blank walls in Supermax for the rest of their lives. They are not cute. They are not admirable. They are not innocents who were swept up in juvenile enthusiasms. They are traitors who consorted with America’s enemies during wartime. They are terrorists who bombed the US Capitol, the New York City Police Headquarters, the Pentagon, and who tried to set off a bomb that would have killed and maimed dozens of American servicemen, their wives and sweethearts. — Will Collier at VodkaPundit. […]

  8. joel_ Says:

    @ Tim P

    I like that positive attitude Tim. I think anecdotal evidence speaks volumes. It will be interesting to see the differences between the polls today and election day results.

  9. NukemHill Says:

    It will be interesting to see the differences between the polls today and election day results.

    Yeah, but can you imagine the absolute shit storm we’re going to have to deal with if Obama’s ahead appreciably in the polls going into the election, and he loses? This’ll make 2000 look like a walk in the park. I seriously would expect rioting in some of the inner cities.

    Hmm. That makes me wonder more about ACORN. I’d love to be a fly on the wall during some of their meetings for the next few weeks. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they’ve got “contingency plans”. After all, “spontaneous community organizations” may need a little bit of guidance….

  10. peter jackson Says:

    Smashing post, Will, really.

    And Nuke’em, I’ve got my own little political party that fits your description, just click on my name above. I rarely update it anymore because, frankly, I could use some help. I still believe it is a viable concept.

    yours in
    Liberty,
    Prosperity,
    Confidence/
    peter.

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  12. The two Americas | Cold Fury Says:

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  13. dougq Says:

    Word my friend. Fuck Obama and all his blaggard relations. McCain is an imperfect alternative, but Obama is, well… I truly will consider moving and changing my citizenship if my fellow citizens are so bugshit insane that they will elect Barry H. Uuhbama.

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