Bill Ayers – Obama Connection Suddenly the Topic of the Month

Here’s what is utterly fascinating to me about the Bill Ayers story: that it’s become such an open topic, after the election, while it was so taboo prior to Nov. 4. Some might argue that this is because Ayers himself was silent until Obama was elected, but that’s obvious hogwash: the press lives for the opportunity to expose precisely those stories where one party is so recalcitrant. That is, when such a story won’t harm their Leftist agenda.

Now, as far as the story itself goes, I find Ayers a rather morbidly comical figure. He’s blatantly dishonest, of course; that much is to be expected from someone with his philosophy. It’s also a bit funny to see him so puffed up with a sense of his own importance, where the only validly important news about him would be his execution for his previous crimes (I believe in the concept of double jeopardy, but I’d be happy to suspend it in Ayers’s case). However, the way the story presents the alleged “facts” is a stellar example of abject evil.

Some bits, if you can stomach them:

Anti-Vietnam War activist William Ayers spoke out for the first time Friday, calling the Republican effort to tie him to President-elect Barack Obama during the election campaign a “dishonest narrative” with the intent of “demonizing” Ayers.

Of course, nobody needs to “demonize” Ayers. If there were such a thing as the supernatural embodiment of evil, Ayers would be a prime candidate.

Republicans pushed Democrat Obama’s “association” with Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground, which bombed the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and other targets in the early 1970s. [Emphasis added.]

Love the scare quotes. I mean, come on: there was an association between Ayers and Obama. That much is clear. Ayers admittedly hosted an Obama event at his house, they did work for the same organizations, they did have political dealings together, etc., etc. These particular scare quotes represent precisely the sort of snide, superior Leftist sneer that makes me want to toss my cookies. Even worse, of course, is that they get away with it.

Of course, Palin is responsible for this particular red herring. By using the term “palling around” to describe their relationship, she gave the press the perfect opening to obfuscate the entire issue. The problem was that Ayers and Obama were “friends.” Rather, the problem was that they shared a common political agenda for so many years. Were they merely friends, one could certainly question Obama’s personal values. Given their common political objectives, however, one must seriously question Obama’s fitness for President. Of America, at least.

Then there’s the repetition of the usual canard:

Asked about the issue in his final debate with McCain, Obama, who was 8 years old at the time of the Weather Underground bombings, said he has “roundly condemned those acts.”

Had Hitler survived into his retirement years, or perhaps into a post at an American university (not too unlikely, given the evidence), and had someone been appointed to the same boards as Hitler of two organizations, and had Hitler hosted a coming out party for said someone, and had that someone then gone on to run for President… Would that someone be able to get away with claiming that he was “only 8 years old when the Holocaust was committed”? Or would that particular red herring be exposed? Perhaps it would have been, because Hitler was a fascist, not a communist.

The third red herring:

“Mr. Ayers is not involved in my campaign, he has never been involved in this campaign, and he will not advise me in the White House,” [Obama] said.

Again, it’s not important whether Ayers was active in the Obama campaign, or whether he would be active in Obama’s administration. Nobody would assert that Obama is that stupid. Rather, what’s important is that Obama shared common values with Ayers during an important part of his political development. 

Since the coffee meeting, Ayers and Obama served together on the boards of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Ayers said the relationship was never more than civic-minded and professional. [Emphasis added.]

Precisely.

“This idea that we need to know more, like there’s a dark hidden secret, a secret link, is just a myth,” Ayers said. “And it’s a myth thrown up by people who kind of wanted to exploit the politics of fear, and I think it’s a great credit to the American people that those politics were rejected.” [Emphasis added.]

No, the credit goes squarely to the mainstream media. And, I simply refuse to consider the notion that any credit does indeed go to the American people. That’s just too damned depressing.

And here’s the most appalling whitewash imaginable:

Ayers turned himself in to federal authorities in 1980 to face charges of inciting to riot and conspiring to bomb government buildings, but charges against him were dropped.

The Weather Underground bomb at the Pentagon went off in a women’s restroom on the Air Force wing, causing extensive flooding that destroyed some classified computer tapes. The Capitol bomb was set in a men’s restroom and caused about $100,000 in damage.

Both bombs were preceded by warnings that they would take place and caused no injuries or deaths, as was the case with about 20 other bombings for which the group claimed responsibility.

Three Weather Underground members were killed in 1970, however, when the bomb they were building exploded prematurely.

First, charges against him weren’t simply “dropped.” He was let go on legal technicalities regarding the gathering of evidence, and he openly admits his involvement. Second, and more important: it might be true that 20 other bombings for which the group claimed responsibility resulted in no injuries or deaths.

However:

The Weather Underground was responsible for bombing several government targets throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, and a building used by the New York City Police Department. To finance their domestic terrorism activities the group also conducted “traditional” robberies, which occasionally led to murder.

What you don’t usually hear in modern-day news coverage of the group, is that three of those murders were of police officers killed in the line of duty.

On February 16, 1970, a bomb exploded at a San Francisco, California, Police Department substation, fatally wounding Sergeant Brian McDonnell. McDonnell died of his wounds two days later. A second officer, Robert Fogarty was partially blinded by the bomb’s shrapnel. Although the case has never officially been solved, members of the Weather Underground, including Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were prime suspects.

On October 20, 1981, several members of the Weather Underground undertook the robbery of a bank to finance their terrorist activities. During the robbery the group murdered an armored car guard and two members of the Nyack, New York, Police Department – Officer Waverly Brown and Sergeant Edward O’Grady,. a Vietnam War veteran. Unlike with Sergeant McDonnell’s murder, this case was quickly solved and several members of the group were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

This CNN article, and others like it, obfuscate the truth by making impartial statements and explicitly omitting vital pieces of evidence. It took me less than a minute to track down the bit of additional information above; certainly, the writer of this article could have done the same.

It’s articles like this that make me reaffirm my position that the mainstream media is perhaps the most deadly influence in our current political arena. The Leftists currently in power are bad, of course, and left to their own devices will accomplish tremendous damage to what’s left of freedom in this country. They would be powerless, though, in the face of their own evil, if the mainstream media were to report something even approaching the objective truth.

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