Obama’s Weathermen – Explosive Past, Radical Forecast
Sen. Barack Hussein Obama was asked during a televised debate about his links to a former member of the Vietnam-era militant Weather Underground organization, Bill Ayers, who is now a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Weather Underground Organization, was a violent U.S. radical left group formed in 1969 by leaders and members who split from the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). They took their name from a lyric in the Bob Dylan song “Subterranean Homesick Blues”,”You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” which they used as the title of a position paper they distributed at an SDS convention in Chicago on June 18th, 1969, as part of a special edition of New Left Notes.
According to his memoir, Ayers became radicalized at the University of Michigan where he became involved in the New Left and the Students for a Democratic Society.
Ayers joined the Weatherman group in 1969, but went underground with several associates after the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970, in which three members (Ted Gold, Terry Robbins, and Diana Oughton, who was Ayers’s girlfriend at the time) were killed while constructing a bomb. The group planned to bomb Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey.
From 1969 until 1975 the group carried out a domestic campaign that included bombing the Pentagon, the US Capitol, police facilities and banks. At least one police officer died and several injured.
In 1981, Weathermen and members of the militant group the Black Liberation Army robbed an armored car in New York state, killing two police officers and a guard in a shootout before being arrested.
Ayers’s interviewed with the New York Times about his book, Fugitive Days: A Memoir, on September 11, 2001, and opens with his statement:
“I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Ayers later explained that by “no regrets” he meant that he didn’t regret his efforts to oppose the Vietnam War, and that “we didn’t do enough” meant that efforts to stop the war were obviously inadequate as it dragged on for a decade; the two statements were not intended to elide into a wish they had set more bombs.
Ayers avoided jail because of prosecutorial misconduct during the long search for the fugitives of SDS, the Weathermen and other radical, anti-war groups. Much like Mr. Obama, Professor Ayers feels he is misunderstood, and much like Barack Obama this statement only comes out once he is exposed.
Professor Ayers has never retracted his statement to the New York Times and to this day claims to:
“have never advocated terrorism, never participated in it, never defended it. The U.S. government, by contrast, does it routinely and defends the use of it in its own cause consistently.”
Setting bombs in the US isn’t terrorism but liberating a country and fighting Islamic terrorist requires anti-war rhetoric. It’s funny how the radical left sorts fact from fiction and advocates peace.
In 1997, Mr. Obama cited Mr. Ayers’ work on criminal justice in a Chicago Tribune article on what prominent Chicagoans were reading. For a year after the infamous comments in the New York Times, Mr. Obama served with Mr. Ayers on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago and had appeared on various panels together.
Mr. Obama won’t discuss how he came to know Mr. Ayers, why he chose to associate with him and what he thinks of his current opinions about the US government.
Ayers wife and former Weathermen colleague, Bernardine Dohrn, has feelings of America that might remind us of other radicals Mr. Obama associates with.
“There’s no way to be committed to non-violence in one of the most violent societies that history has ever created. I’m not committed to non-violence in any way.”
“Freaks are revolutionaries and revolutionaries are freaks.”
The Friends We Keep
The mainstream media has protected Barack Hussein Obama; he has lived a glorious campaign but things are slowly beginning to get a bit rough for the candidate who has gone through little scrutiny. Slowly the past of Mr. Obama is appearing with the help of spiritual mentor’s and even one spouse, Michele Obama.
Rev. Jeremy Wright Jr.:
“I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday. Did anybody else see him or hear him? He was on Fox News. This is a white man, and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out — did you see him, John? — a white man, he pointed out, ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true — America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and The Pentagon, and we never batted an eye… and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
“Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that y’all, not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism. An ambassador whose eyes are wide open and who is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice upon which we are now poised. The ambassador said the people that we have wounded don’t have the military capability we have. But they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them. And we need to come to grips with that.”
“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that’s in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, as long as she pretends to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.”
Barack Obama worked rom 1993 to 2002, with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, Rezko’s first major officeholder patron and a law firm representing Rezko, Rezmar, and community groups in partnership with Rezmar, that helped Rezmar get more than $43 million in government funding. The firm’s then senior partner, Allison S. Davis, was a member of the Chicago Plan Commission and went into business with Rezko.
On July 31, 1995 the first ever political contributions to Obama were $300 from a lawyer, a $5,000 loan from a car dealer, and $2,000 from two food companies owned by Rezko.
Starting in 2003 Rezko was on Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign finance committee, which raised more than $14 million. Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama, and that fundraiser was instrumental in providing Obama with seed money for his U.S. Senate race. Obama has since identified over $250,000 in campaign contributions to various Obama campaigns as coming from Rezko or close associates, and has in consequence donated almost two thirds of that amount to charity.
In 2005 Obama purchased a new home in the Kenwood District of Chicago for $1.65M ($300,000 below the original price) on the same day that Tony Rezko’s wife, Rita Rezko, purchased the adjoining empty lot from the same sellers for the full asking price.
Rezko was under federal investigation for influence-peddling, before Obama bought a 10 foot (3.0 m) wide strip of Ms. Rezko’s property for $104,500, $60,000 above the assessed value, in 2006.
In June 2007, the Chicago Sun-Times published a story about letters Obama had written in 1997 to city and state officials in support of a low-income senior citizen development project headed by Rezko and partner Allison Davis. The project received more than $14 million in taxpayer funds, including $885,000 in development fees for Rezko and Davis.
In 2000, Rashid Khalidi, a former PLO operative who justified Palestinian terrorism as contributing to “political enlightenment,” threw a fundraiser for his friend Barack Obama.
Rashid Khalidi today is a professor at Columbia University and is a close associate of Barack Obama. Before getting his job at Columbia University Rashid Khalidi was a Middle East professor at the University of Chicago, where he befriended Barack Hussein Obama.
In 2000 Khalidi held a successful fundraiser for Mr. Obama.
On Palestinian violence Khalidi glorifies anti-Israel violence as contributing to “political enlightenment”[vii] and unsurprisingly admires those who carry it out.
A top official at the Pentagon during former President George H. W. Bush’s Administration and a former CIA intelligence officer maintains that Barack Obama and former Weather Underground honcho William Ayers funneled money to Professor Khalidi.
Khalidi serves on the faculty of Columbia University in New York and is best known as the professor who invited Iranian President Ahmedinejad to visit Columbia University after he finished his speech at the United Nations.
As director of the Woods Fund board in Chicago Barack Obama granted Khalidi’s controversial anti-Israel group the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, $40,000 in 2001 and $35,000 in 2002.
At a special farewell dinner for Khalidi in 2003 then Illinois Senator Barack Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.” (LA Times)
Professor Ayers lived in the same Chicago neighborhood Obama did, had donated $200 to Obama’s 2001 state senate campaign.
In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district’s influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
“I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’ house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate and running for Congress,” said Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and advocate for single-payer health care, of the informal gathering at the home of Ayers and his wife, Dohrn. “[Palmer] identified [Obama] as her successor.” Obama and Palmer “were both there,” he said.
“Ayers was a terrorist. Bernardine Dohrn was a terrorist. Ayers has never offered one word of apology — he glories in it, thinks it’s terrific. And that to me is not what I would call acceptable or mainstream behavior,” said Dan Polsby, a former law professor at Northwestern who is now dean of George Mason University Law School. “If Obama takes a different view on that — well, OK, that’s data about Obama.”
“When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the living room of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn,” Maria Warren wrote on her blog in 2005.
“They were launching him — introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread.”
When contacted the various Hyde Park Liberals will not make further comments about any meetings between Ayers, Dohrn and other activists only expressing concern that Republicans would use accounts of the event for “left-baiting.” Remarkably, the Leftist crowd now considers Obama a bit too “conservative” for their liking.
We must realize that on the surface Obama and Ayers had “limited” contact but when we put the Obama associations together and his willingness to “talk” with terrorist regimes around the world we see a pattern.
In the 1960s, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn saw themselves as urban guerrillas who just might be able to overthrow the US government and force an end to the Vietnam War. They were members of the Weather Underground, a radical offshoot of the antiwar movement, who went into hiding for a decade after a bomb accidentally exploded, killing three members of the group. (Washington Post)
Ayers was a son of privilege — his father was the chairman of the utility Commonwealth Edison — who decided in the late 1960s that violence was needed to transform the country. After he disappeared, he was charged with joining the bombing conspiracy and with crossing state lines to incite a riot.
Are we to suddenly dismiss the past of Ayers and his wife because of time and connecting dots to Barack Obama? Many would like to present the case that this is old news but the erstwhile radicals are not repentant. Liberals use the term, “social justice” and “mainstream liberal good works” to reconcile the differences of past and present, terrorism and good social activism.
Ayers and Dohrn turned themselves in shortly after their second son was born. They raised Chesa Boudin, the son of Weather Underground parents imprisoned for a 1981 Brink’s robbery that left three dead. Boudin won a Rhodes Scholarship in 2002.
Dohrn pleaded guilty to a state charge and later served seven months for refusing to give a handwriting sample to federal authorities. She told a reporter that the FBI already had a sample, and that she considered grand juries “illegal and coercive.” Today Dohrn is a professor of law at the prestigious Northwestern University.
When Obama was asked about Ayers during Wednesday’s debate, he described him as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” He said he does not exchange ideas with him “on a regular basis.” How about on an irregular basis or are we back into Obama denial.
“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,” Obama answered in his most recent debate.
How old was Obama when Hamas was established, the Mullahs took over Iran, North Korea became an oppressive Communist state and Syria became home to Hezzbollah?
Does this now make a difference? Does Mr. Obama feel his past is not to be questioned, not be analyzed; he is not to be vetted?
Associations become a sum of the total parts of a person and Mr. Obama has links to some very disturbing people. Suddenly the public is asking too many questions and queries to the “colleagues” are not answered.
Obama noted that President Bill Clinton had commuted the prison terms of Weather Underground members Susan L. Rosenberg, arrested with 740 pounds of dynamite and weapons, and Linda Sue Evans, convicted of participating in eight bombings, including the one at the Capitol. Does this make the crime more palatable to Mr. Obama? Bill Clinton commuted sentences and pardoned a host of sordid individual on a pace that set a record for last minute Presidential pardons. Does that erase the crimes?
Obama’s association with Ayers is small but I don’t believe trivial. Once again, Obama has associations with a host of radicals with current and past anti-American beliefs. Mr. Obama has effectively avoided intense scrutiny but the party election isn’t over and Mr. Obama must come clean, which we doubt he can.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson of ABC News weren’t just criticized for their tough questioning of Barack Obama during last week’s Democratic debate. They were flayed, writes John Fund.
According to liberal journalists, all these topics are irrelevant. Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo said they were “frivolous items . . . that presumed the correctness of Republican agenda items.” Mr. Obama agreed, dismissing the items brought up by ABC as “manufactured issues.”
John Harris and Jim VandeHei of Politico.com conclude that the heat directed at ABC News over its debate:
“is the clearest evidence yet that the Clintonites are fundamentally correct in their complaint that [their candidate] has been flying throughout this campaign into a headwind of media favoritism for Obama.”
Mr. Fund continues:
But Mr. Obama, who sports the most liberal voting record of any senator according to the nonpartisan National Journal, has avoided much criticism of that record by implying that any conventional critique of his issue positions represent the tired politics of the past. If he had his way, questions about character and questions about issues would be off-limits.
Obama really needs to recalibrate his sense of moral equivalence. Obama again demonstrated his utter unwillingness to risk giving offense to his own side by pairing off an unrepentant Weatherman bomber with a US Senator; evidently he has run over relatives and is reduced to pitching friends under the bus. Indeed!
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