Listen to the way Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, talk and see if it doesn’t sound like your typical anti-American leftist. Remember, these two are close to Obama, regardless of his attempts to deny the association.
Cliff Kincaid reports, via aim.org:
When comics Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced their rallies on the national mall scheduled for this Saturday, they may not have expected—or wanted—an endorsement from Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. But Ayers told the Ford Motor Company-sponsored Green Festival in Washington, D.C. last Saturday that the event will be a needed respite from the “Alice in Wonderland” world of military domination of the planet and wars waged by the U.S. “empire.”
The October 30 Stewart/Colbert rallies, dubbed “Restore Sanity” and “Keep Fear Alive,” are “worth attending,” Ayers said.
Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, once labeled a “violent maniac” by a former gang member in congressional testimony, turned deadly serious at the Green Fest in declaring that the U.S. was no longer a “hegemonic power” because of its economic decline but that its military strength was still a major problem in the world.
Sounding as anti-American as ever, Dohrn and Ayers complained about U.S. military aid to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Israel, and U.S. backing for “repressive” regimes.
Ayers, who is retiring as an education professor for the University of Illinois, encouraged the audience to focus on “community power,” such as what they can accomplish in “the classroom.” He said, “This is the only power we have access to.”
At the sparsely-attended event, Ayers declared that “education is a human right” and put his faith in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
Offering something for the “Green Americans” in attendance, Dohrn said that Americans have to learn to “live differently.”
That sounds like something Michelle Obama has said.
Appearing together on stage in a talk show format, the efforts by Ayers and Dohrn to gin up the crowd mostly fell flat, in part because the acoustics in a location in the Washington Convention Center made it difficult for many to hear what was actually being said. Even Ayers complained about an inability to hear the questions.
However, questions from this columnist about their communist terrorist backgrounds were heard clearly and denounced by Dohrn as a “pack of lies.” The questions concerned Dohrn’s praise of the Manson Family murders and a book they wrote that was dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of anti-Vietnam War candidate Robert F. Kennedy.
Dohrn griped that they have become “pawns” against their old friend and associate, President Obama, and that critics of Obama have been trying to depict them as “insane” and “murderers.”
They didn’t mention it, but Ayers and Dohrn had staged a fundraiser for Obama when he began his political career by running for the Illinois State Senate. Ayers and Obama served on a board and appeared at functions together. During the campaign, however, Obama tried to play down his relationship with the terror couple.
“We did a lot of things wrong,” looking back at the time when she and Ayers were in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Weather Underground, but were on “the right side of history,” Dohrn claimed.
Dohrn may have had some of her former comrades in her mind when she urged the abolition of prisons, calling them an American “gulag.” She also mentioned that she is currently working with a group known as “Ella’s Daughters” in Chicago on “gender” issues.
In response to a question from a European in the audience, Ayers said “we look with envy” at the protests and demonstrations in such countries as Greece and France, led by the Communists, against budget cuts. Activists in the U.S. should “learn something” from the protests, he said.
The hand-outs that blogger Trevor Loudon and I had distributed at the Green Fest called attention to how Ayers and Dohrn had signed a book dedicated to the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, the leading anti-Vietnam War candidate in 1968. Some of the hand-outs were confiscated by embarrassed leftists before some members of the audience had a chance to see them.
Dohrn would not specifically comment on her well-publicized praise, when she was a 1960s activist, of the Manson Family murders, in which drug-crazed hippies loyal to psychopath Charles Manson murdered a pregnant movie actress, Sharon Tate, by sticking a fork in her womb.