Bill Ayers the “respectable” “mainstream” communist eliminationist…
…whom FBI informant Larry Grathwohl notes, in the 1982 documentary No Place To Hide, had, along with his Weather Underground colleagues, dreams of a communist takeover of the US — one in which 25 million people would be eliminated.
And they were serious.
But what the hell. It’s not like they were able to pull it off, right? Instead, they only managed a few bombings, some organized vandalism, domestic terrorism — you know, minor revolutionary stuff. Oh. And the launching of Obama’s political career.
So, like, no harm, no foul.
Doubtless you’ve all heard this by now, but on the off chance you haven’t, ZombieTime has acquired and scanned portions of a copy of Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism (1974), written by Weather Underground members Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, Billy Ayers, and Celia Sojourn.
Just because Ayers tries to appear respectable now doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a violent revolutionary in the past. In fact, as the text of Prairie Fire shows, Ayers was one of the most extreme extremists in American political history. And as the links given as the end of this essay will prove, Ayers is just as politically radical now as he was back then. He has never renounced the political views he professed in the 1960s and 1970s. The only difference is that now he no longer commits violence to achieve his goals. After his stint as the leader of the Weather Underground, he shifted to a different tactic: to spread his ideology under the aegis of academia. But the goal remains the same: to turn America into a communist nation. Ayers’ contemporary writings contain many of the same ideas (and even the same phrases) found in Prairie Fire, just toned down to make them more palatable in polite society.
This tactic of waxing over the ugly cracks in an ideology to give it a soft smooth plastic sheen, as I’ve come to call it, is Alinsky’s Chapstick.
And it is part of a long-term strategy that became evident at the very outset of the PC movement.
Listen: this country and its foundational principles are at a crossroads. And it is simply willful blindness to believe that Ayers and co. have changed their radical stripes — or that Barack Obama wasn’t recruited, nurtured, trained, packaged, and marketed by Ayers and his fellow travelers — many of whom were active in the New Party, just as before that they were active members of the New Left.
Remember, these are people who spent years studying the inglorious defeat of their beloved “movement” of the late 60’s (culminating in the 1972 reelection of Nixon), concluding not that communism or anti-Americanism is wrong, but rather that the way forward for their agenda was to undermine our institutions and the very epistemological paradigm under which we operate, and — by way of Alinsky — to consolidate power by cultivating a bright “clean,” articulate, “progressive” candidate with the proper identity politics credentials to act as their national Trojan Horse.
We are only a few weeks away from potentially electing the chosen candidate of Bill Ayers, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and the remainder of the moldering radicals whose last political efforts will be in the service of the glorious cause — the handpicked protege of a man who at one point plotted, along with his fellow WU members, the elimination of 25 million stubborn capitalists who refused their proper re-education.
Bill Ayers was not just some idealistic young kid who was against the war in VietNam. Instead, he agitated for a communist victory, and has spent the years since working on weakening bourgeois institutions from within.
Barack Obama has helped him in that regard.
So when Chris Buckley, David Frum, Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, Colin Powell, Rich Brookhiser, and the rest of the “right wing” beltway political romantics pull that lever for Obama in November, we should never forget who and what they have chosen to vote for — all so they can lay claim to the “winning side,” all for the chance at “access.”
CNN made a similar deal with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, as I recall.
Personally, I hope they each choke on it shame. Like Andrew Sullivan, they have about as much claim to “conservative” principles as does Jimmy Carter or Hugo Chavez.
And I, for one, won’t forget it.