Many Democrats have been blowing off the McCain campaign’s attempts to bring to light Barack Obama’s true relationship with Bill Ayers, head of the left-wing terrorist organization Weather Underground in the 1960’s. They say that Obama was 8, he had nothing to do with the attacks, Ayer’s is just an old reformed radical.
And there is some truth to that. Obama cannot be held morally responsible for Ayer’s actions. That would just be irresponsible for Republicans to make that claim. The larger, and far more important issue, is Ayer’s current work, and his vision for American education. From Investor’s Business Daily:
“School reformer” is how Brokaw identified the co-founder of the Weather Underground, the radical organization that, among other activities, bombed government buildings, banks, police departments and military bases in the early 1970s.
Yeah, right: Ayers is a school reformer in the same sense, as City Journal’s Sol Stern put it, as Joe Stalin was an agricultural reformer.
An idea of what Ayers has in mind for America’s schools was provided in his own words not 40 years ago when Obama was eight years old, but less than two years ago in November 2006 at the World Education Forum in Caracas hosted by dictator Hugo Chavez.
With Chavez at his side, Ayers voiced his support for “the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . . . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.”
Ayers told the great humanitarian Chavez: “Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions large and small. La educacion es revolucion.” It is that form of socialist revolution that Ayers, and Obama, have worked to bring to America.
Ayers, now a tenured Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, works to educate teachers in socialist revolutionary ideology, urging that it be passed on to impressionable students.
As Stern points out, “Ayers and his education school comrades are explicit about the need to indoctrinate public school children in the belief that America is a racist, militarist country and that the capitalist system is inherently unfair and oppressive.”
If Ayers was just another nutty professor, we’d be lucky. But he wields great influence in academic circles and has had Obama’s ear. He’s the author or editor of 15 books. Chicago’s current mayor, Richard M. Daley, has employed Ayers as a teacher trainer for Chicago’s public schools and consulted him on the city’s education-reform plans.
Look closer. Ayer’s agenda remains a radical one, even if he has embraced the pragmatism of Saul Alinksy’s world view in his old age. Insiders have repeatedly admitted that Ayers served as the “guiding light” of the Chicago Annenberg Foundation, and Ayers’s own projects have recieved funding. One such project:
One of Ayers’ descriptions for a course called “Improving Learning Environments” says a prospective K-12 teacher needs to “be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and . . . be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, teaching for social justice and liberation.”
I’ll let that speak for itself.
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