I’ve posted before on the true nature of Bill Ayers’ education philosophy and work, but the State Board of Elections Wall Street Journal (I don’t know what I was thinking) has more on just what Ayers’ agenda is:
I’ve studied Mr. Ayers’s work for years and read most of his books. His hatred of America is as virulent as when he planted a bomb at the Pentagon. And this hatred informs his educational “reform” efforts. Of course, Mr. Obama isn’t going to appoint him to run the education department. But the media mainstreaming of a figure like Mr. Ayers could have terrible consequences for the country’s politics and public schools.
The education career of William Ayers began when he enrolled at Columbia University’s Teachers College at the age of 40. He planned to stay long enough to get a teaching credential. But he experienced an epiphany in a course offered by Maxine Greene, who urged future teachers to tell children about the evils of the existing, oppressive capitalist social order. In her essay “In Search of a Critical Pedagogy,” for example, Ms. Greene wrote of an education that would portray “homelessness as a consequence of the private dealings of landlords, an arms buildup as a consequence of corporate decisions, racial exclusion as a consequence of a private property-holder’s choice.”
That was music to the ears of the ex-Weatherman. Mr. Ayers acquired a doctorate in education and landed an Ed school appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Daley the son has maintained as tight a rein over the city’s Democratic Party machine as did his father, doling out patronage jobs and contracts to loyalists and tolerating as much corruption as in the old days. But unlike his father, he was ready to cut deals with veterans of the hard-core, radical left who were working for their revolutionary ideas from within the system they once sought to destroy from without. There is no lack of such veterans. One of Chicago’s congressmen, Bobby Rush, is a former chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party; Louis Gutierrez, a former leader of a Puerto Rican liberation group, the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, is another.
In this Chicago, where there are no enemies on the left, Mr. Ayers’s second career flourished. It didn’t hurt that his father, Thomas Ayers, was the CEO of the Commonwealth Edison company, a friend of both Daleys and a major power broker in the city.
In fact, as one of the leaders of a movement for bringing radical social-justice teaching into our public school classrooms, Mr. Ayers is not a school reformer. He is a school destroyer.
He still hopes for a revolutionary upheaval that will finally bring down American capitalism and imperialism, but this time around Mr. Ayers sows the seeds of resistance and rebellion in America’s future teachers. Thus, education students signing up for a course Mr. Ayers teaches at UIC, “On Urban Education,” can read these exhortations from the course description: “Homelessness, crime, racism, oppression — we have the resources and knowledge to fight and overcome these things. We need to look beyond our isolated situations, to define our problems globally. We cannot be child advocates . . . in Chicago or New York and ignore the web that links us with the children of India or Palestine.”
The readings Mr. Ayers assigns to his university students are as intellectually diverse as a political commissar’s indoctrination session in one of his favorite communist tyrannies. The list for his urban education course includes the bible of the critical pedagogy movement, Brazilian Marxist Paolo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”; two books by Mr. Ayers himself; and “Teaching to Transgress” by bell hooks (lower case), the radical black feminist writer.
If you haven’t seen the newest star of the Republican Party, here’s your chance!
Sarah Palin will be near the Valley three, count ’em, THREE times on Monday, September 27th.
Here are the times and locations:
J.R.’s Festival Lakes
42830 Ft. Evans Road
Doors open at 7:00 a.m
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500 William Street
Doors open at 10:00 a.m.
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Tickets also available at Harrisonburg Regional HQ, 540-
Salem Civic Center
Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
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Two must read articles from the Wall Street Journal. First, they get to the heart of Obama’s policies regarding the growth of government:
Whether or not last night’s much-improved debate performance helps John McCain rally in the polls, at least voters finally got a clearer sense of the policy differences. For our money, the best line of the night was Mr. McCain’s Freudian slip of referring to Barack Obama as “Senator Government.” Neither candidate is offering policies that meet the serious economic moment. But Mr. McCain would let Americans keep more of their own income to ride out the downturn, while Mr. Obama is revealing that his default agenda is to spend money and expand the government.
Cribbing from Hillary Clinton’s playbook, Mr. Obama called this week for a “90 day foreclosure moratorium for homeowners that are acting in good faith,” whatever that last phrase means. When Mrs. Clinton proposed a foreclosure moratorium during the Democratic primaries, Mr. Obama had said it would lead to more expensive mortgages going forward. He was right then.
The Treasury’s Hope Now program and the Federal Housing Administration are already helping to refinance homes for millions of homeowners. Anyone who isn’t able to qualify for one of those voluntary programs and who still can’t afford to pay a mortgage isn’t likely to be any better fixed in a mere 90 days. Mr. Obama also overlooks that the banks that service the mortgages don’t typically own them. They’re owned by far-flung investors via a mortgage-backed security.
Mr. Obama apparently wants the feds to unilaterally rewrite contracts based on something as undefinable as “good faith.” At the same time, he is repeating his proposal to change the bankruptcy code so judges can unilaterally rewrite mortgage contracts as well. All of this would make credit less available to working families in the future.
Another Obama idea is to give a $3,000 tax credit to companies that create new jobs in the U.S. over the next two years. We don’t know many employers who would hire people merely because of a tax credit that barely covers administrative costs, especially if that tax credit vanishes after two years. And especially if Mr. Obama is going to hit that same business with a whopping tax increase. As he told skeptical “Joe the Plumber” — actually Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo — in his own Freudian slip this week, “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” But there won’t be any wealth to spread if no one creates it.
If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it. Without the ability to filibuster, the Senate would become like the House, able to pass whatever the majority wants.
Though we doubt most Americans realize it, this would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven’t since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all on.
The nearby table shows the major bills that passed the House this year or last before being stopped by the Senate minority. Keep in mind that the most important power of the filibuster is to shape legislation, not merely to block it. The threat of 41 committed Senators can cause the House to modify its desires even before legislation comes to a vote. Without that restraining power, all of the following have very good chances of becoming law in 2009 or 2010.
They proceeded to go through a litany of areas where Democrats would greatly affect the shape of domestic policy, including Medicare, business, union regulation, environmental policies, taxes and free speech.
Filed under: Election 2008, Oddly Enough, Party Politics, POTUS, Strategy and Tactics
Much has been made about the near “miraculous” fundraising totals that Obama has pulled in throughout the campaign. However, about a week ago, some major media outlets started seeing just who it was that donating to the Senator’s campaign. What they found was as disturbing as it was interesting. From the Washington Post:
The Republican National Committee wants the Federal Election Commission to investigate the source of thousands of small contributions to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, a committee lawyer said yesterday.
The RNC’s chief counsel, Sean Cairncross, said that there is mounting evidence that the Obama campaign was so hungry for donations it “looked the other way” as contributions piled up from suspicious donors, and possibly even from overseas, which would be illegal.
“We believe that the American people should know first and foremost if foreign money is pouring into a presidential election,” Cairncross said.
He pointed to a report in the current issue of Newsweek magazine that documents a handful of instances in which donors made repeated small contributions using fake names, such as “Good Will” and “Doodad Pro.” FEC auditors told the campaign that Good Will gave a total of more than $11,000 and Doodad Pro $17,130 — far above the maximum allowable individual contribution of $2,300.
Newsweek also reported that earlier this year, two Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip paid $33,000 for a bulk order of T-shirts from the campaign’s online store. (Those purchases count as contributions.) The brothers had listed their address as “Ga.,” which the campaign took to mean Georgia rather than Gaza. The campaign later returned the money.
The donations included thousands of dollars in excess donations, made in increments of $25, from someone named Good Will in Austin, Tex., who listed his employer as “Loving” and his occupation as “You.” It also cited another donor named Doodad Pro, from “Nunda, N.Y.,” with the same employer and occupation.
Both donors were flagged by the commission in warning letters sent to the Obama campaign by August. The campaign was supposed to have responded within 30 days. But its campaign finance filing in September showed it had failed to refund more than $10,000 in donations from each, although Obama officials say all of the money has now been returned. A campaign has 60 days from when it receives an excess contribution to address it.
Republican officials asserted that if the Obama campaign had missed such obviously questionable itemized contributions, there could be much more in the form of fraudulent donations in the amounts below $200 that do not have to be reported.
The Democratic candidate’s donors also include “Derty Poiiuy,” an individual with a scatological sense of humor who has given $950. “Mong Kong” has contributed $1,065 and lists an address in a nonexistent city. “Fornari USA” gave $800 and listed the address of an apparel store of that name near San Francisco.
The Republican National Committee filed a federal complaint this week, alleging that some of Obama’s small donations are illegal because they come from foreign nationals or exceed the limit.
Obama’s contributions have also exposed a loophole in the law, which does not require disclosure of the identities of donors who give $200 or less, making it impossible to determine whether they are legitimate without a federal audit.
Lawrence Norton, a former Federal Election Commission general counsel, noted that the law was written when “no one conceived that a candidate could raise millions” in such small amounts. “It certainly is a case where the 1970s law is not in step with current campaign fundraising practices,” he said.
Exactly why a donor would use a name like Derty Poiiuy is not clear. “It’s part of phenomenon that we’ve never seen before,” FEC spokesman Bob Biersack said. People who make up names when donating to federal candidates violate laws against making false statements, but Biersack could not recall anyone being prosecuted for such a crime.
Biersack said the FEC cannot conduct an audit unless there are significant questions about a candidate’s fundraising. “Odd names by themselves aren’t enough. A lot of people have odd names,” Biersack said. “I have certain sympathy for that.”
The number of fake names attached to Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign contributions continues to inch up as news outlets and political researchers page through thousands of pages of donor listings.
Turns out, they’re not that hard to come by. New discoveries from a cursory review of the listings include Edrty Eddty, who donated $250 in July 2008 and Es Esh, who gave $325 in July. Esh hailed from this unusual address: “fhdfhdfh, Erial, NJ 08081” Eddty listed his, or perhaps her, employer as “Poiuyttrrewe / Qwertyuio” — the letters, more or less in order, found on the top line of standard computer keyboards.
The AP contacted 123 of those donors — in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland — and interviewed them about their citizenship and donations. The review found that Obama’s campaign accepted contributions from at least three foreigners.
Last December, someone using the name “Test Person,” from “Some Place, UT,” made a series of contributions, the largest being $764, to Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign totaling $2,410.07.
Someone identifying himself as “Jockim Alberton,” from 1581 Leroy Avenue in Wilmington, Del., began giving to Mr. Obama last November, contributing $10 and $25 at a time for a total of $445 through the end of February.
The only problem? There is no Leroy Avenue in Wilmington. And Jockim Alberton, who listed his employer and occupation as “Fdsa Fdsa,” does not show up in a search of public records.
An analysis of campaign finance records by The New York Times this week found nearly 3,000 donations to Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee, from more than a dozen people with apparently fictitious donor information. The contributions represent a tiny fraction of the record $450 million Mr. Obama has raised. But the questionable donations — some donors were listed simply with gibberish for their names — raise concerns about whether the Obama campaign is adequately vetting its unprecedented flood of donors.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Election 2008, Events, Foreign Affairs, MSM, POTUS
Ok everybody, sorry it took me a minute to get set-up. Clogged wireless up here in H’burg (as it should be, with over 75 strong Republicans). So let’s cut to the chase:
10:34 Alright. I’ll post some analysis when I get home, but the short of it: McCain delivered.
10:33 McCain: Welcome to the real world, and fundamental belief in the power of America is what will save it.
10:32 Obama: the thing I don’t know really don’t matter. I’ll figure it out. But I do know it all needs to be fixed.
10:30 So we’re going to tax the same small businesses who are striving for the American dream?
10:30 Oooo, overtime. And we may finally see just how humble these guys are.
10:28 So what about conventional weapons aimed against Israel?
10:26 McCain gets the sham of the UN Security Council. With Russian and China, no non democratic nation will EVER be taken to task for their actions on the international stage.
10:25 Two questions in five minutes?
10:22 So now Obama’s time machine goes both ways. Obama: He can see through time.
10:19 The situation in Russia has gotten away from us. Do you really trust Obama to deal with such a complicated situation? McCain is absolutely right–Putin has formed a cult of personality fused with extreme nationalism fueled by a sudden surge in oil based wealth.
10:16 McCain had a great point–We’re on the edge of doing what we did in Afghanistan in Iraq. Iraq is a synthetic creation of the British; we are on the precipice of having a nation in Iraq that takes responsibility for it’s own destiny. Nationality doesn’t form over night…..even well into the 19th Century citizens of the U.S. viewed themselves as from their states first. This takes time.
10:11 I hope my juice lasts through the end of this debate
10:10 So you’re going to blow up one powderkeg in order to get to another? The situation in Pakistan is not cut and dry, Senator.
10:07 It requires someone who actually knows what’s going on.
10:06 The Obama Doctrine “Eh, we’ll deal with that when we cross that bridge”
10:05 So when you have an open act of aggression by a nuclear power or an ambitious country sitting on top of a powderkeg of natural resources, that doesn’t count?
10:01: Just as a brief aside, I want to point out this important piece from someone who was nearly killed by the terrorism of William Ayers. h/t Powerline
9:56 The free market will develop the products, Senator Obama. Is their unfairness in the system? Yes. But you can find the product you want and get the coverage you need if you’re willing to put out for it.
9:53 As someone who takes advantage of the free market for insurance, you can find what you need.
9:48 Barack Obama has never seen a piece of pork he didn’t like.
9:47 Wow Brokaw. Just wow.
9:46 Mind telling us what else was in those bills? You know, these things are a just a wee bit more complicated than saying “we’re going to fix x.” Logrolling happens, deals occur, and all of a sudden a good bill turns bad.
9:44 When we change, let’s do it as Americans. Let’s know lurch towards European socialism.
9:43 Hmmmm. Curveball. Let’s see where we go.
9:42 Well, see Senator McCain, we can only look at records when you have one.
9:41 Thank you for tackling this one.
9:39 So while we’re handing out all that money, we’re going to nail businesses to the wall? You mean these very same businesses that are PAYING these people?
9:38 Senator Obama: Already planning your re-election bid? Just have to get it out on taxes.
9:37 Here we go. Entitlement spending must be reformed.
9:36 Small businesses like eBay used to be. Small businesses are the economic engine powering what we have left.
9:35 That’s Obama sacrifice: Taxes.
9:34 More on class warfare.
9:32 So where are you going to find the money for this?
9:31 Back on the time machine.
9:30 John McCain: Reforming before reform was cool.
9:28 Either enforce the rules, or grow a pair and be like Leher and just let them go at it.
9:27: Again with priorities. Note what’s not on that list? Entitlements.
9:24: Bringing back the entitlement debate. I’d rather say “transfer payments,” but this is start.
9:22: Bingo. Keep on the reform train. This man has dedicated the last twenty years to honest reform. Not CHANGE. Reform.
9:18: Hop on Barack Obama’s time machine! Nancy: Remember 9/11? Might have caused some budget issues…..
9:13: McCain proving once again why he is best when he’s up against the wall. Calling Obama out as he sees it. Freddie and Fannie heart the Dems.
9:12: Here we go. Accountability for all. McCain has been there. Where has Obama been?
9:10: I’m here with Nancy Barnett from the County Committee. Her point: why does it always have to be about dividing the top and the bottom?
9:09: Again, speaking right to the people. Obama: Warren? Is he your drinking buddy? And what did McCain just say about people working their way up? America succeeds when we go back to those core values in times of crisis.
9:08: I figured Tom would throw the rules out on follow-ups. Word was earlier today that both campaigns were readying for this.
9:07: We needed this. McCain is showing why this is his format. He’s talking straight to the people, and talking about why we need to take a positive step towards stabilizing the house.
9:06: Economy the first question shocker. Senator Obama: Fire the executives? Umm, never heard of the Board of Directors?
|Frederick welcomes GOP ticket to Virginia|
|McCain and Palin to make joint campaign appearance in Fairfax on Wednesday|
|Woodbridge, Virginia (September 8, 2008) – Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, cheered the news this morning that the Republican ticket of Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin will be in Northern Virginia Wednesday morning.
“John McCain and Sarah Palin are exactly the kind of leaders Virginians embrace – conservative, yet independent-minded reformers who are results oriented. As Senator Fred Thompson said, the alligators in Washington might not like our ticket much, but we in Virginia are ready to help them drain that business-as-usual swamp on the other side of the Potomac,” Frederick said.
“With just days having passed since receiving the presidential and vice-presidential nomination, it is obvious that the Senator and Governor are making Virginia a top priority,” Frederick added. “Enthusiasm for John McCain and Sarah Palin is sky-high here; the citizens of the Commonwealth are thrilled to welcome McCain and Palin and to have the chance to see them up-close and in-person.”
Virginia has not voted Democrat for President since 1964, and Virginia Republicans say that streak won’t change in 2008.
The McCain/Palin rally will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 10:00 a.m., at Fairfax County High School. Doors Open at 8:00a.m.
Tickets will be available at Virginia.JohnMcCain.com or in-person by visiting one of the Virginia Victory offices on Monday, September 8th from 12:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. and Tuesday, September 9th from 9:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.
Harrisonburg Regional Victory Headquarters
MCCAIN-PALIN CAMPAIGN RALLY INFORMATION
WHO: John McCain and Sarah Palin
WHAT: McCain-Palin Campaign Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
WHERE: Fairfax High School