Published July 27, 2010
I believe there's one document that explains the reason for many of the actions we're seeing from this administration. It's the June 18th, 1969 manifesto from The Weathermen.
I know this will seem to many like ancient history, but if you don't know history you won't know where you are and you won't know your future. This manifesto sounds crazy to us, sure, but judging by their actions, there sure are an awful lot of people in and around the administration who buy into the philosophy contained in these pages.
Can you ever remember a time where so many Americans — including the president — have labeled America the bad guy? How many apology tours has the president gone on around the world? Even "Captain America" isn't safe. A movie about the comic character is coming out, but according to the director he "wants to serve his country, but he's not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver."
He's Captain America. If he's waving American principles, I'm cool with that. But even Superman isn't doing that anymore. If you saw the last movie, they changed truth, justice and the American way to: truth, justice — and that's it.
Where is this hatred for America coming from? From people who share the ideology found in this manifesto. It was "submitted" by a handful of Weathermen radicals, most notably Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and Jeff Jones.
The Weathermen were an offshoot of the radical group Students for a Democratic America (SDS). They formed in 1969 and the main goal for their "revolution" was "the destruction of U.S. imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: World communism" and to "achieve the dictatorship of the proletariat."
They talk about Cloward and Piven and collapsing the system from within. This is very important, because that's where we are headed. People in the media will say that these people are not directly connected to the White House. But they won't ask a more important connection: Have the views from the radicals of the '60s, '70s '80s, '90s — and even more recently — changed? What was their pivot point?
These guys wanted to destroy America. What caused them to act this way?
• Jeff Jones grew up in California. His dad worked for Disney and was a pacifist and conscientious objector to the war. His beliefs were not well thought out and he was easily swept into the radical movement when he went to college in 1965
• Bernadine Dohrn grew up in Wisconsin in an upper class suburb and attended college — the time of her first-known dive into radicalism. She's known for uttering this unfortunate statement about the Charles Manson murders: "Dig it... First they killed those pigs then they ate dinner in the same room with them then they even shoved a fork into the victim's stomach. Wild!"
Dorhn, now a respected member of society, says she was "lucky they didn't kill anyone." Apparently she doesn't consider Ted Gold, Terry Robbins and Ayers' girlfriend, Diana Oughton
"people" because they did die in a premature explosion of some bombs they were making in 1970. Dohrn was also an FBI 10 most-wanted fugitive from 1970 to 1973.
• Bill Ayers grew up in the upper-middle class suburbs of Illinois. His dad was CEO of a giant utility company, Commonwealth Edison. He attended an exclusive prep school — maybe that's why he uses such fancy language — but says he "hated every minute there" and liked the "free thought" he found at the University of Michigan. Ayers was key in turning towards militancy. He now says about the bombings that he doesn't "have anything to apologize for. I wish we had done more"
In 1969 they bombed The Haymarket police statue; they bombed several Chicago police cars parked in a precinct parking lot. Then they decide to go underground. In 1970, they were suspected of a bombing at the San Francisco Police Department. It was about that time that the three Weather Underground members were killed when the bomb they were preparing for Fort Dix went off.
Ayers ran from the law and went deep underground. It was during that time he married Bernadine Dohrn. But the bombings continued: The National Guard Association building in D.C.; an NYPD headquarters. And let's not forget the 1981 armored truck robbery which they stole $1.6 million and eventually led to a shootout with police, leaving two police officers and one Brinks guard dead and wounding several others.
Their most notorious bombings were:
• March 1, 1971: The United States Capitol in "protest of the U.S. invasion of Laos"
• May 19, 1972 (Ho Chi Minh's birthday): The Pentagon in "retaliation for the U.S. bombing raid in Hanoi"
• January 29, 1975: The bombing of the United States Department of State Building in "response to escalation in Vietnam"
If there is a turning point in any of these people, I haven't heard it. And it matters. Why? Just look where they are now. These violent radicals aren't just washing cars. We've flipped places. The Man is now the activist and the activist is now The Man:
• Jeff Jones has his own consulting firm that helps "progressive groups achieve their goals." He's on the board of Movement for a Democratic Society, working closely with SDS (which is growing the new Weathermen and Weather Underground — now available possibly in your child's high schools now) and he's a member of the Apollo Alliance. They, with funding from Tides, helped write the stimulus package. Unconstitutional, sure, but Jeff Jones helps decide where your tax money through the stimulus is going
• In 1997, Bill Ayers won citizen of the year award for his work on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge project. He's a professor at the University of Chicago. He served on the board with President Obama at the Woods Foundation. They were neighbors and Obama attended a campaign event at his house. He's now a respected and influential member of society
• Bernadine Dohrn, married to Bill Ayers, she is now associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and was director of Northwestern's Children and Family Justice Center. Teaching kids — that's great. Dohrn (and Ayers) played a key role in organizing Free Gaza Movement, which launched the flotilla whose crew attacked Israeli soldiers who boarded, stabbing them violently and even throwing one over the deck
By the way, they have two adult children and have legal guardianship of Chesa Boudin, son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. Boudin and Gilbert were also former Weather Underground members. Kathy was convicted in 1984 of felony murder for her participation in an armed robbery that resulted in the killing of three people. She later became a public health expert while in prison. She was released from prison in 2003. David Gilbert is still in prison, serving 75 years to life.
Speaking of prison, let's talk about:
• Linda Sue Evans, a Weather Underground member. She was sentenced to 40 years in the 1981 cop-killing that I mentioned earlier. In 1990 she was convicted of other violent acts. Her sentence was commuted in 2001 by Bill Clinton. Today she's out there campaigning for inmates' rights as an organizer for "All of Us or None," a group that "combats the many forms of discrimination that [felons, prisoners and former prisoners], as the result of felony convictions." She's pushing for felon voting rights.
In 2008, Evans spoke at a nice event — the Soros Justice Fellowships meeting, on a panel for prison reform alongside the executive director of the Ella Baker Center, which is Van Jones' organization. In fact, Evans received the Soros Justice Fellowship in 2001, awarded to "outstanding individuals" who will implement innovative projects to reform the United States' criminal justice system.
Soros... Soros... where have I heard that name before?
• Mark Rudd, another Weather Underground member, now teaches at a junior college in New Mexico
These violent radicals have dropped the radical prose for the radical ends. They've been washed, shined up and put back on the shelf as normal members of society.
The most dangerous man in America, Cass Sunstein, says of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn: "I feel very uncomfortable with their past, but neither of them is thought of as horrible types now — so far as most of us know, they are legitimate members of the community."
"So far as most of us know" — who talks like that?
No one is asking the question: Do you still hate America and want to destroy it? And the whole dictator thing, I'd like to call that a crazy theory, but have you noticed the trends that we're heading toward?
During the progressive Netroots convention, President Obama said there's still work to be done:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I'm confident that America is once again moving forward...
Still, change hasn't come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that. It hasn't come fast enough for me either.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
What more is there to be done? Have we not given you everything you asked for in order to "save" us? Health care? Done. Stimulus? Done. Financial reform? Done.
He said he didn't want single-payer. So why do we still have to work on health care? After financial reform, government controls 70 percent of the economy. How much more control do you want? Well, Phase 2 of the Weather Underground plan: Install a dictator.
Oh, I know that's "heavy" — to use '60s lingo — but is it possible? That's for you to decide. The only thing you can go by are their actions.
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