William Ayers says He’s a Family Friend of the Obama’s
This just out in the November 14th edition of the Chicago Tribune:
In a new afterword to his memoir, 1960s radical William Ayers describes himself as a “family friend” of President-elect Barack Obama and writes that the campaign controversy over their relationship was an effort by Obama’s political enemies to “deepen a dishonest narrative” about the candidate. <snip>
He’ll appear Friday on “Good Morning America” to promote the re-issue of his book this week. The Tribune obtained a copy of the updated material.
In it, Ayers — who did not respond to requests for comment — summarized his relationship with Obama: “[W]e had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign.”
Ayers lamented that his relationship with Obama became an issue.
“The more serious point is that Obama was asked once more to defend something that ought to be at the very heart of democracy: the importance of talking to many people in this complicated and wildly diverse society, of listening with the possibility of learning something new, of speaking with the possibility of persuading or influencing others. … In a robust and sophisticated democracy, political leaders, indeed, all of us, would seek out ways to talk with many people who hold dissenting, even radical, ideas.”
What? “Knew one another as neighbors and family friends.” Should engage each other even those with radical ideas? Hmmm, doesn’t seem like that’s what we heard before the election.
The reason I find this so disturbing is not because I think Barack Obama “palled around with a domestic terrorist” (Palin’s description on the campaign trail). There is absolutely no doubt that during the 60s and 70s, William Ayers was a domestic terrorist, but let us remember that the Vietnam War was a very turbulent time in this country. Anti war movements were everywhere; drug use ran rampant. In some respects, the youth of our country during that time were not in their right mind for many reasons. I am not offering excuses for them, but an understanding.
The reason I find a relationship between William Ayers and Barack Obama so disturbing is what William Ayers represents today. It’s not that Ayers was a domestic terrorist, it is that he, today, remains a man with a radical left agenda with the purpose of indoctrinating our youth. William Ayers believe it or not is a very honest guy. He speaks openly about his current beliefs.
In interviews held in April 2002, William Ayers stated the following:
I considered myself partly an anarchist then and I consider myself partly an anarchist now. I mean I’m as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist which is to say you know I find a lot of the ideas in anarchism appealing.
During a time where both William Ayers and Barack Obama attended a conference in April of 2002, Ayers stated:
I’m very open about what I think and nobody here is surprised about what I think. But at the same time, there is a struggle over various religious fundamentalism, Jihad being the most visible. But the religious fundamentalism of the Christians and the Jews is equally as troubling.
Is one of those regrets that I took extreme measures against the United States at a time of tremendous crisis, no it is not. I don’t regret that. The people of the world are being exploited and oppressed and militarized by the great imperialist powers led by the United States, that is the situation today in my view. It’s a situation we should all be horrified at and we should all oppose.
The White Panther party was a group of cultural revolutionaries mainly. They were are artists and anarchists and drug, dope smokers and a really good group of people. We create felons by having these archaic puritan drug laws that make no sense whatsoever in any logical way so in that sense I still feel like an anarchist. I don’t feel like the rules apply and if they don’t apply, I don’t feel like you should follow them.
I wanted to give you a little taste of William Ayers, but there are many videos and audios on YouTube where William Ayers is very forthcoming with his views. In the link I’ve given you above the video goes on to make comparisons between William Ayers’ beliefs and those of Barack Obama, and I encourage you to watch it in its entirety.
So the question really becomes is William Ayers the type of person that you would have as a family friend? Again, I appreciate Mr. Ayers honesty and that he is not one to hide his views, but seriously should the President-elect of the United States of America be a family friend of this man? And why does this family friend relationship information come to us after the election? Will the main stream media finally investigate this relationship? How many times do the American people need to be lied to before they wake up and understand the associations in Mr. Obama’s recent past?
You know the answers to these questions. Those who pay attention and do not take their spoon feeding from the main stream media know the answers to these questions.