The discussion today, with literally millions of voters taking, some for the first time, a look at Sen Barack Obama and his on-going friendships with known terrorists, has prompted me to drag this piece from May out of mothballs.
I won't bore you with the entire piece. It is, of course, available here with all associated links to the original materials.
This will simply be, for those just tuning in to the political wars, a brief synopsis of the main article.When George Stephanopoulos asked Sen Barack Obama about his relationship with former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers at the Philadelphia Democrat Presidential Debate on April 16, Obama dismissed the question. He called it "gotcha politics."
Sen Obama dismissed Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood." Astoundingly enough, that dismissive answer was enough for an inquisitive press, who immediately dropped the subject completely. Now, because those evil conservatives on the far right keep bringing it up, it has once again resurfaced as at least a tangential campaign issue.
So, according to Sen Obama, his relationship to Ayers is "flimsy." Just as his 20 year relationship with the Rev Wright belies his words of dismissal, so does his long-term relationship with Ayers. An examination of that relationship is in order.
In an earlier article at The HinzSight Report I point out the now widely reported connection between Obama and William Ayers in 1995, with the beginning of his political campaign for the Illinois Senate. In that article, I stated:
That 1995 meeting, in the home of Ayres and Dohrn was Obama's introduction to Chicago politics. Ayers, a known former domestic terrorist was a mover and shaker in Chicago politics, and it was known that if you wanted to make it, you went through him. State Senator Alice Palmer facilitated the introduction.
This is old news to most of us here, but is still news to some newly interested voters. That article also delved into the Woods Fund, on which board of directors Obama and Ayrers served together from 1999 until 2002. That was a philanthropic foundation that gave away thousands of dollars, including at least two grants to organizations with terrorist ties.
Then, there is the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Created in 1995,The Chicago Annenberg Challenge According to their website:
The Chicago Annenberg Challenge worked to increase the ability of schools to better themselves by investing in the "on the ground" improvement efforts of networks - schools connected with an external partner organization. Simultaneously, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge contributed groundbreaking research to the field of education concerning how to improve schools. By offering support through professional development and technical assistance, teaching and learning improved, the quality and quantity of professional development increased, and the community became more knowledgeable and better equipped to create successful school reform.
The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was a dismal failure. It did nothing to improve student's educational scores in reading, math or science, but was entirely intended to radicalize education and indoctrinate students to leftist philosophy.
More than $50 million was given by the national Annenberg Challenge Foundation and matching funds amounted to more than $100 million more. The Chicago Challenge was the brainchild of Bill Ayers and two other "educators" and they chose as their CEO to oversee the disbursement of funds and to oversee the progress of the CAC, Barack Obama.
Anecdotally, there is a strong sense of progress and achievement among those closely involved with the Challenge. "There are more and more schools improving the quality of education" as a result of the Chicago Challenge, said Peter Martinez, a senior program officer at the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who has worked closely with the Challenge. "There are more and more good staff development programs, as opposed to half-baked efforts. Overall, there's more movement in this system now than there has ever been."
And yet, when the results were all evaluated, the more than $150 million achieved NOTHING!
But what is important here is that Sen Obama worked closely in an executive position with and for Bill Ayers, a "guy who lives in my neighborhood."
A little more digging into the background of the two, would suggest that their relationship is even older still. Obama's wife Michelle worked at the prestigious Sidley Austin law firm in Chicago from 1988 through 1991, at about the same time as Bernardine Dohrn, the wife, and fellow terrorist, of Bill Ayers.
According to reports from Chicago, it is widely believed that Dohrn acquired her position at Sidley Austin, at least in part, because of her father-in-law, Thomas Ayres, CEO of Commonwealth Edison, the firms largest, and most important client.
To shorten what was a very long piece, allow he to use Bill Ayer's own words, delivered before Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela to perfectly demonstrate his hatred for America and why as a "distinguished academician" we should all be terribly frightened of his association with Sen Barack Obama.
Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana...
..We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution, and I’ve come to appreciate Luis as a major asset in both the Venezuelan and the international struggle—I look forward to seeing how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane...
I walked out of jail and into my first teaching position—and from that day until this I’ve thought of myself as a teacher, but I’ve also understood teaching as a project intimately connected with social justice...
...Capitalism promotes racism and militarism – turning people into consumers, not citizens. Participatory democracy, by contrast, requires free people coming together voluntarily as equals who are capable of both self-realization and, at the same time, full participation in a shared political and economic life...
Venezuela is a beacon to the world in its accomplishment of eliminating illiteracy in record time, and engaging virtually the entire population in the )ongoing project of education.