As most of us were doing last minute Christmas and Hanukkah shopping last week, word spread that Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson had "won" in a charity auction dinner for six with Obama pals and unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, at their home.
The meal is to occur by October 2012 and the proceeds of Carlson's $2,500 bid will benefit the Illinois Humanities Council, a state and federally subsidized (and no doubt left-leaning) nonprofit. But lost amid the jokes urging Carlson to bring a food taster, or suggesting he bring along victims of the Weather Underground as his guests, is a serious issue about legitimizing unrepentant terrorists who targeted America. Carlson should not dine with them.
What is the case for attending? As Carlson wrote the Chicago Tribune:
"I bought the auction dinner because I support the important work of the Illinois Humanities Council," Carlson emailed The Chicago Tribune. "Anything I can do to help."
An articulate conservative like Carlson could certainly cause some discomfort dining with normal people who were his political opponents. Over appetizers, he could point out weaknesses in their liberal positions, then, over tofu foie gras, chide them about Obama's failure in office.
And no doubt, this $2,500 is a sound marketing investment for Carlson's website. Though securing the dinner days before Christmas was sub-optimal from a PR standpoint, the lead-up to the big event will offer many opportunities to drive eyeballs to the Daily Caller, much as his (admittedly gutsy) book party for disgraced felonious lobbyist Jack Abramoff probably did.
But Ayers and Dohrn are not ordinary political opponents. They are literal, not rhetorical, terrorists. Don't take my word for it. But please, take them at their word.
How about Bill Ayers, in an interview published in the New York Times on September 11, 2001, perhaps the last thing ever read by some of the Americans in the World Trade Center that morning:
"I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."
You see, before there was Osama bin Laden targeting Americans in terrorist attacks, there were Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn. Or how about Ayers, again, writing after Obama entered politics, about Ayers' bombing of the Pentagon on May 19, 1972:
"Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them."
Just 23 years after that terrorist attack, Barack Obama would launch his political career at a meet-and-greet in his honor in the home of Ayers and Dohrn.
Ayers also participated in a terrorist bombing of the United States Capitol Building on March 1, 1971. (Thirty years later, Obama would accept a campaign donation from his famous terrorist pal.) And Ayers' and Dohrn's Weather Underground also targeted our soldiers, our police, and other targets.
Ayers even dedicated one of his manifestoes in 1974 to Sirhan Sirhan (among other, as Ayers disgustingly put it, "political prisoners"). Sirhan had gunned down Robert F. Kennedy just six years earlier in a terrorist attack that directly targeted our democracy.
(About the only thing Ayers has said that we should ignore was his famous admonition to "Bring the revolution home, kill your parents." Much like Democrat Ted Turner, father of five, who ignored his own advice that people limit their family size to one or two kids 'for the Earth,' Democrat Bill Ayers was smart enough not to kill his own parents. After all, his daddy was a top dog at a coal-burning energy company, and long before he became a taxpayer-funded professor drone, Ayers needed his daddy to bankroll his violent lifestyle and later get his wife jobs. But I digress.)
Bernardine Dohrn was no less violent or contemptible in her hatred for innocent people and America. She actually served time to protect other fugitive, violent terrorists. Her moral compass can best be summed up with the only words anyone will remember of her once she passes on to Hell. I speak, of course, about her lavish praise for the Manson clan on December 27, 1969 (incidentally, 42 years ago today as I write this):
"Dig It. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victim's stomach! Wild!"
Is a witty conservative really going to make a monster like her ill at ease? Is dining with Carlson really going to make Ayers and Dohrn squirm? Believe that and you probably believe Iran's dictators will abandon their nuclear weapons program out of a desire for "respect in the world community."
These two are remorseless terrorists. The only reason they are not in prison right now is because liberals invented the "exclusionary rule," which punishes innocent Americans, rather than public officials who break the law, when officials gather accurate information about violent crimes in ways that violate the Constitution. (But that's an op-ed for another day.) Ayers and Dohrn skated because of officials' errors and liberal-invented judicial doctrine.
But that does not mean we should treat them as normal human beings, which they are not. They are unrepentant terrorists, and terrorists should be shunned. People should not shake their hands, should refuse to sit with them on nonprofit boards, should refuse to blurb their books, should refuse to invite them to academic conferences, and yes, should refuse to dine with them.
They have made no efforts to atone for their crimes, none to compensate their victims, none to make right the wrongs they did to the American people and our great nation. Until those steps are taken, they should be outcasts, not lauded as wonderful people opening their home to a political opponent to help raise money for charity.
It looks like Carlson either has a mistaken view that sociopaths can feel embarrassment, or is partaking in a deplorable effort to generate page views for his website. More charitably, he might feel that anything that puts Ayers and Dohrn in the news before November 6, 2012 hurts Obama's re-election prospects. But that is foolish on its face. How can a conservative's dining with these two for charity advance the until-now-airtight argument that Obama was wrong to (among other things) launch his career in their living room and accept Ayers' campaign donation and praise Ayers' book on juvenile justice and serve on a nonprofit board with him (that wasted $50 million of Annenberg's money with no improvement of Chicago's schools)? Carlson's stunt would undermine that truth.
Tucker, don't dine with these terrorists. Sure, let them clean up their house, let them cook up a dinner for six (but remember how liberal Democrats treat their political opponents--see item #2), let them gussy up in their taxpayer-and-coal-burning-funded Sunday best, but then stand them up. No call. Just make them eat alone. Don't legitimize terrorists with your presence. The page views ain't worth it.
The writer is co-author of the 2012 Obama Calendar, From Bailouts to Beer Summits.