"One of the fundamental threads of this society is that if you commit a crime, you serve your punishment, become rehabilitated and reintroduced into society. Ayers went through this exact process. As he has not continued down the path he once walked, we also should not continue to bring up this man’s past and pass judgment upon him."
Just how far is this statement off-track? And off-track it is; as a matter of fact, it's a trainwreck of monumental proportions.
Bill Ayers never served a minute of jail time for his domestic terrorism. Nor is he a bit sorry that he committed these acts; as a matter of fact, he laments that he didn't do more. Worse, he is now still actively a radical. But his current radicalism is that of instructing teachers at the University of Illinois on the methods of 'small-c' communism and the overthrow of capitalism from within, using Education as his new 'gasoline bombs'.
Sol Stern, writing at New York's City Journal...
The Ed Schools’ Latest—and Worst—Humbug
Teaching for “social justice” is a cruel hoax on disadvantaged kids.
In 1980, Bill Ayers and his partner Bernardine Dohrn came up from the underground—the Weather Underground, that is. It had been a wild ride for the Bonnie and Clyde of the sixties New Left. They first went into combat during the 1969 “Days of Rage” in Chicago, smashing storefront windows and assaulting police officers and city officials in the fantasy that they were aiding their Vietnamese allies by “bringing the war back home.” They spent the next few years planting bombs at government buildings around the country, including in restrooms at the Pentagon and the Capitol. When their little war against America sputtered to a halt, the revolutionary couple rationalized that at least they had not caused any deaths. But three of their comrades had blown themselves up in a Manhattan townhouse while preparing a bomb to detonate at a dance at the Fort Dix army base.
Ayers has acknowledged committing crimes during his underground days—crimes that arguably amounted to treason. Yet thanks to procedural complications and a lack of witnesses, he never went to trial or to jail. A few years after stepping out of the shadows, Ayers reflected on his odyssey in a conversation with journalists Peter Collier and David Horowitz: “Guilty as hell, free as a bird—America is a great country,” he exulted.
Well, Mary, that pretty much covers the"serving punishments" and "rehabilitated and reintroduced to society" aspects of Mr. Ayers, doesn't it? That, and his statement “I’ve been told to grow up from the time I was ten until this morning. Bullshit. Anyone who salutes your ‘youthful idealism’ is a patronizing reactionary. Resist! Don’t grow up! I went to Camp Casey [Cindy Sheehan’s vigil at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas] in August precisely because I’m an agnostic about how and where the rebellion will break out, but I know I want to be there and I know it will break out.”
Ayers obtained an Ed.D. parchment from Columbia University's Teacher's College in the mid '80's; his dissertation: “The Discerning ‘I’: Accounts of Teacher Self-Construction Through the Use of Co-Biography, Metaphor, and Image.”
More, from the City Journal...
With his Teachers College credential in hand, Ayers landed an ed-school appointment back in Chicago, where his father was CEO of Commonwealth Edison and nicely plugged in to the city’s political establishment. These days, Ayers carries the joint titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. One of his several books on the moral imperative of teaching for social justice is a bestseller in ed-school courses. Like many other tenured and well-heeled radicals, Ayers keeps hoping for a revolutionary upheaval that will finally bring down American capitalism and imperialism. But now, instead of planting bombs in bathrooms, he has been planting the seeds of resistance and rebellion in America’s future teachers, who will then pass on the lessons to the students in their classrooms.That agenda is termed Social Justice, but beneath that sweet-sounding term is anti-capitalism, anti-Americanism, pure leftism. Ayers, from his one of his own course descriptions...“Once things were connected,” Ayers’s introduction recollects, “we saw a system at work, we were radicalized, we named that system—imperialism—and forged an idea of how to overthrow it. We were influenced by Marx, but we were formed more closely and precisely by Che, Ho, Malcolm X, Amílcar Cabral, Mandela—the Third World revolutionaries—and we called ourselves small ‘c’ communists to indicate our rejection of what had become of Marx in the Soviet Block [sic]. . . . We were anti-authoritarian, anti-orthodoxy, communist street fighters.”
Bill Ayers teaches the teachers who teach our children. Throwing gasoline bombs into the young minds full of mush, hoping to change to world to his radical anti-American viewpoint.
His best, most well-crafted bomb? His most important student?
Barack Hussein Obama. Possibly our next president.
God help us all.
h/t Jeff Goldstein, "Russian Dolls"