Another in our occasional series of posts supporting the candidacy of John McCain as the next president of the United States. Enter “campaign blitz” in our search engine to read the others.
William Ayers was a member of a terrorist group called “The Weathermen” which planted bombs during the 1960s in protest of the Vietnam War. They killed three police officers, including two in the course of an armed robbery, and would have exploded a bomb during a military dance at Fort Dix except that the device went off accidentally while it was being manufactured in New York City, killing the terorrorist group members themselves and endangering scores of innocent people. Ayers would have been sent to prison, but he was freed on legal technicalities involving mistakes by the prosecution and police during the course of his arrest.
In his autobiography, Ayers stated: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” He’s been photographed recently stepping on the American flag. A review of his book, including that quotation, appeared in the New York Times on the same day as the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He currently works as a Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, and that’s how Barack Obama got to know him.
In 1995, Obama accepted the chairmanship of an education reform group that was funded through Ayers’s lobbying efforts. He attended six board meetings with Ayers over the next five years. And a few months after he accepted the chairmanship, Obama visited Ayers’s home, in Obama’s neighborhood, at which State Senator Alice J. Palmer introduced him to Democratic Party powerbrokers as her handpicked successor. The New York Times reports:
In 1997, after Mr. Obama took office, the new state senator was asked what he was reading by The Chicago Tribune. He praised a book by Mr. Ayers, “A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court,” which Mr. Obama called “a searing and timely account of the juvenile court system.” In 2001, Mr. Ayers donated $200 to Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign.
After winning office, Obama has tried to sweep Ayers under the carpet, just as he more recently did to his lifelong pastor when the world learned that man, Jeremiah Wright, was a racist lunatic. The Times reports:
Steve Chapman, a columnist for The Chicago Tribune [who] defended Mr. Obama’s relationship with [Wright], denounced Mr. Obama for associating with Mr. Ayers, whom he said the University of Illinois should never have hired. “I don’t think there’s a statute of limitations on terrorist bombings,” Mr. Chapman said in an interview, speaking not of the law but of political and moral implications. “If you’re in public life, you ought to say, ‘I don’t want to be associated with this guy,’ ” Mr. Chapman said. “If John McCain had a long association with a guy who’d bombed abortion clinics, I don’t think people would say, ‘That’s ancient history.’ ”
Do we think Barack Obama is a closet supporter of terrorism against America? No, and that’s not the point. We not only think but know for a certain fact that Obama would not hesitate to make use of rabid America-haters like Ayers and Wright, and did so, in order to advance his political career. And that tells us two things.
First, it tells us he couldn’t find anyone better, and that means Obama certainly is not the heroic messiah that some people claim, not someone whose visionary ideals and accomplishments made him acclaimed by a wide array of mainstream leaders. And that means the whole basis of his candidacy is a naked fraud. Obama is, in fact, a garden-variety, grasping politico who never did anything before entering political life that could give him a political base that would allow him to kick Ayers to the curb. He used an old-boy network of political connections, largely based on race, to enter politics, not his own grassroots efforts leveraged by public acclaim for his accomplishments. That is the true story of him, no matter what spin the left-wing media might choose to apply.
And second, it tells us that while he’s not a terrorist he’s unquestionably a person of highly dubious moral character. Columnist Chapman has it exactly right. There are some lines that decent people simply don’t cross no matter what, but Obama will cross them when he feels it serves his personal interests. Someone like that can’t possibly provide the moral leadership necessary to stand up to the neo-Soviet Union. Indeed, Ayers is probably a great hero of maniacal anti-American demons like Vladimir Putin. Moreover, before this election cycle began Obama had never spoken out against the rise of the neo-Soviet regime in Russia, much less taken any policy action to oppose it.
That’s why Obama shouldn’t be the next president of the United States. Don’t vote for him.
Sarah Palin was a dazzling success in her recent debate with Joe Biden, confounding her critics and leading the grey eminence of American journalism, David Broder, to observe:
Those of us who know and admire Joe Biden were happy that a big national audience got to see him at his best — a sentimental, smart, decent and generous guy. But he was no better than Palin. She appeared cool as a cucumber, comfortable with her talking points and unrattled by anything that was thrown at her.
Palin has shown her toughness in the face of a relentless misogynistic smear campaign and triumphed. She can do the same when dealing with Vladimir Putin — and she’s been living her whole life in close proximity to the Russian border, so her antenna must be especially attuned to the Russian threat.
Vote McCain-Palin. Right on Russia. Right for America.