Bill Ayers has kept a low profile
since President Obama took office,
so we thought he might have gone underground again.
That was until we ran into him in Baltimore on Wednesday
and he lobbed a bomb at one of our editorial writers.
When questioned by The Washington Times during a lecture on racism,
Mr. Ayers went ballistic. "Did you drink the kool-aid over at The Times or are you okay?"
"What I'm saying is ... do you actually have a mind of your own?"
This is ironic given Mr. Ayers' past in the Weather Underground.
In his 2001 autobiography "Fugitive Days,"
he admitted bombing government buildings to protest the Vietnam War.
He remains unrepentant, telling the New York Times in a 2001 interview that,
"I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."
While he used to employ explosives
to intimidate Americans who did not share his radical views,
he has adapted his tactics of indoctrination in recent years.
Now he is a college professor.
Mr. Ayers' current cause is education reform, which he advocates as a distinguished professor of education and senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His books, written with his wife and fellow Weatherman Bernardine Dohrn, include: "Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom" (Beacon Press, 2004); "Teaching the Personal and the Political" (Teachers College Press, 2004); and "The Good Preschool Teacher" (Teachers College Press, 1989). Presumably, Bombmaking 101 is not on his preschool curriculum.
His radicalism and chosen profession bring to mind Oscar Wilde's quip that, "Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching." It is clear that Mr. Ayers has not learned much since his days as a fugitive from the law in the 1970s. He remains as divisive as ever. During his speech last week, he characterized the 2008 presidential election in terms of a race war. "To see the first African-American president, I mean what can you say?" he said. "It was certainly a blow against white supremacy. Not the definitive or fatal blow, but a blow nonetheless." That's funny, we thought it was about the economy, stupid.
His new book, published by Third World Press, is "Race Course Against White Supremacy." The publisher's description on amazon.com summarizes the thesis "that white supremacy has been the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days - and that it is still very much with us." Even though Mr. Obama enjoys approval ratings around 60 percent, Mr. Ayers insists that racism is the dominant cultural factor in America today. "It's very hard not to drag the chains of that history into the present," he said last week. His goal seems to be to keep America's minorities angry, which keeps America divided.
(Corrected paragraph:) Mr. Ayers' views remain as explosive as ever. It's hard not to drag the history of his relationship with Mr. Obama into the present because Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama traveled in the same circles of community activists in Chicago, and Mr. Obama visited the former fugitive's house early in the former's political career. Today the president preaches hope and change, but the Weatherman shows little faith in either.
EDITORIAL: Bill Ayers is back
And he's slamming The Washington Times
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES | Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama
because he is not eligible to be President of the United States
because he is not a Natural Born Citizen
as required by Article Two, Section One, Clause Five
of the United States Constitution.
This is a fact regardless of
where he was born (Mombassa, Hawaii, Chicago, Mecca or Mars).
He is not a Natural Born Citizen
because he was not born of
BOTH OF WHOM WERE UNITED STATES CITIZENS
at the time of his birth.
His father was a subject/ciitizen
of Kenya/Great Britain at the time of his birth and afterwards.
His mother was too young to pass on her US citizenship
according to the law in effect when he was born.
Check it out:
His usurpation cannot be corrected by Congress,
it can only be corrected by his resignation, his removal
by an amendment to the Constitution
which will never happen.
- Leo Rugiens
WASHINGTON D.C., April 1, 2009: In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama's qualifications for the presidency, the group "Americans for Freedom of Information" has released copies of President Obama's college transcripts from Occidental College. Released today, the transcript indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school. The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship. This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama's detractors have been seeking.
The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama's legitimacy and qualification to serve as president. When reached for comment in London, where he has been in meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama smiled but refused comment on the issue. Meanwhile, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs scoffed at the report stating that this was obviously another attempt by a right-wing conservative group to discredit the president and undermine the administration's efforts to move the country in a new direction.
Britain's Daily Mail has also carried the story in a front-page article titled, "Obama Eligibility Questioned", leading some to speculate that the story may overshadow economic issues on Obama's first official visit to the U.K.
In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama's legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey. This lawsuit claims Obama's dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president. Donofrio's case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama's citizenship or qualification to serve as president.
Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the results of their investigation of Obama's campaign spending. This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder. Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.
According to Associated Press story shown below, Obama's tramscripts from Occidential College show that he was an undergradraduate at the school under the name Barry Soetoro, and received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia. I did a search using "Smoking gun finally found."
Here are a few of the websites that came up. None said it was false.