REDS – Part 3

Continuing on in my writings regarding the radical nature of Obama and this administration…

Bill Ayers
During his campaign, Obama was asked about his relationship with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. Obama managed to duck the association by claiming they were just casual acquaintances who happened to live in the same neighborhood. As the mainstream media was in the tank for Obama, they never really looked any further, or perhaps they really did not care. In any event, Ayers is just one more radical with strong ties to Barack Obama.

Who is Bill Ayers? Ayers was a founding member of a 1960’s radical group known as the Weather Underground that carried out bombings of federal buildings, including the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, spent a decade as fugitives from the FBI, and later would be pardoned by Bill Clinton.

Both Ayers and Dohrn moved to Chicago and became college professors – – big surprise. Ayers has been unrepentant about his Weather Underground activities and said in 2001, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Just this last year, Ayers preached his social justice agenda to his comrades at the World Education Forum in Venezuala. If you are looking for some scary nighttime reading, I suggest you give that speech a glance.

Here are the ways in which Obama and Ayers are connected; you can tell me if you think they are just guys from the same neighborhood.

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Obama and Ayers were basically partners in the Chicago Annenburg Challenge (CAC), the brainchild of Bill Ayers. Stanley Kurtz of the Wall Street Journal did some fabulous investigative journalism on the CAC and reported the following:

The CAC was created ostensibly to improve Chicago’s public schools…In early 1995, Obama was appointed the first chairman of the board, which handled fiscal matters. Mr. Ayers co-chaired the foundation’s other key body, the “Collaborative” which shaped education policy.

The CAC’s agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers’s educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland’s ghetto.

In works like “City Kids, City Teachers” and “Teaching the Personal and the Political,” Mr. Ayers wrote that teachers should be community organizers dedicated to provoking resistance to American racism and oppression. His preferred alternative? “I’m a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist,” Mr. Ayers said in an interview in Ron Chepesiuk’s, “Sixties Radicals,” at about the same time Mr. Ayers was forming CAC.

CAC translated Mr. Ayers’s radicalism into practice. Instead of funding schools directly, it required schools to affiliate with “external partners,” which actually got the money. Proposals from groups focused on math/science achievement were turned down. Instead CAC disbursed money through various far-left community organizers, such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Mr. Obama once conducted “leadership training” seminars with ACORN, and ACORN members also served as volunteers in Mr. Obama’s early campaigns. External partners like the South Shore African Village Collaborative and the Dual Language Exchange focused more on political consciousness, Afrocentricity and bilingualism than traditional education. CAC’s in-house evaluators comprehensively studied the effects of its grants on the test scores of Chicago public-school students. They found no evidence of educational improvement.

CAC also funded programs designed to promote “leadership” among parents. Ostensibly this was to enable parents to advocate on behalf of their children’s education. In practice, it meant funding Mr. Obama’s alma mater, the Developing Communities Project, to recruit parents to its overall political agenda….

Mr. Ayers’s defenders claim that he has redeemed himself with public-spirited education work. That claim is hard to swallow if you understand that he views his education work as an effort to stoke resistance to an oppressive American system. He likes to stress that he learned of his first teaching job while in jail for a draft-board sit-in. For Mr. Ayers, teaching and his 1960s radicalism are two sides of the same coin.

Mr. Ayers is the founder of the “small schools” movement (heavily funded by CAC), in which individual schools built around specific political themes push students to “confront issues of inequity, war, and violence.” He believes teacher education programs should serve as “sites of resistance” to an oppressive system. (His teacher-training programs were also CAC funded.) The point, says Mr. Ayers in his “Teaching Toward Freedom,” is to “teach against oppression,” against America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation.

Along with Ayers, Obama led the CAC from 1995 to 1999, and remained on the board until 2001. Under his reign, the CAC poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists, including avowed communist Michael Klonsky, a close friend of Ayers and member of the militant Students for a Democratic Society.

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While working on the Annenburg project, Ayes and Obama also served together on a second charitable foundation, the Woods Fund. Through the Woods Fund, Obama and Ayers funneled money to Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church as well as to Rashid Khalidi, a Yassar Arafat protégé in the PLO and close friend of the Obamas.

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Barack Obama’s first run for the Illinois Senate was launched at the home of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

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Jack Cashill, a fabulous conservative writer, makes a very strong argument that Obama’s first book, Dreams From My Father, was in fact ghost-written by Bill Ayers. If you think this sounds crazy, I recommend you go to cashill.com as he explains in great detail why he believes this is the case.

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to be continued…

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