A measure of just how profoundly dysfunctional many if not most of the higher education systems in this country have become can be taken with regard to the current professorship of former domestic terrorist (by his own admission) William Ayers at the University of Chicago. Indeed, a better term to describe the circumstance might be subversive. The nation was treated a few years ago to accounts of the idiocy/hate exhibited by Ward Churchill, professor then at the University of Colorado, but it’s no secret that college/university campuses are inundated now by faculty flakes, considered in an incestuous way by themselves to be the sophisticates of the nation, the elites whose ultra-liberal policies, while being incomprehensible to the great unwashed, self-identify them as the logical descendents of Socrates and Plato, while actually exposing themselves as the incarnation of Mickey Mouse.
The latest attention to be drawn to Ayers is remarked by the book Prairie Fire he and his wife Bernardine Dohrn, currently a professor in Northwestern University’s law school, along with two others, authored in 1974, in which the two identify themselves as communists and advocate the violent overthrow of the United States, using the tool of terrorism, i.e., the mutilation and killing of ordinary citizens, a la the methods used by the Muslim bombers. Notwithstanding the fact that the two are hopeless idiots and advocate treason, they are members of faculties of highly acclaimed institutions of learning, paid in part by the taxpayers. Ayers is unrepentant of his braggadocio regarding the bombings he and Dohrn pulled off in the 1970s, indicating regret at the time of 9/11 that he and his Weather Underground thugs did not create more carnage.
This has become important because of the now-obvious close connection Ayers and Dohrn have with Senator Obama, just one element of which was helping launch Obama’s career in the Illinois State Legislature, where his most remembered achievement was voting present some 130 times instead of taking a stand, except, of course, in an instance such as when he voted against life-saving efforts in behalf of an aborted fetus that happened to live (shouldn’t punish the mother with a baby). Obama has tried mightily to throw Ayers under the bus, just as he did under tremendous pressure regarding his pastor Jeremiah Wright and supporter/nutcase Father Pfleger, but these entities haunt him and mark him as a radical, not the “healer” he purports to be. A man’s character is defined by his friendships.
This has nothing to do with academic freedom…it has everything to do with who is allowed to impress gullible teenagers and 20-somethings. It’s one thing to teach objectively about different governing processes, but quite another to do it from the standpoint of having “been there, done that” with respect to criminal acts. Ayers and Dohrn are tinhorn would-be dictators in the mode of Hugo Chavez, before whom Ayers made this statement in a speech in Venezuela in 2006: “Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large." Ayers teaches in the education department at the University of Chicago, and Dohrn purports to teach law. Ayers has not changed by now and had not changed through the years of his close association with Obama.
Ayers was 30 years old when Prairie Fire was cursed into existence, so no slack can be cut him for the crimes committed as a 20-something or younger, when he could have been expected to be dumb as a gourd. He still had that juvenile mindset, the same as that of the skinheads, and has it until this day, as evidenced in his Venezuela speech. He even bragged about getting off, account of prosecutor errors, with the remark: "guilty as hell, free as a bird."
Not surprisingly, among the folks to whom Prairie Fire was dedicated are Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Senator Robert Kennedy in California in 1968 when Kennedy was trying for the presidency, and H. Rap Brown, aka Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin after converting to Islam, former member of the Black Panthers, a group of thugs bent on violating innocent people as a means to an end. Both men are still incarcerated in U.S. prisons. Actually, Brown turned out to be a petty thief and murdered an Atlanta policeman in cold blood. Ironically, Ayers, owning precisely the same adolescent mindset as Sirhan and Brown, is not in prison for his crimes but instead teaches at the prestigious University of Chicago. This is enough to induce vomiting on a grand scale.
The pooh-bahs in the institutions of higher learning have turned their ivory towers into facilities eliciting snickering and ridicule by the vast majority of Americans, who have sense enough to get in out of the rain and therefore sense enough to understand subversion/idiocy when they see it. When unrepentant anarchists of the ilk of Ayers and Churchill and Dohrn are allowed to spread their garbage on the unsuspecting youth of the nation, those who provide their soapboxes are as guilty as they. All the academic degrees in the world do not change this…they, too, are subversives.
With respect to any connection of these people or their philosophies to Senator Obama, the voter has to decide. In this corner, he hasn’t been able to throw his friends far enough under the bus. Indeed, in this corner, Obama seems connected hip-to-thigh with Ayers and his views, not of physical violence (even Ayers knows better than that) but of a societal violence that does mean change, but not the kind that will help the nation. Obama is at least a socialist, and that’s bad enough.