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Your Money: Redford’s Glorified Murderers, or Hero Who Stopped Them?

Larry Grathwohl is re-releasing his memoirs to coincide with Robert Redford's Weatherman ode. (Order the paperback here, and the Kindle version here.)

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Mary Grabar

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April 4, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Bill Ayers, cofounder of the terrorist group Weatherman, was hosted by Minnesota State University as a “scholar-in-residence” last month. (I reported on this, as well as on his appearance at the Association for Teacher Educators conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.) For an ex-terrorist, Bill Ayers has had a comfortable career, and is enjoying an enviable retirement from his position as “Distinguished Professor of Education” at the University of Illinois at Chicago — a few years ago, his base salary was $126,000.

He apparently has no money worries, and now fills his hours doing the things he loves — radicalizing teachers and students. Certainly, a life much less risky than that of a rioter or bomb-thrower, activities that Ayers participated in during his younger days, while hoping that the “red army” would come marching in amidst the chaos, as he wrote in Fugitive Days.

Like one of his heroes, Che Guevara, Ayers likes to boss people around. As much as he talks about “love” and “cooperation,” Bill Ayers likes to order subordinates, especially when it comes to dangerous things. His goal has been — and still is — to aid a communist revolution in the United States. Back then, Ayers discussed these plans with fellow Weathermen, deciding that the Southwest would provide a good location for “re-education camps.” And the resistors who refused to go along: Ayers and his comrades agreed that an estimated 25 million Americans would have to be “eliminated.”

We know this about Ayers because the heroic Larry Grathwohl recorded this statement in a 1982 video (here).

Grathwohl became a Weatherman informant in 1969 after having fought for his country in Vietnam. Grathwohl described his experiences with Ayers and other Weatherman comrades in his 1976 memoir Bringing Down America, long out of print.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of writer and crime blogger Tina Trent, Grathwohl’s book is being reissued, just in time for the release of Robert Redford’s depraved film glorification of the terror group, The Company You Keep.

Grathwohl’s book is a can’t-put-down insider’s story revealing the truth about the Weathermen. Hollywood is instead publicizing the romanticized version, a revisionist history with Bill Ayers portrayed as an idealistic peace protester.

Grathwohl knew Ayers. Ayers’s official title in the Weatherman was — no surprise — “National Education Secretary.” Grathwohl witnessed Ayers giving orders to blow up the Detroit Police Officers Association building. When Grathwohl warned that the bomb would also kill customers — most of them black — in the adjacent Red Barn restaurant, Ayers replied:

We can’t protect all the innocent people in the world. Some will get killed.

Grathwohl also wrote:

He glared at me for questioning his authority.

Grathwohl saved many lives when he tipped off the police about Ayers’ planned bombing, lives of little importance to Redford’s narrative.

Ayers not only enjoyed giving orders for murder, but also liked to order the personal lives of Weathermen. In a reversal to the creed of “smashing monogamy,” Ayers gave the okay to monogamous Weatherman relationships, “as long as it doesn’t take precedence over the movement.” Writes Grathwohl:

Ayers enjoyed delivering these dicta to his subjects. He paced around the room emphasizing certain points by throwing his fist into the air in the power salute.

In 1970, San Francisco Police Sergeant Brian McDonnell died from a bomb thought to have been planted by Weatherman. McDonnell suffered for two days from the bomb, with inch-long industrial fence staples that severed his jugular vein and lodged in his brain.

The 44-year-old police sergeant left behind two children.

Ayers and wife Bernardine Dohrn were targets of the 2003 federal grand jury investigation into the case, which is still open.

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Oh yeah, Bill Ayers, the guy who helped gang rape a former girlfriend of his. Tried to get his brother to join in but the younger Ayers refused. That Bill Ayers. And he's also the scion of a well-to-do Chicago family, so he never really needed money. And his parents backed him all the way. Brother did too, except for the rape part. This is the Bill Ayers whose lady, Dohrn, was ecstatic about the Manson murders, including the depraved, grisly details. I'm sure we're talking about the same Bill Ayers, friend, mentor, and possibly ghost writer for the current President?
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Let us never forget that Bill Ayers was mentor, employer, and political sponsor of the current occupant of the White House.
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MN's higher ed is a PC swamp lost to the world, and it is a reflection of what is being sold to students across America with their obscene white privilege conferences and propaganda. Here is a typical hero-teacher in MN:

"Tamrat Tademe, Ph.D. is a statewide-, nationally- and internationally-known speaker on racism and the "toxic isms," xenophobia, imperialism, Pan Africanism and emancipator multicultural education. He has been recognized multiple times as "Professor of the Year" at St. Cloud State University, most recently in 2010 and 2011. Tademe serves as advisor to several student organizations on campus and was called up to serve as a keynote speaker for the Pan African Student Leadership Conference and the Ethnic Studies Conference hosted by Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2011. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University and co-founder of the Faculty and Staff of Color Caucus."

Multiply that by thousands and then millions. You don't have to be a genius to figure out who the new Jew is to these racial bigots, neo-Nazis in all but name. The new enemy is a man and he is white.
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Great article Mary Grabar which you might expect I would appreciate but I know the time and effort you put into this project and I just wanted to say THANKS.
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Thanks for the informative article.

And: "Larry Grathwohl served his country by fighting in Vietnam. He risked his life to stop the Weathermen. He worked all his life, from the loading dock when he was informing on the Weathermen, to earning a college degree, and then holding regular, unglamorous jobs in security and management. He went to college on the GI bill and raised three daughters. He went to graduate school for educational psychology and testing.

On infiltrating Weatherman, Grathwohl repeatedly says, “I’m not a hero. It’s what anyone would do.”

No, apparently, Mr Grathwohl, it is NOT what anyone would do, as the very slime-mold people you were investigating exemplify.

Thanks for bringing Grathwohl to my attention. I plan to get the book.
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Robert Redford. Bill Ayers. Barack Obama. What do all three have in common? Heh.
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Thanks for the most-recent reminder of why I some years ago told the solicitors at Northwestern University that I intended to not give my alma mater another penny until the law school fired Ayers's wife, Bernadine Dohrn. Every college in the country that employs scum like these people ought to hear that same message from their alumni. It's the only reaction that might finally elicit appropriate action.
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What I don't understand is why he is still alive. Certainly there must be _someone_ with Stage 4 cancer who'd like to donate his last few months on earth to a good cause.
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Yet another reason to get rid of Chicago. Where, oh where is Mrs. Olearry when we need her??
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Hey, I love Chicago. The people there are without options. Just layer after layer of corruption, and what are the people to do? Forget about Chicago. They are lost for now. Focus on taking back the parts of America that are not yet entirely lost. Chicago is lost. New York is lost. California is lost. Maryland is lost. Vermont ... aw, screw Vermont ... What I'm saying is, in these places, the leftist damage is irreparable. Not that there are not plenty of good people there, but the Democrat fix is in. Let them go. Focus on the free states & municipalities that are left.
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It is not accurate to label Bill Ayers as a hippie. He never was and never will be. The hippies, meaning the real ones and not the wanna be's and posers, were pacifist to the bone. Never called for violence at any time. They just wanted to be left alone. Did the dream turn bad in many respects?, yes for sure. Drugs were the undoing of the hippie movement. But the hippies and the New Left, of which Bill Ayers was a part, were distinct movements. I must mention once again the meeting in San Francisco in the late 60's between the hippies and the New Left leaders when the lefties tried to get the hippies to join them against the government. The hippies told them "a plague on both your houses".

I am not trying to defend the hippies because there was plenty wrong there, but some sort of historical accuracy is not a bad thing. The fact that many of the New Left later took on the dress and appearance of the hippies did not make them hippies. The fact that the Manson family took on the appearance of hippies did not make them hippies.

Bill Ayers was and still is, in my mind anyway, a criminal and so are a lot of his fellow travelers and I suspect Redford's movie will be a travesty and he will certainly not get my money.

The worst legacy of the hippies is the drug infestation we all suffer and the rise of the New Age Movement whose adherents have worked their way into all levels of education and government along with the leftists. On the other hand, lots of old hippies have become vocal small government advocates, libertarians and Tea Party members and many became Christians during the Jesus People Movement of the 70's and are still living quiet and fruitful Christian lives.

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Mike,

Hunter Thompson had an amusing piece of that rift between the “sort-of-maybe” Left-leaning Hippie hang-outs, and the Hard Core Lefty Left at a Berkley Protest in ’67 or ‘68….

Seems the Hells Angels were part of the early scene, drugs, bikes, freedom and all that….the “college kids” liked to party, and The Angels could score the stuff… All of them young and distrustful of “The Man”, and for a time loosely associated as Fellow Travelers….but when the protest degenerated into burning AMERICAN FLAGS, the Hells Angels turned on the “college kids” and stomped their asses good.

Thompson instantly recognized what it was… the fracture, the split, between the two halves of the “youth” movement that continues to this day…the “blue-collar white kids”… disaffected maybe, rebellious, yes… but still patriotic and proud of their country, verses the Snobs…the Elitists, the “rich white kids” who used them just as bad or worse than “The Man” ever had, who needed them for muscle, drugs, chicks and cache’, but talked s*hit behind their backs because they weren’t “the thinkers and leaders” of “the movement”. The children of Blue State suburbanites verses Red State Pig farmers, College Deferments verses Tours Of Duty…

Young people who became tax PAYING machinists, welders, and small businessmen, verses young people who became tax CONSUMING teachers, professors, politicians, and Policy Wonks.

Or, as my Company Gunny said in 1982:
“Woodstock? The only Wood Stock I remember in ’69 was on my M-14!”

There was a time when Early Bruce Springsteen songs captured that feeling….Gearhead magicians, grimy and tough on self-made machines of grandeur, capable strong and proud wondering where their country went. How these sissies with no dirt under their nails and no ability to BUILD anything of their own, were now in control of an empire they didn’t deserve. And why your Girl now rejects Real Man you fought so hard to become, and ran off with some contemptible f*ggot in his Daddies Convertible.

Somewhere along the line, Bruce BECAME the music of those contemptible little boys, an Ayres Acolyte a leather costume, pretending to turn wrenches like a good ‘ole boy while profiting handsomely from The Levers of Power.
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For the record, and to add to the history you're citing, "hippies" typically called themselves "freaks." "Hippies" was a label applied to them early on by "establishment" media to try to categorize the counterculture.
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Don't blame the hippies for the drugs. They learned about them from the "grownups." For example, Timothy Leary was born in 1920.

My opinion has always been that a lot of young people of the late 50s/early 60s were clueless and open to predation by older people who were deeply disturbed.
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You ae correct. Baby-boomers were too young to actually start the counterculture. At the heart of this "cultural" movement were the "Beat Generation," actually a handful of degenerates from the "greatest generation." These degenerates wanted to create a larger envelope for their depraved lifestyles, to "legitimize" their amoral worldview, and they succeeeded spectacularly.
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You and Monster are both quite correct in your replies.
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Oh yeah, Bill Ayers, the guy who helped gang rape a former girlfriend of his. Tried to get his brother to join in but the younger Ayers refused. That Bill Ayers. And he's also the scion of a well-to-do Chicago family, so he never really needed money. And his parents backed him all the way. Brother did too, except for the rape part. This is the Bill Ayers whose lady, Dohrn, was ecstatic about the Manson murders, including the depraved, grisly details. I'm sure we're talking about the same Bill Ayers, friend, mentor, and possibly ghost writer for the current President?
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"a life much less risky than that of a rioter or bomb-thrower, activities that Ayers participated in during his younger days." Ayers never did these activities. He was very skillful in getting others to do his dirty work, and most of those people were women. This guy is a master manipulator.
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