Amid the much louder and vitriolic hatred frothing forth from Krugman, Rich, and Blow, the images almost slipped by entirely unnoticed.
Nestled alongside an article asking “When Does Political Anger Turn to Violence?,” the New York Times made an overt comparison between the terrorists of the Weather Underground during the “Days of Rage” in Chicago and modern-day tea party protesters. It came in a pair of pictures on the sidebar, accompanied by a bitter caption under the photos that was far from subtle:
VARYING DEGREES OF RAGE: The Weathermen, including Bill Ayers, second from right, during the Days of Rage in 1969, and anti-health reform protesters in Washington on Sunday.
What marvelous anger roils beneath the facade of the ceramic and glass asylum on Eighth Avenue! Behold the occlusion in the heart of American politics, as an imperious old grey lady — bitter, angry, distrusted, and unloved — goes ignored despite her rantings. In a now continuous cacophony of conniptions, the Times has stretched its credibility well beyond its point of elasticity. It now serves as little more than a reassuring echo in the minds of those frantic to choke out the voices they wish not to hear.
The attempt was to tie the peaceful tea party protesters of today to the orchestrated violence of the Days of Rage. Those riots were organized by the Weather Underground — a domestic terrorist group led by by a group of radicals including Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Barack Obama’s murderous neighbors and fundraiser hosts. Just days before the riots “officially” began, a bomb claimed by the Weathermen blew apart a monument to those killed in the Haymarket affair.
It was one of many bombs planted by the Weathermen, a group of enraged left-wing ideologues who reveled in violence and thoughts of politically driven genocide. They cared not for the innocents they would kill if their plans succeeded. Their plot to bomb an enlisted officers’ dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey, would likely have been the most deadly domestic terrorist attack in the United States prior to Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Murrah Federal Building if it had taken place as planned. Only the bomber’s ineptitude kept that plot to kill hundreds of soldiers and their dates from succeeding. The premature detonation killed several Weathermen and leveled a Greenwich Village townhome.
Only the warning of an FBI informant and dumb luck kept similar bombs from killing scores of Detroit police officers and civilians. Bill Ayers found the “collateral damage” of mostly black families at a crowded nearby diner to be acceptable losses; finding another target, changing the timing to avoid a less than optimal number of deaths, or scaling back the attack would be “unrevolutionary.”
The same FBI informant who did so much to infiltrate and undermine the Weathermen still keeps an eye on the group and bristles at the comparison between the domestic terrorists he infiltrated and the tea party movement the Times is so desperate to smear. Larry Grathwohl, the only man able to infiltrate the Weathermen when they were at their most bloodthirsty, has a few words he would like to share with the editors of the New York Times for their dishonorable smearing of the tea party movement:
I have read the NY Times article “When Does Political Anger Turn to Violence?” and fail to see any comparison between the tea party movement and the Weathermen of bombings and underground attacks on the government of the United States.
Please note that the photograph displayed in this article is from the Weathermen attack on the city of Chicago. This was a planned and deliberate attack on property and individuals resulting in one person being paralyzed from the neck down. The Weathermen prepared for this for several months and called it the “Days of Rage.”
Has someone representing the tea party movement called for an attack on a city? If so, I haven’t heard about it.
The article further states that any disagreement with government policy or activities might lead to violence, and indicates that there has been window smashing, spitting, threatening faxes and phone calls, and even a cut propane line on a barbecue grill. The congressman involved in the “spitting” allegations admitted that he fabricated he story, and I haven’t heard substantiation regarding those other events.
The NY Times would have us believe that fabrications, falsehoods, and innuendos when used to support their position is justified, and that the expression of free speech should be curtailed because of what might happen. This is all substantiated by “experts” who are identified as professors at one university or another, psychologists or sociologists who fail to cite any publications or studies that support their conclusions.
I have followed the rise of the tea party movement, and while they may be noisy and demanding in the positions they take, I see no threat or comparison that can be made to the Weathermen or Timothy McVeigh.
Furthermore, I find the racial comments and comparisons to genocide in Rwanda and lynchings in the South despicable, and something the NY Times should be ashamed of.
As noted under the pictures included with this article, Bill Ayers is identified, and standing next to him is Terry Robbins, who died while making bombs to use at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The intention was to place these bombs at an enlisted men’s dance in order to kill as many soldiers and others as possible. Does the NY Times want us to believe that the tea party movement is going to become a domestic terrorist organization like the Weathermen?
Additionally, I would like to know if the Times will ever condemn Bill Ayers and other Weathermen terrorists for their activities which have occurred and which, in some instances, have been admitted.
Somehow, I suspect Grathwohl’s pointed criticisms of the smears and hatred issued forth by the Times will be met with disdain.