Twisting History to Protect Bill Ayers
I wonder if John Lewis and other veterans of the civil rights movement would be so quick to rally around Barack Obama today if they knew his political mentor considered the lives of black patrons in Detroit to be merely "unrevolutionary" collateral damage.
The Weathermen were attempting to blow up two targets in Detroit, the Detroit Police Officers' Association building and the 13th Precinct, and Grathwohl's information came too late to stop one of the attacks. Instead, it was the bomb-building incompetence of Obama's political mentor that saved lives at the 13th Precinct.
Grathwohl tipped off police to this latter plot, and they cleared the area. When they finally found the Detroit bomb, it was unexploded. It contained 13 sticks of dynamite with an M-80 firecracker to detonate them, along with a burnt-out cigarette.
"The only thing Bill didn't take into consideration in making his bomb," Grathwohl testified, "was the fact that these wicks, those fuses on those firecrackers, are waterproof with heavy paraffin, and a cigarette burning by itself does not always have enough heat to melt that paraffin and light the powder. And I didn't volunteer any information to the contrary." Grathwohl did not know who had actually planted the bomb.
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn -- the host and hostess of Obama's political coming-out party and close associates of 21 years -- tried to kill hundreds of Americans. They plotted against military and police targets in particular, and Ayers was more than willing to kill innocent black families in Detriot if it served his hateful purposes. Is he any better than the Klansmen in Birmingham? Would his victims have been any less dead, or their families' lives less empty?
George Wallace, as awful as he was, never knew the Klansmen who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. Barack Obama has had a close relationship with terrorist Bill Ayers for 21 years and repaid his political mentor by funneling more than $1 million in grants to Ayers' Small Schools Workshop.
Though Obama's campaign furiously spins that the most notable of these bombings occurred when Obama was just a little boy of eight growing up in Indonesia -- actually, they tend to forget to mention that last part -- the fact remains that Ayers and Dohrn never repented. They're still proud of their declared war against the United States and never showed public remorse.
And despite what Obama would have you believe, their terrorist acts didn't end when he was a child in an Indonesian elementary school.
Obama, Ayers, and Dohrn lived and attended college in the same Manhattan neighborhood when the 1983 Brinks robbery in Nyack took place. Two police officers and a Brinks guard were gunned down by members of the Black Liberation Army and still-active members of the by-then defunct Weather Underground just 22 miles away. The fake IDs used to rent the vehicles in the robbery attempt were traced back to Manhattan and Bernardine Dohrn, and she went to jail for refusing to cooperate with the grand jury and explain her role in the crime.
Barack Obama was then in his early 20s, not eight.
Since then, there have been two movies based upon Ayers, Dohrn, and the Weathermen, along with many books, magazine articles, and newspaper columns. These terrorists, their crimes, and their continued hatred of America resound throughout, along with their lack of remorse, including Bill Ayers' infamous 9/11 regret that they "didn't do enough."
Perhaps Mr. Ayers could answer as to whether his failed attempt to blow up police officers and black families in Detroit was one of his regrets.
We don't care about what Obama knew 40 years ago when he was eight. What matters is that six years ago, when he was 42, he still chose to associate with Ayers and Dohrn. In a newly released 2002 radio interview taped during the time he was working with Barack Obama as a board member of the Woods Fund, Bill Ayers stated who and what he is:
I considered myself partially an anarchist then and consider myself partially an anarchist now. I mean, I'm as much an anarchist as I am a Marxist, which is to say that I find a lot of the ideas of anarchism appealing.
Barack Obama always knew who and what Bill Ayers was. He only put a public damper on their symbiotic 21-year relationship a little more than two years ago when the relationship began to prove problematic for Obama's higher political aspirations.
George Wallace may have "encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans," but Barack Obama's political mentor carried out vicious attacks against innocent Americans himself.
Ayers said upon reflection in the same 2002 interview that "I'm not sorry that anything I participated in to try to end that war or against the government that was waging that war." That government included the police in several metropolitan cities, including Detroit's Precinct 13, and the innocent African-American diners nearby.
So who is really "sowing the seeds of hatred and division," Congressman Lewis? Is it the senator that spent his life fighting for the Constitution, or the senator who owes his political life to a terrorist who fought against it?