William Ayers: Setting The Record Straight

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Updated: Nov 25, 2008 added Part 2

Democracy Now! Exclusive (Part 1): Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn on the Weather Underground, the McCain Campaign Attacks, President-Elect Obama and the Antiwar Movement Today

Democracy Now!

Nov. 14, 2008

In the late stages of the presidential race, no other name was used more by the McCain-Palin campaign against Barack Obama than Bill Ayers. Ayers is a respected Chicago professor who was a member of the 1960s militant antiwar group the Weather Underground. In their first joint television interview, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn discuss the McCain campaign attacks, President-elect Obama, the Weather Underground, the legacy of 1960s social justice movements, and more. [includes rush transcript]

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Democracy Now! Exclusive (Part 2)

Nov 24, 2008

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn on the Weather Underground, the McCain Campaign Attacks, President-Elect Obama and the Antiwar Movement Today

Until just a few weeks ago Ayers and his anti-war actions from nearly 40 years ago formed a central part of the Republican attack on Obama. In their first joint television interview education professor Bill Ayers and his wife law professor Bernardine Dohrn spoke to Democracy Now! earlier this month. Today we bring you the final part of that interview. [includes rush transcrip

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3 thoughts on “William Ayers: Setting The Record Straight

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  2. While I long for the sort of dissent against illegal aggressive US militarism the vietnam era saw, this Ayres guy creeps me out (although not nearly as much as war-criminal militarists like McCain who slaughtered unapologetically, and who is now considered a war-hero).

    All I can say is, were I Barack, I would definitely have had a problem with this guy’s tactics (which Barack indeed condemned), and would have avoided him. Ayers should have been convicted of something– sorry to say.

    It’s not Barack’s fault, no demerit on his career to have listened to ideas, it’s a very bad blemish on the otherwise noble efforts of Ayres to have been drawn into the Weather Underground and their bizarre approach to peace.

    His was the amazing era of Dr. King, where people who really were physically attacked, and had every reason to react violently in self-defense, but reformed law and attitudes nonviolently and are now lauded for it.

    It is one thing for the FMLN to have resorted to arms when fascists were firing into their crowds of unarmed demonstrators, or when the ANC had to arm to defend against rascists, but setting off bombs to make a point about militarism, even if that point is profoundly accurate? NOT allowed, ever. Violent radicals, whether left or right, religious or seclar, are quite deranged.

    Of course Ayres now acknowledges the lines crossed, and the desperate times/desperate measures of his youth, and he’s right to say none of us did enough, then or now. I think he’s wrong to say the people oppose these wars, if they did, we wouldn’t have them.

    That said, it was so silly that this became a campaign issue, considering the alleged involvement with Barack, and it’s a testament to the filthiness of Hillary and McBomb’s campaign that this ever even got mentioned.

    Ayres had too much ego to properly downplay his involvement– ‘family friend’? That sounds like a stretch, a bogus brag, and backfired bigtime against Barack. Bad move billy!

    Glad to see it didn’t (quite) sway the populace the way the swift-boat issue did (and indeed, Kerry was a criminal creep not for what the swift-boaters claimed, but for enlisting and killing in Vietnam. At least Kerry later dissented, unlike McBomb, who remains unrepentant and unabashed, and half the people still love him for it).

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