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Character is the thing: Obama-Ayers is important October 10, 2008

Posted by vsap in 2008 Presidential Election, Blogroll, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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John McCain and Sarah Palin have a simple message: moderation and a steady hand navigate a crisis. Unfortunately, the economic panicking going on right now doesn’t seem to give aid to their message. We are told Barack Obama “looks” presidential, in command, has “a plan” for the economy and all other of the nation’s ills. While the former appears to be true, the latter is far from the truth. The point is that McCain-Palin need to get back on message, not ignoring the economy, but putting it in perspective against other equally important issues like national security. And there are no two softer on national security than Obama-Biden.

If it’s a question of character, look at McCain and the Keating Five. He admitted his error, took the punishment in the court of public opinion and moved on. Obama still denies anything is wrong with associating with the likes of William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. Don’t trust me about what Obama has said, read for yourself (from Jake Tapper of ABC News, no less, not a right-wing blog):

“Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told a radio host yesterday (Oct. 9) that by the time he found out about William Ayers’ background as a member of a violent radical 70s group “The Weather Underground,” “I assumed that he had been rehabilitated” since Ayers at that point had become an apparently accepted member of the Chicago academic world.

Ayers was, when Obama met him, “a college professor, teaches education at the University of Illinois and that’s how I met him, was working on a school reform project that was funded by an ambassador and former close friend of Ronald Reagan’s and I was sitting on this board along with a whole bunch of conservative businessmen and civic leaders, and he was one of the people who was on this board.”

But since 1995 — when Obama met Ayers — the founding member of the Weather Underground has gone on to make it clear that he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. And Obama has worked with him (as have plenty of others, including some Republicans) on education issues and such.

And Ayers has made it clear that he is unrepentant.

”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Ayers told the New York Times in 2001. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.” Asked if he would do it all again, Ayers said ”I don’t want to discount the possibility. I don’t think you can understand a single thing we did without understanding the violence of the Vietnam War.”

Not bad enough for you? Exaggerated, like the Obama Addicts think it is? Think again….the Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“The Ayers-Obama relationship became a hot topic in Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate. It is “an issue certainly Republicans will be raising” should Obama be the Democratic nominee for president, Obama rival Hillary Clinton said.

In the mid-1990s, Ayers and Dohrn hosted a meet-and-greet at their house to introduce Obama to their neighbors during his first run for the Illinois Senate. In 2001, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s campaign. Ayers also served alongside Obama between December 1999 and December 2002 on the board of the not-for-profit Woods Fund of Chicago. That board met four times a year, and members would see each other at occasional dinners the group hosted.

In addition, Ayers and Obama interacted occasionally in their roles with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a not-for-profit group charged with spending tens of millions of dollars it obtained through its affiliation with a school-improvement foundation created by late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. Obama chaired the Chicago Annenberg Challenge’s board of directors. Ayers served on the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, which made recommendations to the board on which organizations should get grants. The groups worked on school-reform efforts between 1995 and 2000.

“What Bill Ayers and Bobby Rush … did 40 years ago has nothing to do with” the presidential campaign, Chicago political strategist Marilyn Katz said. Ayers “has a national reputation. He lectures at Harvard and Vassar. He writes the textbooks that are the standard for innovative approaches to reaching inner-city youth.”

A book Ayers penned about those years, Fugitive Days, landed him in hot water on Sept. 11, 2001. That morning, the New York Times ran a story about the book in which Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Ayers’ statement was made before the World Trade Center attacks, but its timing led some to believe it was in response. “My book is in fact a condemnation of terrorism in all its forms — individual, group and official,” Ayers later said in a letter to the Chicago Tribune.

NOW, for the stuff from the right-wing Discoverthenetworks.org…if it sounds like what ABC and the Sun-Times has produced, be VERY afraid…

“A substantial portion of Ayers’ book Fugitive Days discusses the author’s penchant for building and deploying explosives. Ayers boasts that he “participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.” Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers says, “Everything was absolutely ideal. … The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”

On another occasion, Ayers stated: “There’s something about a good bomb … Night after night, day after day, each majestic scene I witnessed was so terrible and so unexpected that no city would ever again stand innocently fixed in my mind. Big buildings and wide streets, cement and steel were no longer permanent. They, too, were fragile and destructible. A torch, a bomb, a strong enough wind, and they, too, would come undone or get knocked down.”

All told, Ayers and Weatherman were responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S. “I don’t regret setting bombs, said Ayers in 2001, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

STILL NOT ENOUGH? What’s the difference between Ayers and, say, Timothy McVeigh? A lucky break on a point of law and he’s alive. A terrorist is a terrorist. Can you imagine someone endowing a chair for McVeigh or giving him a forum for his “thoughts”? Yet, there are people who say that consorting with Ayers is no reflection on Obama’s character. It’s no different than having your picture taken with someone who winds up a felon. Politicians have this sort of thing happen, you can’t possibly blame them for that! But this isn’t that, by any objective measure. And if you still believe it, in spite of the evidence, then how do you explain Jeremiah Wright?

To sit at the feet of Wright for 20 years and then try to convince people that you were not impacted by his brand of radical Christianity spewed from the pulpit is taking the Swift Boat down the Denial River. It is totally UNBELIEVABLE!

Does policy position matter? Yes. Does the economy matter? Yes. Does character matter MORE than policy positions? YES!

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1. pacer521 - October 11, 2008

GREAT ANALYSIS — here’s my take on the whole ayers thing.

http://culturedecoded.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/barack-obama-and-the-party-that-cant-lose/


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