Finally, a Kennedy has come out to denounce, albeit in a very small way, one of the privileged professors who have worked, both inside and outside the classroom, on behalf of murderous revolution.
Christopher Kennedy, chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Illinois, in a speech on September 23rd, convinced fellow trustees to deny the honorific emeritus status to recently retired education professor Bill Ayers. The reason: “a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father, Robert F. Kennedy” (Sirhan Sirhan). That was in 1968, when Christopher was four years old. The work in point is Prairie Fire, the manifesto of the “communist men and women” of the Weather Underground.
Citing conversations by the board last summer “on the issue of diversity,” Kennedy said, “There is nothing more antithetical to the hopes for a university that is lively and yet civil, or to the hopes of our founding fathers for their great experiment of a self-governing people, than to permanently seal off debate with one’s opponents by killing them.”
Trustees followed along in Kennedy’s call to not “celebrate political assassinations or to honor those who do so.”
Yet, there is just a little bit of irony in the action of the Democrat Kennedy. Most conservatives would have had Bill Ayers behind bars instead of polluting the minds of future teachers, while pulling a nice salary from Illinois tax payers and speaking fees from students at schools across the country. One Illinois citizen, Mark Thompson , had asked the board of trustees to investigate Bill Ayers, until he was reportedly denied the opportunity to speak by Kennedy himself. Conservatives have been railing for years, not only about Ayers’ book dedication, but other subversive statements and activities.
We can all be appalled by Ayers’ rhetorical insult, but it is conservative Cliff Kincaid who is still calling for an investigation into the group Ayers founded with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, Weatherman (later Weather Underground), for the bombing murder of San Francisco Police Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell in 1970.
Kincaid has invited former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl to an upcoming conference . Grathwohl believes that a congressional committee should examine the evidence, including his own testimony that Ayers had told him that Dohrn planted the bomb that killed McConnell.
Conservatives believe that a policeman’s death should not be forgotten.
Grathwohl also knows that Weather Underground wanted to overthrow the U.S. government and then “re-educate” 100 million Americans and eliminate 25 million.
Certainly such activities would also, as Kennedy puts it, “permanently seal off debate.”
The evidence for Ayers’ aim of revolution fills his memoirs, “scholarly” writing, and speeches before dictator Hugo Chavez.
What about those writings, Mr. Kennedy?
What about 1971 photographs of Ayers’ and Dohrn’s bomb factory that give the lie to their claims that they never intended to kill anyone?
Or how about the fact that Ayers, despite all his lies, was and is a close associate of President Obama, who has blithely stated that the U.S. could “absorb” another terrorist attack? This is the thinking of a person who believes in “critical race theory,” a subject Obama taught as a professor at the University of Chicago. It’s a theory that regards justice in terms of group affiliation, in this case by race. Groups “absorb” losses; individuals don’t.
This is the kind of thinking of Ayers’ heroes, Mao Tse-Tung and Che Guevara.
Such rationalizations come from a view antithetical to that of the “founding fathers”--that our rights come from God, who values each individual (a fact that professor/president/Ayers pal Obama forgot in a recent speech).
While every conservative is outraged by the assassination of any of our political leaders, he is just as angered by a radical who murders or attempts murder of a citizen he calls a “pig.” We’re just as angered by the murder of the innocent American going to one of the Twin Towers to work, whether as a company president or cleaning lady.
But the academics in power see those tumbling bodies and crashing towers as aesthetic displays, as symbolic of the destruction of “U.S. imperialism.” Ayers defended his comrade Ward Churchill, who called 9/11 victims “little Eichmann’s.”
Christopher Kennedy is a businessman, not an academic, but as a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs assists in activities that further an anti-American agenda. Among the events sponsored by this organization is one that will feature Democratic activist James Zogby . According to Discover the Network, Zogby has worked on behalf of the PLO and has acted as an apologist for Hamas. He has called Israelis “Nazis” and has been critical of efforts to end funding of terrorist groups.
If Mr. Kennedy were truly interested in maintaining the “hopes of our founding fathers” he could have demonstrated sympathy for ALL Americans victimized by Ayers and his ilk.
He could have pointed out the destructiveness of Ayers’ past and his destructiveness in the classroom—especially in poor, inner-city schools. He could have demonstrated sympathy for children of fathers who would be discriminated because they are white construction workers.
But more importantly, he could have demonstrated sympathy for other four-year-olds who lost fathers, whether in the line of police duty or in their work day in the Twin Towers. These murdered fathers were called “pigs” and “little Eichmanns” by privileged professors. These fathers were just as important as a senator with the name Kennedy.
For information on the Marxism in America conference organized by Cliff Kincaid, please go here.