OK, let’s all get our rules straight around here, shall we? According to the MSM, the Main Stream Media that is, it’s OK to attack Sarah Palin for being a Bible-thumpin’, baby makin’, eye winkin’ hick from Podunk, Alaska; It’s OK to attack a physically debilitated John McCain, who can’t easily use a keyboard, for being a computer-illiterate geezer; However, it’s not OK to attack Barack Obama for having a long-time association with the unrepentant-domestic terrorist William (Bill) Ayers. Oh, no, doing that is — RACIST!??? That’s what the AP is saying this AM.
Analysis: Palin’s words carry racial tinge
WASHINGTON (AP) – By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is “palling around with terrorists” and doesn’t see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
Palin’s words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee “palling around” with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn’t see their America?
Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as “not like us” is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.
Actually, I think it is an appeal to those that believe that the United States, flaws and all, is still the greatest country on God’s green Earth, that even though we are going through a very rough time — fighting two wars against a committed, deadly enemy while dealing with a financial crisis brought on mainly by both personal and corporate greed feeding a bubble mentality — that we can manage these and more if necessary without having to totally re imagine what it means to be an American. Without having to CHANGE everything, just for the sake of change. Without having to become a socialist-fascist state that provides cradle-to-grave everything for everyone. Guess, according to the standards of the AP, that’s just ol’ ‘Okie’ bein’ racist.
The lie being spread by the MSM is the one told a couple of days ago in the New York Times, and is that Barack Obama and Bill Ayers hardly know each other. As Stanley Kurtz reports just the opposite in the Wall Street Journal:
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.
The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama’s first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers’s home.
Kurtz has spent hours going through the CAC archives, housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has revelations that shows the outright, pro-Obama-at-any-cost bias of the NYT.
One unsettled question is how Mr. Obama, a former community organizer fresh out of law school, could vault to the top of a new foundation? In response to my questions, the Obama campaign issued a statement saying that Mr. Ayers had nothing to do with Obama’s “recruitment” to the board. The statement says Deborah Leff and Patricia Albjerg Graham (presidents of other foundations) recruited him. Yet the archives show that, along with Ms. Leff and Ms. Graham, Mr. Ayers was one of a working group of five who assembled the initial board in 1994. Mr. Ayers founded CAC and was its guiding spirit. No one would have been appointed the CAC chairman without his approval.
So, now that this freshly minted law-school graduate, Barack Obama, is boosted to the top of the CAC, what was his mission?
CAC translated Mr. Ayers’s radicalism into practice. Instead of funding schools directly, it required schools to affiliate with “external partners,” which actually got the money. Proposals from groups focused on math/science achievement were turned down. Instead CAC disbursed money through various far-left community organizers, such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or Acorn).
Mr. Obama once conducted “leadership training” seminars with Acorn, and Acorn members also served as volunteers in Mr. Obama’s early campaigns. External partners like the South Shore African Village Collaborative and the Dual Language Exchange focused more on political consciousness, Afrocentricity and bilingualism than traditional education.
But, according to the NYT, they barely knew each other.
The Daley documents show that Mr. Ayers sat as an ex-officio member of the board Mr. Obama chaired through CAC’s first year. He also served on the board’s governance committee with Mr. Obama, and worked with him to craft CAC bylaws. Mr. Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Mr. Obama. Mr. Ayers spoke for the Collaborative before the board. Likewise, Mr. Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the Collaborative.
I don’t know, sounds like they knew each other well enough. But, hey — after all these years, good ol’ Bill Ayers has probably mellowed out, he’s an educator, he’s . . . well:
Mr. Ayers is the founder of the “small schools” movement (heavily funded by CAC), in which individual schools built around specific political themes push students to “confront issues of inequity, war, and violence.” He believes teacher education programs should serve as “sites of resistance” to an oppressive system. (His teacher-training programs were also CAC funded.) The point, says Mr. Ayers in his “Teaching Toward Freedom,” is to “teach against oppression,” against America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation.
Hey Barack — ye shall be known by the company ye keep!
Unrepentant William “Bill’ Ayres desecrating US flag:
“We didn’t do enough . . .”
Over at Michelle Malkin’s blog, she is giving the McCain campaign a warning and a wake up call:
Meanwhile, back in the real world, McCain continues to forbid his campaign from going after Obama for his longtime friendship and ideological partnership with Rev. Jeremiah Wright — and refuses to attack Obama on the Fannie/Freddie/CRA debacles because he fears being perceived as a racist.
Earth to McCain: They will see RAAAACISM in whatever you and Palin will say and do from now until Election Day.
Fight or get rolled.
As an old, long-gone mechanic I knew in my earlier life used to say, “Ain’t that the truth!”
[Update: LGF clears up the timeline of the Obama/Ayers Woods Fund togetherness.]
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