When “The One” ascends his throne in the White House next January and the despairing clouds of Bush are driven away, then we’ll see the environment healed, disease banished from our shores, Democrats who governed our nation’s cities with staggering incompetence will miraculously be filled with wisdom to govern without corruption, and the Hollywood elite who have been in exile from Washington these last 9 years will be free to return to the comforts of the Lincoln bedroom.
Or so you would think in our short-sighted and clueless postmodern culture with the 22-minute attention span that is easily hypnotized by luminous objects.
One of our points of contention during our interaction is the relevance of Bill Ayers, the 60s leftist terrorist who has had close associations with Obama for more than a decade. My challenger scoffed in one comment exchange that anyone who thinks he and Obama were more than just acquaintances is merely drinking the Republican Kool-aid.
Welp, contrary to this flippant brush, Obama certainly was more than an occasional neighborhood acquaintance, but carried on a close alliance with Ayers for many years as an up-and-coming Chicago politician. Stanley Kurtz of the National Review has been doing Woodward and Bernstein like investigative reporting on Obama’s ties to Ayers tells how they both served on a board of directors whose sole purpose was to pass out money for community activities, including inner city educational projects. Much of the money didn’t go directly to schools, but to leftist community activist groups like ACORN to use at their Marxist discretion to “radicalize” inner city communities with their anti-American propaganda. Kurtz summarized his findings on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program on Monday and a transcript of that interview can be read here.
Additionally, Josephine six-pack, Sarah Palin, brought up Ayers and Obama’s friendship in a speech a day or so after her debate with Biden. While she was scorned for raising a ridiculous non-issue that has been repudiated by Obama himself, Anderson Cooper of CNN aired a report on their connection that reveals a much deeper partnership than being occasional, neighborhood acquaintances. A You Tube clip of the report can be seen here. Keep in mind this is not the “biased” Fox News Network.
Now, what does any of this mean? Is it just a baseless charge to attempt to connect Obama to a man who did some so-called “terrorist” activities during the 60s? Obama was just 8 years old when Ayers was in trouble with the law as one of his advisers, Anita Dunn, points out in that CNN report. That’s like 30 years ago. Besides, McCain was friends with that Keating fellow who got the government into all sorts of financial problems in the late 80s.
The McCain camp says the Ayers’s connection reveals a lack of judgment on Obama’s part as to who he associates with. Though I certainly agree it does reveal a profound lack of judgment on Obama’s part to be aligned with a 60s era, American hating radical no matter what the setting may be, there is also severe lack of judgment on McCain’s part to be taken to the cleaners in a financial scandal.
That being stated, however, there is a more fundamental difference between the two:
Whereas McCain learned from his foolish mistake and became a more aggressive financial reformer, Obama’s alliance with Ayers reveals a foundational worldview perspective as to how he will pursue the political change he seeks. Moreover, the collection of characters like Ayers and his “crazy uncle” Rev. Wright show us who it has been shaping Obama’s philosophical principles on life, leadership, and now government. That is why Ayers matters. Certainly Obama repudiates his violent terrorist past, but they certainly share the basic presuppositions which drive their left politics. That should be a concern for anyone with a bit of common sense.