JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN
Perhaps it is fitting that this frightening story broke on All Hallows’ Eve – and on Fox News, of all places (even scarier!) – but nonetheless, it sent a cold shiver down my spine and should be a matter of, ahem, “grave” concern to all loyal Americans, good Democrats, and especially Kennedy supporters. It’s ghoulish, it’s ghastly, it’s disturbing beyond words…and on this night of frights, it’s not a trick or a treat.
With this latest news breaking so close to the election, it is imperative that this blog (which endorses no candidate in the 2008 race) inform voters before they go to the polls about a developing story which raises serious questions about the Democratic nominee for president – at least in my mind – and may in fact be a dealbreaker for many of us who had high hopes that Obama would be the next best thing to another Kennedy in the White House.
After what I learned today, I’m not so sure about that anymore. This news stopped me in my tracks, and now I’ve got to tell you that I’m having major doubts about Obama’s judgment, his choice of friends, and (as RFK Jr. referenced Sarah Palin in a recent Huffington Post piece), his “reading list.”
The story came out on All Hallows’ Eve that longtime Obama friend and former Weather Underground leader William Ayers published a sort of communist manifesto back in 1974 called Prairie Fire. Okay, fine – we all knew he was a radical who plotted an overthrow of the U.S. Government and planned strategic acts of terrorism which put the lives of innocents at risk. That’s old news, and besides, we hear he’s feeling much better now. Supposedly, the sickness passed long ago and he’s mellowed out in his old age. These days, he’s a respected professor at Columbia University. So, why all the brouhaha over a book he published 34 years ago?
The problem is that Ayers dedicated the book to Sirhan Sirhan, alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.
Upon first hearing the news, I tried to dismiss it as outrageous right-wing propaganda, cooked up in a desperate last-ditch attempt to score points for their man McCain. After all, coming from the likes of Sean Hannity, it surely must be nothing but a big fat lie, a terrible smear with no basis in fact.
But I was wrong. After investigating this story for most of today, and examining a copy of the now very-rare book, I have to tell you that I am deeply troubled by what I read. There’s just no logical explanation for this – it is an out-and-out endorsement of Sirhan, lauding him as a “political prisoner” and egads, a hero!?!
READ IT AND WEEP
Only a couple of weeks ago, on October 17th, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. offered up a strong defense of William Ayers on CNN’s Larry King Live. From the official transcript:
KENNEDY: “OK. You know, this is an issue that the media has completely distorted. Not only, you know, Bill Ayers is a guy who was the — Illinois made him Man of the Year, the Illinois legislature. He’s been — he’s — but let me just say this. John McCain has had close associations with G. Gordon Liddy, who six years ago advised shooting taxpayers in the head.”
True enough, but wait a minute…what about Obama’s close association with Bill Ayers, who 34 years ago praised the man who allegedly shot your father in the head?
Kennedy went on to say that:
“Sarah Palin has spoken this year, four months ago, to the Alaska Independence Party, whose head was blown up making plastic explosives in 1993. She gave the keynote address there in 2006.
These are people who are extremely anti-American.”
This is also true, but what about Ayers’ Weather Underground, who set off more than a few explosions themselves back in the day (and plotted to set off many more)? Isn’t any act of terrorism against our nation “extremely anti-American,” regardless of whether the group is radical left or radical right?
Radical is radical, in this blogger’s humble opinion – and had Ayers and his group attempted these horrific acts during the Kennedy administration, I’d be willing to bet that Attorney General Robert Kennedy (an avowed anti-Communist and patriotic American who had a strict no tolerance policy against disruptions of law and order) would have left no stone unturned in prosecuting and convicting Ayers and his WU comrades.
Therefore, we can only conclude that Bobby Jr. has never read Bill Ayers’ book Prairie Fire – for if he had ever laid eyes on that creepy dedication, we seriously doubt that he would defend this disturbed whack job.
He attacked Sarah Palin recently for quoting Westbrook Pegler in her RNC Convention speech, and rightly so. Pegler, a fascist and a bigot, had unapologetically called for “some white patriot of the Southern tier” to assassinate Senator Robert Kennedy in 1965. Scary, scary stuff, indeed. But is that any less disturbing than Bill Ayers heaping praise upon the man who actually did pull the trigger in 1968?
All conspiracy theories about whether or not Sirhan Sirhan’s bullet actually killed RFK aside, the fact that Sirhan emptied his gun into five other innocent victims that night is not in dispute. Nor is the fact that Sirhan came to the hotel with the intent to murder Senator Kennedy. Whether or not he succeeded in his twisted mission is a debate for another day, preferably in a fair re-trial before an impartial jury. But this man is no patriot, no hero — at least, not to me. Not to those who loved Bobby Kennedy. And yet, he was apparently one of Bill Ayers’ heros.
Some might say, “ah, but that book was published nearly 35 years ago, surely Ayers doesn’t feel that way about Sirhan Sirhan anymore.” If that be so, then why has Ayers never apologized for his praise of Sirhan, nor retracted his own words on the matter? I don’t know, folks…you tell me.
“ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO SUCCEED IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING” — M.L.K.
Why has Senator Obama not denounced this man already? Where is his sympathy, compassion, and loyalty to RFK’s brother Ted Kennedy who, despite battling terminal brain cancer, continues to be one of Obama’s staunchest supporters? One can only surmise that Senator Kennedy has not seen Ayers’ book, or else he would probably be burning up the phone lines right now, demanding that Obama cut all ties with Ayers. And how does this make President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, feel? Or Bobby’s widow, their nine surviving children and numerous grandchildren?
Now that this story is known to the public and their family as well, I wonder why they would still blindly support Senator Obama if he insists on maintaining his association with William Ayers. The candidate positioning himself as “the next JFK” and who has drawn so many comparisons to RFK (from the Kennedy family themselves, no less) is treading very murky, dangerous waters here with Ayers. The Kennedys should insist that Ayers be kicked to the curb right away, regardless of whatever cabinet posts may be dangled before their eyes as carrots, or whatever the eventual fallout may be.
Doing so will not cost Senator Obama the election. He’s already pulling away in the polls, and victory on November 4 seems to be all but guaranteed, barring any election night shenanigans from the GOP. If anything, a strong public denouncement of William Ayers will only help Obama with voters, few of whom, I’m sure, have any good feelings towards Ayers. Obama will come out of it smelling like a rose, just as he did when he wisely distanced himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright earlier this year.
As for me, my first loyalty was, is, and always will be to the Kennedys, particularly to the memories of my martyred heroes Jack and Bobby. And as much as I would like to give Senator Obama my vote next week, I simply cannot in good conscience until he stands before the American people and tells us in no uncertain terms that Ayers is GONE. I don’t mean gone-til-after-election-day, either. I mean GONE GONE.
You may now resume your regularly scheduled Halloween activities, having been duly advised of this frightening and very inconvenient truth. Do your own research and make up your own minds. But whether it’s a nightmare on Elm Street, a nightmare on Wilshire Boulevard, or a nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s still a bloody nightmare.
I’ll give the last word to another martyred hero, John Lennon, who got it right in 1968 when he sang:
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right
You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait!
— Revolution by the Beatles, hereby dedicated to dangerous fools like Bill Ayers and those who follow him
* For further study and supporting documentation, please see below:
Video of RFK Jr. defending Bill Ayers on the Oct. 17th CNN broadcast. (The Ayers portion of the debate can be found near the end, at appx. 4 minutes into the clip):
* Read lengthy excerpts from Prairie Fire here courtesy of the aptly-named ZombieTime blog, who originally broke the story on Halloween. While their reporting is decidedly far to the right and should therefore be taken with a few grains of salt, the scanned book pages presented on their site are of high-resolution and free to download. After comparing them side-by-side against an original copy of Prairie Fire, they are also no doubt, authentic.
Also, here’s a link to the video as reported exclusively tonight on Hannity and Colmes. Never thought we’d actually be posting a link to Fox Noise on this blog, but folks, this isn’t a matter of left and right. It’s about RIGHT and WRONG. And this is just wrong on so many levels, it defies all reasonable logic. It wouldn’t matter to me which news organization broke the story, so long as it is accurate. And unfortunately for all who loved Senator Bob Kennedy, it is.
(* DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Kennedy family, or the owners of this website.)