Stanley Kurtz has released an article summarizing what he found in the documents and notes from the education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). These documents were archived at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
A primer on CAC from Kurtz: “The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was created ostensibly to improve Chicago’s public schools. The funding came from a national education initiative by Ambassador Walter Annenberg. In early 1995, Mr. Obama was appointed the first chairman of the board, which handled fiscal matters. Mr. Ayers co-chaired the foundation’s other key body, the “Collaborative,” which shaped education policy.”
The CAC was the brainchild of William Ayers. Before I go further into the proof (by Kurtz) that Obama and Ayers have “exchanged ideas on a regular basis” and are not “just neighbors”, I want to clearly lay out the person that is William Ayers. As you read about Ayers, please keep in mind this is a man that Obama knows well, has served with, and someone with whom he has shared ideas, and arguably, ideology.
William Ayers is the domestic terrorist who bombed the US Capitol and is unrepentant to this day. He is an anti-American, Communist and Marxist who believes that America’s government and capitalist society must be destroyed.
Here is an outline of Ayers belief system from Wikipedia:
Ayers characterized his political beliefs …….in the 1960s and 1970s: “I am a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist … [Laughs] Maybe I’m the last communist who is willing to admit it. [Laughs] We have always been small ‘c’ communists in the sense that we were never in the [Communist] party and never Stalinists. The ethics of Communism still appeal to me. I don’t like Lenin as much as the early Marx. I also like Henry David Thoreau, Mother Jones and Jane Addams […]”
In 1970 Ayers was called “a national leader” of the Weatherman organization and “one of the chief theoreticians of the Weathermen”.……..Their founding document called for the establishment of a “white fighting force” to be allied with the “Black Liberation Movement” and other “anti-colonial” movements to achieve “the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism.”
Now some of Ayers “achievements”:
……Later in 1969, Ayers participated in planting a bomb at a statue dedicated to police casualtiesin the 1886 Haymarket Riot. The blast broke almost 100 windows and blew pieces of the statue onto the nearby Kennedy Expressway. (The statue was rebuilt and unveiled on May 4, 1970, and blown up again by other Weathermen on October 6, 1970. Built yet again, the city posted a 24-hour police guard to prevent another blast.) Ayers participated in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago in October 1969, and in December was at the “War Council” meeting in Flint, Michigan.
In 1970 he “went underground” with several associates after the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion………….Ayers was not facing criminal charges at the time, but the federal government later filed charges against him.
Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972, as he noted in his 2001 book, Fugitive Days.
If you can believe it, the federal charges were dropped against Ayers years ago….and he is now a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education. (I am not sure what the qualifications for Distinguished are, but I don’t think Ayers fits the bill… One thing is for sure, my kids will never attend the University of Illinois.)
One other fact to note: Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn hosted a campaign kick-off party of sorts for Barack Obama in 1995. The celebration was at the home of Ayers/Dohrn and began the Obama Illinois Senate Campaign.
Now for the information that Kurtz has acquired from the CAC archives. Kurtz’s summary makes clear that Obama and Ayers were clearly more than neighbors or acquaintances. One could also conclude, as I do, that Obama’s “education” policy will have a similar goal in indoctrinating much like Ayers outlined for the CAC project.
Evidence leads to the fact that Ayers specifically picked Obama to lead the project.
The Daley archives show that Mr. Obama and Mr. Ayers worked as a team to advance the CAC agenda………… 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.
……..The Daley documents (archives) 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.
One also has to draw the conclusion that Obama did not agree to chair a foundation for which he did not agree with the philosophy or its tactics. It is clear what Ayers’ educational philosophy was (and, presumably, remains his philosophy as a professor):
The CAC’s agenda flowed from Mr. Ayers’s educational philosophy, which called for infusing students and their parents with a radical political commitment, and which downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ayers taught at a radical alternative school, and served as a community organizer in Cleveland’s ghetto.
In works like “City Kids, City Teachers” and “Teaching the Personal and the Political,” Mr. Ayers wrote that teachers should be community organizers dedicated to provoking resistance to American racism and oppression.
…….Mr. Ayers’s defenders claim that he has redeemed himself with public-spirited education work. That claim is hard to swallow if you understand that he views his education work as an effort to stoke resistance to an oppressive American system. He likes to stress that he learned of his first teaching job while in jail for a draft-board sit-in. For Mr. Ayers, teaching and his 1960s radicalism are two sides of the same coin.
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.
I have blogged before about the efforts to which Barack Obama will go in an effort to silence those who state the obvious…that Obama and Ayers willfully worked together for years. Obama participated in the ideology of Bill Ayers……Kurtz writes, in conclusion:
The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming “guilt by association.” Yet the issue here isn’t guilt by association; it’s guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago.
How can anyone support a radical, community organizer named Barack Obama who willfully participated in efforts to bring down America’s capitalist system from within by indoctrinating young minds to a cause of radical activism, social uprising and resistance?
From this information, there are at least two questions everyone needs to ask about an Obama Presidency:
1) If Obama can willfully participate in a somewhat clandestine effort to undermine the government/system of this country from within (through indoctrination, the teaching of radical “organizing” and resistance), what else will he do to sabotage the foundations, systems, and traditions of government?
2) If Obama willfully participated in and led an educational doctrine that says education is about radicalizing individuals and promoting activism against our government versus achievement, what do you think his education plans and policies will include?
(Others blogging about this: Protein Wisdom’s O!bama Doodles! and HotAir’s The Obama-Ayers connection: Chicago Annenberg Challenge.)
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