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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Real Relationship Between Obama and Ayers

From the blogoshere : The Real Relationship Between Obama and Ayers
by Marcia Segelstein

Listening to my local all news radio station this weekend, I heard repeated references to Sarah Palin’s calling attention to Barack Obama’s association with Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground terrorist. And each time, the next sentence would be something about their only connection actually being that they served on some board together many years ago. As though that wrapped it up: end of story....But maybe the question isn’t whether they were or are “palling around.” Maybe the question is what exactly they were doing on that board together.............Fortunately, Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center has done the research and found some fascinating information......Barack Obama once headed an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Kurtz writes: “As CAC board chair, Obama was essentially authorizing the funding of Ayers’s own educational projects, and the projects of Ayers’s radical allies.”.....What did those education projects of William Ayers actually consist of? Listen to Kurtz: “Ayers sees his education work as carrying on his radicalism in a new guise. The point of Ayers’s education theory is that the United States is a fundamentally racist and oppressive nation. Students, Ayers believes, ought to be encouraged to resist this oppression. Obama was funding Ayers’s ‘small schools’ projects, built around this philosophy. Ayers’s radicalism isn’t something in the past. It’s something to which Obama gave moral and financial support as an adult.”...Another indicator of Obama’s support for Ayers’s views? Ayers wrote a book about juvenile crime. According to Kurtz, “[T]he book is quite radical, expressing doubts about whether we ought to have a prison system at all, comparing America to South Africa’s apartheid system and contemptuously dismissing the idea of the United States as a kind or just country.” Obama publically endorsed the book. ...So what’s important about the relationship between Obama and Ayers is not how many times they were in the same room together. It’s about shared goals and a shared philosophy.

Why people are not more afraid of this guy and keep brushing these associations that Obama has under the rug is outrageous.

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