President Obama’s former associate Bill Ayers and his partner-in-crime Bernardine Dohrn, ex-leaders of the Weather Underground terrorist group, addressed a small group of the ragtag Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City last week. They dispensed the usual shrill, tired old leftist laments about AmeriKKKa being the modern equivalent of the militaristic city-state Sparta. After declaring the United States to be “a declining economic and political power” but “a virulent and expanding military power,” Dohrn complained:
Yes, in many ways, national security… it’s all the United States seems to have to offer. It isn’t jobs or healthcare or public education or public parks or public libraries, it’s security, security, security. So, we don’t want that kind of a future. Occupy doesn’t want that kind of a future. We want a future for the 99%.
Well, if it’s insecurity they want, Ayers’ protégé Obama is certainly moving things in that direction. Dohrn has a valid point about our declining economic and political power, since Obama has steered us toward a post-American future of crushing debt and geopolitical impotence, as well as slashing the military budget. Insecurity indeed.
The star-struck handful of protesters listened intently as Ayers picked up Dohrn’s baton and ran with it:
We are living in a militarized society. That, that, it’s clear what the message is from power. The message is that Occupy represents violence, and marginalization and insanity, when in reality it’s the 1% that represents violence, and insanity and militarism.
Besides this ludicrous concept that America is a militarized society and his class-war nonsense about the 1%, the evidence couldn’t be more overwhelming that the Occupy movement does represent anarchic violence and insanity in the form of a mob mentality. Ayers’ imaginary 99% does not suffer from “marginalization”; on the contrary, it is the Occupy movement that is hell-bent on violently marginalizing the so-called 1% out of existence: “Kill the rich,” their signs demand. “Eat the rich!” “Only the blood of the rich will stop Occupy!” These, along with “Kill your parents,” are exactly the same sentiments Ayers endorsed in his previous lifetime as a Weather Underground terrorist. Apparently becoming an influential university educator hasn’t mellowed his anti-capitalist nihilism.
Not content to incite the Occupy automatons against “the rich,” Ayers went on to voice this bitter, petty complaint about how American service members were actually allowed to board his flight to New York first:
We’ve got a militarized society and it’s become so commonsense that, getting on the airplane coming out here, the first thing they said was “Let all the, uhh, let all the, ya know, uniformed military get on first and thank you for your service.” And I said as I always do, “Let’s let the teachers and nurses get on first and thank them for their service.” I mean, why is it everything military has gotta be good and everything that has to do with actual work, real work, not jobs, real work for people, that stuff gets discouraged and marginalized?
Ayers has borne a murderous animus toward the military for decades. In 1970, three of his compatriots were killed when a bomb they were constructing accidentally detonated. That bomb had been intended for a dance attended by hundreds of Army soldiers at Fort Dix. Ayers himself attested that the bomb would have torn through “windows and walls and, yes, people too.” His fingerprints were found at the site, along with other terrorist weaponry and Marxist-Leninist propaganda. Two years later he participated in a Weatherman bombing of the Pentagon.
Despite his outrage over our servicemen and –women being accorded a modicum of gratitude, Ayers shared with a few admirers his hopeful vision for the future:
I get up every morning and think, “Today I’m going to make a difference. Today I’m going to end capitalism. Today I’m going to make a revolution.” I go to bed every night disappointed but I’m back to work tomorrow, and that’s the only way you can do it… We have to begin to imagine a world without war, a world without prisons, a world without borders… We can’t imagine a world without capitalism!? What the f–k would that look like? But actually, I can imagine it, and I want you to imagine it.
Radicals like Ayers and Dohrn can think only in terms of destruction. They are incapable of creation, of creating wealth or security or a workable future for all, which is a promise that only capitalism can offer. That’s why when it comes to solutions, they can only propose zero-sum measures like “redistribution” or dimly-imagined utopian fantasies like a world without war, prisons, or borders.
In reality, when Ayers’ ilk hold power, the leaders occupy the mansions of the rich and pack the prisons with their political enemies, at least the ones who haven’t been rounded up and shot by sadistic cowards like Ayers’ idol Che Guevara. Remember that Ayers and friends estimated recently that it would be necessary to eliminate some 25 million people in “reeducation camps” in order to advance the revolution.So when Ayers wants his impressionable followers to imagine a world without prisons, what he really means is a world in which there are no more dissenters left to imprison or execute. That’s the world he still dreams of every night and gets up every morning to work toward.
(This article originally appeared here on FrontPage Mag, 4/11/12)