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I will never consider him a terrorist…he is my freedom fighter, just as Cubans against Castro’s government are considered such.
What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
Looking back on a surreal campaign season
By Bill Ayers
Whew! What was all that mess? I’m still in a daze, sorting it all out, decompressing.
Pass the Vitamin C.
For the past few years, I have gone about my business, hanging out with my kids and, now, my grandchildren, taking care of our elders (they moved in as the kids moved out), going to work, teaching and writing. And every day, I participate in the never-ending effort to build a powerful and irresistible movement for peace and social justice.
In years past, I would now and then—often unpredictably—appear in the newspapers or on TV, sometimes with a reference to Fugitive Days, my 2001 memoir of the exhilarating and difficult years of resistance against the American war in Vietnam. It was a time when the world was in flames, revolution was in the air, and the serial assassinations of black leaders disrupted our utopian dreams.
These media episodes of fleeting notoriety always led to some extravagant and fantastic assertions about what I did, what I might have said and what I probably believe now.
It was always a bit surreal. Then came this political season.
During the primary, the blogosphere was full of chatter about my relationship with President-elect Barack Obama. We had served together on the board of the Woods Foundation and knew one another as neighbors in Chicago’s Hyde Park. In 1996, at a coffee gathering that my wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and I held for him, I made a donation to his campaign for the Illinois State Senate.
Obama’s political rivals and enemies thought they saw an opportunity to deepen a dishonest perception that he is somehow un-American, alien, linked to radical ideas, a closet terrorist who sympathizes with extremism—and they pounced.
Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) campaign provided the script, which included guilt by association, demonization of people Obama knew (or might have known), creepy questions about his background and dark hints about hidden secrets yet to be uncovered.
On March 13, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), apparently in an attempt to reassure the “base,” sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News. McCain was not yet aware of the narrative Hannity had been spinning for months, and so Hannity filled him in: Ayers is an unrepentant “terrorist,” he explained, “On 9/11, of all days, he had an article where he bragged about bombing our Pentagon, bombing the Capitol and bombing New York City police headquarters. … He said, ‘I regret not doing more.’ “
McCain couldn’t believe it.
Neither could I.
On the campaign trail, McCain immediately got on message. I became a prop, a cartoon character created to be pummeled.
When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got hold of it, the attack went viral. At a now-famous Oct. 4 rally, she said Obama was “pallin’ around with terrorists.” (I pictured us sharing a milkshake with two straws.)
The crowd began chanting, “Kill him!” “Kill him!” It was downhill from there.
My voicemail filled up with hate messages. They were mostly from men, all venting and sweating and breathing heavily. A few threats: “Watch out!” and “You deserve to be shot.” And some e-mails, like this one I got from firstname.lastname@example.org: “I’m coming to get you and when I do, I’ll water-board you.”
The police lieutenant who came to copy down those threats deadpanned that he hoped the guy who was going to shoot me got there before the guy who was going to water-board me, since it would be most foul to be tortured and then shot. (We have been pals ever since he was first assigned to investigate threats made against me in 1987, after I was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.)
The good news was that every time McCain or Palin mentioned my name, they lost a point or two in the polls. The cartoon invented to hurt Obama was now poking holes in the rapidly sinking McCain-Palin ship.
There is much more to his article and his thoughts…I suggest you check it out m’dear reader..its worth your time in my humble yet vocal pov. 😉
Don’t you just love how it ends with Palins mug? I do. 😉
Watch and/or listen to the daily here. This is Amerika! 😉
H/T to Daniel at Bring it On for bringing this video to my attention. It’s sick and disgusting who supports McDesperate and his rhetoric panders to these types of fucktards. Their ignorance is mind-numbing.
Part 2 – The McCain-Palin Mob in Strongsville, Ohio
Rachel was on after the debate last night and Sirota was on to counter McSame’s bullshit and lies.
MCCAIN CLAIM: “American business pays the second-highest business taxes in the world…”
FACT: Page 42 of this Bush Treasury Department report found that America has the second lowest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, as a percentage of our GDP (ie. the real way to measure this). Last month, Congressional Quarterly reported: “Most corporations, including the vast majority of foreign companies doing business in the United States, pay no income taxes, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.”
MCCAIN CLAIM: “We’ve got to start also holding people accountable.”
FACT: What about the lobbyists in McCain’s own campaign? What about Phil Gramm, the guy who passed all this deregulation?
MCCAIN CLAIM: “We have to do is get spending under control in Washington…How about a spending freeze on everything but defense, veteran affairs and entitlement programs”
MCCAIN CLAIM: “We need very badly to understand that defense spending is very important and vital, particularly in the new challenges we face in the world, but we have to get a lot of the cost overruns under control.”
FACT: Minutes later he said we need “a spending freeze on EVERYTHING BUT DEFENSE, veteran affairs and entitlement programs.”
MCCAIN CLAIM: “I have opposed the president on torture of prisoner – Guantanemo Bay…”
FACT: The Los Angeles Times reported in February that “McCain squandered some of his moral authority by supporting the Bush administration’s position that the CIA should have more leeway than military interrogators” in torturing prisoners. The Boston Globe reported that McCain “had a choice between his principles and propping up a failed president. He chose the latter…McCain, a Vietnam prisoner of war, has long condemned waterboarding as torture, making him more sensitive than President Bush on an issue that stained America’s image. But the Arizona senator and virtual Republican nominee to replace Bush voted against the bill.”
MCCAIN CLAIM: “If we drill off-shore and exploit a lot of these reserves, it will help, at temporarily, relieve our energy requirements. And it will have, I think, an important effect on the price of a barrel of oil.”
FACT: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency has stated that the benefits from such drilling would be too small to have any significant effect on oil prices.
MCCAIN CLAIM: “America is safer today than it was on 9/11.”
FACT: The New York Times reported in 2007: “On Tuesday, in a dark and strikingly candid two pages, the nation’s intelligence agencies offered an implicit answer, and it was not encouraging. In many respects, the National Intelligence Estimate suggests, the threat of terrorist violence against the United States is growing worse, fueled by the Iraq war and spreading Islamic extremism.”
I can’t believe how low McSame and his handlers will stoop to lie to the American voters. Its criminal, but all’s fair in love and politics if your a Rethug.