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The Big Lie At The Heart Of McCain’s Ayers Campaign

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Yesterday I ran the following:

Tom Brokaw and every other journalist I have seen or read has neglected the following qualification from Bill Ayers which I have published at least twice before in this blog. It is a crucial qualification and the MSM has been shameful to ignore it. I know I am not in the loop of those blogs which are typically referenced by the MSM. But any of these high-profile bloggers could have found the same information and seen its importance. SOURCE

I’m often quoted saying that I have “no regrets.” This is not true. For anyone paying attention—and I try to stay wide-awake to the world around me all/ways—life brings misgivings, doubts, uncertainty, loss, regret. I’m sometimes asked if I regret anything I did to oppose the war in Viet Nam, and I say “no, I don’t regret anything I did to try to stop the slaughter of millions of human beings by my own government.” Sometimes I add, “I don’t think I did enough.” This is then elided: he has no regrets for setting bombs and thinks there should be more bombings.

I have since found a MSM reference to the Ayer’s blog and this quote — in an April 17 Washington Post blog piece. SOURCE

So I stand corrected. The truth was out.

Ayers did not say he wished they had bombed more.

We would not expect the McCain Campaign, or its FOX flaks, to care about a crucial and subtle distinction. But heft is what matters in battles over truth. We need pieces now that make the distinction until the likes of MSNBC stop propagating the no regrets about bombing lie.

Ayers has said consistently that he regrets more was not done to end the war. This is a regret all Americans can share. To have this regret is not a sign of being anti-American.

In a deep sense, this election really is about turning the page on the thinking that would divide us by whether we have regrets about Vietnam. Or Iraq. Or war period. When last I looked, there was a right to consciously object and even to refuse to serve.

One can be a conscientious objector and be fully an American and be fully supportive of our veterans and appreciate their sacrifice. Sadly, though, we seem skewed toward an uncritical form of patriotism that would not allow the nuanced statement of William Ayers to rise above the level of a despicable excuse.

Whatever you may think of Ayers’ statement, its distortion by McCain amounts to a big lie. The entire McCain-RNC robocall initiative contributes to a venomous sort of polarization that may warm the cockles of the MSM’s immature heart, but which can lead to lethal harm. The Weathermen were products of such polarization. It is a supreme irony that the source of such polarization is now the McCain campaign.

Some day there will be a movement to end war that goes beyond a marginal, minority status. When that movement succeeds, our Defense Department will be devoted to defense more than to aggression. And we will not uncritically invest the bulk of our dollars in an effort to fight wars that are essentially unwinnable.

Turning the page means opening up the possibility of a better way, one which sees things as a spectrum rather than in terms of good and bad, black and white. And it means looking at the actions of a William Ayers objectively and not rather than through the lens of political opportunism.

The McCain-RNC robocall initiative moves that sorry aggregation ever closer to the end of the spectrum that leads to the very jaws of hell.

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John McCain Is a Sidekick and a Swift Boater — Fight Back Now

Anyone who watched Brian Schweitzer frame the energy issue last night knows why we wanted him for Veep. Now we want him for Energy Czar, and maybe speech tutor for surrogates and candidates. Anyone who watched Hillary Clinton had a cathartic moment when we accepted her at her word and can for the first time in this calendar year accept also the unity of the party that almost got fractured by the primaries.

Anyone who feels the Obama campaign has been acting tentatively or unwisely is not understanding. Anyone who believes the Democrats cannot and will not win in November is in for a big surprise.

It is time to identify John McCain as a sidekick to Bush, NOT as A MAVERICK who bucks his party. It is time to tie him with a heavy rope to the Swift Boar strategy he has endorsed. John McCain just stopped having it both ways.

Here is your first assignment. All you do is click here to find and send the following letter to advertisers and read talking points regarding this nefarious McCain act.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Right now, your company is advertising on some of the same TV stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Virginia that are airing a false, discredited, and potentially illegal political attack ad against Barack Obama.

I hope you will do the right thing and pull your ads from these stations.

The American Issues Project ad is full of baseless lies and re-hashed false assertions. It is designed to play into the worst biases and fears, contributing nothing of value to the public discourse.

This is not the kind of controversial and destructive ad any responsible company should want to be associated with.

There is no room on the public airwaves for these kind of lies that violate the most basic standards of political discourse. CNN and Fox News have each refused to run such an ad filled with lies, and I hope you will do the right thing by pulling your ads from stations that air it.

Thank you.

Ask advertisers in these markets to help fight this ad, using the following talking points.

* This ad has no place on the public airwaves. CNN and even Fox News have refused to run this attack ad because it violates basic standards of political discourse.

* The ad is based on lies. This attack ad is full of baseless lies and re-hashed false assertions.

* The ad may be illegal. Under federal law, the American Issues Project should be reporting and complying with the other rules for political organizations trying to influence an election. But the Project is violating the law.

* The same people that swift-boated John Kerry in 2004 are behind this ad. The primary funder of the ads, Harold Simmons, is one of the main culprits behind the Swift Boating of John Kerry and a top bundler for John McCain. The spokesman for the group, Christian Pinkston, also has ties to the Kerry Swift Boat attacks.

The material below is from this blog and other sources. The quoted material above is from the Obama Campaign.

Here is Mayor Daley’s statement on Bill Ayers:

The mayor released the following statement:

There are a lot of reasons that Americans are angry about Washington politics. And one more example is the way Senator Obama’s opponents are playing guilt-by-association, tarring him because he happens to know Bill Ayers.

I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.

I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40 year old battles.

Here is Bill Ayers refuting the context-warp in the ad which implies he had wished to do more bombing:

I’m often quoted saying that I have “no regrets.” This is not true. For anyone paying attention—and I try to stay wide-awake to the world around me all/ways—life brings misgivings, doubts, uncertainty, loss, regret. I’m sometimes asked if I regret anything I did to oppose the war in Viet Nam, and I say “no, I don’t regret anything I did to try to stop the slaughter of millions of human beings by my own government.” Sometimes I add, “I don’t think I did enough.” This is then elided: he has no regrets for setting bombs and thinks there should be more bombings.

The illegal, murderous, imperial war against Viet Nam was a catastrophe for the Vietnamese, a disaster for Americans, and a world tragedy. Many of us understood this, and many tried to stop the war. Those of us who tried recognize that our efforts were inadequate: the war dragged on for a decade, thousands were slaughtered every week, and we couldn’t stop it. In the end the U.S. military was defeated and the war ended, but we surely didn’t do enough.

Why do I contend that McCain is both a sidekick (to Bush) and a swift-boater. Though the answer is implied above, let me add:

McCain cannot run from his record.

It has been 90 percent Bush since he began campaigning for the Presidency this time around. His maverick record — defined as independently bucking his party — refers to occasional efforts, widely publicized by McCain’s media chorus, years ago. His maverick status is only valid if we consider George Bush a Maverick NeoCon who manipulates the country into war with lies and fear politics and say McCain is the same, which he is.

McCain is definitely a Swift-Boater:

Months ago McCain signaled his withdrawal from civility by saying he would not be a referee regarding tasteless, lying and invidious ads put out by his supporters. This was in fact a compelling reason for Barack Obama to reject public financing. Time has shown that the Republicans have developed barely legal means of funding the McCain effort (by using contributions to state contests as a basis for upping minimum contributions) and have explicitly encouraged and accepted 527 Swift Boat advertising, which is probably illegal, as par for the course, rife with lies and distortions, a continuation of an unacceptable shame.

Not this time, John McCain. Last night was just the first salvo. By the close of Barack Obama’s speech Thursday you will begin to hear a rumble in your deepest sleep. It is the rumble of justice and decency taunting you for having given up the shreds of same to which you might have laid claim in the past. You have made a contract with the very jaws of hell and this is our Armageddon. Down you go John.

UPDATE: From The New York Times: Obama Campaign Wages Fight Against Conservative Group’s Ads

In its fight against the American Issues Project, Mr. Obama’s campaign is essentially arguing that the group should fall under more strict election laws because its sole purpose seems to be to defeat Mr. Obama at the polls; issue groups are allowed to run some political advertising so long as affecting an election is not their primary purpose. Under election laws, Mr. Simmons would not be able to exceed a donation of $42,000 to the group and others like it. In a second letter about the group sent to the Justice Department in the past week, Robert F. Bauer, Mr. Obama’s election lawyer, accused the group of flouting “all legal obligations attendant upon political committee status.”

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Media Consistently Gets Bill Ayers WRONG

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Even David Axelrod and Barack Obama have let a verbal segue slide by and therefore allowed their sworn enemies to get away with suggesting that Bill Ayers wishes he had set more bombs, created more mayhem and so forth. Flagging this on the Web has had no effect on letting the damaging eliding (connecting of two disparate sets of words) pass. Even the presumably careful Tim Russert of Meet The Press did not do any real homework to see if Ayers actually SAID what he says he said.

Now let’s get down to it.

I was there in Chicago in 1968 and I published material on SDS in Renewal Magazine, which I founded and edited. I had no truck with the Marxist (faux Marxist) critique of SDS and utterly no conscious interest in engaging in violence to express unbrage with the illegal and despicable violence we were condoning in Vietnam.

I am the guy who stood up at McCormick Theological Seminary and looked Daniel Berrigan in the eye and said, “You do not need to be a poet to oppose this war.” I have generally felt that most conspicuous protest is useless. Media candy. Part of a dance that gets nothing done but creates more and more obfucscation.

OK.

In essence I see no distinction between Ayers and any other person who condoned and engaged in premeditated violence. I have no trouble confessing that on the night during the 1968 Convention when Mayor Daley sent his troops over a ridge in Lincoln Park to rain teargas down on a bunch of us who were peacefully assembled, I would probably have happily rolled a grenade into the open door of an unoccupied City Hall that night.

Violence begets violence. Karma like trouble is real.

In terms of my theology, my THOUGHT is just as culpable as Ayers’ actions. But few acknowledge that our common human bond links us all and that the spectrum of our shared consciousness ranges from the murderous to the sublime. I get off free. Ayers gets consistent hate.

Below are two KEY links on this blog that EXPLAIN why the Ayer’s issue should be laid to rest, or at least why Mayor Daley is willing to lay it to rest, and why Hannity and the media folk, who have not the sense to question Hannity’s accuracy in quoting Ayers (after Wright!!!), get Ayers wrong, Saying he bombed and he wishes he had done more, eliding his phrases and guilt-associating Obama with Ayer’s alleged lack of penitence and rectitude.

Mindlessness in motion. Is it any wonder that a major political movement of our past went by the name of Know Nothings?

Here are the links with brief excerpts from what you will find there.

Mayor Daley on Bill Ayers

“I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.”

Bill Ayers Corrects A Key Misperception

I’m often quoted saying that I have “no regrets.” This is not true. For anyone paying attention—and I try to stay wide-awake to the world around me all/ways—life brings misgivings, doubts, uncertainty, loss, regret. I’m sometimes asked if I regret anything I did to oppose the war in Viet Nam, and I say “no, I don’t regret anything I did to try to stop the slaughter of millions of human beings by my own government.” Sometimes I add, “I don’t think I did enough.” This is then elided: he has no regrets for setting bombs and thinks there should be more bombings.

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Bill Ayers Corrects A Key Misperception

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In a post on his site, Bill Ayers, former Weatherman member who is now a professor of education at the University of Illinois, has offered an explanation of a quotation that, like Jeremiah Wright sound-bites, is being used to create a media-wide smear. While Ayers is not reticent in defending his past activism, he has never said that he wishes he had engaged in more direct violence of the type that characterized his Weather-activity. For the benefit of any MSM who come by, they should read his statement in full. Some salient portions of it are quoted below.

I’m often quoted saying that I have “no regrets.” This is not true. For anyone paying attention—and I try to stay wide-awake to the world around me all/ways—life brings misgivings, doubts, uncertainty, loss, regret. I’m sometimes asked if I regret anything I did to oppose the war in Viet Nam, and I say “no, I don’t regret anything I did to try to stop the slaughter of millions of human beings by my own government.” Sometimes I add, “I don’t think I did enough.” This is then elided: he has no regrets for setting bombs and thinks there should be more bombings.

The illegal, murderous, imperial war against Viet Nam was a catastrophe for the Vietnamese, a disaster for Americans, and a world tragedy. Many of us understood this, and many tried to stop the war. Those of us who tried recognize that our efforts were inadequate: the war dragged on for a decade, thousands were slaughtered every week, and we couldn’t stop it. In the end the U.S. military was defeated and the war ended, but we surely didn’t do enough.

Having milked the criminally-edited Wright sound-bites for all they were worth, FOX (Hannity) has now settled on Ayers as the next Obama “associate” he wishes to guilt-by-associate with Barack. He will get no farther because, happily, we have learned that the only weapon against such persons is ridicule.

Hannity is ridiculous.

I had a fantasy of setting a pre-condition before I would appear on his show. He would have to agree not to interrupt me. Since that is an impossibility I have given up on the fantasy.

Should he read here I would simply raise the question of whether Sean has had any recent dealings with his associate Hal Turner?

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