Don't turn around, uh-oh / Der Kommissar's in town, uh oh

I've studied Mr. Ayers's work for years and read most of his books. His hatred of America is as virulent as when he planted a bomb at the Pentagon. And this hatred informs his educational "reform" efforts. Of course, Mr. Obama isn't going to appoint him to run the education department. But the media mainstreaming of a figure like Mr. Ayers could have terrible consequences for the country's politics and public schools.
By Sol Stern, writing a book on William Ayers and social justice teaching, in today's article "Ayers is No Education 'Reformer'", in the Wall Street Journal OpEd section. Mr. Stern is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

[Ayers] still hopes for a revolutionary upheaval that will finally bring down American capitalism and imperialism, but this time around Mr. Ayers sows the seeds of resistance and rebellion in America's future teachers.

...

The readings Mr. Ayers assigns to his university students are as intellectually diverse as a political commissar's indoctrination session in one of his favorite communist tyrannies. The list for his urban education course includes the bible of the critical pedagogy movement, Brazilian Marxist Paolo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed"; two books by Mr. Ayers himself; and "Teaching to Transgress" by bell hooks (lower case), the radical black feminist writer.

Two years ago Mr. Ayers shared with his students a letter he wrote to a young radical friend: "I've been told to grow up from the time I was ten until this morning. Bullshit. Anyone who salutes your 'youthful idealism' is a patronizing reactionary. Resist! Don't grow up! I went to Camp Casey [Cindy Sheehan's vigil at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas] in August precisely because I'm an agnostic about how and where the rebellion will break out, but I know I want to be there and I know it will break out." (The letter is on his Web site, www.billayers.org)

That letter is entitled "A Letter to A Young Comrade in Latin America" [emphasis is mine but when you read the letter and more of Ayers' writing, you will see it is every bit his emphasis as well].

In point 14, Ayers refers to himself and his colleagues in the present tense: "for revolutionaries, we need to..." and states "Of course, we do live inside the empire", referring to the United States.

For those too young or uninformed:

com·mis·sar Pronunciation: \ˈkä-mə-ˌsär\ Function: noun Etymology: Russian komissar, from German Kommissar, from Medieval Latin commissarius Date: 1918 A Communist Party official in charge of indoctrination and enforcement of party loyalty.

"Barack Obama, Aspiring Commissar."

Obama's supporters cannot shut up Mr. Kurtz or anyone getting these truths out, no matter how many phone lines they jam.

No matter which major mainstream media editor admits, to all the other major mainstream media including CNN, that "the media had been too soft on Mr. Obama:"

Mark Halperin, an editor at large for Time magazine and co-author of the campaign field guide "The Way to Win," was one of several speakers at [October 13, 2008's] conference on the 2008 election sponsored by Time and CNN in New York.

During his panel discussion, Mr. Halperin was asked if the media had been too soft on Mr. Obama. To the surprise of the largely liberal audience, his answer was yes. He went on to say that through the subtle choice of which stories to cover and where to deploy investigative resources, the national media had handed Mr. Obama "hundreds of millions in free publicity." He attributed the positive coverage in part to the historic nature of Mr. Obama's candidacy. But he also noted that only a few hands had gone up in the crowded room when the audience had been asked how many had voted for George W. Bush.

He quickly tempered his remarks by noting that John McCain had similarly been the beneficiary of positive media coverage in his 2000 campaign. "It is interesting that the media's favorite candidates in both parties both won their party's nominations this year," he observed. He called on reporters to look at their 2008 coverage of candidates after the election, in hopes that in the future "they do a better job treating people equally."

With the media's help, people are now just simply forgoing the water and snorting that Kool-Aid right up their noses.




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