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The issue is what Obama believes. Barack Obama has not misjudged William Ayers. He agrees with his radical education agenda, evidenced by his (Obama's) 2007 Education bill. Gateway Pundit:
Barack Obama is already pushing his radical socialist agenda on America.
His 2007 Education bill is filled with "revolutionary ideas" that involve incentives for "desired behaviors" and "important social outcomes."
Marinka Peschmann reported today at Canada Free Press on Obama's education bill, S.2111.
Unfortunately Gov. Sarah Palin wasn’t exaggerating when she said on Saturday that Presidential hopeful Barack Obama was friendly “with terrorists” referring to William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist and former Weather Underground Operative.
The question to ask today, however, is whether or not Ayer’s radical ideologies play a role in Obama’s revolutionary 2007 education legislation.
In a debate with Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama tried to downplay his association with Ayers when he said, “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood…He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis.” But Ayers served as “Collaborative” co-chair crafting education policies to Obama’s chairmanship in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). CAC, a foundation the Obama campaign maintains allocated “grants targeted to improve student performance and promote teacher training and leadership development in the Chicago Public Schools,” reportedly funneled over US$100 million to radical activists
In a statement to Stanley Kurtz who reported, “Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism on Schools,” the Obama campaign said, “…by the time Barack Obama met him, Ayers was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, and he has held the title of ‘distinguished scholar’ at the University of South Carolina...” Since then, Obama, on September 27, 2007, introduced in the Senate the “Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act” which incidentally cites three unnamed schools in three States including Illinois and South Carolina to justify Obama’s expansive education legislation’s purpose.
Obama’s education bill, S.2111, significantly redesigns and amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow, in part, for “State…local educational agencies, and schools to increase implementation of early intervention services, particularly school-wide positive behavior supports.”
According to Section 3, “the term `positive behavior support’ means a systematic approach to embed proven practices for early intervening services, including a range of systemic and individualized strategies to reinforce desired behaviors and eliminate reinforcement for problem behaviors, in order to achieve important social outcomes (emphasis added)…”
Section 5 called: “Teacher and Principal Preparation to Improve School Climate,” mandates a new requirement for teachers and principals. It’s described as “an understanding of social or emotional, or both, learning in children…such as positive behavior support.” Obama’s bill also provides for “instructional leadership skills to help teachers” satisfy this requirement.
Here's more from the Canada Free Press article:
Obama’s bill doesn’t specify which “proven practices” will be “embedded” in students to achieve the “desired behaviors” or “important social outcomes” his legislation mandates; but if one ascribes to Obama’s education co-chair at CAC, Bill Ayers’ interpretation of positive behavior there is reason for concern. Ayers began his career in education during his Weather Underground days where he served as the “Educational Secretary.”
Before election-day, Americans should ask the serious and legitimate question of what precisely Obama’s “positive behavior” legislation systematically “embeds” in their children. As of publication, the Obama campaign hasn’t responded to queries for specifics.
Ronald Radosh, writing in today's New York Post, emphasis mine:
THE Obama campaign hotly denies the McCain camp's charges that Barack Obama has long ties to Bill Ayers, the 1960s Weather Underground terrorist. I'll leave it to others to discuss most aspects of the relationship - and focus on one damning admission made in Obama's defense.
While denying any other meaningful link between the two, the Obama campaign says that Obama has long respected Ayers' work on education; many press accounts refer to him as a "school reformer." Problem is, those "school reforms" boil down to propagandizing for the very ideas that led Ayers to blow up buildings decades ago.
The Obama defense cites the likes of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who told The New York Times that Ayers (now a University of Illinois professor) is an educator who has "done a lot of good in this city and nationally." Thus, if Obama sought Ayers' expertise on his chosen field of childhood education, it was hardly anything to be wary of.
But, as Stanley Kurtz and Sol Stern have pointed out, Obama helped deliver thousands of dollars to fund Ayers' education projects in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge - whose purpose, says Kurtz, is to infuse students "with a radical political commitment."
Ayers makes this very clear in all his writings. K-12 teachers, he has written, must teach "for social justice and liberation" - making classrooms into centers for creating revolutionary change.
Obama chose to associate with a known, self-admitted, unrepentant terrorist. Why? Was it a mistake in judgment or a conscious decision to collaborate with a kindred spirit?
We are judged by the company we keep. It is fair and necessary to examine the personal and professional relationships of those who seek our votes for President of the United States. No candidate is perfect, all have made mistakes in judgment, all are human. But there is one candidate in this race whose past associations call into question his fitness for the job. These associations are not mistakes in judgment on Obama's part. They are part of who he is. They tell us what kind of person he is and what kind of president he would be.
Who is Barack Obama? Take a look. And choose carefully.
Ask John Murtagh:
Today, John M. Murtagh made the following statement on Barack Obama’s relationship with William Ayers:
“When I was 9 years-old the Weather Underground, the terrorist group founded by Barack Obama’s friend William Ayers, firebombed my house. Barack Obama has dismissed concerns about his relationship with Ayers by noting that he was only a child when Ayers was planting bombs at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. But Ayers has never apologized for his crimes, he has reveled in them, expressing regret only for the fact that he didn’t do more.
“While Barack Obama once downplayed his relationship with Ayers, today his campaign took that deceit one step further. Barack Obama now denies he was even aware of his friend’s violent past when, in 1995, Ayers hosted a party launching Obama’s political career. Given Ayers’ celebrity status among the left, it’s difficult to believe. The question remains: what did Obama know, and when did he know it? When did Obama learn the truth about his friend? Barack Obama helped Ayers promote his book in 1997, served on charitable boards with him through 2002, and regularly exchanged emails and phone calls with him through 2005. At what point did Barack Obama discover that his friend was an unrepentant terrorist? And if he is so repulsed by the acts of terror committed by William Ayers, why did the relationship continue? Any honest accounting by Barack Obama will necessarily cast further doubt on his judgment and his fitness to serve as commander in chief.
“Barack Obama may have been a child when William Ayers was plotting attacks against U.S. targets — but I was one of those targets. Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family.”
Michael Barone: It's a legitimate issue:
As the AP once again swings the bat for Obama:
Obama has denounced the radical views and actions of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground group during the Vietnam era. On Sunday, He dismissed the criticism from the McCain campaign, leveled by Palin, as "smears" meant to distract voters from real problems such as the troubled economy.
"The comments are about an association that has been known but hasn't been talked about," Palin said as she boarded her plane in Long Beach, Calif. "I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy's living room."
At issue is Obama's association with Ayers. Both have served on the same Chicago charity and live near each other in Chicago. Ayers also held a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when Obama first ran for office in the mid-1990s, the event cited by Palin.
But while Ayers and Obama are acquainted, the charge that they "pal around" is a stretch of any reading of the public record. And it's simply wrong to suggest that they were associated while Ayers was committing terrorist acts. Obama was 8 years old at the time the Weather Underground claimed credit for numerous bombings and was blamed for a pipe bomb that killed a San Francisco policeman.
For one thing, Palin didn't suggest they were associated when Obama was 8 years old. An unrepentant terrorist is STILL a terrorist.
I don't regret setting the bombs...I feel we didn't do enough.
Guilty as sin, free as a bird. It's a great country.
The McCain campaign responded:
“The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to Barack Obama, a man with little record, questionable judgment, and ties to radical figures like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist, or had a convicted felon help them buy their house — because those aren’t smears, those are true facts about Barack Obama.” —Tucker Bounds, spokesman McCain-Palin 2008
(via Flopping Aces)
Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman:
“I don’t think there’s a statute of limitations on terrorist bombings,” Mr. Chapman said in an interview, speaking not of the law but of political and moral implications.
“If you’re in public life, you ought to say, ‘I don’t want to be associated with this guy,’ ” Mr. Chapman said. “If John McCain had a long association with a guy who’d bombed abortion clinics, I don’t think people would say, ‘That’s ancient history.’ ”
The New York Times downplays Obama's association with unrepentant terrorist Ayers. The AP, in a story about Sarah Palin's comment, "he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.", closed with this one-liner:
Obama served on a charity board with Ayers in Chicago and has denounced his past activities.
Stanley Kurtz on the Times story:
As others have noted, today’s New York Times carries a story on the relationship between Barack Obama and unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist, Bill Ayers. The piece serves as a platform for the Obama campaign and Obama’s friends and allies. Obama’s spokesman and supporters’ names are named and their versions of events are presented in detail, with quotes. Yet the article makes no serious attempt to present the views of Obama critics who have worked to uncover the true nature of the relationship. That makes this piece irresponsible journalism, and an obvious effort by the former paper of record to protect Obama from the coming McCain onslaught.
The New York Times in the tank for Obama? You bet. And sinking deeper every day.
Along with the Associated Press. There is no doubt that if John McCain had the association with Ayers The New York Times would run it front page, above the fold, for days, maybe weeks, on end. The AP would print more than one lame line about a charity board. In. The. Tank.
***Update 3:11 PM CT***
Sarah Palin is a RACIST! According to Associated Press writer Douglass K. Daniel:
By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign. And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret. ...
Dear Lord. What next? John at Power Line (emphasis mine):
When the McCain campaign ran an ad that had a white woman in it, it was denounced as racist. When it ran an ad that had an African-American man (Franklin Raines) in it, it was denounced as racist. Now the McCain campaign links Obama to a white man, the former terrorist, and still anti-American, Bill Ayers. That's racist too. I think we've exhausted just about all the possibilities. The only non-racist thing McCain can do, apparently, is concede the election.
There once was a time when the Associated Press was a respected news-gathering agency. Some years ago, it began to abandon that mission in order to transform itself into a liberal advocacy organization. That transformation is now pretty much complete.
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