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Blast From The Past

For a while, it actually looked like sanity would prevail. Unrepentant domestic terrorist and Obama mentor William Ayers had been invited to speak at the University of Wyoming, but conservative student groups protested and he was uninvited.

But then Ayers went to court (using the very same legal system that let him almost literally get away with murder -- after being freed on a technicality, he proclaimed "guilty as sin, free as a bird -- ain't this a great country?") to protest this unfriending. And a judge has ruled that UW has to not only let this scumbag on campus, but give him a lecture hall and "adequate" security to protect him from... well, anyone who might decide to emulate Ayers' own conduct from his feckless youth.

So, how should Mr. Ayers be received on campus?

Well, he could be greeted with a nail bomb planted in his podium. A little "blast from the past" for the former bomber. Heck, perhaps he could critique its construction and demonstrate how to properly disarm it.

Nope, the right doesn't do that.

Then, how about throwing a cream pie in his face? Have a couple of students rush the stage and plant a big, gooey mess right in the old terrorist's kisser? It's all the rage on college campuses -- just ask Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, William Kristol, Anita Bryant, William F. Buckley Jr., Phyllis Schlafly, or other prominent conservatives who've been pied.

Nah, that won't work. When a conservative gets pied, it's a prank, a joke, an exercise in free speech, a brave blow against fascists. If a conservative were to pie a prominent liberal, it would be assault and battery, a brutal expression of political violence, an attempt to silence a speaker, and a crime against Gaia and the poor to waste food. So that's right out.

How about threatening to riot if he's allowed on campus? How about saying that it's time to take a stand against hate and violence?

Uh-uh. Only hard-left anarchists and radical Muslims are given that freedom. The rest just get their asses tossed in jail for just the threats.

Well, why not simply show up with lots of big signs and banners protesting Ayers' presence (and his unapologetic attitude towards his terrorist past)? Why not just wave the banners and signs and shout the bastard down? Hundreds of people chanting "NO TERRORISTS ON CAMPUS" and the like?

Forget it. That kind of freedom of speech is only granted to leftists. Keeping that from happening would fall under what the judge has ordered as "adequate security." Protest signs and banners would be excluded, protesters closely watched, and anyone who even says "boo" to the vermin Ayers will be removed.

In the end, the lesson to be learned from Ayers' visit to the University of Wyoming will be this: in our system, all are equal. It's just that some are more equal than others. And someone like William Ayers --an unrepentant former domestic terrorist -- is simply more entitled to more rights and more acceptance and more forgiveness than conservatives who don't have his record of atrocities and aren't anywhere near as extreme.

Yes, I will admit to a major personal vendetta against Ayers. He is a domestic terrorist who not only escaped justice for his crimes, but is to this day utterly unrepentant of his deeds. And it rankles me no end that he's a respected voice on the left. He actually did so many of the things that the Left keeps saying -- groundlessly -- that the Tea Party movement wants to do.I don't see any difference between Ayers and Timothy McVeigh, except that McVeigh was more competent and Ayers was pretty much a chickenshit coward who was far more talk than action, and excelled at getting others to carry out his plans and keep his hands clean.

One final note: it would be tempting to ascribe Ayers' treatment to his connection to the president. Ayers was a long-time friend and supporter of Obama's who played a crucial role in several early stages of Obama's rise to power, but in recent years the two men have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from each other. It seems both understand that their association has moved from an asset to a liability for achieving their common goals, and at this point I don't think they even acknowledge ever having heard of each other. The notion that Obama would intervene on Ayers' behalf -- or that Ayers would even think of dropping Obama's name -- is simply not plausible.


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Comments (17)

Time to get a new dead hors... (Below threshold)
Senor Cardgage:

Time to get a new dead horse, Jay. Two of the three people who cared about Ayers have become hypnotized by Shawn Hannity's low hairline and the third is occupied with a card that reads, "How do you keep a moron busy? Turn over" on each side.

I am from Wyoming and belie... (Below threshold)
Stan:

I am from Wyoming and believe me, no one is too happy about about the Federal judge's decision to let Ayers speak at the University of Wyoming, except the hard core liberals that live here. Fortunately, they are a small minority here and we would like to keep it that way.

The only reason Ayers was invited to speak at the University was some big time liberal student and campus agitator, wanted to thumb her nose at the people of Wyoming. She is not even a resident of the state, but she thinks that Wyoming could use a little culture. Well I have news for her. The kind of culture that Ayers brings to campuses, is not welcome here. Nor will it ever be.

I think the best response w... (Below threshold)
epador:

I think the best response would be to completely ignore him. No protests, no news stories, nada. Second best would be to fill the auditorium with folks that would ignore him (no boos or catcalls, just no response at all except for perhaps a mass yawn or two).

i will no longer contribute... (Below threshold)
bostinks2:

i will no longer contribute financially to schools that cower to terrroist.

Well, it looks like he gave... (Below threshold)
epador:

Well, it looks like he gave his speech, "1,100" attended and 10 protested peacefully outside.

I say let him speak. He and... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I say let him speak. He and "o" are cut from the same radical ,socialist/statist clothe. Every time they open their mouth they alienate more and more people. I despise what they stand for but, like a great patriot Patrick Henry said,"I will defend to the death, your right to say it". Nothing could be better for the conservative or American cause than for "o" to babble on day after day about what he thinks America should be like. And, for all his supporters to try and explain why he is the smartest president we've ever had. I say keep it up right through to November. As far as fairness goes, get real.

"He is a domestic terror... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"He is a domestic terrorist who not only escaped justice for his crimes, but is to this day utterly unrepentant of his deeds. And it rankles me no end that he's a respected voice on the left."

You didn't notice the elephant in the room, J.T.? That Ayers is an admitted communist?

Which explains why:

(1) he became a terrorist (America was fighting his fellow Democrats*/Communists in Vietnam and the left is not anti-war, they just oppose fighting against Communism-- which is also why they hate Reagan. Hell, you could send the smurfs** anywhere to perform alomst any atrocity and the left would applaude it.)

(2) "he's a respected voice on the left"

and why

(3) "Ayers [is] a long-time friend and supporter of Obama's who played a crucial role in several early stages of Obama's rise to power"

Because he, Obama, and the rest of the left have "common goals".

I hate when people fall for the misdirection that the press tried to feed us in 2008-- that Ayers was a terrorist a long time ago when Obama was just a little Muslim boy running aroung the streets a Jakarta, but he's past that and just a good old college professor now. No it's not that he was a terrorist, it's that is IS a COMMUNIST! That's the problem!

*I'm using the modern definition of that word here.

**U.N. soldiers who were blue, smurf-like, helmets.

"I don't see any differe... (Below threshold)

"I don't see any difference between Ayers and Timothy McVeigh"

Great point and a point we all should be making when the Homeland Security Secretary conflates the Tea Party movement with Timothy McVeigh. Bombs are part of the leftest agenda, not the peaceful Tea party movement.

Amazing how the thin skinned Obama adminstation is about protestors peacably assembling to redress their grievences.

Isn't there someting like that in the Constitution?

Perhaps, Jay Tea, it is tim... (Below threshold)

Perhaps, Jay Tea, it is time for us to quietly leave Ayers' final rewards to the God who made him and punish him in the eternal fires of hell - eventually. This life is short; eternity takes a while!

One bright side of this inc... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

One bright side of this incident is that we now have stare decisis, or settled case law-- which the left believes trumps the Constitution and Constitutional law-- that means that leftists cannot block conservatives from speaking on college campuses.

Nice thought, Gayle, but I'... (Below threshold)

Nice thought, Gayle, but I'm an agnostic. I'm concerned with the here and now.

I do defer to a bit of Christian doctrine, though -- on forgiveness. As I understand it, an essential part of gaining forgiveness is having and showing true repentance for one's deeds. Ayers has never shown anything like that.

Instead, he ping-pongs between pride in what he did ("I only regret not setting more bombs") and denying its true nature ("we were never terrorists"). As long as he keeps trying to bury or rewrite his history, I intend to keep restating the truth.

J.

"...he's a respected voice ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...he's a respected voice on the left."

Easy to do, when you set the bar LOW enough.

"One bright side of this... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"One bright side of this incident is that we now have stare decisis, or settled case law-- which the left believes trumps the Constitution and Constitutional law-- that means that leftists cannot block conservatives from speaking on college campuses."

An unintended (and undesired) consequence, I'm sure. But then, isn't that the way it goes with the left?

GarandFan,You assu... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

GarandFan,

You assume that the left has a bar at all.

William Ayers --an un... (Below threshold)
Matt:

William Ayers --an unrepentant former domestic terrorist

The unrepentant part negates the former part. Ayers is still a domestic terrorist.

Barry may distance himself ... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry may distance himself from Ayers and Wright but his thoughts and deeds show they are of a kindred spirit.

I too, am a Wyomingite. Som... (Below threshold)
Burt:

I too, am a Wyomingite. Somehow the whole situation felt like a setup--street theater, if you will. personally, I believe the threatening letters and emails came from the left in a very successful attempt to make Mr. Ayers seem more interesting than he actually is. It was strictly a ploy to sell tickets.

Another thought that struck me during the hearing from the federal judge. Surely the judge had heard that Mr. Ayers had set fire to another judge's home. Could you say that our judge felt threatened?




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