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Prairie Fire: Ayers' Communist Manifesto

From ZombieTime, a critical look at William Ayers' forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire. Sadly, too few Americans may have the attention span to digest that put forth here. The essay examines Ayers' work, and his views expressed within debunk many media myths, such as the assertion that he was simply protesting against the Vietnam War when he orchestrated bombings through the Weather Underground.

  • Ayers was not simply protesting "against" the Vietnam War. Firstly, he wasn't against war in principle, he was agitating for the victory of the communist forces in Vietnam. In other words: He wasn't against the war, he was against our side in the war. This is spelled out in great detail in Prairie Fire. Secondly, and more significantly, the Vietnam War was only one of many issues cited by the Weather Undergound as the justifications for their violent acts. As you will see below, in various quotes from Prairie Fire and in their own list of their violent actions (and in additional impartial documentary links), Ayers and the Weather Underground enumerated dozens of different grievances as the rationales for their bombings -- their overarching goal being to inspire a violent mass uprising against the United States government in order to establish a communist "dictatorship of the proletariat," in Ayers' own words.
  • Ayers and his co-authors freely brag about their bombings and other violent and illegal acts, and even provide a detailed list, most likely typed up by Ayers himself, of the crimes they had committed up to that point. Ayers' list, scanned directly from Prairie Fire, is shown below. He may have escaped conviction due to a legal technicality (the prosecutors failed to get a warrant during some of their surveillance of the Weather Underground), but this in no way means that Ayers was factually innocent of the crimes. As has been widely reported, after the case against him was dropped, Ayers described himself as "guilty as hell, free as a bird."
  • Just because Ayers tries to appear respectable now doesn't mean that he wasn't a violent revolutionary in the past. In fact, as the text of Prairie Fire shows, Ayers was one of the most extreme extremists in American political history. And as the links given as the end of this essay will prove, Ayers is just as politically radical now as he was back then. He has never renounced the political views he professed in the 1960s and 1970s. The only difference is that now he no longer commits violence to achieve his goals. After his stint as the leader of the Weather Underground, he shifted to a different tactic: to spread his ideology under the aegis of academia. But the goal remains the same: to turn America into a communist nation. Ayers' contemporary writings contain many of the same ideas (and even the same phrases) found in Prairie Fire, just toned down to make them more palatable in polite society.

It is a long essay, but a necessary read.

(H/T The Thunder Run.)


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Bill Ayers is who he... (Below threshold)

Bill Ayers is who he is. Among other things, he is the son of Thomas Ayers, Chairman and CEO of ConEd both during the days of Ayers' Weather Underground and for the time when Bill Ayers was rehabilitated back into "Polite" society. Thomas Ayers arranged for Bill Ayers wife to get a job at Northwestern teaching Law even though she has been denied a license to practice and if anyone thinks that William Ayers got the his job at UofC on merit, I have a bridge to seel you in NYC.

Why doesn't someone take this and run with it, it is all about Daddy's money. Thomas Ayers was the Godfather of Illinois politics, both white and black. He funded community organizing and black activitism. And the blacks he put in power rolled over when ConEd wanted a rate increase. It is all in the record, but it takes time and energy to dig it out.

Thomas Ayers was on the Board of the Tribune. Why, without Thomas Ayers' support, would Daley roll over and give up on the Annenberg Challenge and support Bill Ayers' application instead of his own?

Even John Kasse, Chicago Reporter who likes to write exposes, hasn't touched Thomas Ayers, even though the elder Ayers died last year?

Why is Bill Ayers lauded within educational circles? It has to do with ideology. It also has to do with money; grants, awards and the like.

Daddy's money.

According to the <a href="h... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

According to the documentary posted here earlier, the expressly stated purpose of Ayers' Weather Underground was "the violent overthrow of the U.S. government." That is not a characterization, it comes straight from the horses mouth.

PSSST!!!!bill ayer... (Below threshold)


bill ayers likes to sing terrorist songs on friday nights at his terrorist hideout, while obama drinks herbal tea and claps along and burns little paper american flags in an ashtray!!!

pass it on!!!!!!!

...LOL at you guys =]

Guess what? Nobody cares ab... (Below threshold)

Guess what? Nobody cares about Bill Ayers.

You can cry all you want about how you feel this is the most important issue facing us, but it just ain't. Everyone with any sense understands this is a useless distraction. And, really, what's your lame reasoning here? Sorry, Obama does not have bad judgement because he sat on committees with this guy. He's not a terrorist sympathizer because he was at the guys house.

McCain is friends with Liddy. Does that make him a burglar and a convicted criminal too?

Face it. You hate the man because he's not conservative and - for some of you who won't admit it to yourselves - black. Well, get used to it. He's going to be our President. Most of the country has grown up.

To the lefties, the violent... (Below threshold)

To the lefties, the violent overthrow of our government is fine. Wanting the communists to win in Viet Nam while McCain is tortured for 5 1/2 years is okay.

The left equates the above with a second rate burglary from people who at least thought they were doing what was best for our country. You lefties here are very unpatriotic.

There are quite a few people who care about this issue. In my mind, it is not republican or demo, it is an American issue. Why would a candidate for president hang out with a guy like this? There is very bad judgement here. ww

To those who keep saying th... (Below threshold)

To those who keep saying this is no big deal, I'd like to ask you to imagine if John McCain was on a first name basis with Eric Rudolph, would you feel that was no big deal?

G. Gordon Liddy - Served hi... (Below threshold)

G. Gordon Liddy - Served his time in prison for what he did.

Williams Ayers - repented of his...no wait, served time in...no ummm....

Ok Hansel2 ya got us on that one. Might as well stay home and not vote

Never mind `Joe the Plumber... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Never mind `Joe the Plumber, the unlicensed Republican plumber, the CREEP plumber unit were the only plumbers McCain really respected and still does.
He wrote at the time. "Watergate would be a very minor item compared to the achievements of the Nixon administration". I suppose that includes all the ilegal break-ins commandeered by the most infamous of the self-described plumbers, Gordon Liddy.

When McCain appeared on Liddy`s show, McCain was effusive with praise for his host, "Gordon, congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation (the USA) great." Could you imagine Obama saying the same thing about Ayres a distinguished professor of education at the Univ. of Chicago. He would be pilloried but not McCain.

AND THIS WAS ABOUT Liddy WHO HAS SAID: "In discussing Hitler's personal influence upon him, Liddy said that "at assemblies where the national anthem is played, I must suppress the urge to snap out my right arm."

Great straight arm talk from a radical friend of John. Which is the scarier Liddy or Ayres?

Now we know what peabody300... (Below threshold)

Now we know what peabody3000 does on his Friday nights. Yes, peabody, you are still a dumbas*.

heheh lamedusa, i see that ... (Below threshold)

heheh lamedusa, i see that coming down to your level really does get you firing on all cylinders

good show, good show.....


Guess what? Nobody... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
Guess what? Nobody cares about Bill Ayers.

Correction : Nobody already supporting Obama cares about Bill Ayers.

I can certainly see how Barrack mesmerizes the easily-led with his angelic oratories (that are full of absolutely nothing).

I can understand frustration with the perceived failures of the Bush administration.

I cannot understand how even mindless sheep who have any sense of self-preservation could possibly support Obama... A man who has been tied to so many scandals (we're talking serious scandals... not MSM manufactured ones about how many homes one owns or if someone owns a tanning bed.) A man who practically declared his socialistic propensities to an American citizen who had the temerity to ask The One a simple question in a public forum.
If you are devoid of logical thought and have never cracked a history book, perhaps socialism appeals to you... Wow, everyone is "taken care of" and gets a piece of the pie... whether they're willing to work or not.

If you support Barrack Obama because he is black, you are a racist.
If you support Barrack Obama because he represents "change", you are simple.
If you support Barrack Obama because you believe in socialism, you are an idiot.

Lefturds, without using the words "hope" or "change", tell me why you support this threat to our nation. Which specific policies do you support... What are the key issues that overide Obama's acquaintances with those who admittedly want to destroy America, think that God should damn America, or are proud of America for the first time in 40 some-odd years?

I don't expect a specific answer, as I have come to believe that The One's followers are all mindless zombies, devoid of logical thought or rational.

"Correction : Nobody alr... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"Correction : Nobody already supporting Obama cares about Bill Ayers."

Correction: no one who shares Ayers' c-word ideology (and of course supports Obama, by default) cares about Bill Ayers.

soryy neo-nuts, but there i... (Below threshold)

soryy neo-nuts, but there is no significant connection between bill ayers and obama. many republicans have had deeper connections (and have written about them) than obama

thats why nothing is sticking to obama... its all horsesh!t

and obama WILL win in less than 2 weeks

get ready and enjoy the election!


This election is ABSOLUTELY... (Below threshold)

This election is ABSOLUTELY between John Mc Cain and Jane Fonda

pea - "soryy neo-nuts, ... (Below threshold)

pea - "soryy neo-nuts, but there is no significant connection between bill ayers and obama.>

Then how do YOU explain away the fact ayres hired obama to administer a fund worth 50 million dollars? (ultimately over a 100 mil)

Is 100 mil insignificant in your eyes? If so why?

"soryy neo-nuts, but there ... (Below threshold)

"soryy neo-nuts, but there is no significant connection between bill ayers and obama."

Yes, you are still an idiot, too. "Deeper Connections?"

May I, marc? "Do Tell!" But of course you're an idiot without "access" to sources, so never mind. You remain a waste of time and bandwidth.

LaMedusa - "May I, marc... (Below threshold)

LaMedusa - "May I, marc? "Do Tell!" But of course you're an idiot without "access" to sources, so never mind. You remain a waste of time and bandwidth."

But... but.... but he has a cellphone with web access. Doesn't that count for something?

"But... but.... but he has ... (Below threshold)

"But... but.... but he has a cellphone with web access. Doesn't that count for something?"

It would if he weren't an idiot with no common sense access.

I think I will visit this s... (Below threshold)

I think I will visit this site on November 5th and see how many Obama Idolizers show up...maybe it will be about 10:00 Pm on the 4th. I really do think that McCain will carry 40 states. We will see the real polls then.

I remember in 2004 the day after the election and the deafening silence from the spouters. Let's see who shows up.

"I think I will visit t... (Below threshold)

"I think I will visit this site on November 5th and see how many Obama Idolizers show up."

It won't matter the outcome, they'll be here regardless. Either to claim it was "STOLEN!!!" Or be in High Dudgeon claiming some type of superiority.

THAT will last less than a year, when HE gets less than 10% of what HE's promised accomplished he'll be tossed under the bus like so much garbage.

10%, marc? You're so gener... (Below threshold)

10%, marc? You're so generous! But they won't notice anything until long after the staged crisis, cuz Bidey let 'em in on "the secret".

I cannot understand how ... (Below threshold)

I cannot understand how even mindless sheep who have any sense of self-preservation could possibly support Obama...

Mindless sheep. That's rich coming from someone who's a Bush supporter. Happy you elected a President you wanted to have a beer with? How has that turned out for you?

Anyone who voted for Bush in the past two elections is either a fearful coward or a moron - and the only people who still think he's a good President are delusional - all 26% of you.

McCain's antics at the head of this market decline were pathetic. His choice for VP is laughable - and the Conservative right is just where they deserve to be in history: regarded as slow-minded, fearful failures.

And Obama will win the Presidency. That's reality. Sorry to bother you with something scary like that.

How can anyone with a brain... (Below threshold)

How can anyone with a brain say that Ayers does not matter? Obama is a liar and Ayers is a terrorist that needs to be executed.

Hannity just found 1974 iss... (Below threshold)

Hannity just found 1974 issue of Prairie Fire....dedicated to Surhan Surhan

You are who you associate w... (Below threshold)

You are who you associate with. Obama's past is very suspect. As to whether or not he has changed, no one can be sure.
From what I have seen, he, in good faith, cannot take the oath of president. The little part "protect and defend the constitution of the United States" might pose a problem...
Did you know that all military personel take the same oath concerning the constitution?

I cant stand the basic igno... (Below threshold)

I cant stand the basic ignorance of people. Mr. Ayers is just one of the creeps he has been asociated with. If Mr. O'Bama wins I'm leaving the Army and going elsewhere

In Obama's memoir he stated... (Below threshold)
c.c. donna:

In Obama's memoir he stated that he carefully chose his friends and sought out Marxist professors. So his friends matter. I did not realize the dedication in the book to Sirhan Sirhan, though. I am devastated. What on earth could he have against Bobby Kennedy? I am from that same boomer generation, however, my parents were not rich elitists like Ayers family. I actually worked the weekend of the Woodstock summer of love.

I stayed straight during the sixties. That meant off drugs and did not wear flowers in my hair. I have no respect whatsoever for those spoiled, crass members of my generation.

If he wanted Communism, he should have moved to the USSR. He should have realized that Communisma and socialism did not and does not work.

And if Obama has gotten to get the Fairness Doctrine off the ground, he will be exactly like Hugo Chavez. What they did to Joe the Plumber, you can't ask the ONE a question without being investigated. And they questioned Bush over this?

But, the Bobby Kennedy thing, I am so disgusted. I did not agree with his politics, but I am just disgusted.

Part II on the associations... (Below threshold)
c. c. donna:

Part II on the associations.

If Obama were to apply for a job his associations would prevent him from getting the job. Guilt by association is critical for a lot of jobs, and yet, ignored when it comes to the highest job in the land.

When he heard about Ayers, and in Chicago politics he must have heard, he is a bright guy, especially after 9/11, Ayers made a comment at the time.

its interesting that on pag... (Below threshold)

its interesting that on page 13 of Prairie Fire they go on to talk about the BLACK LIBERATION MOVEMENT. Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a pastor of a church of BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY. Coincidence? What ties the two? BARACK OBAMA

When John Street was runnin... (Below threshold)
Joe & Angie:

When John Street was running for mayor of Philadelphia....Sir Bill Clinton came here and detailed all of his "contributions" to the city such as community organizer and city councilman. Concluding that it was only "fair" that Street be elected mayor and he was elected.

Based upon that logic... I would suggest that McCain has made much more of a contribution to the country than Barry. Is it then not fair that McCain then be our nest president?

This prarie fire book lists... (Below threshold)
Not Voting 4 Obama:

This prarie fire book lists as it's dedication a host of radical personalities, among them Sirhan Sirhan the guy that killed Robert Kennedy.Obama's Mentor was Frank Davis a well-known communist radical.
Obama Sat in a radical church for 20 years that he said he went to twice a month but didn't know was radical. Oprah left after a couple years to preserve her interests.There is also a controversy as to Larry Sinclair's claims of gay sex, drugs and murder regarding Obama.
Obama first claimed that William Ayers was just a guy in his neighborhood until greater connections surfaced such as him serving on the woods fund board with Ayers, administering grant money at $50,000 a pop that Ayers had gotten from the Annenburg project. Obama wrote a positive blurb on an Ayers book. Michelle Obama asked Ayers to speak at an event. Ayers wife Bernadine Dohrn bought the property next to Obama's for full price then sold a piece of that property for $100,000 to Obama to extend his property rendering the other part of her property unbuildable on. At the time she was only making $38,000 a year. Obama launched his political career at a party in Ayers home.
Obama got his house at $300,000 under value in a deal from political fixer and slum lord Tony Rezko, and at a price below the normal interest rate.
Obama was close friends with radical PLO anti-semite Rashid Khalidi. They had dinners at his house, Obama's kids had been babysat by them. Obama attended a dinner in celebration of Khalidi with Ayers and Dohrn in attendance that include anti-semitic speech.
Obama has sealed his college records from inspection. You would think someone would be proud of those accomplishments. Percy Sutton says he was asked by his radical ex-black panther friend to write a letter to get Obama into Harvard.
Obama claimed he was never a Muslim but a report done by inside edition clearly shows his school record in Indonesia listing him as Muslim.
Obama paid an affiliate of the radical group ACORN $800,000 to get the vote out for him. Obama once worked for ACORN and helped them to pass motor voter legislation in Chicago. Obama first claimed he never had any association with ACORN.
Obama is undergoing recent lawsuits asking that he provide his original birth certificate for proof of citizenship verification. He refuses to do so casting doubt on his legitimacy to be president.
Obama became senator by default since the other opponents dropped out for various reasons.
Obama claimed in 2004 that he would not run for president in this election because he was not qualified. His VP choice Joe Biden said "we don't have time for on the job training" about him. Bill Clinton says Obama called to ask what he should do about the economy after the wall street crisis. Obama insulted our military by saying they were flying around bombing villages and killing civilians. Obama told a country that has nukes (Pakistan) that he would go in to get Bin Laden if they did not get him. Obama called Iran no threat, just a little country. Afghanistan is a little country that caused big problems. Obama's VP pick said Obama would be tested in some planned terrorist attack in his first 6 months in office. Obama stopped to knock on doors in a neighborhood and Joe the Plumber asked a question that got the infamous Obama reply about spreading the wealth around. Because Obama's answer to that question did not look good for him, Joe then had his personal records accessed, his garbage gone through and was subjected to personal attacks.

With all the lies, hiding of information and dubious associations why would anyone want to put this guy in charge of the country?






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