Free Speech on one side… Path to Radicalization
Is anyone surprised that the University of Chicago students would mass to express their right to free speech, while denying it to those who may have opposing views? This is what happened at a political rally this past evening in Chicago. One by-stander said, “I came to just hear what the candidate was saying. I’ve not made up my mind on how I will vote.” He never had the chance to hear and make up his mind because the Chicago police advised that the thousands protesting outside might get dangerous. The rally was called off. Free speech was stopped.
It may not surprise anyone either that one particular man who has been a professor at the University of Chicago and a guest speaker at many universities throughout the country has been himself a radical activist since the 1960’s. His name is William Charles Ayers (Bill). He was part of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), which was organized on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan in 1969 as an American radical left-wing organization. Mr. Ayers was arrested three times in Chicago during political rallies of the ’60s.
The plan of the WCO was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the U.S. government. Their first public demonstration was in 1969 with a riot in Chicago timed to coincide with the trial of the Chicago Seven. This was a group that issued a declaration of war against the U.S. under the name of Weather Underground Organization. There were bombings to private property connected to the group and in 2001, Mr. Ayers told the New York Times that he was sorry he did not do more. More recently, when asked about any regrets to his involvement in the WUO, he tried to defend his position by not calling it acts of terrorism. Yet, he remains an author for text books used in many of our Universities.
“The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices… We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war. Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.” Bill Ayers
Most people today, especially the young, probably are not aware of the violent and destructive methods of his organization. Nevertheless, his beliefs in Marxist ideas spill over in his talks to faculty and students under the name of “Reforming Education”. Most of our high schools have never taught any of these students what Marxism really is nor the results of anarchy in history. Yes, Chicago and Mr. Ayers are quite familiar with disturbance and public abuse of the rights of all people to free speech on any side of the issue.
When a reporter tried to talk with the protesters in Chicago, some said they did not want to tell the press why they were protesting or share any valid reasons. They were just simply there in mass at the encouragement of someone somewhere. Then the rally was cancelled and the thousands who wished to be part of it left. The demonstrators knew one thing and declared it, “We won!” Some were following Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist and it might be interesting to know what their response would be if he had to cancel his rally because many were denying his followers their free speech. Students were also asked during other discussions why they were following Senator Sanders. “I like him because he believes in social media”. Somehow “social media” and “socialist” don’t connect in meaning. This,however, is probably the extent of their understanding of the word “socialist“.
The disturbance in Chicago would certainly be part of Bill Ayers’ play book and back ground. He has been an expert on this for years…disrupt…and control.
In 2009, Florida State University had Mr. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, as a guest speakers. There have been many other universities that have welcomed him with open arms to bring his ideology to the impressionable minds of young people. He has taken on the respectable position of a professor of education, guest speaker, author and modern-day activist. Often universities wash their hands of responsibility to students by saying varied guest speakers, like Mr. Ayers, are not endorsed by the University. They make certain that the money paid to these people is other than college funds. Yet, by giving a nod to radical free speech, the University disallows an opposing opinion because of concern for disturbance which the radicals will likely promote. The fairness of a truly open education is then abandoned and our young people as well as our nation suffer.
Mr. Ayers is a soft spoken, smooth talking person, who could win over most anyone who does not know history or the results a nation faces when there is a movement for disruption and abolishing of opposing free speech. This is the first step in radicalizing the young and uninformed, especially when someone can speak or write in a convincing manner. I’m certain Mr. Ayers, and those like him, believe they are doing our youth a favor, as well as our country.
If the young people of today actually learn to stand for democratic ways and cherish them as their heritage, we may have hope in the next generation…unless they are led by anarchists down a path of violence, disruption and lack of respect for the opposing view. If so, look out candidates for Presidency in both Democrat and Republican parties in November! It may get very ugly. Even your first amendment rights may be in peril.
Before ending this blog, I would like to pay respect to those university young adults who do recognize the dangers in denying individual rights. In 2013, a student group from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin interviewed students on campus to see what they were aware of in their educational experience. Who was teaching and leading them? Who was writing books that certain courses made required reading? When they learned about Mr. Ayers, their reaction was one of surprise. They had trusted their professors and their institute of higher learning to give them the best in their educational experience. Our young people deserve more so that they will not be led blindly. Free speech is wonderful thing in a democracy, but it must be free for all opposing sides.
This entry was posted on March 13, 2016 by Boyer Writes. It was filed under Boyer Writes, History, Ideologies and Beliefs, Leadership, Over-coming Life's Problems and was tagged with anarchy, Boyer Writes, Chicago, Chicago protest, disruption, free speech, History, political rallies, radical activists, socialist, Universities, University students, William Charles Ayers.
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