Paying For Insults From Bill Ayers

Paying For Insults From Bill Ayers

by L. J. Martin

The University of Oregon recently invited Bill Ayers to speak…which to me is about like inviting Hitler or Stalin to influence your students with their diatribe, not only inviting but sponsoring.  What the hell is wrong with U. of  O.?  I wonder how much public money was paid to Ayers to encourage him to influence students against the very system that allows them an education, one mostly underwritten by the hard-working, tax paying, citizens of Oregon?

Ayers told students, “The American empire is in decline.  It’s over…it’s over.”

This from

Bill Ayers spoke at the University of Oregon last week on the subject of teaching and organizing for “social justice.”  His speech was not free of the radical sentiments he is well-known for espousing (especially in the company of America’s youth). Case in point: he spoke of the end of America, a new world, and what our role ought to be in all of it.

(Related: Bill Ayers: ‘I Get Up Every Morning and Think…Today I’m Going to End Capitalism)

Almost as interesting as Ayers’ speech itself, perhaps, was how the leftist radical was introduced by the university students.  One girl, who described herself as a doctoral student at the university, spoke of the privilege they would have with their honored guest, in an “evening [of] radical imagination.”

Two others, an associate professor at the university and a graduate student, remarked: “Most of us have in one way or another acknowledged the sovereign authority of the U.S. government– or the state of Oregon– in order to be here tonight, either admission to the university, applying for a job, or just paying the parking meter.  We have not, however, asked permission of the [Native Americans] whose ancestral home this is, and to fail to acknowledge that this remains disputed territory would in effect be taking sides, [and] reinforce the erasure of indigenous history and indigenous peoples.”

End of article but unfortunately not the end of this kind of imbecility in our universities and colleges.

Ayers, if you recall, was the founder of the Weathermen, the Weather Underground; Ayers, who should still be rotting in jail if the American justice system had worked properly when he went on trial for bombing public buildings in opposition to the war in Viet Nam.

It’s widely believed that Ayers is the actual author of Obama’s biographical book DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, and it’s known that the Obama campaign began at a meeting in Ayers Chicago home.

This from Wikipedia:

During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, a controversy arose regarding Ayers’ contacts with then-candidate Barack Obama, a matter that had been public knowledge in Chicago for years.[61] After being raised by the American and British press[61][62][63] the connection was picked up by conservative blogs and newspapers in the United States. The matter was raised in a campaign debate by moderator George Stephanopoulos, and later became an issue for the John McCain presidential campaign. Investigations by The New York TimesCNN, and other news organizations concluded that Obama does not have a close relationship with Ayers.[64][65][66]

In an op-ed piece after the election, Ayers denied any close association with Obama, and castigated the Republican campaign for its use of guilt by association tactics.[40] In a new edition of his memoirs, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War-Activist, he added a new afterword describing the blogospheric characterization of their relationship as “neighbors and family friends” (“In 2008 there was a lot of chatter on the blogosphere about my relationship with Barack Obama: we had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fundraiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign.”).

End of article.

Yes, I believe in the First Amendment and in freedom of speech, and would have no problem if Ayers pulled his soap box up in the quad in the middle of the University of Oregon (at his own expense) and ranted and raved for days (until he hopefully choked), however to have a publicly sponsored University not only condone but encourage his rants in a forum held in their facility and with their expressed approval, a facility paid for by Oregon citizens, is beyond the pale.

I wonder if they provided an American flag from their cupboard, one paid for by the citizens of the State of Oregon, for him to desecrate in front of students?  I wouldn’t be surprised.

L. J. Martin is the author of 30 book length works, and the conservative blog  He lives in Montana with his wife, a best-selling author of over 55 novels.  Learn more at and





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