Saturday’s New York Times carried a fascinating Op-Ed by William Ayers, who wisely waited until after the election to speak out, less anything he say be taken completely out of context by McCain/Palin and Fox News.
Here’s the column.
There two passages are particularly interesting:
I never killed or injured anyone. I did join the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s, and later resisted the draft and was arrested in nonviolent demonstrations. I became a full-time antiwar organizer for Students for a Democratic Society. In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in Greenwich Village. The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices â€” the ones at the Pentagon and the United States Capitol were the most notorious â€” as an illegal and unpopular war consumed the nation.
The dishonesty of the narrative about Mr. Obama during the campaign went a step further with its assumption that if you can place two people in the same room at the same time, or if you can show that they held a conversation, shared a cup of coffee, took the bus downtown together or had any of a thousand other associations, then you have demonstrated that they share ideas, policies, outlook, influences and, especially, responsibility for each otherâ€™s behavior. There is a long and sad history of guilt by association in our political culture, and at crucial times weâ€™ve been unable to rise above it.
President-elect Obama and I sat on a board together; we lived in the same diverse and yet close-knit community; we sometimes passed in the bookstore. We didnâ€™t pal around, and I had nothing to do with his positions. I knew him as well as thousands of others did, and like millions of others, I wish I knew him better.
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