William Ayers is being hailed by the radical left as a hero, a courageous agent for change. It disgusts me to hear his colleagues and others in higher education praise the man who once used terror as a means of expressing his first amendment rights. When a domestic terrorist becomes a revered University professor educating and indoctrinating young minds, we should worry. We should worry indeed.
Everyone has a past, most adults have done stupid things in their younger lives they later regret and while life goes on, there are things that cannot be swept under the rug especially if one is a member of a terrorist organization whose mission is to undermine the security of the United States. William Ayers had every right to protest our presence in Vietnam, but there were ways to protest that did not incite fear. This man was not only a founding member of Weather Underground, but he planted bombs on US soil, he used terror tactics to incite fear in the American people, his actions were hostile and a direct threat to the security of the United States.
Years later, he's a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and he's got every liberal professor in America defending him. They're stepping all over each other rushing to sign their name to "the list" showing support for Ayers.
There's no doubt in my mind that we never should have been in Vietnam. But there are better ways to protest than to plant bombs in one's own country and terrorizing one's fellow citizens. Violence does not bring attention to one's cause, it only makes things worse.
William Ayers himself claimed in later years he did not do enough. Perhaps where he left off with Weather Underground, he has picked up in the classroom. One can't help but wonder what he is teaching his young students and how far they may go in taking over where he left off.