The Book of Lies Tour by Privileged Bill Ayers

Screen-shot-2012-05-08-at-5.37.56-PMIn his memoir about infiltrating the Weather Underground, Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen, Larry Grathwohl described his frustrations with having to be at two places at once: at his job on the loading dock and at the meetings organized by Weatherman, the domestic terrorist group cofounded by Bill Ayers.  It was 1969, and Grathwohl had recently returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam.  He was 22 years old and had a wife and baby to support.  After the group tried to recruit him (they had been ordered by communist higher ups to recruit from the working class), Grathwohl, with the encouragement of his father-in-law, a retired police officer, decided to infiltrate the group.

It’s hard to be a working class radical—or to even pretend to be one, as Grathwohl learned.  Russell Kirk in Decadence and Renewal in Higher Education recalls that “the higher the students’ background of prosperity, the more radical their rebelliousness.”  Mark Rudd’s attempts to shut down Brooklyn College were rejected by the students there.  But he found success at elite Columbia University.

Like many of the violent troublemakers during the 1960s and 1970s, Bill Ayers was the son of privilege, specifically of the politically powerful and wealthy Thomas Ayers.

After admittedly bombing police stations and government buildings and spending a decade in reasonable comfort on the run from the law, Bill Ayers earned two graduate degrees in education in record time, immediately obtained a teaching position in his hometown of Chicago, and swiftly rose up the tenure ladder to “Distinguished Professor.” He used his time as a professor at the public university to proselytize for the communist revolution, filling up over 40 pages of a curriculum vitae with regurgitated nonsensical agitprop.  He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Bennington College (taking a leave from his teaching on the taxpayers’ dime) and turned his creative dissertation into the book Fugitive Days.  Now he is being given a public platform to promote his second memoir Public Enemy, speaking at public colleges as well as public events like the Wisconsin Book FestivalMSNBC gave him a platform last week with a spin worthy of the old Soviet Union, with a lead-in of clips of Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign accusing Barack Obama of “palling around” with terrorists, namely Ayers.

Dressed in his customary pseudo-proletariat chic, Bill Ayers presented himself simply as a retired professor, a concerned grandfather, who had led an “antiwar group.”  There is a “collective responsibility” for the excesses of the era, he said in his fake conciliatory voice.  “We all should apologize,” he said, naming Henry Kissinger, John Kerry, Bob Kerry, Angela Davis, and Jane Fonda.  He had no regrets for destroying government property “in opposition to a genocidal war.” Presenting himself as a victim of “guilt by association,” Ayers distanced himself from Obama—no doubt making Obama very happy. The interview ended with stories about his grandchildren’s bedtime hour.

Ayers was given the floor on national television to lie about his terroristic past.  Larry Grathwohl, who passed away in July, testified in 1974 before the United States Senate subcommittee on internal security.

Grathwohl told the committee, “Bill [Ayers] was the person who directed the ‘focle’ that I was part of to place the bomb at the DPOA [the Detroit Police Officers Association] Building.  He designed the bomb and told me that he would get the necessary materials, the dynamite, et cetera, and 4 days later Bill broke that focle that I was part of up . . . and we were directed to go to Madison, Wis.”  This was in 1970.

A focle was a four-person task force, small in size to evade detection.

Grathwohl talked about the case again at a 2012 conference sponsored by America’s Survival:

“during the meeting with Bill Ayers [in 1970] we were told that our objective would be to place bombs at the Detroit Police Officers Association . . . and at the 13th precinct.  Furthermore, Bill instructed us to determine the best time to place these explosive devices that would result in the greatest number of deaths and injuries. . . .”

When Grathwohl pointed out to Ayers that a Red Barn restaurant next door would most likely be destroyed and the customers killed during the explosion, Ayers replied “sometimes innocent people have to die in a revolution.”

At the 1974 Congressional hearing, Grathwohl described another meeting where “Bill [Ayers] started off telling us about the need to raise the level of the struggle and for stronger leadership inside the Weatherman ‘focles’ and inside the Weatherman organization as a whole.  And he cited as one of the real problems was that someone like Bernardine Dohrn had to plan, develop and carry out the bombing of the police station in San Francisco. . . .”  That bomb killed Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell in 1970.

Larry testified that Ayers had said that the bomb was placed on the window ledge.  Ayers described the kind of bomb it was “to the extent of saying what kind of shrapnel was used in it.” That case is still open.

Last week, On MSNBC Ayers said, “we [Weatherman] made a decision while we were willing to engage in extreme tactics, we would not harm human life. . . . We never hurt or harmed anyone.  We destroyed property.”

Bill Ayers, the privileged professor, was allowed to lie on television.  Larry Grathwohl did what most working class Vietnam vets did: he worked.  His story was nearly forgotten, until Cliff Kincaid started inviting him to America’s Survival conferences a few years ago.  That was where I met Larry.  This spring my writing partner Tina Trent republished Grathwohl’s memoir and the three of us toured Florida in May, speaking about Grathwohl’s book, Bill Ayers, and the terroristic Weatherman.  We found a receptive audience at tea party groups, many of them military veterans.

On his MSNBC stage, Ayers “confessed” to past “self-righteousness.” But Ayers is such a product of privilege that he cannot see his own disregard for those not of his elite class of communists.  In 1970, he conveyed contempt for the mostly black patrons who would have been killed at the Detroit restaurant by his bomb.  During his teaching career, he cheated thousands of “urban school” students of a legitimate education.  In his self-righteous first memoir Fugitive Days, he presented “Celeste,” the black family maid, as a cudgel with which to beat up his parents and their generation.  He brags about kissing a black girlfriend. He writes about dining at the St. Petersburg in San Francisco, while on the run from the FBI.  The owner is described as a “cheery old lady whose family had escaped the Bolsheviks and gone to China, only to flee the Maoists en route to Cuba, and then to run from Fidel, landing right here in the U.S., where, we hoped, if the pattern held, she was merely awaiting another revolution.”

Larry Grathwohl repeated the story, always with amazement and disbelief in his voice, about how the well-off young adults of the Weatherman would discuss what they would do after the “revolution”: order the reeducation of an estimated 100 million Americans and the execution of the estimated 25 million who would resist reeducation.

Bill Ayers has Larry Grathwohl to thank to sabotaging at least one of his bombs in Detroit.  Larry Grathwohl prevented the Weathermen from doing more harm than they did.

But as we can see by the way Ayers is feted by the liberal media, it is those from the upper classes still who are given the stage.

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  • davarino

    May Ayers last days be as painful as he dished out.

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  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    Liberals are the worst hypocrites on the planet.
    Liberals are fine with Ayer’s past and the fact that he’s unrepentant. But back when Scott Brown was running for US senator, liberals persecuted him for posing semi nude at the age of 22 in cosmo.

    • antioli

      Who did they want to see pose in the nude,Ted Kennedy?

      • Rocky Mountain

        That should be prosecuted if not persecuted!

  • cathnealon

    Ayers received his Master’s at Bennington College where another Marxist, Elizabeth Coleman, was president for two decades, the mother of David, another red diaper baby. Nothing like being taken over by a few wealthy elites who, without all their hoity-toity credentials, would be involuntarily committed to the nearest psych ward. In fact, poor Ezra Pound, when he aligned himself with Mussolini, was locked away at St. Elizabeth’s in DC for years. Too bad his Dad wasn’t the head of an electric company. Well, these guys learned back in the 50’s to look and act all bourgeois to blend in–wow. It worked.

    • Rocky Mountain

      Nice comparison with Pound. They should’ve just shook their heads and let him go. What was he going to do, give an incendiary poetry reading?

  • The March Hare

    Last year I heard a discussion on talk radio about Larry Grathwohl’s book which had been republished. I had known about it, but hadn’t read it so I grabbed a Kindle version of it and read it. This is a short, easy to read book that everyone should read. It really sheds light on the growth of the leftist movement in this country. It is a shame Larry passed away and we lost his personal testimony, but it is preserved in his memoir.

  • Simon

    There is a special place reserved in hell for Bill Ayers and his comrades.


    Here is an expose of Bill Ayers book “Prairie Fire”, dedicated in part to the assassin of US Senator and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

  • Clare Spark

    We should not think of Bill Ayers as a product of the Progressive movement as it once existed. See “Progressive uplift vs. New Left nihilism.” And find William Herrick’s short book LOVE AND TERROR, roughly based on the Baader Meinhof gang.

    • ray

      Clare my dear,

      Ayers along with his minions, [Weather Underground] declared war on the United States America with a written letter to the White House. Their primary goal was to topple capitalism however means necessary to accomplish their “mission.” They even admitted having such a high admiration for Charles Manson to start a racial war [one of the Weatherman’s top priorities also]. That alone should tell you the radical left or [progressives] are the product of their movement which in the Weatherman’s case can only be described as domestic terrorism. Actually that group deserves a firing-squad and nothing less as described by an “act of war’

      So many Americans attempt to define capitalism as an evil structure of control for the ruling elite class. Capitalism is simply the pursuit to happiness and the right to keep the fruits of your labor.

    • James Jeffrey Paul

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  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are close friends with Barack Hussein Obama and his lovely “beard” Michelle. Obama took his cues from the Ayers’ playbook and did exactly what these domestic terrorist had done in the past, created fraudulent documents in order to have a chance to usurp the office of the POTUS. It worked!! Obama has a forged birth certificate because he doesn’t have a legitimate American birth certificate, he has a fraudulent SS# (042-68-4425) because he wasn’t entitled to a legitimate one. He was forced to fraudulently register with the Selective Service in 2008 because he refused to do so in 1980 using his Indonesian citizenship as an excuse. Right out of the Ayers playbook.

    • Well Done

      The zeal with which 0bama’s lowest-level minions pursue anyone who dares point out that 0bama could not have been born in Hawaii… I could go on and on… informs us that he wasn’t. Fraud on fraud on fraud, and all too many seemingly-intelligent Americans go along with it. Why?

      • Rocky Mountain

        Even if one doesn’t go along with it, what can anyone possibly do. I’m not entirely convinced about the place of his birth one way or the other but if I was, and there are obviously lots of people who are, I wouldn’t have a big say in things and neither do all the others combined. The only and best hope is to simply vote them out.

  • John Davidson

    The sad thing about this horror story or fable, is most libraries throughout will be forced to include it and surely, all educational facilities including grade schools. The new collective society demands it now.

    • Fritz

      Sounds like something to arrange to be lost or destroyed, or at least refiled under “Fiction”. I wouldn’t worry about the schools, thanks to morons like Ayers most of the students would be incapable and disinterested in reading it anyhow.

  • DB1954

    I believe that sometime around 2008, The Nation published an opinion piece about Ayers that was highly critical of him. This was a bit surprising because The Nation is probably the no. 1 left-wing publication in the country. Other than that, I know of no liberal source that has ever publicly rebuked Ayers for his radicalism. It could be that some former anti-war activists such as Lanny Davis have distanced themselves from Ayers, but I’m not sure of that.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    How is it that Ayers has avoided arrest and prosecution all these years? Is it because law enforcement doesn’t have enough proof? I realize he’s probably hard to locate, mostly, but it seems that they should have nailed him by now.

    • Fritz

      I’ve been curious as to why no one has filed a wrongful death suit against this slimebag? Even if he is off the hook in terms of criminal proceedings thanks to the FBI botching the case the same burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not apply in a civil trail. In several of his books his has admitted culpability with regard to planning the bombings, even bragging that they should have bombed more.

  • Burlington

    The lying little commie also refuses to tell the truth about writing DREAMS FROM MY FATHER for Obama. Jack Cashill had that nailed before the election. Ayers got caught with his metaphors down. Anyone with a computer and 20 minutes of spare time should have realized what a fraudulent candidate the Democrats were putting up. The race card trumps everything.

  • antioli

    So Ayers hates the government enough to bomb it.

    Shouldn’t some one tell Chris Mathews?

  • Carlos Danger

    Maybe we’ll all get lucky and someone will shoot this terrorist in the face during on of his speaking engagements.

  • PAthena

    Bill Ayers is NOT a professor emeritus of education from Northwestern University because Chris Kennedy, a son or Robert Kennedy murdered by Sirhan Sirhan, is (or was) on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern; when he discovered Ayers was up to be made professor emeritus, he prevented it, because Ayers had dedicated a book to Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of his father.


      This fact MUST be publicized.

      I wonder whether Bill Ayers ever met Bill de Blasio????