Unlike the current ethnically diverse U.S. terrorists who are labeled as "home-grown", this group embodied the true sense of that term. Most of them were affluent white kids who embraced an idealistic, totalitarian, communist vision of America, and were committed to bringing down the constitutional republic of the United States. Mr. Grathwohl related his truly frightening experiences with these terrorists in a compelling book, titled Bringing Down America, which was published in 1976.
In the book, Larry portrays the leftist radical leaders of the movement as full-fledged followers of the morally bankrupt communist philosophy, which included "a world of hatred, drugs and free sex." The insider information that Grathwohl provided to the FBI helped slow down the movement's momentum and disrupt the leaders' impact. Notice that I said "slow down", because it is Mr. Grathwohl's [and my] contention that the influence of those leaders is still very much alive in this country; they just changed their tactics and their modus operandi and have managed to accomplish their goals in a much more surreptitious manner.
They have managed to hide their extremism under a cloak of respectability and peddle it as academia. The philosophy of the Communist Collective has been re-packaged as "Re-distribution of Wealth". These leftist radicals now carry the prestige and honor that come with their credentials; how could an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of Social Work (Kathy Boudin) possibly be a terrorist? And could an Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law (Bernadine Dohrn) ever have been involved in the bombing of the United States Capitol? And surely Bill Ayers, that retired professor of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, (formerly holding the titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar), saw the error of his ways as co-founder of the Weather Underground. After all, he may have once been the primary leader of the self-described communist revolutionary group, (who, by the way conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings), but now he is simply an American elementary education theorist .... r-i-i-i-g-h-t!
And if you want proof of just how successful these radicals (note I did not use the adjective "former") have been, just consider what we are seeing in our current education system. See if you agree with this statement, recently discovered in a Tennessee high school textbook titled The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. The textbook asked the question, “If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?” Hmmm, seems kind of anti-Semite, wouldn't you say? The book went on to suggest that terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and the PLO are nothing more than political parties.Here's another example of how the landscape has changed in American education: A professor of Islamic Studies at University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth has admitted to mentoring Boston terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev via email. Apparently the good professor felt it his duty to inform Dzhokhar of the history of Chechnya and its fight against Russia. "First of all, the Chechens I have met, including the members of the small tight knit community here in Boston, tend to be rather Sovietized, secularized, moderate Muslims,” he stated. They "tend to emulate George Washington for freeing the 13 colonies from British oppression." But given Chechnya’s long history of terrorism and human rights abuses, the professor seems to be confused about the reasons that Washington took up arms. His remarks assert that Chechnya’s struggle against Russia is solely nationalistic, but he fails to mention that the rebels' goals (at least in part) include the establishment of a unified Islamic theocracy, which rebel fighters have admitted to seeking. How can you call this "education" when students don't get the whole truth?
And finally, you have been hearing a lot about C-Scope in regards to American education. And if you haven't, then I'm warning you .... look into it! Here is another fine example of how our educational system is being co-opted by radical forces:
|Example of C-Scope curriculum|
So, I ask you, is this what you want the focus of your children's education to be? Why are we teaching Shari'a law in our schools? As a self-proclaimed activist and "education reformer", Bill Ayers has edited and written many books and articles on education theory, policy and practice, and has appeared on many panels and symposia. Sol Stern, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has also written extensively on education reform. But he's not so quick to praise Mr. Ayers's value as an education authority. "Calling Bill Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an agricultural reformer. The media mainstreaming of a figure like Mr. Ayers could have terrible consequences for the country's politics and public schools."
I think we are seeing those consequences today. I'm afraid if we don't take back our public schools and remove the socialist and communist influences in our universities, then we have lost this country. What Ayers and his radical friends could not accomplish with violence and bombs 45 years ago, they have very nearly succeeded in pulling off through their covert domination of academia. We must become activists ourselves and root out this Evil!
If you would like to read the up-close and personal encounter with America's radicals of the 1960's, you can purchase Larry Grathwohl's republished book, Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer With The Weathermen.
Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."