Back in the early 1970’s, revolutionary radicals Bill Ayers and his lovely but angry wife Bernadine Dohrn formed the Weather Underground, going under cover after setting off bombs at the Pentagon, where Bill said “the bastards were finally getting what they deserve” and after his old girlfriend Diane Ornstein blew herself to bits, literally, assembling a nail bomb for Bill in Greenwich Village. They identified Diane from a fingertip found at the scene. Now, that’s love.
Bernadine would spend time underground on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, in part for her involvement in the “Days of Rage” demonstration, where upper middle class college educated angry young white people ran down Michigan Avenue breaking windows to stop the Vietnam War and attack American Imperialism.
The two upper middle class Midwestern children of privilege — Ayers and Dohrn — would produce a manifesto called a “Declaration of a State of War” in May, 1970, against the U.S. Government which transformed the Underground from a political advocacy group to mobilize for violent action. Bernadine would write in an article entitled Our Class Struggle: “ We are building a communist organization to be part of the forces which build a revolutionary communist party to lead the working class to seize power and build socialism.”
In solidarity with the Black Panthers, Bernadine would also say: “The best thing that we can be doing for ourselves, as well as for the [Black] Panthers and the revolutionary black liberation struggle, is to build a fucking white revolutionary movement.” No shrinking violet, Bernadine.
Bill and Bernadine after 1980 settled in to Hyde Park near the University of Chicago, Bernadine’s Alma Mater (a classmate in political science with Bernie Sanders), working as professors at other universities, and raising two children, and becoming legal guardians of Chesa Boudin, the son of former members of the Weather Underground Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, after the couple were convicted of murder for their roles in a 1981 armored car robbery.
But they never lost their revolutionary fire for their beloved socialism. Their spiritual guide was Saul Alinsky, the original community organizer, whose style was to attack the system with anxiety producing events, like organizing a “Piss-In” at O’Hare Airport where a group of well dressed black men would flush toilets at the same time, the though of which caused huge anxiety in Richard J. Daley’s City Hall, and brought them to the bargaining table.
Alinsky ridiculed the 1960s bomb making radicals, saying “True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. “They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.” Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process.
Miraculously, they found just the right person in a young mulatto from Hawaii, who did not have any African American experience growing up – his father, who abandoned him, was from Kenya – and Bill and Bernadine groomed him, along with the help of Chicago Machine political operatives Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, who both had commies in their background, and who taught him to read a teleprompter and sound like Martin Luther King. Barack’s political career was launched from Bill and Bernadine’s living room.
While Barack was in the White House, he and Bill worked on a number of Alinsky style projects: demonizing the Chicago police with the help of Barack’s Justice Department, designating them a racist organization, to help accelerate civil rights lawsuits with large payouts from the city, a redistribution of wealth socialist style as well as letting black Chicagoans know that all the violent suffering on the South and West Sides of the city was not the result of the welfare state that created all the homicidal fatherless teenagers shooting other black males – over 35,000 since the death of Dr. King – but was the result of the “system of white supremacy.”
Ayers was also underground when he helped create and organize Black Lives Matter, an Alinsky attack group with no apparent reason for existence other than to attack the white establishment and stir fear in the collective heart of the white middle class.
In 2008, the year Barack was elected president, Bill and Bernadine wrote a non-selling book called “Race against White Supremacy.”
Bill Ayers told a reporter after Trump was elected that his goal, at age 72, was to do what he could to dismantle the system of white supremacy before he died, which in socialist terms might be better described as taking down capitalism and the white middle class. Ayers has called capitalism “perdition,” an interesting twist, since Alinsky dedicated his book Rules for Radicals to Lucifer.
But as Saul taught, the post Obama presidency has seen the emergence of the Hyde Park Progressives, led underground by Barack, Ayers, Jarrett and Axelrod who have been directing attacks on the system from within.
They have been able to work the electoral system to elect such Alinsky attack creatures as the “Squad,” the four socialist “congresswomen of color,” who have done little else in their ten months in office than attack Trump; take down capitalism with their moronic Green New Deal; and try to get as many poor, uneducated and illegal immigrants across the border and onto Progressive voter rolls.
They have also gotten control of Chicago’s City Hall and the Illinois Governors mansion, with the election of new African American lesbian Lori Lightfoot, and billionaire of inherited wealth Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who was allowed to buy the mansion with his own money and being as corrupt as they come by Illinois standards, winning in a landslide despite cutting a deal with the county assessor’s office to save $240,000 in taxes by removing all the toilets from his North Side mansion and having the property deemed “uninhabitable.” But he is a good friend of Barack’s and in Illinois, corruption never go in the way of elected office.
Pritzker, who most observers agree is of very limited intelligence and taking orders from somewhere, has been busy initiating a socialist agenda: making Illinois “the most progressive state in the nation,” by lifting all abortion restrictions, legalizing gambling and marijuana, and raising a gas and other taxes – all of which attack the middle class and it’s mores and pocketbook.
Lightfoot, for her part, has been working hard to keep all the illegal immigrants from Central America protected, and Chicago as the leading Sanctuary City – many hundreds of thousands, most say – by demonizing Trump as a racist and keeping Chicago police from cooperating with ICE on deportation. There was a massive anti-deportation march in the Loop recently, complete with well produced banners and speakers with bullhorns. Bill and Bernadine always like an angry protest march.
Lightfoot is also expected to replace the current police superintendent Eddie Johnson and speculation is there will be movement toward a civilian review board overseeing the police, a pet socialist project of Bill Ayers and the Hyde Park Progressives.
But don’t expect any relief for all the black-on-black genocide that has ravaged the city fr the past 50 years, since the death of the real hope for change — Dr. King. After all, Chicago blacks have been under the socialist/welfare fist since the 1960s, when Bill and Bernadine were making bombs. But as when government moves in to take care of a people, as it did with Native Americans out West and in Alaska, violence, sexual abuse and drug and alcohol addiction skyrocket.
But don’t tell that to Bill and Bernadine and Barack and Valerie and Axelrod. They’re looking ahead to a grander socialist Utopia, where everyone is equal, in chaos, and poor. Except for themselves, of course.