Ayers: Constitution Needs to Be Replaced
HANOVER, N.H. – President Obama’s longtime buddy, unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, Thursday night told debate opponent Dinesh D’Souza and an audience at Dartmouth College that the Constitution is an outmoded document and it ought to be changed.
Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were the main founders of the domestic terror group the Weather Underground, which was assigned responsibility for dozens of bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructure of the U.S.
D’Souza is the maker of the movie “2016: Obama’s America,” which is the second-highest grossing political documentary of all time.
It blasts Obama’s policies and actions, and warns America about what the nation would be under Obama’s vision for the United States.
The topic of the debate was “What’s so Great About America?”
Ayers previously called the Weather Underground “an American Red Army” and said the ideology was to: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
In his memoir, he wrote, “Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”
In a 2001 interview with the New York Times, Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Accompanying the article was a photograph of him stepping on an American flag.
Ayers also questioned ramifications for behavior Americans long have considered expected.
“If you are a felon, why do you get disqualified as a citizen and get denied your right to vote? Just because you’ve committed a crime?” he asked D’Souza.
D’Souza focused on another subject.
“What is happening to the American dream?” he asked.
“We [in the U.S.] are losing the secret of the American dream, but it is coming alive in countries like China, India and Brazil where the people have learned the secrets of wealth creation – making stuff other people really want to buy, and in the process [they are] taking over the global market. Global capitalism has been the greatest gift of America to the world. Social agitation has failed to deliver the goods,” he said.
D’Souza said, “What America has shown the world is the importance of wealth creation, not conquest. Our foreign policy can be summed up, ‘Trade with us, don’t bomb us.’”
Ayers asked the audience if members opposed slavery.
Getting an anticipated, “Yes,” Ayers argued a Howard Zinn theory of U.S. history insisting the Dartmouth audience would have been forced to oppose the Founding Fathers on the question of slavery – ignoring the history of the United States righting racial injustice since Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.
D’Souza countered Ayers on slavery by referring to Lincoln and arguing that starting with the Civil War, the history of the United States is a history of fighting to end slavery and establish racial equality.
In the cross-examination section of the loosely formatted debate, D’Souza asked, “You started your career in the bin Laden mode, but now you sound like a professor. What happened to the revolutionary? Did you lose your revolutionary zeal?”
The two then argued over the Holocaust, the question of the Gulf War and why no weapons of mass destruction were found when George H.W. Bush invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein.
“The U.S. always lies us into war,” Ayers insisted. “We fight wars in the Middle East for democracy, but we’re an empire, grabbing for resources, and the wars in the Middle East were about oil.”
On the subject of that Constitution, D’Souza said, “We act like there is a presumption in favor of the First Amendment and a heavy burden to be met defending the Second Amendment. I’m just saying, we should give the same respect to the Second Amendment as we give to the First Amendment.”
In questions and answers, Ayers pressed D’Souza to give a “full-throated support for queer rights.”
“I believe in the United States we are all a minority of one and we are each entitled to the full rights made available to us in the Bill of Rights,” D’Souza said.
Then he asked Ayers if he would support fully the rights of evangelical Christians to be recognized, to be protected from “derogatory comments from other citizens.”
D’Souza got strong applause countering Ayers.
“I submit that if you were a professor here before the tenure committee, the defender of queer theory would have every reason to expect to be promoted, while the evangelical Christian would have to hide his true views,” D’Souza challenged.
D’Souza’s film, “2016: Obama’s America,” is to be followed soon by a new project, called “America.”
His appearance has been overshadowed by the recent accusation from authorities that he donated more than the legal requirement to the 2006 campaign of Republican Wendy Long, who lost the race for the U.S. Senate seat in New York that had been vacated by Hillary Clinton.
The indictment charges D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds.
As WND reported, many of D’Souza’s defenders see the indictment as the administration exacting revenge over D’Souza’s film.