A remarkable post by Paul Soglin over at his blog. Paul wants us to give Bill Ayers and Barack Obama a chance. Sometimes, he says, you have to work with people that you don't agree with to get things done. Paul notes that he himself was forced to work with a minister who opposed pornograpy, a businessman who was, in Paul's words. "homophobic" and even someone who supported Newt Gingrich's Contract with America.
So let's not be so critical of Obama for choosing to accept the support of, work with and praise the writing of someone who wanted to bomb buildings and kill people. If Paul Soglin had to work with a Republican businessman, then we can certainly see how Barack Obama had to work with an unrepentant terrorist.
The post inadvertently illustrates just why Ayers and Wright matter. It takes a special political perspective to think that a critique of America that is so harsh that it prompts one to blow things and people to bits is the moral equivalent of the Contract for America or even retrograde views on pornography or homosexuality.
It requires one to stand well on the port side. What Obama praised about Ayers (his book) and what he did with Ayers (funnel funds to radical and politicized educational initiatives)confirms this.