Students for a Democratic Society leader now webmaster for
Progressives for Obama
Posted: April 29, 2008
by Aaron Klein
WASHINGTON – He didn't bomb the Capitol or rob banks like his
contemporaries in the Weather Underground.
But Carl Davidson, a former vice president of the Students for a
Democratic Society who traveled to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro and
still praises the dictator today, is another proud radical for Barack
Obama, serving faithfully as webmaster for "Progressives for Obama."
He joins his old SDS collaborator, Tom Hayden, who traveled with Jane
Fonda to meet with Vietnamese communist leaders during the height of
the Vietnam war. In fact, Fonda, too, Hayden's ex-wife, is part of
Progressives for Obama.
Obama recently came under scrutiny for his relationship with William
Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, two leaders of the communist
revolutionary Weather Underground responsible for bombing the U.S.
Capitol, the Pentagon, police stations and other targets in the 1970s.
Ayers and Dohrn, now married, went underground after she was charged
with instigating riots at the Democratic National Convention in
Chicago in 1968 and after several of their fellow SDS Weatherman
associates were killed when bombs they were building blew up in a
Greenwich Village townhouse. One of those killed was Ayers girlfriend
at the time, Diana Oughton. The group was planning to bomb Fort Dix
Army Base in New Jersey.
Dohrn publicly celebrated the group's maiming of Chicago prosecutor
Richard Elrod in the Chicago riots. In 1970, rich kid Ayers, son of
the chairman of Commonwealth Edison, explained what the Weather
Underground was all about: "Kill all the rich people. Break up their
cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents,
that's where it's really at."
Following the mass murders of actress Sharon Tate and others by
disciples of Charles Manson, Dohrn had this to say: "Dig it. First
they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with
them, then they even shoved a fork into a victim's stomach! Wild!"
Dohrn went on to suggest adopting a "fork" salute might be
appropriate for her fellow homicidal maniacs.
Like Davidson and Hayden, Dohrn, along with other members of the
Weather Underground, traveled to Cuba to meet with representatives of
the communist North Vietnamese and Cuban governments as the Vietnam
war raged. Ayers participated in more than 30 bombings during his
11-year reign of underground terror. He says his only regret is not
doing more to "bring the war home" to America. In an article he
penned for the New York Times op-ed page ironically published Sept.
11, 2001, he wrote: "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."
On his blog, Davidson talks about meeting Castro in 1968: "He is a
remarkable man, with a photographic memory, wide knowledge and keen
insights. Cuba will change after him, though, as brother Raul is
already looking into the socialist market economy in China and
Vietnam, but will undoubtedly make any reforms 'in the Cuban way.' We
should all wish Fidel and Cuba well, and double our voices against
the blockcade. (sic)
Davidson and Hayden take credit for launching the "Venceremos
Brigade," hundreds of young Americans who were covertly transported
to Cuba to help harvest sugar cane and mingle with the communist
revolutionary leadership in Havana.
Davidson muses about how he could not support John Kerry for
president in 2004 because he was not progressive enough. But he is
stoked for Obama.
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