The Progressive Pyramid of “Moral Authority” (4)

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The 1960’s & 70’s

The political tumult and moral chaos of the 1960’s allowed elite Progressive hatred for Western Civilization in general and the United States in particular to come out into the open.  Whereas in the 1950’s this ideology had to be cloaked in the language of “martyrs for civil liberties,” in the 1960’s and 70’s the elite Progressives openly supported, encouraged and embraced domestic terrorist groups.  These groups, such as the Black Panthers and SDS/Weather Underground openly promoted and actively conducted violence with the intention to destroy the United States.

The Black Panthers

Their support of the Black Panthers couldn’t have been more obvious.  For example, the notorious case of Leonard Bernstein socializing with the murderous Black Panthers at his Park Avenue home.

… in the duplex on Park Avenue in Manhattan inhabited by conductor Leonard Bernstein, his wife the actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre, and their three children. Bernstein assembled many of his wealthy socialite friends to meet with representatives of the controversial Black Panthers and discuss ways to help their cause.[2] The party was a typical affair for Bernstein, a longtime Democrat, who was known for hosting civil rights leaders at such parties.[3]

A good summary of the Black Panther’s ideology and violence can be found at the History News Network.

The American Black Panthers were probably the most violently racist of all the black groups in the United States. It was founded in 1966 and its leaders promoted their organisation as one which advocated self-help and keeping drugs out of black communities across the United States. The original philosophy behind the Panthers combined militant black nationalism with Marxism-Leninism (later Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh would inspire them) and advocated black empowerment and self – defense, often through confrontation. During its heyday, members of the Black Panthers murdered more than a dozen law-enforcement officers. Today, former Panthers Eddie Conway, Mumia Abu-Jamal, H. Rap Brown, Ed Poindexter and David Rice are serving life sentences.

Lest you come to the false conclusion that the Black Panthers only murdered police, the following excerpt is a partial description of other crimes.

Further, the movie makes no mention of his other murders. These include his involvement in the slaying of Panther Party secretary Betty Van Patter and of teenager Kathleen Smith. Newton also confessed to committing the Smith murder and was indicted, though he then fled to Cuba to avoid prosecution. Nonetheless, prior to running off, Newton sent henchmen to kill witness Crystal Gray. When his lieutenants failed in that plot, Newton decided to cover his tracks by arranging for Panther member Nelson Malloy to be fired upon, then buried alive. When Malloy managed to survive, he identified Newton for his role as the planner and organizer of his attempted murder.

If you have the stomach to dig deeper into their vile acts of murder and rape, a couple more articles can be found here and here.

I simply ask, how was it that members of a murderous domestic terrorist organization were welcomed into the “highest” level of American society and to this day treated as role models?  Only by achieving the absolute peak of the Progressive Pyramid could such violence and cruelty be not just overlooked, but actually celebrated as positive contributions.

The Weather Underground

In 1995 Barack Obama launched his political career in Bill Ayers’ living room, the unrepentant leader of the murderous Weather Underground movement.  Bill Ayers, by his own admission was “guilty as sin, free as a bird” with regard to his career as an active domestic terrorist.  He had won acquittal from his admitted crimes and subsequently given a professorship at the University of Chicago.  His wife, Bernardine Dorn, of perhaps even more radical beliefs and vile acts, was a professor at Northwestern University.   A good summary of the Weather Underground can be found here, with the following excerpt a key paragraph.

The most complete statement of Weather Underground philosophy was in the 1974 publication Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism. It described itself as the “Political Statement of the Weather Underground” and was signed by, among others, Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. It was dedicated to a page-long list of violent criminals, including Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer of Senator Robert Kennedy. It declared: “We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men, underground in the United States for more than four years…. We made the choice to become a guerrilla organization at a time when the Vietnamese were fighting a heroic people’s war…. In our own hemisphere, Che Guevara urged that we ‘create two, three, many Vietnams to destroy U.S. imperialism.’… Armed struggle has come into being in the United States.”
Earlier in the above linked article, we find the following chilling testimony:

At a recent Washington press conference organized by journalist Cliff Kincaid and the organization he heads, America’s Survival, Inc., Grathwohl described his 1970 meeting with Ayers: …

“Bill went on to describe how Bernardine Dohrn… considered the leader of the Weather Underground, had to plan and commit the bombing of the Park Station in San Francisco. This bomb contained fence staples and was placed on a window ledge during the shift change ensuring the presence of the greatest number of police officers and the greatest possibility of death and injury….

“At the National Council meeting that took place in Flint, Michigan, in late December of 1969, Bernardine Dohrn had praised mass murderer Charles Manson and said ‘The Weatherman is about a communist revolution to destroy the white racist’s society and establish a democratic centralist’s government.’ Furthermore, Bernardine Dohrn wanted everyone at the council meeting to ‘bring the war home and off (kill) their parents.”

How could it have come to pass that these unrepentant evil doers escaped punishment and were rather installed at the highest levels of academia, where they hobnobbed with a future President of the United States?  Of course, by, like the Black Panthers, also achieving the absolute peak of the Progressive Pyramid.

 So, the “progress” that the Progressive Left had achieved from the 1950’s to the 1960’s/70’s was the ability to openly argue for the destruction of the United States and support and protect active domestic terrorists.  The unrepentant monsters of the Weather Underground received the absolute best that this great country has to offer in comfort, influence and prestige.  If you foolishly imagine that they have the slightest gratitude for these outcomes, the following 2001 picture of Bill Ayers provides a conclusive rebuttal.

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These are the people who claim to occupy positions of privileged (or even absolute) moral authority.  They hate Western Civilization in general and the United Stated in particular (and, even more particularly, the individual human beings who make the United States what it is), and seek the destruction of both.  They happily support anyone who demonstrates the ability to implement that destruction through murder and mayhem, be it foreign totalitarian genocidal Communist regimes or domestic terrorists.  They had their coming out party in the 1960’s.  They openly and brutally worked to spark a revolution in the 1970’s, confident of success because they were “on the right side of history.”  It turned out that their deluded, simplistic ideas didn’t work out in practice like they always did in their insular, sophomoric diatribes.

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