Revenge of the Radicals

By Tervor Loudon

In the 1960s, revolution was in the air.

Campus radicals looked to Cuba and Vietnam for inspiration.

Members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) believed they could create a revolutionary force that would bring capitalist "AmeriKKKa" to its knees.

They were wrong. The American people were just "too dumb" to appreciate their ideas.

Bloodied, broke and bitter, the ’60s radicals turned inward. If insurrection in the streets wouldn’t work, then how about revolution from the top down? Infiltrate the system. Take power through the institutions. Italian communist Antonio Gramsci and Chicago radical Saul Alinsky became the new role models.

Gramsci’s works were a blueprint for infiltrating the unions, the media, churches, education, non-profits and the Democratic Party.

Alinsky’s combination of Marxism and Chicago Mobsterism taught the radicals how to legally "shakedown" businesses and government for money and to effectively exploit the poor and marginalized.

Today the ’60s rebels are now in their 60s.

This is their last shot at a socialist America, and they don’t intend to blow it.

The 2008 presidential elections gave them "hope," and they’re gonna do their damndest to effect some serious "change."

Here’s my "Top 11" list (because 10 just wasn’t enough) of ’60s radicals who changed America. These people are the "change" you should be afraid of.

1. Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers joined SDS at the University of Michigan. In 1969 he founded the terrorist group Weather Underground with Jeff Jones, Mark Rudd, and his future wife, Bernardine Dohrn.

After years underground, Ayers "surfaced" in 1980, to eventually become a professor of education in Chicago. In the 1990s, Ayers shaped the city’s school reform program, which had been started earlier by communist/Alinskyite Earl Durham. With a $49.2 million Annenberg Challenge grant, Ayers and his friend Barack Obama financed projects all over Chicago.

In 1995, Ayers and Dohrn helped launch Obama’s political career in a gathering in their Hyde Park home.

Dohrn was in regular contact with the Cuban Mission at the United Nations in 1968 and 1969, during which time she arranged for SDS groups to visit Havana. Continuing the family tradition, Ayers has made several trips to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, plus a trip to Cuba with Dohrn in 2007.

2. Heather Booth

Heather Booth was active in the Chicago SDS, while her husband Paul was SDS national secretary.

Today, Heather Booth is the president of Midwest Academy, an Alinskyite organization that has trained thousands of "community activists."

Booth was the director of the AFL-CIO’s campaign for universal health care coverage in 2008. In June 2009, she praised ACORN as an organization dedicated to "building a better society and a better world."

3. Carl Davidson

In 1968, Davidson, a national SDS leader, visited Cuba with Tom Hayden (see next entry). In a meeting with Castro, Hayden and Davidson proposed organizing a brigade of young Americans who would work for the Cuban revolution. This became the annual Venceremos Brigade, long used by Cuban Intelligence to recruit spies and terrorists.

Later, Davidson joined Mike Klonsky’s Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist). Today he is a leader of the Communist Party spinoff, Committees of Correspondence.

In the mid-1990s, Davidson worked closely with Barack Obama in the New Party, a composite of Committees of Correspondence, Democratic Socialists of America, ACORN and SEIU. In 2002 he and Marilyn Katz organized the Chicago peace rally where Obama came out as an opponent of the Iraq War.

In 2007, Davidson became a leader of the Movement for a Democratic Society with Hayden, Ayers, Dohrn, Mike Klonsky, Jeff Jones and Mark Rudd (see corresponding entries). Davidson has also worked hard to promote the work of Van Jones, the San Francisco communist, who briefly served as Obama’s "green jobs Czar."

4. Tom Hayden

In 1961, Tom Hayden founded SDS and later traveled to North Vietnam to strategize with Viet Cong leaders.

In 1970, Hayden attended the founding meeting of the Weather Underground, with Ayers, Dohrn, Jeff Jones and Mark Rudd, but declined to go "underground."

Hayden is currently a lecturer in Politics at the Occidental College, Los Angeles. Barack Obama made his first political speech at Occidental, at an anti-Apartheid rally organized by the student wing of Hayden’s Campaign for Economic Democracy.

In 2008, Hayden and Carl Davidson founded Progressives for Obama in order to unite socialists behind the Obama campaign.

5. Jeff Jones

In 1967, New York SDS leader Jeff Jones traveled to Cambodia to meet representatives of the North Vietnamese National Liberation Front.

In 1969, Jones, along with Ayers, Dohrn and Mark Rudd formed the Weather Underground, issuing a "manifesto" condemning nonviolence and calling for the armed overthrow of capitalism.

After 10 years in the Weather Underground, Jones was arrested in a police sweep following the terrorist robbery of an armored truck in Nyack, N.Y.

In 2009, Jones was director of New York state’s chapter of the radical controlled Apollo Alliance, which helped craft portions of the $787 billion "stimulus" legislation that President Obama signed into law that year.

6. Marilyn Katz

Marilyn Katz was chief of security for SDS during student rioting around the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago. Katz reportedly showed protesters a new weapon to use against the police—clusters of nails sharpened at both ends and fastened in the center.

In the 1990s, Katz moved in the same Chicago radical circles as Ayers, Dohrn, Davidson and Mike Klonsky. In 2007, Katz worked in the Movement for a Democratic Society and in 2008 supported Progressives for Obama.

Today, Marilyn Katz owns a public relations firm in Chicago. She has served on Barack Obama’s national finance committee and has hosted fundraisers for him in her home. She was an Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic Party convention in Denver, Colorado.

7. Mike Klonsky

In 1968, Mike Klonsky was national secretary of SDS. At an October 1969 campus meeting in Chicago, with Hayden and Mark Rudd, Klonsky told the assembled students:

Look, I’ve heard a lot of people say that the campus pigs are OK, that they’re on our side. But I tell you, when the trouble comes, they’ll bring the guns down on our heads with the rest of them. To resist successfully, you have to have an outright hatred for all pigs.

Later, Klonsky led the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), a pro-Chinese organization. He was feted like a state leader during a visit to Beijing in 1977.

Later, Klonsky was one of the leaders of the small schools movement with Bill Ayers and Barack Obama. At one point, the trio reportedly shared office space in Chicago.

In 2007, Klonsky served on the board of Movement for a Democratic Society. In 2008, he operated a blog on Obama’s campaign website.

8. Miles Rapoport

Miles Rapoport was a leader of Harvard SDS.

In 1995, he became Connecticut secretary of state, immediately hiring Merrillee Milstein, a Communist Party supporter, as his deputy secretary. Milstein led the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act and other ACORN-linked electoral reforms.

In 2000, Rapoport became president and CEO of "progressive" Washington, D.C. "think tank" Demos. The organization was founded in 1999 by "social entrepreneur" Charles Halpern, who recruited Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama as a trustee. Several years later, Van Jones held the same position.

In 2001, Rapoport addressed a memorial service for Richard Cloward, who with his wife, Frances Fox Piven, had originated the Cloward-Piven Strategy, the deliberate overloading of state welfare offices, in order to crash the system and hasten revolution.

Under Rapoport, Demos has worked closely with ACORN.

9. Wade Rathke

In the late 1960s, Wade Rathke organized draft resistance for SDS, before joining the Cloward and Piven connected National Welfare Rights Organization.

Rathke then founded ACORN, which he led until 2008. He patterned his training of ACORN workers after Saul Alinsky’s activist tactics.

Rathke is also the co-founder and chairman of the Tides Center, a major funder of radical causes. He is an Executive Board member of the SEIU and is chairman of the AFL-CIO’s Organizers Forum.

ACORN, under Rathke, became in large part a "get out the vote" machine for the Democratic Party. By 2008, authorities were investigating ACORN vote fraud in 12 states.

10. Mark Rudd

In 1968, SDS leaders Mark Rudd and Bernardine Dohrn traveled to Cuba to meet with North Vietnamese officials. On his return, Rudd was elected president of the Columbia University chapter of SDS, but was soon expelled after a series of riots attracted nationwide attention.

After the 1969 SDS convention, Rudd joined Dohrn, Ayers and Jones in the Weathermen. They all went underground in March 1970, when a bomb, intended for a servicemen’s ball, exploded prematurely, killing three comrades.

Rudd "surfaced" in 1978, moved to New Mexico and became a math teacher at a community college. He has been a leader of Movement for a Democratic Society since 2006 and in 2008 was a supporter of Progressives for Obama.

11. Margery Tabankin

Margery Tabankin took part in anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and joined SDS at the University of Wisconsin. In 1972, as president of the National Student Association, she visited North Vietnam.

After college, Tabankin trained at Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.

In 1977, as director of Volunteer In Service To America, Tabankin organized a meeting with leftist organizations including ACORN, Tom Hayden’s Campaign for Economic Democracy and Heather Booth’s Midwest Academy, to dole out federal grant money.

Since 1987, Tabankin has been the executive director of the Streisand Foundation, which funds environmental activism, gay rights, voter education, "abortion-rights," nuclear disarmament and gun control initiatives.

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Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a transgender activist called for a "Supreme Court Assassination Challenge" on Twitter, according to screenshots captured of the now-deleted tweet.

Activist Eli Erlick, a founding member of Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) and creator of the controversial "gender identity" teaching tool for children called the "Gender Unicorn," tweeted and later deleted the disturbing remark on Friday, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) also caught a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted.

"The unhinged radical left is calling for the assassination of our Supreme Court Justices. That's not the way to disagree with a decision in America. It is unacceptable, and Biden’s DOJ must immediately act," Blackburn responded on Twitter.

Erlich then tried to play off her call to assassinate Supreme Court justices as a hilarious joke only Gen Z and Millennials would understand, apparently not understanding the seriousness of the attempted assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just three weeks ago.

Erlick isn't the only Left-winger to make incendiary calls since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Here are just a few examples:

  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on people to “defy" the Supreme Court.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for people to get “into the streets” alongside radical communist leader who wants to 'overthrow' the American system.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) yelled "F*** Clarence Thomas" on a public stage for all to see and hear.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh lied to Congress.
  • And of course, "TheView" host Whoopi Goldberg issued a disgusting racist threat toward Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program, BlazeTV hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere took a look at these and other stunning examples of leftist lunacy over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Many members of the far-left already are calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ after the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the White House has been discussing plans to defy the ruling too. In fact, one idea floated by Biden Administration officials, according to the New York Times, includes providing abortions on military bases. So, will America experience another summer of riots? Are YOUR taxpayer dollars at risk? And what does this mean for deep-blue states? Josh Hammer, legal expert and opinion editor for Newsweek, joins Glenn to discuss what may come next...


Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors

GLENN: Josh Hammer, he's the opinion editor of Newsweek. He's the host of the Josh Hammer show. He is really quite brilliant. One of the leading minds in the conservative movement, I think. Josh Hammer joins us now.

To tell us, what did you find in this decision?

JOSH: Glenn, great to be back with you, on such a momentous, and really such an emotional day, honestly. So, you know, look, as you said, this dropped recently. Funny enough, I was in the middle of getting a guest lecture from an organization on the advisory board as to when it drops. So I barely had any time to kind of skim through, let alone guess the concerning dissenting opinions. But it looks like this looks very similar, to the draft opinion that was leaked, by the Politico story, a month and a half ago, in early May. And I think those of us who were praying that the five justices from this leaked draft opinion, would have the fortitude to stiffen their spines against this unprecedented assault. Now knows that our prayers were answered, Glenn. That's really my takeaway right now.

This looks a lot like the leaked opinion. Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh have some reconcurring opinions.

But unbelievable. And really just holding aside the constitutional law stuff for a second hear. Just speaking as pro-lifers, on a day like today, I think we really just need to pause. And I tweeted this out earlier. We need to just be grateful for our half century of pro-life activist forbearers. You know, this -- Glenn, this issue could have gone away after 1973. That was a long time ago. 1973. I mean, this issue could have just gone away. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the pro-life moral activist. Political activist. And, of course, yes. Legal activist. Who fought day in and day out, that makes sure this great injustice stayed front and center of our national, political conscience. And in many days, the culmination of a half century of fighting for truth and justice. But in many ways, it's also a new beginning for the pro-life fight as well, interestingly.

STU: How do you mean a new beginning for the fight? I just it's going to turn, I think we're going to see abortion turn even darker in those states that allow it. Is that -- is that what you're meaning by this?

JOSH: Well, look, for a half century now, Roe vs. Wade, and its project any, specifically, the Planned Parenthood versus Casey case of 1992.

They took away from the states obviously. They arrogated authority away from the states, the ability to attempt to nationally codify one view of the morality of abortion.

It happened to be a profoundly immoral view. So these -- the fight now shifts to the states. And the pro-life activists. And all the 50 states. Especially, obviously in red states. Purple states. I mean, admittedly some blue states like New York and California, probably won't be able to touch them there.

But we have to make sure that our side is well positioned in the state Capitols for every red, purplish, probably even light blue state, to make sure we fight for successful, cogent, and morally consistent pro-life legislation. The state of Oklahoma, actually, just north of Texas. Right where you are now, Glenn. They have been leading on this actually. Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law, a fantastic pro-life bill there in Oklahoma. A few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago or so at this point, that basically just bans abortion straightforward from conception. And there are some -- you know, obviously, likable the mother. So forth. But we really need to start thinking about trying to craft legislation now, at the state level. But to your point, I do fear that the blue states will only double down in their radicalism. Unfortunately within that will only lead to an ever greater divide, in our country, that we have today. But obviously, at the end of the day. We're going to save at the end of the day, millions and millions of unborn children. We are going to save human beings who can grow up to cure cancer, who can win Nobel prices.

I mean, this is just a tremendous win for the human species. I don't know how to say it other than that.

GLENN: I will tell you, I saw the stat, that I think it was last year or the year before. 20 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion. 20 percent.

JOSH: Wow.

GLENN: That is -- that is a shocking number. And we do have our -- our work cut out for us. Because I -- I think that these states are going to double down. But I think, you know -- God doesn't waste anything. You know, there is no waste with God. Even the -- even the worst things that could possibly happen, turn out to be something good. You know what I mean? You're like, holy cow, how did that just happen.

And I think that evil is going to fully come unmasked. I'm telling you, Josh. I don't know how you feel about this. I think this could be the day of America's Kristallnacht. I can see these pro-life centers being burned to the ground today. They're calling for a night of rage around the country. I think evil is going to show itself. And that will scare the American people, hopefully.

JOSH: You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this week, actually. Because I've been bracing for a new kind of George Floyd summer of love, happening this summer. Coming to a city or suburb near you. Unfortunately, myself. Look, I live in Florida. I know, Glenn, you live in Texas. It is in moments like this, where I do think that where you live matters. And who your mayor is. Who your governor is, matters.

Because law and order and rioting and anarchy is not really a federal issue. It is to a limited extent. June 2020, Tom Cotton wrote this op-ed that was pretty controversial at the time.

I happen to agree with it. Where he said, quote, unquote, send in the troops. And there is some federal legislation from the reconstruction era that would justify that.

But most kind of quelling and quashing of anarchy does happen. Constitutionally speaking, at the state and local level. So at a moment like this, where I fear that you're probably not wrong. I take some solace. That Governor DeSantis is my governor. I think Texans should take some solace, that they are represented by -- by a Republican governor. The legislature there as well. So I -- I fear that you are right. I pray obviously, that no one -- it's hard.

I fear that it's something -- that something bad is happening. At the end of the day, of course. It does not mean that justices cannot do what they are supposed to do. So thank God they did that.

GLENN: So, Josh, have you looked into what the White House has been saying? The White House yesterday. In fact, do we have a clip of -- of this?

What the White House said yesterday, about the guns. And then they were turned to the -- the Scott us ruling, for Roe vs. Wade. Do we have that, please?

JOSH: Will the president accept this decision, even if he disagrees with it?

VOICE: I think it's going to come from the Supreme Court. So it's a decision we certainly are going to respond to. I'll leave it at that. Just like any other Supreme Court decision. Just like the one they did today on guns.

GLENN: So the White House won't say that they're going to accept it.

Which I don't think they will. They're talking now about taking doctors and moving them into places like Oklahoma or Texas, where abortions will be outlawed. And putting doctors on our military bases to perform abortions.

I mean, where does this go, when you have a government, that is in defiance of -- of one branch of the government?

JOSH: So there's a lot to unpack here. So we should start from first principles. The idea of judicial supremacy, and this is a peculiar thing, to say on a day like today, where such a pro-life victory has happened in Italy. But if we're going to be consistent here, the idea of judicial supremacy. The idea that the justices, have the sole and exclusive ability to interpret the Constitution for themselves. And no other Constitutional actor, in article one or article two, let alone the state. Has the ability to tentatively interpret it. That is erroneous. In fact, actually it was really Abraham Lincoln actually, who in the Dred Scott case, famously opposed judicial supremacy and flouted the Dred Scott ruling, at least as it pertains to everybody other than Dred Scott himself. I have actually argued, a former legal scholarship, in a law review article actually, that the Laconian view of how each branch of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, is correct.

Having said that. Having said that, there is a thing called prudence. And there is a thing called comedy. And in a moment like today, when it really does look like -- and I agree with you, that we are now bracing for riots through the streets. When the political rhetoric is at DEFCON one. When people are trying to assassinate Supreme Court justices. I think it would be -- at its bare minimum, a profoundly imprudent act. For the Biden administration, to try to undermine this ruling.

Now, what they might do, is they might try to kind of issue some kind of executive orders, or issue some regulations, that might try to kind of undermine it, at the edges here. But at the end of the day, the idea that this returns to the state. There's not really a whole lot they can do about that. Basically, at this point, throughout the country. Kentucky within West Virginia. Kansas. Whatever. If they want to go ahead and ban abortion, what can the Biden administration literally do about that? I mean, short of sending in the National Guard, to protect Planned Parenthood, if the state legislature of Kentucky goes ahead and bans it. There's not a whole lot they can do. And it's very difficult to envision a world, in which the Biden administration literally sends in troops to red states, to protect Planned Parenthood, if that state legislature goes ahead and bans it. So for practically speaking. This is a lot of tough talk and rhetoric. Obviously the campaign here in 2022. There's not really a whole lot that practically speaking, they can do to actually prevent red and purple states from enacting pro-life legislation.

GLENN: I'm glad to -- I'm glad to hear that. I know that they have been working on things. I mean, he has said, you know, there's executive orders, that I can employ. There are things that I can do. He's talked about a national public health emergency. Which I think is just -- is crazy. But I would hope, that the president would come out and say, we strongly disagree with this. And you're right. The court is not the end all. But the court did not end abortion. It just said, the people should decide. I think that's the best kind of court ruling, on any of it. The people should decide what this is. And send it back to the states. Josh, I thank you very much. Appreciate your time. Was there -- there was another ruling, that came out today. Was it important?

JOSH: Oh, no. In comparison to this. A total nothing burger. A 5-4 decision on Medicare reimbursement related. So nothing, honestly.

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Josh. Josh Hammer, opinion editor for Newsweek. And the host of the Josh Hammer show.

GLENN: There are two things trending on twitter right now.

Number one is praise God.

Number two trend is Night of Rage.

Good verses evil.

Build up or tear down.

'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.