Trent Lott teetered to the brink of ruin simply because
of one possible interpretation of a stray remark he made
earlier in the month. But others whose views are far
more bizarre than anything Mr. Lott has ever said are
being groomed to fill the citadels of power he may have
to vacate. Only a couple of days after the Lott crisis
erupted, the New York Times carried a lovely
little tale about the son of two convicted terrorists
who has won a Rhodes Scholarship. [NYT, December
From Radical Background, a Rhodes Scholar Emerges
by Jodi Wilgoren]
The son is a chap named
Chesa Boudin, the 22-year-old offspring of
Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. Most of the
civilized world has long since forgotten these two, but,
while Gilbert was never very important, at one time in
the late 1960s Miss Boudin was world-famous.
The daughter of Leonard Boudin, usually
described as a "civil liberties lawyer" but in fact
a member of the Communist Party and a faithful disciple
of its Stalinist wisdom, and the granddaughter of Louis
Boudin, who actually helped found the Communist Party in
this country, Miss Boudin signed up with the terrorist
Weather Underground, as did Mr. Gilbert. In 1970 she and
a few of her sisters in arms fled the wreckage of a
Greenwich Village townhouse that blew up when her pals
were manufacturing bombs. The pals were mostly killed,
but Miss Boudin vanished.
She next turned up 11 years later in the armed robbery
of an armored car, when two police officers were
murdered and she and Gilbert were nabbed. Along with
another Weatherwoman, Judith Clark, the whole lot of
them went to prison, which is where they are today.
Chesa was raised by yet another pair of terrorist
Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers.
Today, young Mr. Boudin says he used to be "angry"
about his parents` imprisonment, but "now I`m not
angry." He`s just sad. "I`m sad that my parents
have to suffer what they have to suffer on a daily
basis, that millions of other people have to suffer as
well." No word as to whether he`s sad about the two
cops his parents helped murder in 1981.
As for what his parents did, it`s pretty clear Mr.
Boudin is fully on board with the family tradition of
communism. "We have a different name for the war
we`re fighting now — now we call it the war on
terrorism, then they called it the war on communism."
Whatever they call it, you can bet Comrade Boudin is on
the other side.
It`s hard to see the news value — front page in the
New York Times – of this story, but there is a
point — as the Times tries to drive home: Institutions
created to guard Western civilization have been co-opted
by its enemies to undermine it.
The Rhodes Scholarships are merely one example. Founded
by South African diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes to create
an elite of Oxford-educated Anglo-Saxons who would rule
the world, the scholarships are now given to non-Western
or anti-Western oddballs. The Times mentions one
Kamyar Cyrus Habib, a blind photographer; Mariana Ofusu,
a Howard University expert on Latin American dancing;
and Devi Shridhar, who has published a book on Indian
myths and "has been admitted to medical school."
All very impressive, no doubt, but you have to
wonder what ever happened to the Anglo-Saxon elite Rhodes wanted to set
What happened to it is that it destroyed itself. Neither
the Rhodes Scholarships nor any of the other
institutions it created and controlled would have fallen
out of its power if the elite itself had not allowed
those who hate it and want to destroy it to seize them.
"That`s one of the wonderful things about
institutions, they adapt to the times," chirps
University of Chicago law professor Dennis Hutchinson, a
former Rhodes Scholar who heads the Midwest selection
committee for the Rhodes Trust. The elite has adapted
itself virtually out of existence — and the society it
was supposed to protect along with it.
No government ever "falls," wrote Lenin, the Boudin
family`s tutor, unless it is first "dropped," and the
same is true of civilizations. The great secret of all
revolution is to get the ruling class to drop the
instruments of its power.
Young Comrade Boudin, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale
who overcame both dyslexia and epilepsy, is obviously a
clever chap, and no doubt he deserves the scholarship he
But no one should be surprised if in the not-too-distant
future what remains of Western civilization hears from
him again – when he and his unrepentant comrades in
terrorism or communism, or whatever name we give it,
have taken all the power our ruling class has allowed
them to take and use it for their own purposes.
December 26, 2002