Being the child of
left-wing domestic terrorists means never having to
say you`re sorry.
Such is the case of young Chesa
Boudin, hailed on the front page of the New York
Times this week for overcoming “striking challenges”
and lifelong suffering to win a
prestigious Rhodes scholarship. In a lengthy
tear-jerker profile, Boudin is elevated to hero status
as the article details his childhood bouts with
epilepsy, dyslexia, and “temper tantrums,” before going
on to Yale, traveling the world, and hitting the lecture
circuit to exploit his celebrity status.
[NYT, December 9, 2002 From
Radical Background, a Rhodes Scholar Emerges
Boudin is the son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert,
members of the militant Weathermen. They`re the 1960s
rich-kid radicals who bombed government buildings
and corporate headquarters, aided convicted felons in
jail breaks, and participated in a
1981 Brinks` armored car holdup in Nyack, N.Y., that
took the lives of three innocent Americans in the name
of “peace.” Boudin`s mother and father were convicted
for their participation in the
Nyack murders and armed robbery, and remain
remorselessly in prison today.
Two of the holdup victims gunned
down in the botched Brinks` robbery were police
officers. One was a private security guard. All three
were veterans from working-class backgrounds. Neither
the Times nor any other media outlet that has
breathlessly reported on Boudin`s Rhodes scholarship win
has even seen fit to print the names of the Nyack
Waverly Brown, Edward O`Grady, and Peter Paige.
What about the “striking
challenges” faced by these three officers` children, who
were robbed of their fathers forever and have never
enjoyed the privileged lifestyle of a radical son like
Chesa Boudin? Brown, who served in the Air Force
after the Korean War, had two grown daughters and a
teenage son. O`Grady, who served in the Marines and did
two tours of duty in Vietnam, left behind a wife and
three children – 6, 2, and 6 months old. Paige, a Navy
veteran, also left behind a wife and three kids – 19,
16, and 9.
On the matter of their
suffering and hardships, Chesa Boudin and his fawning
interviewers are silent.
Chesa Boudin`s indifference to
the victims of his parents` ideological jihad was
reinforced by his adoptive parents–unrepentant
Weathermen colleagues Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
bombing the Pentagon in his recent radical memoir,
Days,” and now teaches at the University of
Illinois in Chicago. Dohrn declared war on “Amerikka,”
helped stage the "Days of Rage" in Chicago, when
Weathermen blew up a
memorial statue to
police officers and rioted violently, leaving 75
policemen wounded and one permanently injured in a
wheelchair, and then spent years as a fugitive from
justice before settling into a comfy post as director of
the Legal Clinic`s Children and Family Justice Center at
Professor Ayers can be reached by email at
email@example.com, Professor Dohrn at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Professor Dohrn`s
CV have surprising gaps in them, stemming from her
years as a fugitive from justice.]
his biological and adoptive parents, Chesa Boudin has
learned to stew in the indignant self-pity of Marxist
leftovers. "When I was younger, I was angry," the
22-year-old told his sympathetic Times
interviewer. “Now I`m not angry. 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."
Boudin is not talking about
the families of victims who died as a result of
Weathermen-sponsored violence. No, Boudin is talking
about “urban misery
in Bolivia, homelessness in Santiago and illiteracy in
by the p.c.-infected Rhodes scholarship committee for
his “passion” and willingness to “fight the
world`s fight,” Boudin stands by the Weathermen`s
revolutionary agenda: "My parents were all dedicated to
fighting U.S. imperialism around the world. I`m
dedicated to the same thing."
Cecil Rhodes must be turning in his grave. So, too,
Waverly Brown, Edward O`Grady,
and Peter Paige. What to do? While the Rhodes
trustees lavish money on the
red-diaper baby Boudin, there is a tiny fund to
honor the officers who died in the brutal crime
involving Boudin`s parents. The
O`Grady Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund helps
deserving Rockland County, N.Y., students pursuing
careers of public service in law enforcement. Checks can
be made payable to: O`Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship
Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 1024, Nyack, NY 10960.
Fight left-wing domestic terrorism. Send your check today.
Michelle Malkin is author of
for Peter Brimelow`s review.
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