A followup to Stad’s post . . .
The Joker is a rage-filled figure, devoid of conscience and determined to create chaos and overturn society. That’s what San Francisco did in electing Chesa Boudin as its new District Attorney. The city’s new D.A. is determined to encourage the forces of chaos in order to fulfill his twisted desire to overturn American society. You can read about his platform here, but it boils down to a pledge to not prosecute many crimes because he opposes the “criminalization of poverty” and will instead focus on “root causes” (the 1970s called, they want their crime policy back!).
Chesa Boudin’s vision for America is a disgrace, but the bigger disgrace is how many others have responded to Chesa, his mother, and the couple who raised him, a response demonstrating the moral abdication of significant segments of our society.
Chesa’s parents are Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, who were members of the Weather Underground terrorist group and self-described communist revolutionaries. Boudin had been on the lam after last being seen fleeing the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970 (where she and several others had been building a nail bomb which they planned to bring to a dance near Fort Dix in New Jersey which servicemen were expected to attend) when, eleven years later, she and Gilbert, along with two other men, robbed a Brinks Armored Car in Nyack, NY, in the course which two Nyack policemen and a Brinks guard were shot and killed. Waverly Brown (the first black policeman hired in Nyack), Edward O’Grady and Peter Page were combat veterans with nine children between them. Another Brink’s guard, Joseph Trombino, survived serious wounds but was to die on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center where he worked. Boudin and Gilbert were eventually caught and convicted but Boudin was paroled in 2003 (Gilbert is not eligible for parole until 2058).
After her release, Boudin became an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and was named Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School. With his parents imprisoned, young Chesa was raised by the terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn (yes, the same folks who gave Barack Obama his political start; Obama later returned the favor by favorably blurbing one of Ayers’ books).
After reemerging from their underground years in the early 1980s, Ayers and Dohrn were quickly accepted back into Chicago society, despite the fact that, to this day, they’ve never disavowed their terrorist acts and still describe themselves as communist revolutionaries. Their acceptance may have been helped since Ayers’ father was the well-connected former CEO of Commonwealth Edison. Dohrn became a tenured Professor of Law and Director of the Children & Family Justice Center at Northwestern Law School. Ayers became a tenured, and highly respected, Distinguished Professor of Education (yes, that is the real title) at the U of Illinois where his work has helped deliver our current crop of educated youth. In retirement, they live in an expensive condo in a Chicago high rise.
Blessed with the support of Chicago elites, Chesa was provided with a fine education, eventually attending Yale (where I am confident his background was considered a plus when Yale evaluated his application) and then received a Rhodes Scholarship. I have been unable to find whether similar advantages were provided to the nine children of Brown, O’Grady, and Page. Chesa was an ardent supporter of Hugo Chavez (for whom he served as a translator), approves of his parents being “dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world,” declaring, “I’m dedicated to the same thing”, and believes his parents “paid a heavy price for their radical politics“! Yes, he thinks his parents were the victims in an armed robbery they planned and conducted in which three other people were murdered. The truth is the price they paid was for their involvement in a triple murder. For more on Chesa, you can read this article by James Kirchick.
Chesa Boudin is a person without a true conscience, however much he parades his concerns for the “oppressed“. But the bigger problem is with those who accepted his mother, Ayers, and Dohrn back into society, granted them honors without any evidence of rehabilitation, and now elected to public office a man who celebrates their sick deeds and seeks to emulate them. In a society that actually understood the concept of social justice these people would be shamed and shunned.
If you are interested in reading more about the period in which these monsters were created, my personal experiences with some of the events of those days, and the attempt to whitewash this history you can read this post I wrote a few years ago.Published in