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Tom Hayden’s Passing: New York Times’ Eulogy Versus Reality

Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:03
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This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 26, 2016:  

English: Activist and author Tom Hayden (left)...

Activist and author Tom Hayden (left) with Mark Rudd. Hayden was promoting his book, “Ending The War In Iraq”

When Barbara Williams, Tom Hayden’s third wife, discovered that her husband, Tom Hayden, had died on Sunday, one of the first things she did was to let the New York Times know. He’d had a stroke last year but it didn’t incapacitate him severely enough to keep him from attending the Democratic Party’s national convention as a delegate in July. But it was enough to do him in. He fell ill while at the convention and never recovered.

Apparently she knew that the Times would treat his passing with all the dignity usually accorded one of their own: a radical from the 1960s, pursuing a life determined to change American society into a different framework, spelled out in his voluminous Port Huron Statement that he wrote to guide his Students for a Democratic Society.

The Times went soft on his extremist radical revolutionary purposes, quoting only this from that infamous Statement he wrote in 1962 while a student at the University of Michigan, making him out to appear to those unfamiliar with his real history as a fine gentleman of taste, honor, and love:

We are the people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably [at] the world we inherit. [We call for] participatory democracy [and a society based on] fraternity … honesty … [and] brotherhood.

Robert McFadden, the Times writer tasked with turning this sow’s ear into a silk purse, did the best he could with what he had to work with. He stretched it as far as he could:

During the racial unrest and antiwar protests of the 1960s and early ’70s, Mr. Hayden was one of the nation’s most visible radicals. He was a founder of Students for a Democratic Society, a defendant in the Chicago Seven trial after riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and a peace activist who married Jane Fonda, went to Hanoi and escorted American prisoners of war home from Vietnam.

McFadden noted that Hayden “was beaten in Mississippi and jailed in Georgia” but without explaining why. Between those beatings and jail time, Hayden wrote the Port Huron Statement, the political manifesto and founding document of the SDS, which, as McFadden explained (in an extraordinary overreach of reality) “envisioned an alliance of college students in a peaceful crusade to overcome what it called repressive government, corporate greed, and racism.”

That certainly is enough to expose the Times’ fraudulent reporting on the passing of one of the most dangerous and damaging individuals with which society was forced to contend during his lifetime. Starting with the SDS: it was no “peaceful alliance” of college students in a “peaceful crusade,” but instead was an offshoot of the Student League for Industrial Democracy (SLID), a far-left socialist branch of the League for Industrial Democracy that originally began as the intercollegiate Socialist Society in 1905. This was not some collection of bored college students who decided to raise a little hell; instead it was a gaggle of far-left socialists intent on turning America into a Marxist hell.

And as far as those Chicago riots during the Democratic National convention in the summer of 1968 are concerned: Hayden fomented those riots, along with the help of some of his friends, including firebrands Rennie Davis, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and especially the incendiary Bobby Seale. Hundreds of police and protesters were injured in the five-day-long melee, along with millions of dollars of damage done to private businesses that unhappily bore the brunt of the firebombs and looting. The eight defendants became seven – the Chicago Seven – when Seale was removed from the trial for his outrageously offensive behavior (some today will still remember photographs provided only too happily by the compliant media showing Seale bound to his chair with duct tape covering his filthy mouth). They were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, and were convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. But the convictions were overturned thanks to a court system that even then had started turning from enforcing the laws to going soft on criminals like Hayden and his friends.

McFaddon skipped lightly over Hayden’s frequent traitorous trips to Vietnam with some of the more offensive communist characters then extant. Those trips were made to promote Hayden’s brand of peace – peace at any price; just bring the boys home and let communists be communists. Hayden is likely best known for bringing Jane Fonda with him on one of his trips, a photograph of which remains vivid in the memories of those who witnessed this transgression of national security and blatant treason to the United States.

Hayden entered the political arena with his far-left progressive views, winning a position in the California assembly in 1982 and being reelected until 1992, when he decided to run for the state senate where he resided for another eight years. He served on the advisory board of the Progressive Democrats of America, a group that sought and successfully achieved an increased progressive influence in the Democrat Party, some of which current citizens are viewing with increasing alarm as Hillary moves closer to the White House.

What’s most annoying about the Times’ unwillingness to expose the real history of Tom Hayden is that it is so violent, with evidence even appearing in the Times itself! In August 1967 Hayden was allowed (invited?) to publish an especially damning piece of evidence in its New York Review of Books, where Hayden made it clear just what he really was:

The role of organized violence is now being carefully considered. During a riot, for instance, a conscious guerrilla can participate in pulling police away from the path of people engaged in attacking stores. He can create disorder in new areas the police think are secure. He can carry the torch … to white neighborhoods and downtown business districts. If necessary, he can successfully shoot to kill.

The guerrilla can employ violence effectively during times of apparent “peace,” too. He can attack, in the suburbs or slums, with paint or bullets, symbols of racial oppression. These tactics of disorder will be defined by the authorities as criminal anarchy. But it may be that disruption will create possibilities of meaningful change…. Violence can contribute to shattering the status quo, but only politics and organization can transform it.

This from the “peace,” “love,” “brotherhood,” and “fraternity” brush that McFaddon tried to paint Hayden with in his eulogy of the man.

Peeking behind the screen erected by the Times, one finds the real Tom Hayden: a dedicated revolutionary intent on destroying the old America and replacing it with a totalitarian Marxist state, using violence as part of his arsenal of strategies and techniques. He was no friend of freedom. He will not be missed.

But, thanks to Yale University Press, he will not soon be forgotten. It is publishing Hayden’s last book, Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Movement, scheduled to be released early next year.


Sources:

The New York Times’ review of Tom Hayden’s life

Washington Times: Tom Hayden, famed 1960s anti-war activist, dies at 76

DiscoverTheNetworks.org: Tom Hayden’s real history

Wikipedia’s very light bio of Tom Hayden

The Port Huron Statement

The Chicago Seven

Students for a Democratic Society – lite

The rest of the story about the SDS

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