When I got home from work today, I had mail. Snail mail, that is, in the actual metal mailbox out by the road. It was sent to me by the Ohio Republican Party. (They have to be kidding, right?) Anyway, the item in question is a slick, four-fold, flyer. On the “back side” of the unfolded flyer it says:
THIS IS THE STORY OF WILLIAM AYERS…
Friend of Obama.
On the front side, where my name and address is printed, down in the lower left-hand corner is Bill Ayers’ forty-year-old mug shot. In the upper right-hand corner is a muddy close-up of Barack Obama’s scowling face. In a rectangular box above Ayers’s mug shot, pointed at Obama’s portrait like the barrel of a handgun, is the infamous Ayers quote:
“I don’t regret setting bombs.
I feel we didn’t do enough.”
When you unfold the flyer, the interior left side has the large font header:
OBAMA HAS CLOSE TIES TO DOMESTIC TERRORIST.
Beneath this there is text that includes the following:
“His group was finally stopped when a bomb to be detonated at a U.S. Army dance, prematurely exploded, putting Ayers on the run and his current wife on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
“Then William Ayers became of friend, colleague and supporter of Barack Obama.”
“Then” for fuck sake? “Then?” That “then” entails a span of what? Three decades? That wouldn’t mislead anybody, would it?
On the right side of the fold is the large font header:
FRIEND OF OBAMA.
And at the bottom of the page:
NOT WHO YOU THINK HE IS.
How the fuck do they know who I think he is? On the final side is a two-paragraph recounting of the nefarious history of the Weather Underground, purportedly excerpted from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—the journal of record in the “real America,” I guess? Then finally a repeat of the mug shot and the scowling Obama.
This is character assassination. This is un-American. This is your Republican Party as it is at home. Own it, you fascist hyenas.