ACORN and government control

When I was in high school, we spent a great deal of time studying Tammany Hall, not just because the school wanted us to understand that government is inherently corrupt, but because of the charming George Washington Plunkitt and his wonderful autobiography, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall.  In it, with almost child-like innocence, he freely confesses to the most heinous kind of political corruption, always assuring his emanuensis (a newspaper reporter who lucked out with the interview) that he wasn’t really corrupt at all — he was just serving the people or taking intelligent advantage of available opportunities.

ACORN lacks that charm, but is in every way Tammany Hall’s equal.  Indeed, ACORN far surpasses Tammany Hall, in that it’s not just a single corrupt political entity, but is, instead, a far-reaching organization that touches every aspect of American political life, and always in the most criminal and corrupt ways.  If it were just a money skimming organization, this corruption might be disgusting, but tolerable.  What makes it so appalling, and so anti-Democratic, though, is that it’s fashioned itself into an arm of the Democratic party, and has used its illegal practices to affect the outcome of elections.  (I count myself amongst those who believe that Al Franken’s presence in the Senate comes about, not because he was elected by a majority of voters, but because ACORN controlled voting, and a partisan Democratic controlled the Secretary of State’s office.)

My screed here about ACORN doesn’t arise in a vacuum.  As Earl Aagaard reminded me, just last week, IBD wrote an editorial about the results of a congressional investigation into ACORN’s doings, and the facts are not pretty:

[The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s] more-than-80-page report charges that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn) uses “a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities” — 361 different entities in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia, amounting to a “shell game” that “diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies into partisan political activities.”

The group has over the last 15 years received in excess of $53 million in federal funds. Moreover, as the report warns, “under the Obama administration, Acorn stands to receive a whopping $8.5 billion in available stimulus funds.”

Acorn’s improprieties, of course, are not news. As Issa’s report notes, a third of the 1.3 million voter registration cards the organization solicited and presented in 2008 ended up being null and void; the group has been investigated for voter registration fraud in places such as Connecticut, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio.

You’d think that, with this level of corruption, someone — the media, politicians, etc., would be up in arms, but you’d be wrong.  They’d be up in arms if this was a money or sex corruption issue.  However, since it’s a corruption issue that strongly favors one political party over the other, and that party just happens to control the House, the Senate and the White House, the response is different:  as you see, Obama is funneling almost $9 billion dollars to his friends.

In addition, as you’ve read before, ACORN is going to control the upcoming census:

Yet this corrupt outfit has actually been signed up as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to help recruit the nearly 1.5 million workers who will count and classify our 306 million population for 2010. It’s like getting a car thief to manage a parking garage.

You can imagine that the census numbers will permanently create vast Democratic voting districts, and identify funding needs that serve only Democratic products.  If this keeps going, by 2011, we’ll have lapsed permanently into a Banana Republic, headed by the chief banana himself, Barack Obama.

If you’re not worried, you should be.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Yup! Will they be wearing brown shirts or black shirts?

  • suek

    Not ACORN related, but the integration of newspapers into the whole plan.

  • Ymarsakar

    Ozzie wasn’t worried, Book.

    I am also not worried about the US becoming a banana republic. Not because of Ozzie, she doesn’t matter, she’s just one of the numerous useful idiot dupes that will vote for whomever I tell her to vote, had i the propaganda powers of the Left at my disposal.

    No, what matters is that there are more than 1 hundred million Americans, though perhaps less than 200 million in total, that believe exactly as Ozzie believes. Not about Bush stealing the elections, but about the Republican party and the Democrat party being indistinguishable, with at least the Democrat party being honest and consistent about their corruption and vote buying schemes.

    In reality, if those two parties were truly near equal, the advantage of power would not be so slanted. You would have as many corrupt agencies on the Left in the form of ACORn as you would have on the right. They would balance each other out.

    But they don’t balance each other out, and that’s how you know, just as in a war, who is winning, who is losing, vs the propaganda that claims otherwise.

    Millions are like Ozzie, They believe such things. They’re too weak minded to try to think otherwise. But that’s okay. Why?

    Because the US will go into FullBlown Civil War before the Banana Republic stage. Then most of us will be either dead or very close the meeting Death face to face.

  • Ymarsakar

    And in such an environment, the claims of the Ozzie’s will be grossly overwhelmed by true power. Power as it existed in the days of the Elder Age. Manifested in a very simple question.

    Who wins and is right, is who won the right of life through killing everybody in their way.

    Propaganda, for all its verve and flexibility of use, can never ever re-connect a person’s severed head to their body and make people believe that this person, once dead, is now alive. People can try, as I am sure they have tried before. Even for the mythological gods or the spiritual ancestors, they are still said to be ‘alive’ but ‘sleeping’. Which is just as good when it comes to war and politics. A sleeping enemy might as well be a dead enemy.

  • 11B40


    I’m still reading F.A. Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom”. In his chapter on totalitarianism, Mr. Hayek asserts that the goal of all totalitarians is to turn the society into the state. (One of his concepts that I could easily understand.) To do that, they attack liberal (referring to the 19th Century concept) democracy, national self-determination and “laissez faire” economics.

    Using Hayek’s checklist, we see ACORN trying to undermine the electoral process (which has already been undermined by gerrymandered election districts) and the census process in twin attack on liberal democracy. Similarly, we see ACORN attacking “laissez faire” economics through programs trying to undermine the mortgage industry (with great help from their friends in government) and their thuggish attacks on businesses that do not follow their wishes.

    To my knowledge ACORN has been around since the ’70s. They must have relatively deep roots to last that long. Now, the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress are working to provide what could easily turn out to be perpetual government funding for their future totalitarian empire.

  • highlander

    Yes, ACORN is corrupt, and like the old Tammany Hall bosses, I’m sure there are many in ACORN who are lining their own pockets. But I think there is also a difference between the corruption of ACORN and the corruption of Tammany Hall. ACORN, unlike Tammany Hall, is corrupt with a specific purpose in mind: the promotion of their socialist agenda.

    Michelle O said several months ago that for the first time in her life she was proud to be an American. Not coincidentally, for the first time in my life I am truly afraid for America.

    I traveled in Russia and several Eastern Bloc countries in the late ’60’s. I have seen with my own eyes the shabbiness and squalor of ordinary people’s lives, the grim rows of tenements with faulty plumbing, lit by bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling. I have seen the dirty shop windows which no one cared to clean and the near-empty shelves from chronic shortages of even the most basic items. I have experienced first hand the oppressive, mind-numbing lethargy of people whose life situation will remain the same whether they work hard or not.

    There are people now in positions of power who would take America in that direction. Why? Why on earth would any sane person want to go there? If socialism is so good, why did they need fences to keep people in? And if capitalism is so bad, why do we have fences to keep people out? Have we forgotten so soon what we were fighting against during the Cold War?

  • Ymarsakar

    I don’t think they were fighting for the US against Soviet Russia. Rather the other way around.

  • Oldflyer

    I have commented elsewhere, that there is little chance of the Obama Justice Dept going after Acorn. The Congress will turn a blind eye. Would like to think that the IRS and other so called independent agencies would be vigilant, but I am not confident.

    The only hope that I see is for Republican governors to go after them on a state by state basis and make their lives difficult, while ratcheting up public awareness. If they don’t step up to the plate the road to despotism will only develop a steeper downhill slope.