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Posted: 9/19/2009 5:55:23 AM EST
Townhall.com


ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a scandal. This story has become breaking news lately thanks to some recent guerilla journalism. But the problems of ACORN represent a broader, and even more scandalous idea: the conventional acceptance of the left's self-righteous claims to having a monopoly on all politics, policy and lifestyles that are good.

ACORN, if you haven't heard, is a radical organization that devotes itself with laser-like intensity to the maxim that all politics is local. The group supposedly exists to find affordable housing and provide social services for low-income families. But when two undercover, enterprising young people equipped with a hidden camera walked into an ACORN office, posing as an over-the-top pimp and prostitute wanting to establish a brothel dealing in enslaved children from other countries, ACORN employees offered the two advice: how to get on welfare; how to cheat the tax system; how to get housing from the government; and how to hide the criminal profit (a tin in your back yard, natch).

In the wake of the video, the Senate –– with seven notable exceptions –– voted to bar new federal funding for ACORN. But beyond the outrageous seven and the video, this is an opportunity for deeper revelations still.

Federally aided counsel to a pimp and prostitute and pervasive allegations of voter fraud aren't the worst of it. The reaction that has greeted the furor has been the most disturbing facet of the whole sorry affair. There is a place, a time and a need for getting to the bottom of the whys and hows of social pathologies. But that time is not while watching an organization that gets federal funding offer help with the sex trafficking of children on YouTube. And yet that was the default position of some on the left to this scandal.

ACORN's chief executive Bertha Lewis would eventually surrender to the demand for atonement, and issue a statement saying, "We have all been deeply disturbed by what we've seen in some of these videos. I must say, on behalf of ACORN's Board and our Advisory Council, that we will go to whatever lengths necessary to re-establish the public trust." But that was only after being on adamant defense.

And Lewis wasn't alone in self-protection mode. When the first video dropped, a blog on National Public Radio's Web site excused crimes as part and parcel of the plight of the community organizer: "It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails –– poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades." The post continued: "So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America." Don't blame them, in other words. They can't help themselves, they're poor people.

And herein lies the deeper scandal –– it's not just the denial of what is right in front of your face, it's denial of a bad mode of operating, of a sickness in policy and philosophy. For as much as the right is attacked for being dismissive of the poor and most vulnerable, the left clutches that which continues the plight of government dependence among so many.

ACORN is wedded to stale thinking that all too often makes people dependent, crushes responsibility, creativity and our very natures. And the Obama administration only plans to continue to increase welfare spending, ensuring that the system that gave birth to ACORN and its inexcusable conduct will continue to thrive.

That NPR item began with the announcement that the "'ACORN versus conservatives' contest of wills is beginning to look like some new version of the Cold War with either side claiming the other is evil and vowing to never give in until it prevails." There's something to that observation, actually. These tea parties, best sellers about liberty and tyranny and liberal fascism, they're about something: they're about ideas. Most of all, they're about preserving that which makes America exceptional.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign Barack Obama told audiences, "Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself."

OK.. you are now being judged......


0bama = acorn

acorn = 0bama

0bama = acorn
acorn = 0bama

0bama = acorn
acorn = 0bama

0bama = acorn
acorn = 0bama

....and so on and so forth



Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:01:06 AM EST
If the average voting American would have really looked at his past proven aquiantances he would have never got elected.

Even reading his books there are some really disturbing veiw points he puts forth.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:08:19 AM EST
Originally Posted By GNRNR:
If the average voting American would have really looked at his past proven aquiantances he would have never got elected.

Even reading his books there are some really disturbing veiw points he puts forth.




oboingo could not have qualified for even a low-level security clearance. He'd have never passed the background check.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:09:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By osprey21:
During the 2008 Presidential campaign Barack Obama told audiences, "Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself."


do you have any form of a link for that statement? It would be very damning if we could find an actual link.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:12:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By Orbital-Burn:
Originally Posted By osprey21:
During the 2008 Presidential campaign Barack Obama told audiences, "Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself."


do you have any form of a link for that statement? It would be very damning if we could find an actual link.



Not paying much attention huh?

He said it in a Townhall debate with McCain when McCain asked him about Ayers. Hit up youtube, it's there.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:13:20 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:15:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By pale_pony:
Originally Posted By GNRNR:
If the average voting American would have really looked at his past proven aquiantances he would have never got elected.

Even reading his books there are some really disturbing veiw points he puts forth.




oboingo could not have qualified for even a low-level security clearance. He'd have never passed the background check.



THIS!!! Complete truth!!!
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:46:59 AM EST
"It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails –– poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades." The post continued: "So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America." Don't blame them, in other words. They can't help themselves, they're poor people.


There in lies one major problem or our downfall. The ultimate enabling attitude.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:57:36 AM EST

"It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails –– poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades." The post continued: "So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America." Don't blame them, in other words. They can't help themselves, they're poor people.




They're not trashy lowlife criminals because they're poor; they're poor because they're trashy lowlife criminals.

Poverty doesn't cause behavior; behavior causes poverty.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 7:05:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 7:07:30 AM EST by America-first]
Those videos aren't even the tip of the proverbial iceberg; imagine how much federal money has been directly pocketed by the people involved in ACORN from the local community organizers and bagmen right up to the upper echelons of the orginization.

Keep in mind; Obama was a community organizer as well.

A forensic audit would blow the lid off of ACORN and place who knows how many of Obama's associates, and perhaps Obama himself, behind bars.

Unfortunately; Obama, Pelosi and Holder, have unleashed the rath of the Justice Department on the CIA instead.

I wonder why ?
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 7:13:16 AM EST
The election is over, we lost.
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