Topic category: Government/Politics
Though Bankrupt, ACORN Is Succeeding in Its Subversive Mission
Only in America: ACORN will be filing for bankruptcy soon, but it has achieved its basic goal--putting Obama in the White House to implement ACORN's radical political agenda--and that will fundamentally transform and bankrupt America unless the truth about Obama AND ACORN prevails promptly.
On March 19, with an expected House of Representatives vote on Obamacare two days away, Laura Ingraham issued an e blast titled "Freedom's last stand."
Ms. Ingraham's patriotic, passionate sense of urgency was unmistakable:
"Pick up your phones, freedom czars. Sunday is the day the progressive left has been dreaming of for generations. We have to stop them.
"Call these representatives and tell them to vote no. If you live near DC, be there tomorrow, Saturday, at noon in Upper Senate Park, across from the Capitol building.
"Time and travel costs may be a concern for some of you, but at what price will we surrender our freedom?"
That's the price of not exposing President Obama as the instrument of ACORN, SEIU and La Raza in socializing and bankrupting America, eventually expanding the Far Left's voting base by granting amnesty to illegal aliens, depriving workers of the secret ballot in elections of unioning (innocuously called Card Check).
Congressman Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat honored at the ACORN gala last year (with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California) will vote for Obamacare. (He wishes the bill was more illegal immigrant-friendly, of course, and so he claimed that he would vote no, but, be real, it was never so.)
Similarly, Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio fell in line, after doing his best to make the bill look "moderate" by pledging to vote against it because it did not create a public option immediately.
If we follow the advice of sportscaster Warner Wolfe and go to the vidotape, we know that Obama wants the same single payer plan that Kucinich wants, but he realizes that he can't get in one "swoop."
Ironically, both the Far Left and some of the Far Left's better known bombastic opponents share responsibility for the imminent passage of Obamacare.
On the same day that Ms. Ingraham issued her e-blast, The New York Times reported that ACORN is on the brink of bankruptcy (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/us/politics/20acorn.html?hp=&pagewanted=all).
Ian Urbina, in "Acorn on Brink of Bankruptcy, Officials Say":
"Acorn is holding a teleconference this weekend to discuss plans for a bankruptcy filing, two officials of the group said. They asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.
"Over the last six months, at least 15 of the groupís 30 state chapters have disbanded and have no plans of re-forming, Acorn officials said. The California and New York chapters, two of the largest, have severed their ties to the national group and have independently reconstituted themselves with new names. Several other state groups are also re-forming outside the Acorn umbrella, and will not be affected if the national organization files for bankruptcy.
"This week, the Maryland chapter announced that it would not reopen its offices, which were shuttered in September in the wake of a widely publicized series of video recordings made by two conservative activists, posing as a prostitute and a pimp, who secretly filmed Acorn workers providing them tax advice...."
The New York Times essentially conceded that the Republican National Lawyers Association, Fox News, Andrew Breitbart, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles had won their war on ACORN:
"After the activistsí videos came to light and swiftly became fodder for 24-hour cable news coverage, private donations from foundations to Acorn all but evaporated and the federal government quickly distanced itself from the group.
"The Census Bureau ended its partnership with the organization for this yearís census, the Internal Revenue Service dropped Acorn from its Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, and Congress voted to cut off all grants to the group."
Predictably, The Times described the ACORN agenda as "liberal," not socialist or subversive, and sanitized ACORN's illegal activities as best it could:
"A network that once included more than 1,000 grass-roots groups, Acorn, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was created in 1970 and has fought for liberal causes like raising the minimum wage, registering the poor to vote, stopping predatory lending and expanding affordable housing.
"But long before the activist videos delivered what may become the final blow, the organization was dogged for years by financial problems and accusations of fraud. In the summer of 2008, infighting erupted over embezzlement of Acorn funds by the brother of the organizationís founder. Some chapters were also found to have submitted voter application forms with incorrect information on them during the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, leading to blistering charges from conservative organizations linking Acornís errors to the Obama campaign.
ď'That 20-minute video ruined 40 years of good work,' said Sonja Merchant-Jones, former co-chairwoman of Acornís Maryland chapter. 'But if the organization had confronted its own internal problems, it might not have been taken down so easily.'"
The Times erroneously reported that ACORN is being replaced, not remasked:
"Calls to Acornís New York City offices, for example, are now met with a recording that says: 'Acorn is not providing services in New York. If youíre interested in hearing from local organizations with similar purposes, please press zero.'
"The New York chapter has been replaced by a new group, called New York Communities for Change, whose Web site promotes many of Acornís goals and many of whose staff and community members are the same.
"In Pittsburgh, Acorn officials said they were trying to continue work while they decided whether to stay with the national organization or form a new one. Maryellen Hayden, the volunteer director of Allegheny Countyís Acorn, said the group was continuing to counsel people facing foreclosure and had recently sent two buses with dozens of members to Washington to rally for the Democratic health care bill."
That sentence hints at what's really happening: Obama is about to deliver as much "health care reform" as possible, fulfilling his commitment to ACORN. Obama has not been exposed and forced to retreat, but ACORN has been exposed and forced to reorganize. It's a small price for ACORN to pay to have America abandon its traditional values and adopt ACORN's socialist way. (ACORN advocates "share the wealth" socialism under the human rights brand, not the toxic socialist or communist labels. Beck and Fox News opted to promote the radical Marcel Reid and her little ACORN 8 band and that worked for Obama, because, unlike ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief, they are Obamatons.)
Obama was stoppable in 2008, but The New York Times killed an Obama/ACORN expose and the liberal media establishment supported instead of scrutinized presidential candidate Obama.
Ms. MonCrief could have proven what "Joe the Plumber" suspected, but it did not happen, so Obama was elected. See "ACORN WHISTLEBLOWER: OBAMAíS THIRD STRIKE?" (October 22, 2008) (www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=081022) and "Why Obama and ACORN Fear Anita MonCrief" (October 29, 2008) (www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=081029).
As the Age of Obama unfolded, Fox News, Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart put their eggs in the "Pimp and Pro" ACORN sting basket and reported on surreptitiously videotaped visits by James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles to ACORN offices.
The good news is that the reports hurt ACORN.
The bad news is that they did not hurt, and actually helped, Obama. SEIU and Obama should appreciate the sacrifice of the ACORN organization to implement the radical ACORN agenda.
Michael J. Gaynor
Biography - Michael J. Gaynor
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.
Gaynor's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.