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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  October 24, 2008
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"Margy the Teacher" Appreciated the ACORN Threat

Obama has ACORN's endorsement...and he deserves it. But Obama is not fit to be President of the United States.

“Margy the Teacher” knew what ACORN (Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now) was about back in the 1970’s.

Born in 1940, Margy is now a retired teacher and the owner and operator of a bed and breakfast.

Margy served on a local school board in Texas from 1978 to 1985 and took her responsibilities seriously.

In 1980, Margy testified before the Texas State Board of Education, objecting to a page about ACORN in a book titled “Comparing Political Behavior,” published by Prentice-Hall.

Margy had read the Houston Post, now defunct, and kept a copy of an article about ACORN published in the May 6, 1979 edition.

That article is titled “Group hopes to gain control of U.S. power” and begins with the ACORN recruiting song: “Aren’t you tired of seein’ the way that your own country’s being run? For the sake of Monster Profit, they would even steal your son. And if you think it’s bad, well, buster, you can bet it will grow worse. So you better start to organize, or empty out your purse!”

The lead sentence of the article reported: “ACORN organizers are taught to be ever aware their goal is to create a massive political pressure group which ultimately will take over the full operation of this country—for the benefit of ‘low-to-moderate-income’ Americans."

Former ACORN organizer and trainer Obama is indeed “The One” ACORN wants to put in the White House.

The article quoted from a 40-page booklet, Community Organizing: Handbook 2,” issued in 1977 by the Arkansas Institute for Social Justice and drawn “particularly from the ACORN model.”

The ACORN philosophy is stated unambiguously: “Behind the organization’s concern with these issues is a basic understanding which says that all these issues are mere manifestations of a much more fundamental issue: The distribution of power in this country.”

The article describes issues as “vehicle[s] toward the[e] goal,” and the goal as “building power through the organization of a low-to-moderate income majority.”

Article:

”One of the more candid discussions of ACORN’s involvement in electoral politics is found in the reminscence of John Beam who coordinated the efforts of the justices of the peace ACORN was instrumental in electing to the Pulaski County Arkansas Quorum Court, the budget-making body the handbook calls the country’s largest legislative body.

“Beam noted that the 175 ACORN endorsees who were elected had the potential for real power as the court—whose membership has since been shrunk considerably—frequently had trouble assembling a quorum of 234 members.

“’The task for the members, leaders and staff of ACORN was to translate this potential into some sort of change…The ACORN members elected to the court were not experienced politicians. Their legislative skills ranged from minimal PTA sophistication to functional illiteracy. What they shared in common was a loyalty to ACORN and its version of a fairer deal for low to moderate income people.”

In April 1979, ACORN advertised for organizers in “Mother Jones,” a magazine named after “[p]ioneer socialist Mary Harris ‘Mother’ Jones,” on the same page as the Marxist Guardian, the Anarchist Cookbook and “readable radical scholarship” were advertised.

That textbook to which “Margy the Teacher” objected had a full “ACORN and Citizenship” page lauding ACORN, deeming 1970 “memorable” because Wade Rathke and other organized ACORN, and concluding: “Does your community have an organization similar to ACORN? If it does, briefly describe the organization and what it has accomplished. If there is no such organization in your community, think about whether one is needed and the kinds of concerns it could tackle.”

“Margy the Teacher” also objected to a high school government textbook titled American Political Behavior that recommended Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, an ACORN bible.

Mr. Alinsky actually suggested using blacks as “natural stink bombs” so that “[t]he law would be completely paralyzed.”

From p. 139 of Rules for Radicals: “I suggested that we might buy one hundred seats for one of Rochester’s symphony concerts. We would select a concert in which the music was relatively quiet. The hundred blacks who would be given the tickets would first be treated to a three-hour pre-concert dinner in the community, in which they would be fed nothing but baked beans, and lots of them; then the people would go to the symphony hall—with obvious consequences. Imagine the scene when the action began! The concert would be over before the first movement! (If this be a Freudian slip—so be it!)”

The last sentence on p. 139 opined that if Alinsky's "natural stink bomb" attack were to be executed, "[t]he law would be completely paralyzed."

No wonder Obama has ACORN's endorsement.

Obama deserves it.

But Obama is not fit to be President of the United States.

Michael J. Gaynor

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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 gaynormike@aol.com.


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