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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
Bio: Michael J. Gaynor
Date:  April 17, 2009
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President Obama, "ACORN MAN" Tested and Testing

It's time to expose ACORN and the liberal media establishment, led by The New York Times, that made "the Senator from ACORN" President.

America needs to know the whole truth, and America's needs must be satisfied.

President Obama has been tested and testing, and there will be more of each as the former community organizer tries to remake America to please ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and America's enemies, at home and abroad, seek to take advantage of perceived weakness (real or imagined).

Vice President Biden was right about something: President Obama would be tested within six months of his inauguration as President of the United States.

Even Somali Pirates Test President Obama!

Somali pirates did what had not been done by pirates to a ship under a United States flag since 1804: board it by force. (That didn't even happen during the Carter Administration, but Iran did seize an American embassy and held those inside hostage until the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan prompted the release of those hostages.)

President Thomas Jefferson had dealt very effectively with piracy, by sending the United States Navy to destroy them.

But candidate Obama promised change, President Obama apologized for America being "dismissive" and "derisive", and those Somali pirates apparently thought that it was safe to try to seize American ships, kidnap Americans and demand ransom.

President Obama wisely let the United States Navy rescue the captain whom the pirates had taken as a hostage, but he's treating piracy as a criminal matter instead of terrorism and that's a mistake Jefferson did not make.

North Korea Tests Obama

President Obama sternly warned North Korea not to launch that long-range missile, but North Korea did so anyway.

North Korea's Kim Jung Il apparently figures that President Obama is weak.

That does not bode well.

And neither does Iran's nuclear program and the unwillingness of the European countries apparently so taken with the President and the First Lady to do more to help Afghanistan.

In 1961, Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschchev met JFK in Vienna and sized him up as weak. The result was the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The United Nations Tests Obama

Since President Obama had warned North Korea of consequences, he rightly urged the United Nations Security Council to impose some.

But the result, finally, was a pathetic non-binding resolution asking North Korea not to do it again!

That was so effective that North Korea promptly told inspectors to leave and prepared to build more nuclear weapons.

Has President Obama convinced the United Nations that when it fails to do what is necessary, the United States will do so itself?

Obviously not.

Meanwhile, President Obama is testing America with a wealth redistribution policy which will burden the current future generations and wreck the economic engine of there world, the American capitalist economy.

President Obama also is testing America by packing the judiciary as well as his Administration with judicial activists who ignore the United States Constitution and the rule of law.

Wendy E. Long, Judicial Confirmation Network counsel, "What's the Matter with Empathy? Obama's criterion for picking federal judges would turn equal justice on its head," April 16, 2009 (posted at National Review Online):

"During the presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama said that 'the criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges' is whether they have 'the heart, the empathy,' for certain groups of people.

"Those worthy of empathy, according to candidate Obama, include the 'young teenage mom,' the 'poor,' the 'African-American,' the 'gay,' the 'disabled,' the 'old.' What's wrong with being empathetic to all these groups in particular, or to any group or individual in general?

"What's wrong with it is that federal judges swear an oath to 'administer justice without respect to persons' and to 'do equal right to the poor and to the rich,' among other things. So when, for the first time in American history, a candidate for president announced that he would seek judges whose decision-making is premised explicitly upon partiality rather than upon the impartiality that the law requires of a judge it was so unprecedented and so outlandish that many thought it was just campaign talk. Maybe it was something that had worked for some swing-state focus group.

"It wasn't.

"President Obama's first appellate nominee, Judge David Hamilton of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, has a long resume of activism that suggests clearly where his 'empathy' lies. His first job, fresh out of college, was as a fundraiser for the Philadelphia branch of ACORN, the 'community-organizing' group that has been accused of serial election fraud. He later served as a board member, and vice president for litigation, of the Indiana ACLU. And it is very much ACORN/ACLU/Obama style 'empathy' on display in Hamilton's judicial opinions."

ACORN paved President Obama's way to the Presidency and he's been rewarding ACORN since he took up White House residency.

It's time to expose ACORN and the liberal media establishment, led by The New York Times, that made "the Senator from ACORN" President.

ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief eventually saw the light:

"After being fired in January of 2008, I never hated ACORN and I kept attending rallies and fighting the fight, until the true nature of the Carlye campaign was exposed to me. At that time, I told the head organizer that I would not get involved or be seen at events. I knew what they were doing and it honestly scared me. I realized the true nature of ACORN and this time I decided to fight. In doing so, I have placed myself and my family at great personal, and financial risk. I have said it before, and I state it again, I will deal with all of my mistakes and actions in order to expose something bigger than me.

"ACORN's mob like tactics, including intimidation and threats, have gotten them farther than any major crime family. They have come into communities across the nation and stood on the backs of the poor in order to fill their coffers. The top down management style and the absolute control the Rathke family held over ACORN and its organizations are reminiscent of the Gambino crime family. I watched as major banks bowed before ACORN and candidates fought to curry favor with its constituencies. Newspapers buried stories and the long arm of the union SEIU secured their financial survival. Becoming an ACORN whistle blower, is a lot like taking on the mob (without the federal protection).

"ACORN and others have many friends on the Hill and they have won several victories as of late. Their partnership with the Census is disturbing, but so are their tentacles over in healthcare, foreclosures, volunteer service and education should put every American on alert. If ACORN has access to untold amounts of taxpayer funds and their people managing your health, education and counseling you on your home loan; the absolute power of this group will help control American politics for decades to come.

"The road has been rocky and some say not worth the risk, but as they continue to make money off the poor, they are a dozen ACORN employees like me, who had to choose rent or food. I just hope that they don't make the same bad choices I made. A paycheck is not worth your dignity, principles or morals. I checked mine at the door once to continue working for ACORN and I refuse to do it again.

"ACORN employees, members and even the now reviled ACORN 8 were drawn to ACORN under their pretense of caring. We were taught that they were building power, but they were taking it away. We have all been deceived and only through our speaking the truth can we seek justice."

Sadly, the truth about then candidate Obama and ACORN did not become generally known before Election Day 2008.

But America still needs justice, justice depends upon truth and the truth still can prevail.

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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