ACORN, by any name, still stinks

Friday, June 26, 2009

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, is changing its name. Why? Because the ACORN franchise has become so tarnished they feel they can't continue under the original name.

The Washington Examiner reports that ACORN has changed its name to "Community Organizations International." Shall we call them "coy?" If they were "Community Organizations National" we could call them "con" because that's still exactly what they are. A con by any other name is still a con.

Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, was the chief financial officer of Citizens Consulting, Inc. (CCI), the financially controlling arm of ACORN, according to former members who have filed suit calling themselves ACORN 8. Dale Rathke embezzled almost $1 million from the organization and, according the ACORN 8, his brother Wade concealed the crime from the board of trustees for almost a decade.

Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg for ACORN. They're currently under investigation in 14 states for voter fraud and other electoral violations. And this is who President Obama has tapped to help with the census count. It's absolutely unbelievable.

But, will changing their name help? Quite the contrary. By calling themselves what they really are -- community organizers -- they will expose, once and for all, what that really means. Remember, Barack Obama's claim to fame was that he was a community organizer. That's a code phrase for a radical, left-wing, partisan hack who helps build a political machine from the grassroots level. Obama likes to portray himself as some sort of savior to the disenfranchised and the poor. What he was as a community organizer was a user of the ignorant and exploiter of the misinformed. Obama has always been closely associated with ACORN and he cannot disassociate himself from their fraud.

Many years ago I was president of my neighborhood association. We organized a neighborhood watch and followed zoning issues for our area. One would think that would qualify me as a community organizer. No; at least not according to my liberal friends in the know. They tell me that had I helped to register folks in my neighborhood to vote or worked the polls in my district then I would be a community organizer. What they won't come right out and say is that only applies if the voters are potential Democrats and I was working to increase their numbers at the polls.

You see, ACORN is the epitome of community organizers. They're left-wing rabble-rousers who will circumvent the law to advance their own political agenda. To them, the end justifies the means. It's a win-at-any-cost mentality. They rationalize cheating in elections because they believe they've been historically cheated, put upon, oppressed. Voter fraud is just how the game's played. They believe their goals are noble therefore their means of achieving them can never be ignoble.

This is the attitude that has permeated the White House and Congress. It's pay-back time. It's time to get all they can while the gettin' is good. After all, what could be wrong with robbing the rich to give to the poor? What could be wrong with providing health insurance for every American by overtaxing the producers? What could be wrong with giving amnesty to millions of people who broke into the country?

America is evil, don't you kow? That's why the Senate just voted unanimously to apologize for slavery. Forget that the United States fought and won a war that was, at least, partially about slavery. Those who died aren't the heroes of "the struggle." Those who help cheat their candidates into elected office are.