ACORN Zombies, Obama and Stealth Socialism
posted at 12:59 am on February 10, 2011 by Anita MonCrief
My topic is “What’s the Activist Left Up To?”
As always, the Activist Left is up to promoting its radical agenda in many ways.
The Activist Left wants President Obama re-elected, so he can appoint more liberal activists to the federal courts and more radicals like former SEIU lawyer and current NLRB member Craig Becker to the federal bureaucracy
It wants Obama’s political opponents ridiculed and discredited, especially those conservative females who will not shut up, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
It wants Obamacare implemented, notwithstanding its unconstitutionality and the will of the people, with waivers for Obama supporters, like SEIU..
It wants the Obama administration to impose by regulation what it cannot sign into law.
In other words, it’s up to promoting the stealth socialist agenda.
Norman Thomas, a socialist who ran for president of the United States six times, astutely asserted:
“”The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”
Thomas also explained that he no longer needed “to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party” because “[t]he Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”
The Democrat Party is the party that the Activist Left uses primarily to pursue its radical agenda. A look at the ACORN “People’s Platform” from the 1970’s shows that Obama’s current agenda has roots in what I call ACORN’s socialist “wish list.”
Thomas died in 1968.
Two years later Wade Rathke founded ACORN.
The idea was for ACORN to grow from a tiny acorn into a great tree.
Originally, ACORN was an acronym for Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Rathke’s long-term goal was “fundamental transformation” and he had much more than Arkansas in mind. In 2009 article, I revealed the ACORN Community Organizing Manual which outlined Rathke’s methods for organizing communities.
Under Rathke’s leadership, ACORN became a national organization and changed its named to Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
In his biography at his website, Rathke described ACORN as follows:
“The ACORN family of organizations includes radio stations (KNON and KABF), publications, housing development and ownership (ACORN Housing), and a variety of other supports for direct organizing and issue campaigns, such as Project Vote and the Living Wage Resource Center.”
Project Vote is ACORN’s voter mobilization arm. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is supposed to carry out “non-partisan” voter registration drives, to counsel voters on their right, and to litigate on behalf of voting rights – focusing on the rights of the poor and the “disenfranchised.”
DiscovertheNetworks.org asserts that
“Project Vote’s actions suggest that its true agenda is more radical” and “aimed at overwhelming, paralyzing and discrediting the voting system through fraud, protests, propaganda and vexatious litigation.”
Discover the Networks understands.
People simultaneously worked for ACORN and Project Vote, and I was one of them.
My old boss, Zach Polett, helped found ACORN, then founded Project Vote in 1982 and led it while simultaneously serving as ACORN’s political director. He’s partisan.
On Election Day 2010 ACORN, then generally viewed as politically toxic, filed for bankruptcy.
Rathke began to provide cover for the group and posted that ACORN is dead. Rathke also used a tried and true ACORN tactic by warning Congressman Darrell Issa not to investigate ACORN if he wants to be re-elected.
Rathke also looked beyond the United States and created ACORN International. The exposure of an embezzlement scandal in 2008 led to Rathke’s replacement as ACORN’s Chief Organizer, but he remains the leader of ACORN International.
To say that ACORN is dead is to focus on form instead of substance.
ACORN has morphed, not disappeared.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich described President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address as “fundamentally dishonest.” Gingrich was right about that, and Obama has been “fundamentally dishonest” about much more than the State of the Union.
He’s been “fundamentally dishonest” about his relationship with ACORN, and he’s gotten away with it.
I know about it, because ACORN recruited me.
I went from Alabama to Washington, D.C. to work for ACORN in October 2005.
When I came to Washington, D.C., I was put on the Project Vote payroll and given an ACORN email address. For practical purposes, ACORN and Project Vote were one, sharing the same office. I worked simultaneously as a Project Vote development associate and an ACORN strategic writing, research and design consultant. I did fundraising work that supported Project Vote’s voter registration program as well as designed ACORN’s 2005, 2006 and 2007 Political Operations Year End PowerPoint presentations and three state-based PowerPoint presentations.
The people who ran ACORN were radicals and clever. Marcel Reid, a former ACORN national board member and head of ACORN’s DC chapter, told me that the word socialism was not to be used. ACORN was a stealth socialist operation and it has morphed and rebranded, not disappeared.
Wade Rathke resigned from ACORN when an embezzlement scandal involving his brother Dale finally was made public, but he remains a player.
For example, Wade’s January 26, 2011 post in his blog. chieforganizer.com not only begins with a description of his friend Frances Fox Piven as “a brilliant scholar and political theorist, still vitally engaged at the cutting edges of her work while still affiliated with CUNY’s Graduate Center, and someone [Wade]I count[s] as colleague and friend over our 40 years,” but discloses that Piven had turned to him for advice on dealing with Glenn Beck and others who had focused on her.
That’s not surprising. Piven is still a member of the editorial advisory group of the magazine Social Policy, published by Wade, and a board member of Project Vote.
I know what it was like inside ACORN’s DC national office and I was surprised to receive a call from the Obama presidential campaign in late 2007.asking if this was the same Project Vote that Obama worked for in the 90’s.
Zach Polett had mentioned that Obama had worked for us and that he even supervised him during a ACORN Political staff retreat in November 2007
With that staff retreat fresh in my mind, I answered yes and sent an email to Zach Polett, Karyn Gillette, Nathan Henderson James, and Kevin Whelan stating that the campaign wanted someone to call them back regarding some media questions that were being asked at the time.
Soon after, Karyn Gillette told me that she had direct contact with the Obama campaign and had obtained their donor lists. I was given an excel spreadsheet to work with for cultivation of new donors. When I had trouble because of the duplicates, Karyn stated that she would contact her person at the campaign and see if they had another one.
Karyn Gillette also provided lists obtained from the Kerry and Clinton campaigns, as well as the 2004 DNC donor lists, and that these lists were shared with the Political directors of roughly 12 ACORN battleground states in order to raise money for a $28 million dollar (number as of 11/2007) voter registration drive.
Bottom line: ACORN had been improperly coordinating with and operating as an arm of the Obama campaign, and “the Senator from ACORN”‘s involvement with ACORN has been much more than he claimed.
BUT…during the last presidential debate Obama said:
“…with respect to ACORN, ACORN is a community organization. Apparently what they’ve done is they were paying people to go out and register folks, and apparently some of the people who were out there didn’t really register people, they just filled out a bunch of names.
“It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.”
Obama’s statement that his only involvement with ACORN was representing ACORN in the motor voter case is a lie, not a fact, or, in Speaker Gingrich’s words, “fundamentally dishonest.”
ACORN is the organization with which Obama has been associated throughout his adult life, as organizer, trainer, lawyer, funder and political beneficiary…and Obama’s Achilles heel.
Stanley Kurtz wrote about ACORN, but the alphabet networks and other liberal media did not report his findings.
For example, Mr. Kurtz, in “Planting Seeds of Disaster: ACORN, Barack Obama, and the Democratic party,” revealed:
“[In 1995], as a director at Chicago’s Woods Fund, Obama was successfully pushing for a major expansion of assistance to ACORN, and sending still more money ACORN’s way from his post as board chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Through both funding and personal-leadership training, Obama supported ACORN. And ACORN, far more than we’ve recognized up to now, had a major role in precipitating the subprime crisis.”
Mr. Kurtz traced Obama’s ties to ACORN and the current financial crisis:
“I’ve already told the story of Obama’s close ties to ACORN leader Madeline Talbott, who personally led Chicago ACORN’s campaign to intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to low-credit customers. Using provisions of a 1977 law called the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Chicago ACORN was able to delay and halt the efforts of banks to merge or expand until they had agreed to lower their credit standards — and to fill ACORN’s coffers to finance ‘counseling’ operations…. This much we’ve known. Yet these local, CRA-based pressure-campaigns fit into a broader, more disturbing, and still under-appreciated national picture. Far more than we’ve recognized, ACORN’s local, CRA-enabled pressure tactics served to entangle the financial system as a whole in the subprime mess. ACORN was no side-show. On the contrary, using CRA and ties to sympathetic congressional Democrats, ACORN succeeded in drawing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into the very policies that led to the current disaster.”
Ironically, Obama. “the Senator from ACORN,” benefited from the financial crisis that his kind of thinking created with his personal help as organizer, trainer. lawyer, funder and political supporter and win the Presidency.
That’s because the truth did not catch up to the lie.
It would have, if The New York Times had not killed the expose I was working with its reporter, Stephanie Strom, or ABC or CNN had been interested in the truth about Obama.
The Activist Left is comprised of long range planners, people who wait decades to implement their socialist agendas. In the October 1978 issue of Just Economics, Zach Polett wrote an article entitled “Care & Feeding of the Press Made Easy,” which may explain why mainstream outlets like the Times and Huffington Post carry water for ACORN.
The left will continue to beat the supposed corpse of ACORN while its chapters reorganize and continue pushing the same agenda. According to Conservapedia, the following groups are all part of the thriving ACORN family:
- Community Organizations International
- Texans Together Education Fund
- Health Care for America NOW!
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
- Voting Is Power
- Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas
- Communities Voting Together
- Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change
- Affordable Housing Centers of America, Inc.
- New England United For justice
- A Community Voice
- Communities United
- Minnesota Neighborhood’s Organizing For Change
- Missourians Organizing For Reform and Empowerment
- New York Communities For Change
- Working Families Party
- Pennsylvania Neighborhoods For Social Justice
- Texas Organizing Project
- Organization United For Reform (Our) Washington
- American Institute For Social Justice
The rising Conservative movement has only slowed the progression of these groups as they continue to push radical legislation. To reach critical mass, the entire country must be made aware of how a broken system of social programs fuels these groups, and Obama’s “fundamental dishonesty” regarding his connections to them.