*What is Acorn?
They would describe themselves as a community action group, that helps low to middle class families with house, loans and other social needs. The
problem is, they are also an anti-Capitalist group that has long ago crossed the line in to extremism (think code pink).
This is what Wiki says about ACORN.
On the surface it looks like this group just wants to help people, but it goes much deeper than that. According to Palestinian born journalist Sol
Stern, this group is nothing more than a radical group, "leading this city to serfdom".
If you thought the New Left was dead in America, think again. Walk through just about any of the nation’s inner cities, and you’re likely
to find an office of ACORN, bustling with young people working 12-hour days to “organize the poor” and bring about “social change.” The
largest radical group in the country, ACORN has 120,000 dues-paying members, chapters in 700 poor neighborhoods in 50 cities, and 30 years’
experience. It boasts two radio stations, a housing corporation, a law office, and affiliate relationships with a host of trade-union locals. Not only
big, it is effective, with some remarkable successes in getting municipalities and state legislatures to enact its radical policy goals into
The Wall Street Journal also covered this group:
The movement is not always what it appears to be. Though Acorn touts living-wage laws as a way to lift the working poor into the middle
class, the vast body of academic work on wage laws shows that they end up hurting the poor by forcing businesses to eliminate some low-wage jobs.
Acorn's own leadership understands this principle perfectly. When California regulators sued Acorn for not paying its own workers the minimum
wage, Acorn argued that this would endanger its mission—because it would have to hire fewer workers.
So basically, they drove business out of town with their practices, but called foul when it came back on them.
More about ACORN's radical practices.
This group is being investigated for voter fraud right now. Apparently, their workers registered about 2,000 fraudulent voters for an election.
*How does this relate to Obama?
The ACORN workers told state investigators that they went to the Seattle public library, sat at a table and filled out the voter registration
forms. They made up names, addresses, and Social Security numbers and in some cases plucked names from the phone book. One worker said it was a lot of
hard work making up all those names and another said he would sit at home, smoke marijuana and fill out the forms.
When you here Obama tout his "community organizer" experience. ACORN is what hes talking about. What has he done for this group?
1. Obama worked with a woman named Madeleine Talbot (ACORN leader), to clean up asbestos. Actually, she did all the work and Obama just took all the
credit. In any case, Talbot lead an attempted raid on the Chicago City Council.
And what exactly was Talbot’s work with Acorn? Talbot turns out to have been a key leader of that attempt by Acorn to storm the Chicago City
Council (during a living-wage debate). While Sol Stern mentions this story in passing, the details are worth a look: On July 31, 1997, six people were
arrested as 200 Acorn protesters tried to storm the Chicago City Council session. According to the Chicago Daily Herald, Acorn demonstrators pushed
over the metal detector and table used to screen visitors, backed police against the doors to the council chamber, and blocked late-arriving aldermen
and city staff from entering the session. As Talbot was led away handcuffed, charged with mob action and disorderly conduct, she explicitly
justified her actions in storming the meeting. This was the woman who first drew Obama into his alliance with Acorn, and whose staff Obama helped
2. Obama claims to have worked with with blacks, whites and Hispanics with this group, but in the LA times article, the community claims it was mostly
Consider the second charge against Obama raised by the L.A. Times backgrounder. On the stump today, Obama often says he helped prevent South
Side Chicago blacks, Latinos, and whites from turning on each other after losing their jobs, but many of the community organizers interviewed by the
L. A. Times say that Obama worked overwhelmingly with blacks.
Not that big of a deal, but it goes to show how Obama misleads people about what hes done as a so called "Community Organizer".
3. According to Tony Foulkes
(Chicago Acorn leader and a member of Acorn’s National
Association Board) Obma trained ACORN "leaders" for "project Vote".
Foulkes claims that Acorn specifically sought out Obama’s representation in the motor voter case, remembering Obama from the days when he
worked with Talbot. And while many reports speak of Obama’s post-law school role organizing “Project VOTE” in 1992, Foulkes makes it
clear that this project was undertaken in direct partnership with Acorn. Foulkes then stresses Obama’s yearly service as a key figure in Acorn’s
So along with the reservoir of political support that came to Obama through his close ties with Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, and
other Chicago black churches, Chicago Acorn appears to have played a major role in Obama’s political advance.
What does all of this add up to? If nothing else, it deserves attention from the media. Obama obviously has some close ties to them. Hes trained,
protested, organized and has been a lawyer for the organization. The same group that had a hand in his rise to power.
Why has the media been silent on this? How in the world can a person that claims hes for the little guy, train an organization that ends up hurting
the poor and is proven to do so? Why is Obama surrounded by so many radicals? How in the world is this not a huge news story?
[edit on 8-9-2008 by Dronetek]