The Constitution of the Socialist Party USA

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posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:38 PM
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For those of you here in favor of a one party solution, here it is.

Will they accept your membership?

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ARTICLE I: Name
The name of this organization shall be the Socialist Party of the United States of America, hereinafter called “the Party.”

ARTICLE II: Purpose
The purpose of the Party is to establish by democratic means a new society based on democratic socialism in which democracy is extended from politics to the economy and where production of goods and services is based on human need instead of private profit, a society in which all exploitation has been abolished and where human rights will come before property rights.

ARTICLE III: Membership
Section 1: Every person who is a resident or citizen of the United States, its territories, commonwealths, or possessions, who subscribes to the principles of the Party, shall be eligible for membership.
Section 2: Persons may indicate their membership in a Party state affiliate in such a manner as provided by law for individuals to indicate membership in a political party. A member in good standing is a member that has remitted dues to the Party and has signed the statement in section 3 below. Members in arrears in the membership dues for three months or more are no longer in good standing. Members not in good standing shall not be entitled to hold party office nor vote in any Party election or referenda, except as permitted by law.
Section 3: Every applicant for enrollment as a member in good standing of the Party shall sign the following membership application: “I, the undersigned, desiring to bring about by democratic means a new society based on democratic socialism, hereby apply for membership in the Socialist Party of the United States of America and subscribe to its principles.”
Section 4: Applications for enrollment as a member in good standing of the party, shall be acted upon by the local organization or the local executive committee, subject to review by the local organization.
Section 5: Applications for enrollment as a member in good standing of the Party at-large shall be acted upon by the National Secretary or National Action Committee and are subject to review by the National Committee in unorganized states, and by state committees in organized states.

ARTICLE IV: Organization
Section 1: State organizations may be chartered by the National Committee upon the application of one or more locals in a state. For purposes of chartering state organizations, the District of Columbia, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and all other lands under the jurisdiction of the United States of America shall be considered states.
Section 2: Local organizations may be chartered by the State Executive Committee, or the State Convention, upon the application of five or more members in an area. A copy of the completed charter application must be filed with the National Office. A local organization may apply to the National Committee for a charter if: (a) The next meeting of the State Executive Committee is not scheduled within three months subsequent to the filing of a copy of the completed charter application with the National Office. (b) The local organization has not received a response from the state organization within three months of filing a copy of the complete charter application with the National Office, and the local in formation has made a good faith effort to notify the state organization of its desire to charter, and provide written notice to the state organization of intent to apply with the national committee.
Section 3: Where there is no state organization, or where the state organization is non-responsive or non-functional, the National Action Committee has the authority to charter local organizations.

ARTICLE V: Administration
Section 1: The affairs of the Party shall be administered by the National Committee, the National Action Committee, and the Party’s officers and subcommittees.
Section 2: National referenda, national conventions, and National Committee decisions and policies shall take precedence over conflicting state and local decisions. In all other respects, state and local organizations shall have full powers.
Section 3: State organizations hold their authority subject to the National Committee which grants their charters and may for cause revoke that charter after a hearing. Revocation of the state charter may be appealed to the National Committee and the national convention.
Section 4: Local organizations hold their authority subject to the State Committee or the National Action Committee, whichever grants their charter. Local charters may be revoked for cause after a hearing. Revocation of a local charter may be appealed to the State Committee, National Action Committee, and National Committee.

ARTICLE VI: Political Action
Section 1: The decision to run state and local candidates under the banner of the Party shall be left to the discretion of the state and local organizations.
Section 2: In the absence of Socialist Party candidates, members as individuals may vote for, endorse, or support candidates of other political parties. Members as individuals may run for political office as candidates of other political parties only with the approval of the National Committee, and of the state or local organization, with the exception of political parties previously approved by the National Convention or the National Committee.
Section 3: State and local organizations of the Party may run candidates for political office in other political parties only with the approval of the National Committee.
Section 4: State and local organizations of the Party may endorse, support, or form joint party tickets with similar independent political parties only with the approval of the National Committee.
Section 5: State and local organization of the Party may endorse, support, or run candidates for non-partisan political office.
Section 6: State and local organizations for the Party shall not merge with any other political party or group.

ARTICLE VII: Finances
Section 1: National dues policy shall be set by the National Committee. State and local organizations may set their own dues rates.
Section 2: No applicant shall be enrolled as a member in good standing of the Party without payment of the specified dues unless exemption is granted by the National Action Committee or the National Committee.
Section 3: The National Committee shall establish policies for the National Office to maintain the membership roles consistent with the provisions of Article III.


...comntinued...




posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:39 PM
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ARTICLE VIII: National Conventions
Section 1: The national convention of the Socialist Party shall have final authority in all matters of principles, policies, constitution, and national platform, which are all subject to referendum.
Section 2: National conventions shall be held in every odd-numbered year, the time and place to be determined by the National Committee. Special conventions are limited to those purposes set forth in the special call.
Section 3: The National Committee shall establish policies for the National Office to maintain the membership rolls consistent with the provisions of Article III. (a) The National Committee shall determine the total number of delegates to the convention. Delegates shall be apportioned on the basis of total Party members in good standing. Delegates must have been members of the Party at least six months preceding the convention. The six months membership requirement may be waived by a majority vote of the National Committee or the national convention in cases where a local has no available candidates for delegates with six months membership in sufficient number to fill the delegate seats to which they are entitled. (b) i: All delegations to the National Convention shall have equal number of men and women, except: 1. odd-numbered delegations may have one more woman or man, and 2: single-person delegations are exempt. ii: Any delegation which fails to achieve gender parity [as defined in (b) (1) above] shall have the delegation’s total number of votes reduced to the size of a balanced delegation (the equal number of men and women, plus one) by the Credentials Committee, unless the Credential Committee is persuaded that the state/local has made a good faith effort to meet the gender requirements. (c) Where there is a state organization, the state organization shall conduct delegate elections. If minorities exist, they shall be guaranteed representation by proportional representation. State organizations shall also send delegates on the basis of male/female parity. (d) Where there is no state organization, locals shall elect their delegates through the same procedure. (e) The National Action committee shall conduct delegate elections among members at large where there is no state or local organization. The National Action Committee shall attempt to ensure female/male parity among the at-large delegates. (f) The National Action Committee shall fix the amount of the registration fee.
Section 4: The national convention shall elect the National Chair or Co-Chair of the Part. (a) Vacancies in the office of National Chair shall be filled by the National Committee. (b) The term of office for the National Chair shall be for the interval between regular conventions.
Section 5: The national convention shall elect two National Vice-Chairs of the Party.
Section 6: The national convention shall nominate candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States at the conventions in the odd-numbered years immediately preceding the election years a) after the national platform has been adopted, b) unless any such convention decides by a roll call vote of a majority of delegates present not to nominate for those offices, and c) according to a roll-call vote of a simple majority of those delegates voting, through a process of roll-call run-off voting that eliminates the candidate with the lowest vote, in each run off, until a simple majority has chosen the nominee.
Section 7: The national convention or the National Committee shall determine the site of the National Office.

ARTICLE IX: National Committee
Section 1: The National Committee shall be the governing body of the Party, with authority to set policies and direct actions in accordance with national convention decisions.
Section 2: The National Committee shall consist of all National Committee members, the National Chair or Co-Chairs, and the National Vice-Chairs. Members of the National Committee must have been members of the Party or its merged affiliates at least one year preceding the convention. Female/male parity shall be required on the National Committee.
Section 3: The term of office for National Committee members shall be the interval between regular conventions. (a) Vacancies in the National Committee shall be filled by the alternate receiving the highest vote in the previous convention. (b) In the event a member is unable to attend a meeting of the National Committee, that member may designate and alternative to take said seat for that meeting. (c) If a member of the National Committee fails to designate an alternate, an alternate shall be seated by the National Committee in the order of the election of alternates.
Section 4: National Committee meetings shall be called at least once every six months except by two-third consent of all National Committee members. (a) Special meetings of the National Committee may be called by a majority mail vote of the total membership of the National Committee. (b) A quorum of any National Committee meeting shall be at least half of all National Committee members. (c) The National Committee may take action by mail vote. A motion put to a mail vote of the National Committee is considered passed if approved by a majority of the total membership of the National Committee. (d) A motion put for mail vote must be sent to National Committee members within three weeks after the receipt by the National Office. The deadline for return of the ballots to the National Office shall be three weeks after they are mailed from the National Office. If statements pro and con are submitted with the ballots, approximately equal space shall be both sides.
Section 5: The National Committee shall be elected by the national convention at which time the number of members of the National Committee shall be determined. Each nominee for National Committee member or alternate shall appear before the convention and make a statement on his/her goals for the National Party in the next term.
Section 6: The National Committee shall elect the National Secretary, National Treasurer, Editor, and any other officers that is deems advisable. (a) The National Committee shall fix the salaries of the National Secretary and any other officers. (b) The National Secretary, National Treasurer, and any other officers and any other offices may be removed from their offices at any time by majority vote of those National Committee members voting. (c) The National Secretary, National Treasurer, and any other officers shall be under the supervision and authority of the National Action Committee and the National Committee. (d) The National Secretary shall supervise the activities of the national organization. This office shall consult, work with, and be under the supervision of the National Action Committee and the National Committee on all Party matters, such as principles, policies, activities, and problems within the National Office and the national organization.
Section 7: Recall. Any National Committee Member(s) may be from the office by a Referendum, as provided in Article XI.

ARTICLE X: National Action Committee
Section 1: The National Committee shall establish a National Action Committee that shall be responsible for the carrying on of Socialist Party business affairs and the application of Party decisions between the meetings of the National Committee.
Section 2: The National Action Committee shall be composed of the National Secretary, National Treasurer, Editor and such other members as the National Committee shall designate who are willing and able to attend regular meetings, at least bimonthly, in a location in or near the site of the National Office. (a) The National Action Committee shall meet on call of the National Secretary, or by a majority of its members at such times as it may designate. (b) A quorum for any meeting shall consist of a majority of the National Action Committee, provided that at least one National Officer or National Committee member is present. (c) All actions and decisions by the National Action Committee shall be subject to mail vote of the entire National Committee, upon the request of any member of the National Committee.

ARTICLE XI: Referenda
Section 1: The National Committee and the National Secretary shall submit to a referendum vote of the members: (a) any matter acted upon by a national convention when requested to do so be any petition signed by at least 25% of the total delegates seated at the convention. Such petitions shall be submitted to the National Committee within three days after the convention adjourns. If such a petition is to submit a convention action to a referendum, the signers may submit an alternative proposition for a vote if such alternative proposition was offered at the convention. (b) Any question, motion, resolution, or constitutional amendment if submitted to the National Committee and endorsed by at least three locals in at least three states or by three state organizations having a total membership of at least 20% of the National Committee members. (c) Any question, motion, resolution, or constitutional amendment proposed by at least one-third of the National Committee members.
Section 2: Referendum proposals shall be circulated to the members and shall be open for endorsement for thirty days. If there are not sufficient endorsements after thirty days, the matter may not be raised for another six months. Members shall be notified of such results.
Section 3: If a national convention is to be held within six months, no questions may be submitted to a referendum except a vote to postpone the convention.
Section 4: For the purposes of this article, the term “membership” shall mean total members in good standing as herein provided.
Section 5: Referenda shall be submitted without preamble. Comment not to exceed three hundred words both for and against the proposition may accompany it. The National Office staff shall make great effort to obtain pro and con statements to accompany every referendum ballot.
Section 6: Vote returns in any referendum shall be in the National Office no later than twenty-one days after the mailing date of the ballots.
Section 7: Only Party members who have been members in good standing at the time of the call for at least three months may vote in the referendum. Section 8: For a referendum vote to be approved, it must receive either 1) a majority vote of the total national membership in good standing, or 2) a two-thirds vote of those members returning ballots, provided 30% of the membership returns ballots. Section 9: Whenever a matter has been submitted to referendum, no referendum on the same issue shall be held for at least one year.

ARTICLE XII: State Organization
State organizations shall consist of one or more locals, the state committee, and officials as determined by state conventions. Section 1: State organizations may use a different party name, providing the motion to change the state party name is approved by the state convention by a two-thirds vote of those delegates present and voting.

ARTICLE XIII: State Conventions
The method and timing in the calling of state conventions shall be determined by the state organizations themselves.

ARTICLE XIV: Local Organizations
Section 1: Local organizations shall consist of all members residing in the area designated in its charter.
Section 2: Applications for membership shall be acted upon by the local executive committee, subject to review by the local organization. Local organizations shall have full power over the admission, transfers, and expulsion of members, subject to appeal to the state committee, National Action Committee, and the National Committee.
Section 3: Applicants for membership and transfers may join whichever local organization is most suitable for their place of residence and activities, subject to the jurisdiction of the local organizations concerned.
Section 4: Local organizations shall keep membership and finance records and may hold public meetings, forums, classes, and other functions. (a) Local organizations shall represent the national organization and the state organization in the area assigned for their jurisdiction. (b) Local organizations may run candidates for public office, representing the area in their jurisdiction.
Section 5: Local organizations shall elect an executive committee and it shall consist of the local chair, the local secretary, local treasurer, and any other elected officers. (a) The term of office for local officers shall be determined by the local. (b) The local executive committee shall be responsible for carrying on the Party’s business affairs between membership meetings of the local organization.

ARTICLE XV: Youth Affiliate
Section 1: The Young Peoples Socialist League of the United States of America (hereinafter called “YPSL”) shall be the Party’s youth affiliate.
Section 2: The YSPL shall be an independently constituted affiliate of the Party and shall be subject to the Party’s regulation and policies.

ARTICLE XVI: Miscellaneous Regulations
States and locals may be organized to coordinate the work of the Party, to perform any duty or function required by state, county, or local election laws.

ARTICLE XVII: Amendments
This constitution may be amended by national conventions by a two-thirds vote of those delegates present and voting, or by a majority vote of the votes cast in referendum as provided herein. Amendments passed during a National Convention go into effect at the adjournment of the Convention.

Revised at the October 2009 National Convention



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:42 PM
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I got to "A member in good standing is a member that has remitted dues..." and that is where I will stop. Basically, one giant union. Pay up or get out. No thanks.



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:45 PM
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"ARTICLE V: Administration Section 1: The affairs of the Party shall be administered by the National Committee, the National Action Committee, and the Party’s officers and subcommittees.
Section 2: National referenda, national conventions, and National Committee decisions and policies shall take precedence over conflicting state and local decisions. In all other respects, state and local organizations shall have full powers. "


So.........Thats how a pyramid scheme works?



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:54 PM
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You really think in this day and age,

that anybody is gonna do any more than they have too under such a system.

nope.

Why can't you buy a good Russian car?

because people don't care.

they get their (little) bread just like the others.

(well, they get what is left anyway)



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:56 PM
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Not gonna lie, I didn't read the entire thing, but from what I know of that political party they don't seem to be advocating a one-party state



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:57 PM
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I don't like it.
I'll stick to pizza parties.



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 10:57 PM
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No, it's not.


A pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public. Pyramid schemes are a form of fraud

en.wikipedia.org...

The part you excerpted is how pretty much every multi-outlet organization works, from political parties to McDonalds.



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 11:00 PM
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Well, the John Birch Society of Above Top Secret™ needs something to flap their hands and panic over. Allow them their fear, it's the only thing that brings them joy in their tepid little lives.



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 11:01 PM
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Thats ok.

I don't think they want you to read.



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 11:04 PM
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reply to post by TheWalkingFox
 

Your neon colors are bothering me...!



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 11:10 PM
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reply to post by TheWalkingFox
 


Your right..........Pyramid schemes actually work,if you dont get caught,and theres no rules in place for them.

Thats Ok.

Ill just Take Fidel Castros word for it.....................

Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, wrote in a blog that he asked Castro, 84, if Cuba's model -- Soviet-style communism -- was still worth exporting to other countries and he replied, "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."
Fidel Castro says Cuban model no longer works



posted on Oct, 17 2011 @ 11:15 PM
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Yay! More socialism! *whew* For a minute I thought I'd have to work/think/do things for myself! Now that the socialist party is here to take my money and pesky little freedoms I don't have to worry now!

Oh well. I'll join anyway.

Which line do I stand in to get lobotomized and become a member? Nevermind. I'll just find Walking Fox and get in line behind him.



*drool*
*hope and change*
*drool*



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 12:40 AM
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Notice that the radical left element on ATS is not here to disenfranchise me?

That is because I am using their own movement against them



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 12:46 AM
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In a radio debate several months ago with a Marxist professor from the University of Minnesota, I pointed out the obvious failures of socialism around the world in Cuba, Eastern Europe, and China. At the time of our debate, Haitian refugees were risking their lives trying to get to Florida in homemade boats. Why was it, I asked him, that people were fleeing Haiti and traveling almost 500 miles by ocean to get to the "evil capitalist empire" when they were only 50 miles from the "workers’ paradise" of Cuba?

The Marxist admitted that many "socialist" countries around the world were failing. However, according to him, the reason for failure is not that socialism is deficient, but that the socialist economies are not practicing "pure" socialism. The perfect version of socialism would work; it is just the imperfect socialism that doesn’t work. Marxists like to compare a theoretically perfect version of socialism with practical, imperfect capitalism which allows them to claim that socialism is superior to capitalism.

Why Socialism Failed



Ironic,isnt it?



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 12:51 AM
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No different then the workers of China.

They bought into it, now they want a way out.

I on the other hand will find it ironic and funny when Union workers who are profiting and making ridiculous wages and pensions are suddenly making less then prison wages.



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 11:56 AM
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The Socialist Party USA endorses the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
socialistparty-usa.org...


The Socialist Party USA supports the mobilizations to occupy Wall St. in New York and various cities across the US and encourages our locals to take part in these actions.



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 11:59 AM
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House Democrats Endorse Occupy Wall Street
dailycaller.com...

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) — the campaign arm of the House Democrats — sent out an email Monday morning urging readers to sign a petition supporting the growing “Occupy Wall Street” protests.

The email, titled “@Stake: Occupy Wall Street,” said, “Protestors are assembling in New York and around the country to let billionaires, big oil and big bankers know that we’re not going to let the richest 1% force draconian economic policies and massive cuts to crucial programs on Main Street Americans.”



Read more: dailycaller.com...



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 12:06 PM
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American Nazi Party Endorses Occupy Wall Street
anp14.com...

ANP Report for October 16, 2011

Racial Comrades: I am going to address the issue of this "Occupy Wall Street" fervor that has been sweeping the land like a breath of cleansing air!

THE NATIVES ARE GETTING RESTLESS, AND ZOG FEARS IT MIGHT HAVE A POPULAR UPRISING ON ITS HANDS - finally!

This issue is TAYLOR MADE for National Socialists, as well as WN who are serious about DOING SOMETHING - MORE - than shouting "racial slurs" and acting like "poster boys of hate" loons.

After all - JUST WHO - are the WALL STREET BANKERS? The vast majority are JEWS - and the others are SPIRITUAL JEW materialists, who would sell their own mother's gold teeth for a PROFIT. And MORE and MORE people are AWARE of this truth, are not only NOT afraid to TALK ABOUT IT - they're shouting it on WALL STREET!

I urgently URGE all of you to TAKE PART and JOIN IN when these protests hit your neck of the woods. Produce some flyers EXPLAINING the "JEW BANKER" influence - DON'T wear anything marking you as an "evil racist" - and GET OUT THERE and SPREAD the WORD! Put as a "contact point" on your literature, our www.ANP14.com address - it won't immediately "scare off" some of these scaredy-cats for even looking at our FACTS - for FACTS they ARE!

If you are unable to produce your own leaflets - check out the "support" section of our website - there are a LOT of good flyers there to utilize.

This issue reminds me a LOT of the "GASOLINE SHORTAGE" of the 1970's - where National Socialists found a HUGE receptive audience, for our viewpoints - per the JEWISH CONTROL of OUR GOVERNMENT and its insane support for Zionist Israel, and the Arab Oil Boycott that hit OUR people so hard.

As I have so often in the past spoke on - the White Working Class - is going PAST, the BOILING POINT, and is quickly reaching ULTIMATE EXPLOSION! THEY want ANSWERS! THEY want RESULTS! All of which this evil corrupt, decadent JUDEO-CAPITALIST SYSTEM is incapable of giving them. WHY? Because its BOUGHT and SOLD to the CORPORATE ELITISTS who are fast turning America into a "South American" style - THIRD WORLD WAGE-SLAVE STATE - ( complete with MILLIONS of BROWN illegal aliens willing to ACCEPT YOUR JOB for LOW WAGES and NO BENEFITS ) where, currently 3% of the population CONTROL 85% of the nation’s WEALTH! And the "GREAT DIVIDE" is GROWING each and every year that passes.

WE - the WHITE WORKING CLASS - have been LIED TO and totally DECIEVED - just the other day, the system APPROVED THREE MORE so-called "Free-Trade" deals. ALL of which mean that MORE JOBS are going to be SENT OVERSEAS - YOUR JOBS! Don't you CARE? Enough to DO SOMETHING?

NOW is the TIME! GET INVOLVED! IT’S YOUR FUTURE THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

YOU can DO - ONE of TWO THINGS - SUBMIT to the uncaring GREED of these CORORATE, WALL STREET THUGS and their SOCK-PUPPETS in GOVERNMENT. OR, - YOU can RESIST! I CHOOSE RESISTANCE for MY FAMILY and MYSELF!



posted on Oct, 18 2011 @ 12:09 PM
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SEIU Organizer Plans to Terrorize Families of Wall Street Executives

askmarion.wordpress.com...


SEIU organizer Stephen Lerner laid out his plan to terrorize the families of Wall Street executives. Here he is in his own words, calling for violence at a conference that took place on October 3, 2011. I wonder if he’s behind the death threats against successful New Yorkers.

Via Matthew Vadum who points out that Obama’s ACORN is still alive and well in America.
Americans need to know that ACORN is restructuring in time to help re-elect President Obama in 2012. Obama used to work for ACORN and represented the group in court as its lawyer. These radical leftists who use the brutal, in-your-face, pressure tactics of Saul Alinsky want to destroy America as we know it and will use any means to do it.






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