“Radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of conservatives,” said the small-c communist tactician Saul Alinsky, who is now worshipped by the Obama administration and the activist Left. The thuggish, in-your-face activist group ACORN was the vehicle that 1960s radicals created to bash Americans’ heads in to get them to accept a radical transformation of American society. The antisocial group also led the way in destigmatizing welfare by pushing people to abandon their job searches and get on the public dole.
When Barack Obama was a little boy surrounded by parents and grandparents and mentors sympathetic to communism, likeminded people were building ACORN’s parent organization, the National Welfare Rights Organization. Armed with tax dollars, left-wing extremists Richard Cloward, Frances Fox Piven, and Alinsky were at play in the 1960s, wreaking havoc on society in an effort to induce revolutionary change. All three of these at the time relatively obscure figures labored to create NWRO along with a vast constellation of tax-supported groups determined to destroy the American society they loathed.
Changes in federal social policy in the early 1960s helped to lay the groundwork for this artificial activism and the welfare-related unrest it caused. President Lyndon Johnson’s “unconditional war on poverty in America” really should have been called an unconditional war on American values. For four decades, ACORN destroyed property, forcibly occupied banks, assaulted employees of the companies they targeted, intimidated executives and government officials at their family homes, and engineered home invasions in order to seize foreclosed properties. ACORN took money from powerful special interests to produce instant rent-a-mobs to harass their clients’ competitors.
But after various setbacks, including a million-dollar embezzlement in 2008 and a series of damning undercover videos in 2009 showing gross employee misconduct, the Democratic National Committee branch office known as ACORN filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Election Day last year. [The ACORN videos debuted here on Big Government. Watch them here
It was a carefully orchestrated public relations ruse. The now dissolving ACORN is not actually going anywhere.
America’s most infamous radical advocacy group and organized crime syndicate is preparing to rise up from the political grave and bring “Mickey Mouse” and the dead to the polls in 2012. ACORN organizers are quietly laboring to reconstitute a new version of the group in time to help ACORN’s former lawyer in next year’s presidential election.
So it turns out that November 2010 reports of the death of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, President Obama’s former client and favorite community organizing group, have been greatly exaggerated. With the help of loyal key staff members, ACORN has been playing possum, waiting in the shadows, hoping Americans will forget about it. According to congressional investigators, ACORN moved tens of millions of dollars out of its bank accounts. No one outside of ACORN’s accountants knows where the money went. Yet no new investigations appear to be in the offing on Capitol Hill.
ACORN has adopted a strategy to keep tax dollars and foundation grants flowing into the coffers of the “new” groups that would then use them to rebuild the ACORN network as a yet-to-be-named successor organization emerges. It is an act of the sheerest audacity for a lawless group that has long acted outside the legitimate political process. As I discovered in my research, at least 54 employees and individuals connected to ACORN have been convicted of election fraud and related offenses.
ACORN itself was convicted in a voter fraud conspiracy in Las Vegas last month. The conviction may cause an earthquake in leftist organizing circles across the U.S. and more prosecutors might be emboldened to take on ACORN and similar groups. Until it was charged by Nevada, ACORN had frequently boasted about how it—as opposed to its employees—had been able to duck prosecution for voter fraud-related offenses.
(Look on Big Government tomorrow for Part 2. This article is excerpted from “Subversion Inc
.: A new book reveals how Obama’s ACORN friends are still ripping off American taxpayers,” by Matthew Vadum which was published in the May 2011 issue of Townhall magazine
and is republished here with permission. Copyright 2011 by Matthew Vadum.)
An award-winning investigative journalist, Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. Vadum is author of the new book Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers
(WND Books), from which this piece is adapted. Of the book Andrew Breitbart says, “For too long the institutional left has been allowed to operate under cover of darkness because the Democrat-media complex refuses to hold them accountable. But these radicals who have been sticking it to Americans for decades scatter like cockroaches under the harsh spotlight of Matthew Vadum’s great new book, Subversion Inc.