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TOPIC: "What Progressives Must Learn from the ACORN Debacle" (CommonDreams.org 3/26/10)


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"What Progressives Must Learn from the ACORN Debacle" (CommonDreams.org 3/26/10)

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What Progressives Must Learn from the ACORN Debacle

by Rinku Sen

I’ve been expecting it for months, but I was still bummed to see the official announcement: ACORN, a decades-old community organizing powerhouse, will be closing its operations permanently as of April 1. As I wrote last year, ACORN has been the subject of a concerted attack by the right and was largely abandoned when liberal supporters, including President Obama and Democratic members of Congress, distanced themselves. But the attack on ACORN isn't about ACORN alone. It's an important element of a conservative strategy to discredit the Obama administration, destroy organizing capacity among progressives and quiet voices for real change. They've helped shut ACORN's doors. Now, it's up to us to make sure the onslaught stops there.

A quick recap. For many years, ACORN has been attacked by conservatives for its massive voter registration program. Accusations of voter fraud during and after the 2008 election were eventually rejected by the courts, but they drew national attention nonetheless, fueled by efforts to link the organization to Barack Obama and by an earlier ACORN embezzlement scandal. Then, conservative activist James O’Keefe—who was arrested recently for plotting to tamper with Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s phones—released a video purporting to show ACORN staff advising a pimp and a prostitute on how to get away with tax fraud. The Brooklyn district attorney investigated that incident—in part by simply watching the unedited tape, something news organizations failed to do— and concluded that there was no unlawful activity at ACORN. But it was too late: Congress had already responded to incomplete news stories by banning ACORN from receiving government contracts, including for mortgage counseling and voter registration. A federal judge has ruled that ban unconstitutional, by the way.

I’m not ACORN apologist. The organization had some serious quality-control issues, and hasn't always played well with others.


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Well, I am DELIGHTED that ACORN is shutting down.

It is organizations like ACORN that give bad name to non-profits.  They become leaches sucking from the public via government grants and not paying any taxes on their operational revenues, donation income, etc..

I hope progressives learn the correct lesson here. Dont do hanky panky. It does not last.  I am also glad to see the charges on James O'Keefe and Hanna Giles being reduced and hope the charges will be dropped.

Want to register to vote? Go to the nearest Post Office!  Or Dept of Motor Vehicles!!

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The willingness to overlook the voter fraud ACORN has been involved with over the years, and most especially, in 2008, is an attitude that is very typical of many of the writers for Common Dreams and other progressives. They used the same logic in their refusal to look honestly at Obama and his qualifications to be POTUS in 2008. Apparently, this author, like many ultra-libs believe that the use of thinking skills should be avoided when assessing anyone/thing they see as pro-pro-progressive.

If there's one thing I learned during 2008 it's that people don't deserve a pass just because they belong to a particular political party, or because they hold political ideologies with which I agree. This author has not learned this lesson, and obviously, finds no actions - no matter how wrong - unacceptable so long as the individual or group share his political views.

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.  ~Susan B. Anthony

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