American Thinkerby James Simpson
The shocking ACORN videos produced and distributed by James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles and Andrew Brietbart reflect the founding purpose of ACORN: creating chaos to overwhelm the system.
As I reported last September, and as Glenn Beck and others have reported since then, ACORN was created specifically to execute the Cloward Piven Strategy of manufactured crisis across our country. This series of videos demonstrates in microcosm how ACORN workers promote the strategy.
By agitating for mortgage loans that the borrowers could never repay, ACORN and similar groups were primarily responsible for the conditions that led to our current financial crisis. This is not speculation or partisan blather, but a matter of historical fact, extensively documented in last September's article and many, many others.
But there are other ways to gnaw at the fabric of our society. Their daily activities are also devoted to corrupting and overloading our society with social ills of every description. The gameplan seems to be: if it is illegal and/or immoral, pile it on! These videos underscore just how low they are willing to go.
We have witnessed ACORN offices in four different states advising O'Keefe and Giles how to violate a host of criminal statutes to promote a brothel using underage prostitutes. We have witnessed ACORN advising O'Keefe and Giles how to violate tax laws. It has also now been revealed that ACORN has been operating illegally in Maryland since 2006. A California ACORN worker describes on video how she murdered her husband!
How could an organization have so much corruption spread so widely? Could they deliberately seek out people with criminal backgrounds, people on the margins of society? Such people are easy to discard, and give the organization plausible deniability if one of their number is caught in illegal activity. This has been their excuse in each of the many instances of voter registration fraud that have been uncovered. One thing is certain: from its founding onward, everywhere and always, the organizational goal of creating societal crisis is in evidence.
Now recognize that Barack Obama was an ACORN trainer. In fact, in this video prior to the election, he makes the unequivocal statement that ACORN will help shape President Obama's agenda. So perhaps he did not specifically train field representatives to help people create underage prostitution rings, but he fully understands their mission and trained them in the Crisis Strategy.
But the Breitbart videos have had an impact. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted to strip funds for ACORN out of the federal budget. The amendment, added to the HUD and Transportation appropriations bill by Mike Johanns (R-NE) passed 83 - 7. In the House, Congressmen Darrell Issa and John Boehner introduced similar legislation.
On Wednesday, ACORN announced that it has halted acceptance of new business to investigate the activities revealed in the videos. This will likely be little more than a whitewash. Those employees identified in the videos will lose their jobs. Indeed some already have. But the basic mission of ACORN will remain unchanged. This organization will not be stopped until it is stopped.
Earlier this summer Congressman Issa (R CA), minority ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, commissioned a report on ACORN. Completely overlooked by Democrats and the mass media -- no surprise there -- this report chronicled ACORN's legacy of criminal activity.
Appendix 2 of the report analyzes the viability of criminally prosecuting ACORN as a continuing criminal enterprise under the Racketeer Influenced, Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). It concluded that ACORN does indeed qualify as a candidate for prosecution under these statutes. This law authorizes authorities to seize all the assets of any organization deemed a RICO before it prosecutes anyone.
So here's the recommendation: RICO ACORN, right now. Seize all their assets. Seize the assets of their many hundreds of subsidiaries. Seize the assets of Wade Rathke, his thief brother, and all the top executives. Let them squeal and squirm for a little bit trying to figure out how they will support their lavish, parasite lifestyles without income, and then start asking the real questions.
This was how federal prosecutors obtained a conviction against Drexel Burnham Lambert Junk Bond magnate, Michael Milken, on much flimsier evidence. An in-depth investigation of ACORN assisted by the power of the RICO statutes, conducted by seasoned prosecutors untainted by Democrat Party or Obama administration connections, would likely produce evidence of rampant corruption both within the Obama administration as well as the Democratic Party at large. There has been a symbiotic relationship between ACORN and the left wing of the Democrat Party for decades at this point and a particularly close relationship between Obama and ACORN.
It is almost a foregone conclusion that the Eric Holder Justice Department will sabotage any investigation before it gets that far. Holder has already unilaterally halted prosecutions of Black Panther Party members charged with voter intimidation, has initiated investigations of CIA personnel who conducted -- under orders from superiors -- rendition interrogations on al Qaeda terrorists, and has called us a "nation of cowards," overall, presenting himself to be the Van Jones of the Justice Department.
With his lies, insulting remarks to the American People, and his blatantly self-serving, corrupt and indescribably destructive policies, Obama's administration has already demonstrated itself to be utterly devoid of integrity, so there is little doubt they will seek to hobble any investigation of ACORN. But if the relationship between Obama, the national Democrat Party and ACORN can be cemented in the public mind, and if ACORN and its subsidiaries are at least denied the billions provided for them in legislation passed by Obama and the Democrats, they may be prevented from stealing the 2010 elections, which is the Democrat game plan as it stands right now.
We have been to the town halls, we have had our big shindig in DC, now it's time to go to work. Call your Congressman and tell him/her to defund ACORN by supporting Issa's amendment and call for an independent investigation of the group's criminal activities. It is critical that ACORN, this key component of the Cloward Piven Strategy be thwarted.