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ACORN Support in Congress Collapses

September 18, 2009

The Washington Examiner‘s Byron York marvelled at the speed with which congressional support for ACORN collapsed in recent days as Americans were filled with revulsion over undercover videotapes showing ACORN workers openly encouraging lawbreaking.

On the “Glenn Beck Program,” York noted that after the Senate voted to defund ACORN a few days ago, the House followed suit, voting to ban all federal funds to the radical Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizing group.

York explained his thinking today, writing:

The ACORN vote in the House is stunning news. Just 48 hours after Republican Leader John Boehner introduced the “Defund ACORN Act,” the bill — which most Republicans thought Democrats would do anything to block — passed by a resounding 345-75 vote. It would never have made it to a vote had not the Democratic leadership decided to allow it, and the winning total included 172 Democrats. Yes, 172 House Democrats voted to totally cut off funding for an organization that has worked for years on behalf of Democrats nationwide.

Couple that with the 83-7 Senate vote to cut off housing funds to ACORN — a number that included 50 Democrats — and the votes signal the complete collapse of Democratic support for ACORN.

Meanwhile, don’t be fooled by ACORN’s announcement that it plans to have a supposedly independent panel review its affairs.

It’s a cynical sham.

ACORN did the same thing last year after an internal scandal, but when the honest people on ACORN’s internal panel began asking uncomfortable questions, it cast them out.

The new panel is packed with corrupt liberal cronies including SEIU‘s Andy Stern and former Clinton aide John Podesta.

  1. carterthewriter permalink
    September 18, 2009 8:09 am

    One subversive group down, more must be exposed before we can ever think of implimenting any more laws governing the people.

    Stop telling us what to do when you have no idea what you are doing.

  2. Marylou permalink
    September 18, 2009 11:05 am

    I agree with Michelle! This is a huge laugh. Acorn going away? No, no. That is not how they do it. Already I believe they are at this moment printing up new letterheads and moving bank accounts post haste, having chosen from a few choice names of their new organizations. They always have a few ready to go.

    I know. I was there. Organizing with the lefties to beat the band. I was angry and totally disenfranchised in my life (see Eric Hoffer), a true believer. That’s how they do it.

    Always ready to foment new “revolution,” or mayhem of any sort, to destruct the “system” that they imagine is their constraint and obstacle, when in reality the system which offers them safe dissent, and free speech is their friend. Some can actually come to their senses as I and other have once they get a good look at the craziness on the left that passes for organizing people.

    What the good people of the “right” don’t get and may not be able to??? is how The End Justifies the Means. In those days (’60’s) I heard many times that it doesn’t matter what’s true, we know different and so we don’t need facts to push our point. We are right and so we can and even must go ahead. No compunctions. Lie, cheat, steal….even capital crimes. No problem. They have a point of view that seems correct to them and they are passionately driven, even desperate to get it across….they are going to “help” us!!

    Just be aware. Know your enemy. I hope some of you will believe those of use who have seen the enemy close up. It is not Us, as Pogo said. It is Them.

  3. September 19, 2009 3:10 am

    Glad you saw the light, MaryLou. It sounds like I may be a tad younger than you, so grew up perhaps a bit more skeptical of the Left’s agenda. Somehow, it always sounded sort of enticing to a kid. You mentioned Eric Hoffer, but are you familiar with David Horowitz’ history? He, (along with a few dozen others) started clarifying my view of the Left about 30 years ago. Thank goodness for the few brave “Boomers” who shut up long enough to think and learn the facts! I agree about Acorn. But I don’t know about preparations for a new group. I’d bet there’s a storeroom somewhere already filled with the acoutrements of the next incarnation, all ready to go. After all, when even John Stewart is shocked by your organization, your show has long since jumped the shark.

  4. "gunner" permalink
    September 19, 2009 5:16 am

    mary lou and “betty boop” have it right, its the lefts oldest tactic, front organizations, like playing “whack-a mole”. one gets knocked down another springs up, complete with catchy and innocuous name and anonymous funding from a horde of foundations, usually subverted far from the intent of the original founders. though these days they seldom bother to mask their intentions. i’m grateful for the former leftists like “betty boop” and mary lou who grew up and looked at their former “comrades” with open eyes, and are speaking out, as well as higher profile people like david horowitz. they need to be listened to carefully if we are to keep our freedom and our country.

  5. gatekeeper96740 permalink
    September 19, 2009 6:47 am

    I too was a former Democrat but they lost me,when their version of reality conflicted with actual facts.I love the whack-a-mole imagery but the whole Soro’s structure needs to come down,until then we are just nibbling at the sides.

  6. September 19, 2009 7:15 am

    Soros totally needs to be exposed for the un-mandated power that he wields. Is there nothing stronger than boatloads of money? If we can learn anything from them, maybe it’s that we need solidarity and to maintain relentless pressure. To quote B.Franklin, “If we don’t hang together, we shall all hang separately.”

  7. Judy permalink
    September 19, 2009 10:47 am

    Unfortunately until the next vote session to complete the measure, the money still flows to ACORN, but now at perhaps a faster rate.

  8. Geppetto permalink
    September 19, 2009 2:28 pm

    I wouldn’t be celebrating just yet. I saw somewhere that ACORN is one very visible strand in a vast web of 341 that are well hidden. We all need to remain vigilant and make sure this entire web is systematically and effectively contained, defunded and dismantled. The FBI mounting a full scale investigation with no interference from Attorney General, Eric Holder would be a step in the right direction.

  9. Julie Trevor permalink
    September 19, 2009 3:57 pm

    Vermont has 1 representative in DC (Democrat Welch), and he bravely voted to cut ACORN funding; I sent him Bravo note. As for our 2 Senators (Dem Leahy and Independent Sanders) they voted to keep ACORN funded – ugh

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