10.01.2008 0

A Rotten Acorn

  • On: 10/22/2008 15:38:47
  • In: Stop ACORN!
  • “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”—Matthew 7:3

    For ACORN, it’s all about the sawdust.

    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has come under fire for a plethora of scandals lately. The most prominent of these scandals surround s the issue of rampant voter fraud, a practice that ought to be particularly troubling considering the virulent, pro-Obama partisan nature of the group.

    Most recently, ACORN has been implicated in voter fraud schemes in over a dozen states, having submitted thousands of fraudulent voter registration cards in places like Missouri, Washington and Ohio. The organization apparently had no qualms about registering dead people, re-registering already registered voters, or fabricating drivers’ license numbers.

    The latest attack on ACORN, however, comes not from Republicans, Talk Radio or state Governments, but rather from a fellow labor and community activist group fed up with the internal practices of ACORN. It also has nothing to do with these nefarious cases of voter fraud.

    For social justice advocate Gregory Hall’s “Truth to Power” organization (TTP), ACORN is an organization mired in hypocrisy which fails to treat its employees by its own principles. One of TTP’s stated goals is to seek drastic reform within ACORN itself.

    Citing the 54-80 hour work week, poor working conditions and low starting salaries around $25,000 as evidence, TTP believes top ACORN management embodies a “do as I say, not as I do” policy with regard to the way it treats its own organizers. As Hall stated:

    “A lot of people know ACORN fights for living wages and fairness at home and on the job. But most people out there don’t know that a few really powerful top ACORN managers force ACORN organizers to work extremely long hours for too little pay. These guys attack companies like Wal-Mart, but management acts exactly like Wal-Mart.”

    According to Hall, social justice groups like ACORN don’t even provide social justice to their own workers. They’re apparently too preoccupied with taking the speck from their neighbors’ eyes without removing the plank of injustice from there own.

    All of this simply reiterates what ALG New Bureau has reported on time and time again. ACORN is a rotten low-life organization rife with loathsome and illegal practices.

    Considering the high stakes and extremely competitive nature of this year’s presidential election, any group seeking to illegally meddle in the election and manipulate the outcome ought to be met with resounding outrage. The fact that ACORN is both corrupt in both actions and internals simply enforce the aforementioned point.

    This ACORN is rotten on the outside and at its core.

    It is time for Barack Obama to defiantly reject and condemn ACORN. His extensive ties to ACORN, despite their lack of media coverage, are genuinely troubling and entirely shameful.

    Much like his ties to Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, and Tony Rezko, however, this appears to be yet another relationship Obama plans to keep.


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