The nuts don’t fall far from the ACORN tree

I know, I know, facts are messy things. They get in the way of feelings and ideology. If we could all just learn to get along….. But let me take another stab at providing some ACORN facts.

First and foremost the organization was founded by Wade Rathke, a leftist holdover from the SDS. When the fun and games of participating in overt revolutionary activities waned, he founded the New Party, an avowed socialist group that uses “Rules for Radicals” techniques to pressure candidates to adopt certain political “directions.” Mr. Obama sought their endorsement in his 1996 state election. So it is no surprise that the Rathke community organizing group was a comfortable fit for the ambitious state senator whose claim to fame was as a community organizer in Chicago.

Indeed, Mr. Obama’s relationship with ACORN began in earnest in 1992 and continues to this day as the trail of cash from the Obama presidential campaign leads directly to the Citizens Services Inc., an ACORN, affiliate, for get-out-the-vote activities.

I know that some of you keep defending the group as a small community group of bleeding hearts that only care about the underserved minorities and oppressed. But it is pure political blindness to claim that ACORN is innocent of voter fraud.

With increased concern over apparent voter fraud activities in the current calendar year, ACORN attorney Kathryn Simpson stated: “There’s no voter fraud. There has been no election.” However, according to an FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patterson, “It is against the law to register someone to vote who does not fall within the parameters to vote, or to put someone on there falsely.”

Currently, the FBI is currently investigating allegation of electoral fraud by ACORN in 12 battleground states.

For those of you who have the stomach for the truth, I would encourage you to read “ACORN: Who funds the Weather Underground’s Little Brother?” by Matthew Vadum. ( In addition, John Fund’s book, Stealing Elections, talks about the destructiveness to our system of government when the electoral process is compromised.

I would hope that regardless of your political affiliation you value fair and honest elections. This freedom is the bedrock of our representative government.