17 October 2008 at 9:43:03 AM
I really haven't been paying attention to all the ACORN fuss, because it sure seems like a lot of nothing on the part of the Republicans. I mean, it's really baloney. Via Slog. (main article at the New Yorker)
During this election cycle, the Times reported today, ACORN has deployed thirteen thousand mostly paid workers, who have registered 1.3 million new voters. One or two per cent of these workers turned in sheaves of forms that they filled out themselves with fake names and bogus addresses, and, even though at least a hundred of these workers have already been fired, the forged forms have been submitted to election boards.
And knocks them down...
Sounds suspicious--unless you know that groups like ACORN are required by law to submit them, even if theyre obvious fakes. This is to prevent funny business, such as trashing forms that look like they might be Republican (or Democratic, as the case may be).
And then knocks them down again...
Sounds suspicious--unless you know that ACORN normally sorts through forms, flags those that look fishy, and submits the fishy ones in a separate pile for the convenience of election officials.
And then knocks them down three more times.
Go read the stats on the REAL Voter Fraud issue. Because it's really about disenfranchising voters. (Also remember that the new DOJ manual under Gonzales planned to make voter fraud the issue.)
But I was under the impression that ACORN was some kind of voter registration organization. Nope. From the ACORN site.
ACORN is the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people with over 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country. Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, and won victories on thousands of issues of concern to our members, through direct action, negotiation, legislative advocacy and voter participation. ACORN helps those who have historically been locked out become powerful players in our democratic system.
Community organizing: Each of the 1,200 local ACORN neighborhood chapters in 110 cities and 40 states brings neighbors together to work for stronger, safer and more just communities.
And here's a little more about what ACORN did during the Reagan years.
The 80's proved to be a time when the political elite in America was less concerned with the needs of low- and moderate-income people than ever. The goal of the Reagan Administration was to redistribute wealth upward, away from those with little and toward those with lots. It emphasized "looking out for Number One" and ignored the concerns of the needy or the long-term general welfare of the American people. The immediate impact of Reagan's presidency was a severe recession with increased unemployment, a rapid increase in the cost of necessities and serious economic hardship for the lower end of the income scale.
Reagan also set about changing the shape of American politics by taking important responsibilities away from national control and placing them at state and local levels. Tax cuts, vastly increased defense spending and dramatic cuts in social spending saddled state and local governments with severe social problems. Meanwhile the federal government piled up unheard-of budget deficits.
ACORN was not about to fold up its tents and go home in the face of such an assault. Rather, it was uniquely prepared and positioned to deal with it. It had the hearts and ears of low- and moderate-income people in twenty states, understood the problems of grassroots political activism, and had solid roots at the local level.
And what I found interesting is that, when the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power plant was getting licensed by the NRC back in the 1990's, ACORN briefly was granted intervenor status in a suit in which the attempt was made to get the license denied.
anyway, my point is this. ACORN is a group that looks like it has been taking up for the poor and disadvantaged and, among other community activist activities, believes that getting people to vote is the way to help everyone have a voice in government. They were on the side of those who initially didn't want a nuclear power plant here in Somervell County, and it's, frankly, shameful that Republicans are wanting to use them as a target in order to disenfranchise voters when there's very little evidence of voter fraud due to the processes in the law (read above again at the New Yorker magazine link if you still don't get it.)
voter fraud fraud
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