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October 17, 2008
Obama Needs His
Organization” that Sen. Barack Obama worked for and defended as its
legal counsel, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform
Now, or ACORN, is finally having light shined on its corrupt practices.
By the way, ACORN has
endorsed Sen. Obama, as if that is a surprise to anyone.
The FBI and state
prosecutors are currently investigating ACORN for fraudulent voter
registration in at least 14 states. We’re not talking about a few
wayward voter registration cards being filed, but a systematic pattern
of thousands of them being obviously fake. Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy,
Jive Turkey and the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys have all been
registered to vote by ACORN employees.
Wouldn’t you think
that if you’re goal is to fraudulently register unqualified or
non-existent voters, you would at least be smart enough to select
legitimate sounding names? This illustrates the character and mores of
many of Sen. Obama’s most adamant supporters.
I’m guessing ACORN’s
voter registration thugs’ imaginations ran dry for names, so they began
to harass and bribe real living people to register themselves multiple
times. The New York Post reported that one young man in
Cincinnati alone admitted to filing voter registration cards 72 times.
"Sometimes, they come up and
bribe me with a cigarette, or they'll give me a dollar to sign up," said
the 19-year-old black man who wore a backward baseball cap. The man told
ACORN representatives that he had already registered, but this didn’t
stop them from continuing to solicit him to register again.
Wouldn’t you think
that if your goal was to boost the numbers of Democrats in a particular
voting district, you might get caught if you register the same person 72
times? This illustrates the brainpower of many Sen. Obama supporters.
According to the same
article, there was a case in Connecticut where a seven-year-old girl was
registered to vote.
Wouldn’t you think
that an election official at a polling place might question the
legitimacy of someone, obviously under the age of 18, if she showed up
to vote? This tells me that ACORN has succeeded in registering every
adult Sen. Obama supporter and cartoon character there is as Democrats.
There’s no one left to bribe or intimidate.
Last April, eight
ACORN workers in St. Louis city and county pled guilty to federal
election fraud for submitting false registration cards for the 2006
election. Jess Ordower, ACORN’s Midwest director, said, “It's par for
the course. When you're doing more registrations than anyone else in the
country, some don't want low-income people being empowered to vote.
There are pretty targeted attacks on us, but we're proud to be out there
doing the patriotic thing getting people registered to vote."
I hate to be the one
to break it to Mr. Ordower, but committing voter fraud and stealing
elections are not things patriots do.
Mr. Ordower said that
ACORN registered about 53,500 people in Missouri this year. That’s a
pretty scary thought, considering the organization’s well deserved
reputation for engaging in voter fraud. If you divide 53,500 by 72, the
number of times the guy in New York registered, you would only need 743
people willing to do the same thing. It would probably take 15 minutes
and 38 cartons of cigarettes to find those many people willing to
complete multiple Missouri voter registration cards.
All of this
demonstrates the need for a federal uniform standard for voter
registration; one that can be crosschecked among states. Besides being
at least 18 years old, a person needs to personally appear at a voter
registration office, present valid government identification, prove
citizenship and have his photo taken so it can appear in a voter
registration database for later comparison. No more same day,
motor-voter or registering by mail or by special interest groups. No
more paid ACORN employees standing in front of liquor stores, signing up
thousands of people, and then dumping all of the registration cards on
the registrar of voters office at 4 p.m. the last day they are accepted
for an upcoming election. For the convenience of our “low-income”
community, mobile registration vans could visit these areas of their
jurisdiction to facilitate the process. No one would be left out or
disenfranchised except the frauds.
ACORN has been around
30 years and claims to be non-partisan. Democratic politicians have
funneled tax money to it all this time to help fund its left-wing
agenda. ACORN’s involvement in the subprime mortgage lending mess has
not yet been fully uncovered.
ACORN is a nut that
needs to be cracked and fed to the birds.
Gregory D. Lee is
a nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group. He can
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