ACORN Manifesto

The Preamble to the ACORN Manifesto

“We stand for a People’s Platform, as old as our country, and as young as our dreams. We come before our nation, not to petition with hat in hand, but to rise as one people and demand.

We have waited and watched. We have hoped and helped. We have sweated and suffered. We have often believed. We have frequently followed.

But we have nothing to show for the work of our hand, the tax of our labor. Our patience has been abused; our experience misused. Our silence has been seen as support. Our struggle has been ignored.

Enough is enough. We will wait no longer for the crumbs at America’s door. We will not be meek, but mighty. We will not starve on past promises, but feast on future dreams.

We are an uncommon people. We are the majority, forged from all minorities. We are the masses of many, not the forces of few. We will continue our fight until the American way is just one way, until we have shared the wealth, until we have won our freedom.

This is not a simple vision, but a detailed plan.

Our plan is to build an American reality from the American rhetoric, to deliver a piece of the present and the fruits of the future to every man, to every woman, to every family.

We demand our birthright: the chance to be rich, the right to be free.

Our riches shall be the blooming of our communities, the bounty of a sure livelihood, the beauty of homes for our families with sickness driven from the door, the benefit of our taxes rather than their burden, and the best of our energy, land, and natural resources for all people.

Our freedom is the force of democracy, not the farce of federal fat and personal profit. In our freedom, only the people shall rule. Corporations shall have their role; producing jobs, providing products, paying taxes. No more, no less. They shall obey our wishes, respond to our needs, serve our communities. Our country shall be the citizens’ wealth and our wealth shall build our country.

Government shall have its role: public servant to our good, fast follower to our sure steps. No more, no less. Our government shall shout with the public voice and no longer to a private whisper. In our government, the common concerns shall be the collective cause.

We represent a people’s platform, not a politician’s promise.

We demand the changes outlined in our platform and plan. We will work to win. We will have our birthright. We will live in richness and freedom. We will live in one country as one people.”

ACORN stands for Association of Community Organizations for Renewal Now.

The Last Time A Latino Was Up For A Judgeship…

This is excerpted from a Wall Street Journal post from November 15, 2003, along with my own comments.

Why the Dems borked Estrada…in their own words..

The following are staff strategy memos to various Democratic congressmen.  They reflect the behind-the-scenes conversations that went on a few years ago when Dems ran the senate judiciary committee and were looking at the appointment of judges by the Bush administration.

November 6, 2001/To: Senator Dick Durbin“You are scheduled to meet with leaders of several civil rights organizations to discuss their serious concerns with the judicial nomination process. The leaders will likely include: Ralph Neas (People For the American Way), Kate Michelman (NARAL), Nan Aron (Alliance for Justice), Wade Henderson (Leadership Conference on Civil Rights), Leslie Proll (NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund), Nancy Zirkin (American Association of University Women), Marcia Greenberger (National Women’s Law Center), and Judy Lichtman (National Partnership). . . .

“. . . The primary focus will be on identifying the most controversial and/or vulnerable judicial nominees. The groups would like to postpone action on these nominees until next year, when (presumably) the public will be more tolerant of partisan dissent.”

Me: Really…MORE tolerant of partisan dissent?  Does anyone out there care about getting the best judges for the country and the people?????

November 7, 2001/To: Senator Durbin“The groups singled out three–Jeffrey Sutton (6th Circuit); Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit); and Caroline [sic] Kuhl (9th Circuit)–as a potential nominee for a contentious hearing early next year, with a [sic] eye to voting him or her down in Committee. They also identified Miguel Estrada (D.C. Circuit) as especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.They want to hold Estrada off as long as possible.” (emphasis mine)

Me: Miguel Estrada was “especially dangerous” because yada, yada.  But why was the fact he was Latino mentioned in connection with dangerous?  I propose that they were scared, that being Latino perhaps gave him an edge for being seated and that Bush could appeal to the whole Latino population by the nomination.  I believe that Dems made a stink about him because THEY wanted to be the first to nominate a Latino and thereby secure votes.  They are always looking for votes to keep themselves in power.  They are always seeking to throw a bone to some interest group.  I guess it’s a sort of “strategy”.

But I’m equally sure that if Repubs said something like this….well, let’s just say…they wouldn’t hear the end of the uproar.  The Dems seem to always scream the loudest about others doing the very same things they are doing or want to do.  (That probably reveals their hearts.)

February 28, 2002/To: SENATOR [Kennedy]“Ralph Neas called to let us know that he had lunch with Andy Stern of SEIU. Andy wants to be helpful as we move forward on judges, and he has great contacts with Latino media outlets . . .” (emphasis mine)

Me: Ah, the SEIU, that union that has recently become so well known…as in the investigation into ACORN and all of its “friends”.  And how “helpful” does Andy want to be?  Just remember the Democrat party is the friend of the unions…witness the recent attempts by the current administration to reward the automakers union with a greater share of the spoils of Chrysler and GM than its legally contracted secured creditors.  Do you smell a rotting rat?

April 17, 2002/To: SENATOR [Kennedy]“Elaine Jones of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund tried to call you today. . . . Elaine would like the Committee to hold off on any 6th Circuit nominees until the University of Michigan case regarding the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education is decided by the en banc 6th Circuit. . . . The thinking is that the current 6th Circuit will sustain the affirmative action program, but if a new judge with conservative views is confirmed before the case is decided, that new judge will be able, under 6th Circuit rules, to review the case and vote on it.”

Me: Well, I think we will just do as Elaine says….do these congressmen listen to their own constituents?  Or do they do the bidding of the special interest groups?  You decide.   I suppose if the interest groups were funding my re-election campaign, that is who I would be beholden to….NOT!

June 12, 2002/To: SENATOR (Kennedy)“…Ultimately, if [Chairman Pat] Leahy insists on having an August hearing, it appears that the groups are willing to let [Timothy] Tymkovich [10th Circuit] go through (the core of the coalition made that decision last night, but they are checking with the gay rights groups).”

Me: Well, it appears that the groups voted on their choice for judge. Oh, yeah, don’t leave out the gay rights groups…they have to weigh in.  It appears they got their ok, too, btw.

These memos are priceless. Does anyone else feel like the odds are stacked against them?

Learning From Our Past…

George Santayana said, “Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.”

I am a student of the Bible.  The Old testament records people’s lives and what they did.  I learn a lot from reading about their lives.  I am forever indebted to the faith of Noah, who, in the face of a whole world (and we don’t really know how big it was at the time) who probably laughed at him, built a huge boat, when it had not yet rained.  The bible says he was a preacher of righteousness, but as far as we can tell, no one was saved except his boys and their wives.  He would probably not be considered a good evangelist by today’s standards.  I am indebted to his faith in the face of persecution, because that means I got to be here.  I admire what he did.  He is a model to me.

Another of my bible heroes is Joseph, the son of Jacob.  Unjustly treated, thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by his conspiratorial and jealous brothers, he did well in Egypt until Potipher’s wife couldn’t get her way with him. She accused him unjustly and he went to prison.  He stayed there quite awhile but seemed to prosper because of his character.  Then one day…to quote the words of a teacher…a shower, a shave, and he was on the throne.

I learn important lessons  from these “forefathers” of the faith.  I believe it behooves us as a people to look at our past as a nation in order to glean for answers to our future.  I also believe it makes sense to look at the socialist systems other countries use, to see that they don’t work well for anyone, except those at the top.  If we are paying attention, the answers are all around us and in our history.  There is nothing new “under the sun”, to quote another author (Solomon).  We have no new problems per se.  It is audacity that ignores past experience in its quest to forge  a “new” answer, or a “new” America.  America has a rich history of people and events to glean from. I believe there are answers to today’s problems right there in the decisions that our ancestors made.  From our vantaged viewpoint we have the luxury of seeing how those decisions worked out, what worked and what didn’t. America’s foundations don’t need rebuilding…the foundations are the best in the world, freedom of the individual, equality, the free market as enumerated in our founding documents.    What America needs are responsible citizens who love the nation and with a keen sense of history, with all the courage it will require,  to stand up, follow the law, and require government to do the same.

The More Effective Way To Get Information

A post this morning brought out something that hasn’t been talked about.  Read the whole post by Dennis Prager here.  It was the fact that Pres. O said there was a “more effective” way to get information from terrorists than waterboarding, but he failed to tell us what that was in his speech last week.  Now I’m curious. Could this video provide a clue?  Does the comfy chair really work?

Is There a New “Crisis” Brewing?

After the President’s attempt today to pre-empt former VP Dick Cheney’s previously scheduled speech at the AEI, I would think the president would be looking for some other event to change the subject in the news media.  This speech making by the former vp has got to be nerve-wracking.  And the nerve he has of calling for the release of the rest of the memos that might redeem the former administration’s national security actions.  The nerve!

This back and forth has been going on for a while now…and after today, well, let’s just say, if it was me, I might want the subject to just go away by whatever means.  I’m just sayin’…         Former VP Cheney is not backing down and his arguments are measured, rational, and reasonable.  The polls show his favorable ratings are going up…something I didn’t know they did for a former vp.

I don’t think I can wait to see what happens next week…there’s also that ACORN investigation going on too….

Thoughts From Saul…

“In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace…. “Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.’ This means revolution.” p.3, Rules For Radicals–Saul Alinsky

“A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.” p.10, Rules For Radicals–Saul Alinsky

Where do you think we are headed? Businesses are now being taken over by the government, legal binding contracts with creditors are being brushed aside while the favored labor unions are given preeminence and the greater spoils. Regulation after regulation continues.

“One of the factors that changes what you can and can’t communicate is relationships. There are sensitive areas that one does not touch until there is a strong personal relationship based on common involvements. Otherwise the other party turns off and literally does not hear….

“Conversely, if you have a good relationship, he is very receptive…. For example, I have always believed that birth control and abortion are personal rights to be exercised by the individual. If, in my early days when I organized… neighborhood in Chicago, which was 95 per cent Roman Catholic, I had tried to communicate this, even through the experience of the residents, whose economic plight was aggravated by large families, that would have been the end of my relationship with the community. That instant I would have been stamped as an enemy of the church and all communication would have ceased.

“Some years later, after establishing solid relationships, I was free to talk about anything…. By then the argument was no longer limited to such questions as, ‘How much longer do you think the Catholic Church can hang on to this archaic notion and still survive?’ …the subject and nature of the discussion would have been unthinkable without that solid relationship.” pp.93-94, Rules For Radicals–Saul Alinsky

Do you think the recent speech and ensuing kerfuffle and division at Notre Dame might fit into this picture?

“From the moment the organizer enters a community he lives, dreams… only one thing and that is to build the mass power base of what he calls the army. Until he has developed that mass power base, he confronts no major issues…. Until he has those means and power instruments, his ‘tactics’ are very different from power tactics. Therefore, every move revolves around one central point: how many recruits will this bring into the organization, whether by means of local organizations, churches, service groups, labor Unions, corner gangs, or as individuals.”

Change comes from power, and power comes from organization.” p.113, Rules For Radicals–Saul Alinsky

I have been hearing that as many as 270 organizations may be connected to and work with ACORN, the voter registration arm.   Appeasing labor unions seems to be a big priority in this administration, most likely because they gave big money to get Barack Obama elected.  Pay for play, anyone?

The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are  to be displace by new patterns…. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new.” p.116

An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent… He must create a mechanism that can drain off the underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. Out of this mechanism, a new community organization arises….
“The job then is getting the people to move, to act, to participate; in short, to develop and harness the necessary power to effectively conflict with the prevailing patterns and change them. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an ‘agitator’ they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your functionto agitate to the point of conflict.” p.117, Rules For Radicals–Saul Alinsky

These are tactics practiced by ACORN and their champion Barack Obama.  Alinskyites are encouraged to say and do anything to gain power, to work within the system (of government, of society), but their real aim is the quiet, bloodless, overthrow of the existing societal order.

“Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126, Rules For Radicals–Saul Alinsky

Knowledge is power. Be well armed.