By Rick Saunders
Now that Memorial Day has passed, let us again turn our attention to exactly what has been happening to our country since January 20, 2009, a day that historians will likely at some point rank right along with December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001 as “significant.” On that date, the forced march to transform the nation from a constitutional republic into a third-world serfdom began. In earnest.
At no time in the history of the republic–not even in the darkest days of World War II–has the nation been faced with so ominous a threat to its continued existence as the last remaining beacon of freedom and democracy on Earth. The world needs another socialistic, cradle-to-grave, incentive-sapping black hole like it needs another opening in the head. And yet that appears to be exactly what President Barack Obama and his congressional cohorts have in mind for you. And your children. And their children. And theirs. As but one example, the proposed Obama 10-year, $9.4 trillion budget deficit alone will ensure serfdom for your grandchildren, and likely their offspring for generations to come. Unless, of course, something “changes.”
Strong words? Reflect back on the liberty and freedoms bequeathed to you by the veterans and military personnel who, even as you read these words, have formed and continue to maintain the line between you and yours and those beyond our shores–for the moment–who would like nothing better than to praise Allah, decapitate you and your family members, videotape the acts and then post them on the Internet. And then ruminate upon how, since January 20, 2009, your liberties and freedoms have been and continue to be incrementally eroded and taken from you and, in many cases, transferred by messianic fiat to others.
Indeed, since January 20, 2009, the headlong rush to socialism–and some would contend worse–that Obama has engineered, aided and abetted by a sycophantic and obedient media and by a Congress that has completely forgotten the meaning of democracy, is truly frightening. Any one of the dozens of unconstitutional power-grabs and democratic abuses Obama’s fingerprints have been smeared across since the inauguration would have produced 130 decibel howls from liberals, the ACLU and the MSA had they been even suggested by a Republican. And yet, when committed by the weird combination Messiah/rocker/squatter at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not a single raised left eyebrow is to be seen. Yikes.
Worse, the linkages and connections between and among Obama and people you’d not want your daughter dating and organizations you’d not want your son palling around with are becoming more and more troubling, a matter noted here both before and after last year’s general election.
If you doubt that, just consider as but one example, the unfolding, metastasizing tale of ACORN, that “community organizing” hydra which was the recipient of Obama’s tutelage–based, of course, on the teachings of Marx, Engels and Alinsky–before he entered public life. The “Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,” or ACORN, now stands indicted or under criminal investigation in no fewer than fourteen states on charges of voter registration fraud. Not one . . . not two . . . not three . . . fourteen. Including (get this), Nevada at the hands of a Democrat Attorney General.
Whoa. If you’re under indictment by a Democrat in the same state that not only pins its economy on a business founded by Bugsy Siegel but also gave us Harry Reid, you know, as they say, you’ve got a problem.
Problematically, ACORN also stands poised to be a recipient of perhaps as much as $8 billion in federal taxpayer “stimulus” money under the socialistic, misleading and woefully misnamed (as are virtually all Democrat-sponsored bills) “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.” That act, of course, was Obama’s out-of-the-gate pet project engineered not to stimulate the economy but rather designed instead to spread the tentacles of the government deeper and deeper into the fabric of the nation and its private enterprise businesses. What better way to “spread the wealth” than by redistributing it to favored persons and entities? And among the prime favored recipients of federal taxpayer dollars in this plan are “community organizing organizations” like ACORN. But there’s a fly in the ointment.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal by John Fund, because of the widening spectrum of indictments, criminal investigations and lingering aromas of fraud surrounding ACORN, Rep. John Conyers (D. Mich.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, initially requested Representative Gerald “No Neck” Nadler (D. N.Y.), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, to hold a hearing on the organization and try to get to the bottom of these troublesome questions. Conyers characterized the charges against ACORN as “serious” and, apparently, Mr. Nadler initially agreed to consider the request. However, reports Fund, Nadler’s office now says there will be no hearing on ACORN “because Mr. Conyers has changed his mind.” Right.
Fund also reports: “Mr. Conyers’s office released a statement on Monday [May 18, 2009] saying that ‘after reviewing the complaints against ACORN, I [Conyers] have concluded that a hearing on this matter appears unwarranted at this time.’” A Democratic staffer told Fund he believes the House leadership put pressure on Mr. Conyers to back down. (Hmmm . . . who might be the leader of the House leadership these days?) Fund notes that Conyers’s office says it was “unaware of any contacts with House leaders.” That depends, of course, on what the definition of “unaware” is. Or, considering the House, the definition of “leader” for that matter. Read Fund’s article . . . it is good.
Meanwhile, the Republicans in the House proposed an amendment to another bill, the “Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act,” which would have precluded organizations under indictment from receiving taxpayer monies until a resolution of the charges. But, seeing that an entity that helped Obama’s occupation of the White House might lose out on taxpayer loot, the Democrats in the House, led by Congressperson Barney “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Financially Sound” Frank, and being a useful idiot totally unfamiliar with the phrase “where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire,” overrode the Republican amendment . . . which had previously passed with Frank’s support. The bill passed out of the House on a party-line vote–Republicans voting for transparency and truth, Democrats voting to perpetuate a cover-up and potential fraud–and will likely breeze through the Senate too, landing on the Squatter-in-Chief’s desk sometime next month.
So, ACORN’s eligibility (more on that concept later) to get its mitts on taxpayer dollars under the stimulus bill will remain intact, despite the indictments and criminal investigations that already exist and will likely continue to bloom like wildflowers after a rainstorm. Thanks to the Democrats. Now that, my friends, is community organizing.
Want more? The State of Cah-lee-fohrnia is in deep financial trouble. But when Gov. Schwollenbudget tried to keep in place a relatively small, $74 million pay reduction for certain state employees to help balance the budget, the feds issued a missive suggesting that such a move would threaten the state’s receipt of up to $6.8 billion of “stimulus” money. Tellingly, the entity behind the push to reverse the pay cut was a labor union, the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. And to what organization is SEIU linked? ACORN.
In fact, all of the federal dollars destined for ACORN or any of the other more than 230–that’s right, more than 230, including SEIU–organizations under ACORN’s penumbra are funneled through a single office, a converted funeral home in New Orleans where the sign on the front of the building discloses it is where one will find the offices of ACORN and “Local 100 SEIU.” Check it out quickly, before YouTube is “persuaded” to take it down:
As noted by Glenn Beck last week (his series on ACORN is really illuminating):
ACORN and other activist groups are eligible to apply for $2 billion in federal funds to redevelop abandoned and foreclosed homes. Of course, if you think about it only as left-right, you could play that off as just a thank you from the Obama administration — the main beneficiary of their efforts.
But that’s not all this is about. ACORN is also deeply tied to the powerful SEIU, the Service Employees International Union.
On ACORN’s own Web site, SEIU Locals 100 and 880 are identified as allied organizations; the Department of Labor also has financial disclosure forms showing $600,000 in transactions between just those two ACORN groups and the SEIU, other similar filings show that organized labor has kicked back a total of $2.4 million to ACORN.
Given that SEIU donated $33 million to President Obama’s campaign and also spent a lot of money supporting other Democrats around the country, would you be shocked to hear that the administration sides with them in important issues?
For example, the California governor’s office was reportedly informed that trimming $74 million in worker pay could cost the state its $6.8 billion in stimulus money. Where I come from, that’s not ‘informing’ that’s ‘extorting.’
But why was the SEIU even at the table in the first place? For the same reason that ACORN is also helping out with the 2010 Census: The SEIU, ACORN and the Obama administration are all about money and power and they’re all in it together.
So, the link between ACORN and SEIU is confirmed and the threat of federal wrath is delivered to California if the interests of SEIU aren’t met. But wait, there’s more. The cherry on top: the memo to California telling them that their stimulus money would be at risk if Gov. Schwarzenspender did not rescind the pay cut (check the PDF file HERE) is authored by one Daniel Aibel, a government attorney within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and who, according to “Fundrace 2008″ was a 2008 donor to, of all people, Barack Hussein Obama. No conflict there, of course — why would you even think such a thing? Strangely, the Los Angeles Times article noting the delivery of the federal memo to California somehow missed the liaison between and among Obama, ACORN and SEIU. Go figure.
So the relationships between and among Obama, ACORN, SEIU and a gaggle of other entities are like the layers of an onion: peel one back, it stings the eyes and then another appears. Peel that one back, more stinging and yet another one appears. And all the while, lady liberty’s tears continue to well up and fall.
And remember, Virginia, the ACORN/SEIU imbroglio is but one tiny Frauenhofer spectral line in the rainbow of issues begging for analysis and continuing to taint this administration as it tries to steer a ship of state which some would argue has been hijacked. These issues range all the way from Obama’s naïve views on terrorism; to his position on closing Guantanamo; to his desire to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens; to his plans for the redistribution of wealth by “taxing only the rich”; to his infatuation with rationed, socialized health care at any cost; to his appetite for the nationalization of whole industries, starting with GM; to what will inevitably be a grossly inadequate response to a boiling-over nuclear threat from North Korea.
Suffice it to say that the nation and its future generations are already in for a rough ride. The question is: will things “change” soon enough to keep the ship afloat? You may want to start stockpiling dry goods and dust off your life-jacket. And stay tuned for more spectral analyses as the storm clouds keep gathering.
In the meantime, remember again the timeless words of Lord Acton: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.