Census Battle Won, but the War Rages On

Census Bureau decision to sever relationship with ACORN a victory, but not an excuse to be any less vigilant

…gee, does ACORN do census-taking, too, or are they just limited to voter fraud?
— America’s Right, February 7-8, 2009 Weekend Reading

I remember when this story first arose back in March. My wife, daughter and I were in Charleston, SC narrowing down our search area for next year’s move when I first read that the same organization which, funded in part by $832,000 in contributions from Barack Obama’s campaign, had committed so much voter and voter registration fraud to warrant federal investigation in 13 states would be responsible for accurately counting Americans for the census. I was outraged, to say the least — even though I had seen it coming.

See, I looked at the $832,000 from Obama’s campaign as a mere down payment, enough to help him get into the office from which ACORN could once again be tapped to make real, lasting changes to the American political landscape. And the best way to do that was through reapportionment.

In the first few days of February, we found out that the White House had usurped control of the Census from the Commerce Department. At that point, I knew exactly what was happening. Politicization of redistricting maneuvers wasn’t anything new, I wrote, but the hijacking of the census had me worried nonetheless, especially considering the depth of the relationship between the president and ACORN.

It had been Barack Obama the young attorney, remember, had represented the group in its efforts to more aggressively promote subprime loans by lobbying the expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act. And Barack Obama the senator, remember, had told the group in November of 2007 that he has “been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career.” And then Barack Obama the president-elect, of course, addressed ACORN and other similar groups on October 12, 2008 and promised that he would be “calling all of you in to shape the agenda of my presidency.”

What better way to implement the redistributive change he’s been advocating for his entire life than to go to the heart of the political balance of power — congressional districts as defined by the census? And what group could he trust more than ACORN?

The game of connect-the-dots became more and more like child’s play as the White House made its goals more and more obvious.

Of course, it was entirely possible that the White House was only looking to assuage minority groups that had raised concerns about soon-to-be ex-Commerce Secretary Judd Gregg’s commitment to the census when it took control of the ten-year count, that it had nothing to do with politics. But the president’s pattern of advancing a leftist agenda at all costs said otherwise. Then came the realization that ACORN and groups like it would receive more than $5 billion from the so-called “stimulus” package.

The dots had been connected. In mid-March, official news arose describing how ACORN would be working with the Census Bureau to count Americans. But despite as clear as I perceived the president’s agenda to be, census officials assured concerned people that 13 federal voter fraud investigations does not a bad organization make, and subsequently downplayed the group’s role. On April 2, however, the White House’s agenda was made even more clear, this time through the president’s selection of University of Michigan professor Robert Groves–outspoken advocate for statistical sampling, the act of counting people by making geographical, demographical and mathematical estimates–to serve as director of the 2010 United States Census.

And that’s why we cannot make too much of the White House’s decision to cut ties–and yes, it was the White House’s decision, as the White House controls the census–between its Census Bureau and ACORN in the wake of videotapes showing unlawful activities in ACORN offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Yes, it was a victory of sorts, but the writing is already on the wall — the president intends to pervert census taking practices and results in order to further the political goals of his administration and his party. ACORN may be out, but we must watch who steps in.



  1. Anonymous says:

    add New York City to the list of cities with videotaped evidence of illegal ACORN activities!


    Putting the Senseless in charge of the Census….. great, just great. This White House can't even properly count bodies at protests let alone the whole country.

  3. TNelson says:

    Check out the ACORN response video on MSNBC (if you can bear to go there) . It is ridiculous. They are saying the same things they said in the voter fraud case. Essentially "It doesn't matter what we said we would do, none of it was actually done, so it's just fine." is how they summed it up. If i were these kids, I'd say to ACORN, "do an internal investigation. We did this for 6 months, we may have used a different scenario such as opening a meth lab or crack house, etc. We may have used different people. Do an internal investigation at all your offices and fire everyone involved. For every name you turn over to us, we won't release the video tape from that office." I don't think ACORN would be dumb enough to do that, they'd have to fire someone from every office, but give it a try. It would be fun. Thank God there are still some people with the guts and intelligence to take on these thugs!

  4. Gail B says:

    So what, if any decisions has this regime made that make sense or have improved our lives?

  5. I'M TIRED OF IT says:

    Hail to the misChief

  6. elspeth says:


    I was so looking forward to your story on the "Where were you eight years ago today?"

    Did I miss it? I just looked again and didn't see it.


  7. Gail B says:


    I wrote about where I was eight years ago, but Jeff didn't post it, probably because I ended it with a stronger statement about the current regime than he felt appropriate.

    Am writing this hurriedly, but I will say that I was working at an assisted living facility as a CNA, and the residents (and staff) were in shock. The place was eerily quiet–everyone was glued to the TV for additional news.

    I do remember going home after my shift and bawled like a baby. Flags sprang up everywhere, those on a staff were at half mast. The nation was in total shock and grief. I remember that leaders of other countries expressed their condolences and sympathy, which I really appreciated. I think the world was shocked, all except for the radical Islamic Muslim terrorists.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just heard that the Senate voted to cut off funds to ACORN! Holy cow…that's major! Whatever is coming out tomorrow, per Glenn and Hannity, it must be really really bad! Again…wow! I hope it's true, and I hope they stick to it!

  9. elspeth says:

    Thanks, Gail. Appreciate you including your story here.

  10. Gail B says:

    You're quite welcome, Elspeth. Thank YOU!

    Ha-ha-ha-ha! Verify: hysin (As in high sin? Or high 5 sign?)

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