The ACORN Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Barack Obama has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a group that engages in voter registration efforts that ultimately help elect their leftist candidates by any means necessary. Obama worked on their voter registration drive in 1992 and sued the state on behalf of ACORN in a “Motor Voter” case.
John Fund of the Wall Street Journal has been at the forefront in investigating voter fraud in presidential elections. In 2007, ACORN was involved in numerous voter fraud cases in Seattle. Fund wrote:
The list of “voters” registered in Washington state included former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, New York Times columnists Frank Rich and Tom Friedman, actress Katie Holmes and nonexistent people with nonsensical names such as Stormi Bays and Fruto Boy. The addresses used for the fake names were local homeless shelters. Given that the state doesn’t require the showing of any identification before voting, it is entirely possible people could have illegally voted using those names.
Outside groups like ACORN knowingly or unknowingly routinely register non-citizens and convicted felons because they don’t ask for proof of citizenship. Earlier this month Fund wrote, “ACORN’s political arm has endorsed Mr. Obama while its ‘voter education’ arm has pledged to spend $35 million to register people this fall — despite a history of vote fraud scandals that have led to guilty pleas by many ACORN employees.” Fund concluded, "But ACORN may play, along with other liberal groups, a leading role in electing Mr. Obama. Such groups deserve a closer look now, before their influence and possibly their clout grow dramatically after the November election."
It Pays to Be a Friend of Obama
While sitting on the Woods Fund of Chicago board, Barack Obama saw that grants were made to his church, Trinity United Church of Christ, and ACORN. In 2001, the Woods Fund awarded Trinity Church a grant of $6,000. A former Illinois state employee at The American Thinker wrote, “The grant was probably awarded since Obama did not receive his $6,000 director’s pay in 2001. He had received $6,000 in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Even though the grant may have been made in lieu of Obama’s pay, the Fund’s own web page in 2001 states that religious organizations are not eligible for grant consideration.”
From 2001 to 2005, ACORN received $355,000 from the Woods Fund. That’s enough to register thousands of Stormi Bays and Fruto Boys to vote. One can only imagine what groups received grants at the behest of fellow board member William Ayers. Both Obama and Ayers are still listed on the Woods Fund’s list of board members.
Democrats (Finally) Angry About Security Breach
Liberal bloggers at The Huffington Post and Daily Kos were in an uproar over John McCain’s comment last Friday that Barack Obama might be in Iraq over the weekend. At a campaign luncheon McCain said, “I believe that either today or tomorrow — and I’m not privy to his schedule — Sen. Obama will be landing in Iraq with some other senators. ” Obama’s trip to the Middle East was no surprise, but liberals’ concern about security was certainly unexpected.
When the New York Times revealed details of a covert CIA operation, including the schedule and tail identification of the aircraft, in 2005 there wasn’t a spec of outrage from the Left. Then again in June 2008, the New York Times’ “Insider a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation” revealed a former U.S. interrogator’s name, current place of work, as well as the name of his father, who was also a former interrogator. The interrogator did not even agree to be interviewed for the story. One leftist blogger wrote, “As for [named interrogator], goodbye and good riddance. I hope our tax dollars aren’t going to pay him a pension.”
The Left has selective outrage for security breaches. Undermining security for ordinary Americans and the nation is acceptable. Off-handedly reminding an audience of Obama’s already publicized trip to the Middle East is “high treason”. If they were truly worried about Obama’s safety (and media tag-alongs Katie, Charlie and Brian), they wouldn’t have called attention to McCain’s comment by incessantly whining about it all weekend.
A Surge of Rhetoric on Afghanistan
Barack Obama’s recent talking point against the surge in Iraq is that it took resources away from Afghanistan. Obama’s website states:
The decision to invade Iraq diverted resources from the war in Afghanistan, making it harder for us to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden and others involved in the 9/11 attacks. Nearly seven years later, the Taliban has reemerged in southern Afghanistan while Al Qaeda has used the space provided by the Iraq war to regroup, train and plan for another attack on the United States.
Sweetness & Light’s Steve Gilbert reminds us of an early campaign ad from Obama’s latest convert, Hillary Clinton. Gilbert writes, “Alas, the ad itself, like all of her anti-Obama campaign ads, has been meticulously scrubbed from the Hillary Clinton campaign site as well as YouTube.” Here’s a transcript of the ad:
Announcer: Barack Obama says he has the judgment to be president.
But as chairman of an oversight committee charged with the force of fighting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan–he was too busy running for president to hold even one hearing.
Barack Obama: “I became chairman of this committee, at the beginning of this campaign-at the beginning of 2007, so it is true that we haven’t had oversight hearings on Afghanistan.”
Announcer: Hillary Clinton will never be too busy to defend our national security-bringing our troops home from Iraq and pursing Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
In all fairness, Obama only logged 143 days in the Senate prior to launching his presidential campaign. That doesn’t allow much experience for running a committee… or a country.
HYPE: The Obama Effect
Citizens United has led the pack in conservative filmmaking. Their latest, HYPE: The Obama Effect, asks “Is he the new Kennedy or recycled Jimmy Carter? Is he the one who will finally change Washington, or will challenges like the Tony Rezko trial reveal politics as usual? Is he the uniter the country begs for, or a liberal divider?” The documentary will be available on DVD on September 1 and have a limited run in theaters beginning September 4.