Thursday, October 8, 2009

ACORN, part 2 - The Affiliations

Today is part 2 of ACORN and we'll talk about the organization's affiliations. There's a number of them and they are all liberal activist organizations or individuals.
  1. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) - this group's name is a oxymoron. It was made up of a number of different factions and most people would not refer to any of them as "Democratic." A more fitting descriptor would be Socialist. They encouraged draft dodging, raided draft offices, and participated in multiple protests against the Vietnam War with some of them turning violent. They criticized U.S. foreign policy and it's condemnation of the U.S.S.R. They were anti-big business and anti-labor union. The opposition to labor unions is interesting considering that one of ACORN's closest allies currently is SEIU (Service Employees International Union).
  2. Weather Underground - this group was a violent faction within the SDS and began in 1969 (same time Wade Rathke formed ACORN in Arkansas). It was made up of the leadership and supporters of SDS and co-founded by Bill Ayers who was involved in bombings at the NYPD headquarters, the U.S. capitol, and the Pentagon. Tragically, while one of the group's bombs was under construction, Ayers girlfriend was killed because it detonated prematurely. Eventually, the group's leadership took over SDS. They were known for being anti-imperialistic, feminist, sympathetic toward the Black Panthers, and for bombing banks and government buildings. Usually, these bombings were proceeded by warnings and often were a means of protesting the Vietnam War.
  3. Barack Obama - Obama got his start as a community organizer. He directed Illinois' Project Vote, the voter registration arm of ACORN. Some have even referred to Obama as Community Organizer in Chief. Obama's ties to ACORN go deeper than that, though. It has been reported that he was a friend and neighbor of Bill Ayers and even gave a speech at Ayer's home while campaigning for Illinois' state senate.
Why is all this important ?? Because Mr. Obama said that ACORN and groups like them would help shape the agenda once he was in the White House. See it for yourself in this video.

Are these organizations with these agendas really who we want running our country ?? Tomorrow, I'll tie all this together in part 3 - scandals and controversies.

source - Wikipedia,
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