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27 January 2009

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Mikey McD

George, what government successes do those from "Leftfield" cite to give more power/money to the government? Successes like our bankrupt social security program? Our 2nd to last in the world public education program? Our governments ability to combat and inhabit foreign nations at will? Do tell, where does their faith in government come from?

George Rebane

Mikey - They cite the totally perverse interpretations of history in the 'successes' of Roosevelt's New Deal and Johnson's Great Society programs. The socialist aim has always been to unabashedly buy the votes of the ignorant. Witness today's news that several billions of the contentious next $850B bailout would go to outfits like ACORN of voter fraud fame, for "neighborhood stabilization" activities. These are naked Democrat vote buying programs delivered with a hefty dose of socialist propaganda. If Christian charity groups would inject the same amount of evangelism into their partially government funded programs, you would hear screams of outrage from the ACORNs and the tromp of wingtips of ACLU lawyers marching to the courthouses.

Wade

I am none too happy at having to defend "ACORN," an organization about which I couldn't care less but for the sake of (possibly) correcting a myth or two, here goes:

Some few of Acorn's contractors, paid per registration to register voters, were not, in fact, found to have been perpetrating "voter fraud" as has been ceaselessly and breathlessly repeated by the right wing and its sympathizers in the press. They were found to have been perpetrating the wrong, illegal, and annoying but far less heinous and damaging crime of "voter registration fraud." To wit: with an eye toward padding their stacks of legitimate voter registration forms in order to earn more money, some of them filled out extra, bogus forms using made up names or the names of celebrities. These bogus forms were promptly found by Acorn staff, per procedure, ahead of their submission to the County Clerk or whatever., at which time, in a sane world, they would have been removed and disposed of in addition to those responsible being fired, which they were. However, election law specifically prohibits such an action, requiring that all filled-out voter registration forms, even those in the name of "Daffy Duck," address "Mars" be preserved and submitted to the proper authorities. This law ostensibly prevents right-wing voter registration outfits from culling Democratic registrations from their submissions and left wing organizations from doing the same to Republican registrations. The unintended result being that Acorn, even after carefully filtering the voter registration forms for bogus or fraudulent forms is required to submit them anyway, in this case bearing a big, red sticker that says "FRAUDULENT." Cue the manufactured, right wing outrage as if Acorn was knowingly trying to slip these registrations through the process. As if someone might succeed in voting as "Daffy Duck," address "Mars." That such a vote might be for Obama. Disregard the fact that none of this happened. Make the sizable leap from bogus registration forms to "voter fraud," which is the "illegal interference with the process of an election, tend[ing] to involve affecting vote counts to bring about a desired election outcome…"

From the Guardian (I know, I know, Labour-loving European Socialists but, still, a paper highly regarded worldwide...):

"It's an old Republican scam, but it's never been carried out with more zeal than this year. The Republicans have been putting so much time, money and resources into the propaganda leading up to this over the last four years, we should have expected no less.

That, of course, was before the department of justice, under George Bush's corrupt command, would itself become politicised by the very Republicans so desperate to keep low-income voters from voting, that they were willing to fire their own US attorneys for failing to bring phoney charges of voter fraud in key swing states like Nevada and Missouri.

So what are the crimes that have caused all the Sturm und Drang on US television and talk radio, and in several otherwise respectable newspapers and even by the McCain campaign itself?

The only actual crime here is that Acorn managed to register some 1.3m low-income (read: Democratic-leaning) voters over the past two years. The rest is, pretty much, just made up.

Here are the facts. Acorn verifies the legitimacy of every registration its canvassers collect. If they can't authenticate the registration, or it's incomplete or questionable in other ways, they flag that form as problematic ("fraudulent", "incomplete", et cetera). They then hand in all registration forms, even the problematic ones, to elections officials, as they are required to do by law. In almost every case where you've heard about fraud by Acorn, it's because Acorn itself notified officials about the fraud that's been perpetrated on them by rogue canvassers. Most officials who run to the media screaming "Acorn is committing fraud" know all of the above but don't bother to share those facts with the media they've run to. None of this is about voter fraud. None of it. Where any fraud has occurred, it's voter registration fraud and has resulted in exactly zero fraudulent votes.

You'll hear that Donald Duck, Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, Mickey Mouse and (new this year) the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team have all had fraudulent registrations submitted in their names. That's true. And we know this, why? Because Acorn told officials about it when they followed the law and turned in those registrations, flagged as fraudulent."

So unless there is evidence of something else afoot that no one else has been able to uncover, even at the cost of one's lucrative and powerful US attorney's job, can we please put this myth to rest?

p.s. It is one of the unintentionally hilarious facets of the '08 campaign that Republican politicians and the news media managed to bloviate / report on bogus allegations of Acorn / Democratic "voter fraud" ceaselessly, for months, without ever once mentioning the US Attorneys purge scandal and its origination in EXACTLY the same bogus claims within an illegally politicized DOJ. Rather breathtaking in its mendacity...

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