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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who or What is Acorn?

If you happen to be a political junkie like me you had your last Presidential debate fix for 2008. It was an interesting debate where it was nice to see that they let the animated version of John McCain participate. I would just be guessing if I said the batteries in the Robot John McCain must have been still charging or that maybe the campaign had it repossessed for non-payment on facts?

One of the topics raised against Obama by McCain during the debate was ACORN, and how he was fearful for our democracy. I know what ACORN is but I’m pretty sure the average voter does not. McCain didn’t explain it either. Just another key word to throw at the wall of doubts painted with a nice hue of bovine defecation.

Over at MSNBC and Rachel Maddow she has this piece on it…

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It’s a little bit clearer who or what ACORN is other than radical terrorist squirrels. Now it is a little bit clearer to me why John McCain is going after ACORN, they register people to vote. Poor people, minimum wage people, people without a voice. That seems to be consistent with Republican strategy over the years to suppress the vote over the past decade or more.

If you really want to know who ACORN is then you can visit their website and become more informed. This is what the President of ACORN had to say about John McCain’s attack on her organization in its entirety. Click on the title below to go directly to the ACORN website…

ACORN Responds to Senator McCain’s Desperate Attack
October 15, 2008

Maude Hurd, ACORN’s National President, issued the following statement in response to Senator McCain’s attack:

"We appreciate that Senator McCain's effort to stir up the Republican base by attacking a community organization working to increase public participation in our democratic process. However, these attacks reflect an increasingly panicked candidate; unfortunately the Senator McCain we saw tonight is very different than the Senator McCain who stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN at a February 20, 2006 immigration reform event

It is clear for us to see that John McCain was for ACORN before he was against ACORN; he was for reform before he was against reform; and he was a maverick before he became erratic. What is really going here is that Senator McCain and his allies are part of a coordinated effort to engage in what appears to be an unprecedented effort to suppress voter turnout. Repeating a lie doesn't make it true, and the McCain campaign has resorted to the worst type of deceptions in regards to ACORN."

The Facts:

ACORN has helped 1.3 million citizens from all parties and all walks of life apply for voter registration.

In most states, ACORN is required by law to turn in every voter registration card - even in cases where the cards are not valid.

It is ACORN that has reported almost all of the issues regarding voter registration cards.
Invalid voter registration cards do NOT constitute voter fraud. Even RNC General Counsel Sean Cairncross has recently acknowledged he is not aware of a single improper vote cast as a result of bad cards submitted in the course of an organized voter registration effort.

ACORN hired 13,000 field workers to register people to vote. In any endeavor of this size, some people will engaged in inappropriate conduct. ACORN has a zero tolerance policy and terminated any field workers caught engaging in questionable activity. At the end of the day, as ACORN is paying these people to register voters, it is ACORN that is defrauded.

ACORN’s Fight Back Thursday:

Tomorrow, at 11:00 am EST, ACORN will be convening a conference call unveiling a pointed critique to Senator McCain’s outlandish assertion that ACORN was responsible for the housing crisis:

Thursday, October 16th: ACORN Call on ACORN Critique of McCain on Housing/Financial Crisis:
Call in #: 800-247-5110, pass code 8388

I hope this clears up who, or what is ACORN for you. And yes it was ACORN that reported the questionable voter registrations to appropriate authorities in each state.

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