Michael Gaynor
June 23, 2010
Wade Rathke cheers the morphing of ACORN
By Michael Gaynor

Folks who thought ACORN was dead or dying should read up on snakes shedding skin.

ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief told the inside story of ACORN's ultimate political victory as only a disillusioned insider can in "Obama, ACORN and Stealth Socialism" (http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/29/obama-acorn-and-stealth-socialism-dire-domestic-threat/).

On Father's Day, June 20, 2010, Ms. MonCrief elaborated upon it in an Internet radio interview by Babe Huggett and Warner Todd Huston (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lifelibertypursuitofconservatism).

The next day ACORN Founder and Chief Organizer for 38 years Wade Rathke posted a message at www.chieforganizer.org that the stealth socialists are moving forward with their radical agenda.

Folks who thought ACORN was dead or dying should read up on snakes shedding skin.

Rathke (http://chieforganizer.org/2010/06/21/forty-years-and-counting/#more-3292):

"I was a couple of minutes late and walked into a speech by long time New Orleans community leader Beulah Laboistrie's remarks about her decades of leadership in ACORN and now A Community Voice, which has arisen from the ashes of the organization in Louisiana, so I was looking sidelong at the wide grins of 50 local leaders and friends of the organization. The spirit was powerful in the room as they announced an award named after long time leaders Gerri Bell, dead now several decades but a legend in that room and represented by her daughter and son, Beulah Laboistrie, who mentioned she would be 90 this year, and Lanny Roy from Lake Charles, who has been a rock in southwest Louisiana.

"Greetings were read from ACORN Canada and ACORN International. Mildred Edmond, President of Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, was there and in the thick of the celebration. I wore my new 'Tenants Vote' t-shirt from Toronto ACORN with its big maple leaf in the middle of their design of the ACORN button, which elicited comments and appreciation from many of the leaders in the room.

"This was a gathering of a community foraged in the steel of struggle from decades of neighborhood and citywide campaigns, fights for the living wage, heroic struggles to lead the post-Katrina recovery, and now the heartbreak of having to build a new organization again. Watching the smiles as leaders hugged Vanessa Gueringer and Gwen Adams as they marched up to get their certificates and listening to their remarks sometimes brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't help thinking about the indomitable spirit and will of the members, which trumps money every time.

"Here is a place where the name, the experience, the 'brand' of ACORN is still golden in the streets and community centers of New Orleans just as it is in so many other cities in the country. It's not a 'word' but a shared experience that lights the flame guiding the work going forward. Beth Butler spoke about her father having told her when she went to work for the organization in Little Rock to make sure she worked with 'strong leaders' and many were in this room. Mark Moreau, head of New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, brought the crowd to peals of laughter after receiving an award, saying he had been with them for more than twenty years and would be with them forever 'no matter what the name.

"'In fact the truth of the old chant is indisputable: the people united shall never be defeated!

"Happy anniversary to a peoples' struggle that will continue unbroken!"

It's been five years since the Democratic Socialists of America 2005 Conference.

"Progressives" have much "progress" to celebrate and the expectation of much more to come, with Obama in the White House refusing to enforce the borders in the hope of gaining amnesty and citizenship for "undocumented workers" and Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor helping "undocumented workers."

"Via FoxNation, behold the most tone-deaf public-service announcement yet from the Obama administration. The US government occasionally conducts raids on employers who hire illegal immigrants as workers, even during Barack Obama's term of office. Now suddenly Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has established a hotline number, not for people to tip the government to employers breaking the law, but to act as an agent for illegals to make sure they get paid 'fairly'...(http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/21/obama-wh-to-illegals-well-help-you-get-paid-fairly/).

That's what should have been expected with an Obama administration.

From http://www.keywiki.org/index.php/Hilda_L._Solis:

"An 'insurgent' Hilda Solis was a keynote speaker at the 2005 Democratic Socialists of America national conference 'Twenty-First Century Socialism' in Los Angeles, with DSA leaders Peter Dreier and Harold Meyerson.

"'Saturday evening delegates recognized the contributions of DSA vice chair and Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson, Occidental College sociologist and longtime DSAer Peter Dreier and insurgent California Congress member Hilda Solis (D) who in turn provided in-depth perspectives of the political scene.'

"Other speakers included ACORN chief organizer Wade Rathke...."

Of course!

And, utterly unsurprisingly, SEIU celebrated the Solis nomination as Obama's Secretary of Labor as "great news for America's workers" (www.seiu.org/2008/12/congratulations-labor-secratary-designate-hilda-solis.php).

NOW most Americans realize what Obama's idea of fundamental transform is...and it's not enforcing the rule of law.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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