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ACORN and Occupy Wall Street’s White House Connection

by Douglas V. Gibbs

The connection to Barack Obama is undeniable

The radical “community development” organization that goes by the acronym ACORN never went away. As a community organizer, Barack Obama embraced the organization early on. During his presidential campaign ACORN was instrumental in voter intimidation and dubious voter registration practices for Obama. Barack Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with ACORN. The group has successfully kept its national profile low, except on a couple of occasions where the organization’s corruption was exposed momentarily.

The connection to Barack Obama, however, is undeniable.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama’s connection with ACORN, though it has not gone entirely unreported, has not been fully explained either. Most of what we know about his connection to ACORN is Obama’s involvement in a 1995 lawsuit on behalf of ACORN. The media, and even Obama’s own website, fail to reveal the full depth and extent of his relationship with the organization.

Because of ACORN’s dubious practices, there have been plenty of actions taken to hide any evidence of Obama’s involvement with ACORN. Some of these actions have included wiping the web clean of potentially damaging articles that had appeared, and were previously publicly accessible.

Nothing disappears forever.

The hidden web, where everything is cached, is full of the information that links Obama to ACORN.

Despite Obama’s denial of ever working for ACORN, a 2004 article - Case Study: Chicago - The Barack Obama Campaign - written by Toni Foulkes, a Chicago ACORN Leader, which was published in the journal Social Policy, says otherwise.

Toni Foulkes article said, “Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won. Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992 that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the Senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them).

“Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for State Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends.”

Clearly, Obama spent time giving ACORN members leadership training, as well as organizing and participating in ACORN’s “Project VOTE” in 1992.

Now, ACORN is in the news again.

Among some political minds it is believed that the White House is behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Obama, remembering the beating the democrats received in November of 2010 when the TEA Party enabled the Republicans to win in a landslide, decided he needed his own version of the TEA Party. The problem is, liberal collectivists don’t organize in a manner similar to the independently minded TEA Party ralliers. Collectivists need someone to tell them what to do (hence why they embrace big government and tyrants), and so the White House had to orchestrate the protests through some creative community organizing. For Obama, that would be easy, since he is a masterful political agitator.

Obama’s old buddies at ACORN would fit the bill nicely, and so I am sure the organization was the White House’s first choice in being a part of creating the liberal version of a TEA Party.

Problem is, liberal collectivists aren’t clean like TEA Party members, aren’t peaceful like TEA Party members, and they don’t have a clue what to do beyond complaining and protesting.

Neither did the democrats during Bush’s presidency. All they did was complain, call Bush every name in the book, and make every accusation they could get their hands on (more often false accusations at that) - and the politics of personal destruction worked just fine for the leftists.

Now, aside from their politics of personal destruction against Herman Cain and the rest of the Republican field, they are also using those tactics against the achievers and producers of American society through the Occupy Wall Street protests.

And the White House was never pegged as being behind any of it. . .

Until Obama’s buddies at ACORN got fingered.

Now, ACORN Officials are scrambling to hide their association with the Occupy Wall Street protests. ACORN is firing workers and shredding documents, after being exposed as being players behind the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Why would they do that?

In addition to firing staff and shredding documents, the remaining workers are being told to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away their involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests.

The New York City chapter is also installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, is removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN, and is handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media.

“They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said a New York Communities for Change (ACORN by another name) source to Fox News.

But why would they want to distance themselves from the Occupy protests. Isn’t this kind of thing right up their alley?

Could it be that they are running and hiding not because they are thinking of how they will look being associated with the OWS protests, but because links to the White House may be discovered?

Could it be that they are scrambling in order to protect Obama?

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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