Wednesday, April 20, 2011

John Atlas shrugs: ACORN's apologist defends gangster group

The war of words over ACORN continues to rage.

ACORN's institutional hagiographer John Atlas (photo below) took exception to a report of mine on the recent conviction of ACORN in a voter fraud conspiracy. (Atlas is author of Seeds of Change which was published last year. Not a bad book in terms of original research but Atlas clearly doesn't understand what ACORN is really about.)

After a misinformed commenter at POWIP unleashed a fact-free screed regarding my article, Atlas joined in, complimenting him/her on on an "impressive pithy response." It's nonsense.

Left-wing supporters of ACORN love to play word games, I responded in some detail on the comments thread. The commenter argued that ACORN wasn't convicted of actual voter fraud. The commenter is dead wrong. ACORN was convicted earlier this month in Nevada of unlawful "compensation" for registration of voters, a felony that is a type of voter fraud. There was a conspiracy and ACORN participated in it. In fact, two senior ACORN executives were also convicted in the scheme.

I suppose leftists think "voter fraud" sounds scarier than "voter registration fraud" so whenever "voter fraud" is used in the context of ACORN's misdeeds they all suddenly become election law experts and start spewing mind-numbing, hair-splitting arguments in order to show that whatever ACORN did it wasn't really so bad. (One of the worst offenders is leftist blogger Brad Friedman.)

ACORN is a criminal organization and its leaders should be in prison.

Read about the nihilistic adventures of ACORN in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, which comes out soon. Pre-order it now!

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