September 16, 2009: ACORN's Time has Run Out

ACORN was formed in 1970, springing up from a former organization with a desire to assist the nation's poor in obtaining basic needs, food, housing and furniture. On it's web page ACORN says "The goal was to unite welfare recipients with working people in need around issues of free school lunches for school children, unemployed workers' concerns, Vietnam Veterans' rights and hospital emergency room care. Thus, an idea was born that would grow and adapt, thrive and flourish, and become a powerful movement from coast to coast." In 1970 the organization believed in those goals and worked hard to make life better for a great number of people who had no where else to turn. ACORN has done good things for a large number of people who are all but forgotten in our society.

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Over the past few years they have been caught too many times involved in too many situations that have hurt their ability to continue their mission. Unfortunately they have strayed from their original goals and have lost their effectiveness as a result.

I overlooked the voter registration mess. At the time I was willing to accept their explanation that the voter registration irregularities were merely a small group of individuals who did not follow the rules. I can see that happening in a nation wide election. I can see workers for either party getting too involved to follow the rules because they think they are doing the right thing for their candidate. Do not be mistaken this is and always was a political group. They have participated in every election since their inception. Again I do not have a problem with their political activities as is involves their mission.

I cannot overlook or justify the shocking and disturbing videos that have been played. I cannot find any reason that anyone; I don't care who they are or who they work for, to assist anyone in the setting up of a house of prostitution. Especially one that deals with the exploitation of children. That video disturbed me, and not many things disturb me. ACORN explains this video on their web page this way; "When the actors approached Ms. Kaelke with their provocative costuming and outlandish scenario, she could not take them seriously. So she met their outrageousness with her own personal style of outrageousness. She matched their false scenario with her own false scenarios." This is quite simply the worst justification I have ever seen. There is no justification. The only proper answer was "you are breaking the law and I don't want to have anything to do with you." Acorn can say what it wants, however, they are damaged beyond repair.

ACORN has lost all credibility and as a result has lost its effectiveness. It is time for them to go away. This group should be broken up into small units that can get back to the grass roots efforts to assist the nation's poor. It seems that ACORN forgot its mission, for got its purpose. In doing so the left those they chose to help again helpless