A new book that documents Barack Obama’s career-long advocacy for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also reveals that the operative philosophy for the group apparently includes a readiness to accept illegal activities in pursuit of its goals.
The revelations come in a stunning new book, “Subversion Inc.,” by award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Vadum.
Vadum, senior editor at Capital Research Center, a think tank that studies left-wing advocacy groups and their funders, has assembled the information from nearly three years of research and hundreds of interviews.
Obama organized voter drives for ACORN, represented the organization in court, trained its activists and mentored its leaders. In fact, during the 2008 campaign, Obama considered his connections to ACORN so significant he made a special effort to recognize his dedication to ACORN.
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“I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drives in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work,” Obama told organization members at the time of his 2008 campaign.
But the author also cites the acceptance of violence.
He noted the time was when George W. Bush won the presidency, and militants on the left were outraged by the loss by Al Gore, on whom they had pinned their hopes.
Wade Rathne, a key strategist and organizer of the original ACORN behemoth, said that the left should be more aggressive in its battles.
“We need an edge, some harder steel on the rim,” he wrote at the time. “If some day we want to make more just laws, then today we may have to just learn to break more laws.”
In his “wish list,” he cited, “[t]actics that include civil disobedience and political defiance” as well as “[t]actics that include extra-legal activity.”
According to the author, Rathke praised rioters in Seattle during the 1999 World Trade organization events and said their civil disturbances were “a colorful, exciting, smoky, hazy amalgamation of helmeted police, broken glass, and righteous rage.”
The book explains Rathke then attempted to balance his statements, saying, “We do not embrace violence, quite the contrary, but we need to create chemistry containing the elements of more explosive combinations in order to create more force and power through the equations of action and reaction that we push to the target.”
The author confirms that “despite this perfunctory condemnation of violence,” Rathke praises the sometimes-violent Black Panther Party of the 1960s, and even “longs for some computer hackers to come to his aid.”
According to the book, Rathke wrote, “Crazy, computer viruses are started by young kids around the world or hackers bored out of their skulls that live right down the street. As union organizers we are still doing 8-point difficulty dumpster dives for alpha lists of employees, when theoretically some good geeks could tap in, load up, and download the whole thing and throw it over our transom window.”
According to the author, “For ACORN, anything goes, from rude protests to crude intimidation and violence. The bigger, the louder, the more obnoxious, the more destructive, the better. Rathke summed up ACORN’s approach to doing business in a single sentence: ‘One can almost taste the adrenaline when people take a crowbar to a door and pop it open to begin squatting.’ ACORN leadership doesn’t care if people get hurt or property is damaged: as long as the action advances the cause, it’s fair game.”
Vadum quoted Sol Stern, of the Manhattan Institute, who said, “ACORN protests have turned violent, at times as soon as the rallies began. Some protests disrupted Federal Reserve hearings and busted into closed city council meetings.”
Stern describes the attitude as “undisguised authoritarian socialism” when it demands that large companies that desire to leave the community be coerced into getting “an exit visa from the community board signifying that the company has adequately compensated all its employees and the community at large for losses due to relocation.”
Vadum traces the “legacy of destruction and lawlessness” directly back to “the fiendishly brilliant Saul Alinsky,” a godfather of the movement.
“Alinsky adored violence,” the author said. “By the time he died, Alinsky had created an astounding 44 community organizations that aspire to pulverize the American system. ACORN founder Rathke worked with Alinsky.”
In fact, WND reported in 2009 on a series of undercover videos made at various ACORN offices where ACORN officials appeared to be trying to help facilitate the smuggling of underage girls into the U.S. for prostitution.
Because of the potentially criminal activity documented in this explosive book, copies of “Subversion, Inc.” by Matthew Vadum have been sent by the publisher, WND Books, to all 535 members of the House and Senate in hopes of prompting further investigation of ACORN and its tentacles.