When AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, an ally of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, told members of the United Mine workers in Illinois to “kick the [expletive] out of every last” worker violating picket lines, the question was raised about just exactly how far “political” speech can go, according to a new book.
Perhaps, not that far, suggests the stunning new publication, “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.
Get the book that reveals the ongoing criminal enterprise known as ACORN. This book is so explosive, copies have been provided to all 535 members of the House and Senate in hopes of prompting further investigation of the subversive activity it exposes.
The book suggests ACORN’s “anti-democratic, un-American activities are not legitimate political advocacy protected by the First Amendment. They cry out for prosecution under federal racketeering laws.”
Significantly, the book reports, the push for a racketeering probe got a boost last month when ACORN was convicted in a massive voter fraud conspiracy in Nevada.
It cites the ACORN history of such activities:
- “Former Chicago ACORN leader Madeline Talbott is a master of the bank shakedown. She bragged about ‘dragging banks kicking and screaming’ into questionable loans. Talbott thought highly of Barack Obama’s organizing work in the Windy City and invited him to lecture her staffers. She also led a mob attack on the Chicago City Council during a ‘living wage’ debate. ACORN demonstrators ‘pushed over the metal detector and table used to screen visitors, backed police against the doors to the council chamber, and blocked late-arriving aldermen and city staff from entering the session.'”
- “Then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had a taste of ACORN’s stormtrooper tactics in 1995, when about 500 ACORN activists took over the Washington Hilton, forcing Gingrich to cancel a speech to 2,500 county commissioners. Demonstrators chanting ‘Nuke Newt!’ grabbed the microphone and commandeered the head table, then cheered when the speech was cancelled.
“‘ACORN is part of the enforcement wing and the intimidation wing of the left,’ Gingrich said in an interview.”
- “Members of ACORN assaulted New York state Sen. James Alesi, a Republican, and his chief of staff, during a raucous 2009 protest. Alesi said an angry mob nearly knocked him to the floor of the chamber and spat in the face of his chief of staff. ACORN was protesting after two Democratic state senators switched parties giving Republicans control of the New York Senate. ACORN’s political party, the Working Families Party, had invested considerable resources in state senate elections in the Empire State. WFP took credit for ending ’30 years of right-wing Republican rule’ in 2008.”
“This is hardly an exhaustive list of ACORN’s wrongdoings,” the book reports.
But it explains, “Radicals believe their goals warrant criminal means and ‘can be relied on to lie, steal votes and justify murder when committed by their political friends … because they are engaged in a permanent war whose goal is the salvation of mankind,’ according to former radical-turned-conservative David Horowitz. “In this context, restraint of means can easily seem finicky.'”
The book explains ACORN’s violence inciting techniques still flourish, practiced out in the open by organized labor and countless other radical groups, such as Trumka’s comments.
“The outrageous behavior tolerated by police today would have landed a person in jail earlier in America’s history,” according to the author. “Political incitements to riot, which occur almost exclusively on the Left, fail to move law enforcement. Why? Because as a society we have gradually become inured to these evil tactics. It is ‘defining deviancy down,’ to borrow a phrase coined by Daniel Patrick Moynihan to discuss the process by which society grows accustomed to antisocial behavior, rationalizing it away over time and redefining it: ‘[T]he amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can ‘afford to recognize’ and that accordingly we have been redefining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the ‘normal’ level in categories where behavior is abnormal by any earlier standard.’ Moynihan warned ominously that ‘we are getting used to a lot of behavior that is not good for us.'”
The book explains Americans have become so desensitized to in-your-face protest and shakedown tactics that ACORN’s “jackboot activism,” which rightly horrified society in past years, hardly registers today. It suggests unless ACORN or its lawless brethren in the so-called progressive movement are wrecking front lawns, obstructing businesses, burning bankers in effigy, or chasing politicians from a stage, such groups are boring to Americans.
The author writes, “Maybe that’s why, in the words of former ACORN national board member Marcel Reid, it took ‘a half-naked 20-year-old’ to spark the nationwide backlash that erupted against the group in 2009. Without the undercover videos masterminded by conservative activists James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles that showed ACORN employees offering advice on establishing an illegal brothel employing underage Salvadoran girls, Americans’ concern about the group’s persistent lawbreaking might never have reached a fever pitch that forced Congress to defund the group in September 2009, beginning its final slide into bankruptcy.”
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.