ACORN’s Coming to Getcha

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Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Hot rumor on the right: members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will stalk next week’s Tea Party protests, collecting intel on the people who show up. One e-mail that’s making the rounds, via my friend Steve Gordon:

TEA PARTY CAUTION! DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING – FROM ANYONE – AT ANY TEA PARTY ANYWHERE IN THE USA —- NO EXCEPTIONS!Federally-funded ACORN operators will be at all Tea Parties to get signatures which they will give to Obama stating that the signatures are in support of his policies or to get the names of people who oppose his policies and report dissention.

NO MATTER WHAT, DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING! IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS WHO PLAN TO ATTEND, WHO DO NOT HAVE EMAIL, GET ON THE PHONE TO WARN THEM.  TRY TO CALL OR EMAIL RADIO TALK SHOWS AND LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG.

PASS IT ON!

What do they do after reporting the “dissention”? I don’t know.

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21 Comments

Major Domo
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

As a small kid in the mid60's, I remember a song on the radio that went like this:

They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
They're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa.
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time and I'll be happy
to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they're coming
to take me away, ha-haaa!!!
To the happy home, with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket
weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they're
coming to take me away, ha-haa!!!
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time… (fade out)

Hey, buddy!
Yes officer..
You a head?
No, but I'm catching up, ha ha ha….

Every time I hear about repuglican's going off the deep end, like in this case, I see a mental picture of them all singing and dancing to that tune with dead seriousness.


Nathanhj
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

This was sent around by ACORN folks yesterday in response to FOX News asking about this.

Response from ACORN Spokesman Brian Kettenring:

“ACORN is helping organize dozens of rallies on April 15th in support of the priorities outlined in President Obama’s first budget – investments in education, health care, and getting Americans back to work. This is the first we’ve heard of these so-called “tea parties” and, frankly, a bunch of small get-togethers by fringe conservatives activists dedicated to simply saying “No.” is of little interest to us.

“The idea that ACORN is out to disrupt these meet-ups of fringe activists is yet another conservative fantasy. At this point it would not surprise us to wake up tomorrow and see conservative media fingering ACORN’s 500,000 member families as the principle cause of global climate change.”


Ozymandi
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

That's it. My former political party has clearly gone absolutely and utterly mad.

*sigh*.

I just hope hope the rational fiscal conservatives get their act together by 2012 and get a solid, small government, 'culture-war' free alternative before the next presidential elections. The Republican's are clearly on their way to the no-man's-land loony bin.


Patrick ONeill
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

Be afraid, be very afraid, ye fearless patriots in the tradition of Madison and Hamilton.
Don't sign your names – and maybe you should consider wearing hoods.


Ambergris
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

Hilarious!
This reveals the intended top-to-bottom organization that is diametrically opposed to any true grassroots movement (organized horizontally, not vertically). How can these tea parties be part of a grassroots movement if the members of this movement aren't allowed to build their own network? Instead, they will be reduced to listening and obeying whatever the RNC and its sponsors are telling them.


Dale
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

Just google on “government agents infiltrate” and you'll get a lot of stories like this from the other side of the political spectrum – only in that case they're true, and not some sort of wingnut claptrap.


RobertSeattle
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

Oh my Gosh – Operation Wingnut Woudup has been exposed! Those Wascals!


geb
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

i think now that tax payers are in the auto business acorn can get free cars for people without jobs .then they can wreck that industry.why stop at houses


Big TIme Patriot
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

I think, just to be safe, conservatives should avoid the “tea parties” entirely. After all didn't “tea party” used to mean a pot smokeout?


EriktheRed
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

Yup, ACORN is the new ACLU. I notice they still like to throw out George Soros, too.

But like others have said lately: better they spend their time on this than shooting up a Unitarian church or killing cops.


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Green Eagle
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

COLONISTS CAUTION! DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING – FROM ANYONE – AT ANY MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA IN 1776 —- NO EXCEPTIONS! Parliamentary-funded operators will be at all Colonists' Protests to get signatures which they will give to King George stating that the signatures are in support of his policies or to get the names of people who oppose his policies and report dissention.

NO MATTER WHAT, DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING! IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS WHO PLAN TO ATTEND, WHO DO NOT HAVE EMAIL, RIDE ON YOUR HORSE TO WARN THEM. TRY TO LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG.

PASS IT ON!


Ron A. Zajac
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

I have a funny feeling this is a blatant piece of wingnut incitement disinfo from a clever (if amoral) leftwingish type, or just the kind of person who likes rattling the cages of the profoundly undiscerning, wherever they may be found.

Think of it: If what I'm saying is true, this is a brilliant piece of double-duty text: It 1) heightens a disabling sense of paranoia in already a bit far-gone rightwing ideologues, and 2) serves as a target for derision and marginalization (well-nigh to dehumanization) by leftwing types.


Rick Massimo
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

“… signatures which they will give to Obama stating that the signatures are in support of his policies or to get the names of people who oppose his policies and report dissention.”

They'll use your names and tell Obama they're in support of him! Or against him! I don't know which! But something! Something really bad! AAAAAAAGH!!!!!!


Springfield Reformer
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 9:32 am

I think it was Henry Kissinger who once said “even paranoids have real enemies.” Let me explain how this is from the conservative point of view. We “right wing extremists” want all babies to live, so the left says we must hate women. We want to keep what we earn, so the left says we must hate the poor, especially minorities. We want to be safe from wingnut religious ideologues who want to murder their way to total world domination, so the left says we must hate peace. Do you see how we might just give up trying to make sense to you guys on the left? You won't listen to our sensible, heartfelt concerns about our children's economic, intellectual, spiritual future under socialized everything. You rant that everything normal people have always cared about from time immemorial must be fringe because it's coming from us, and we are wingnuts, so everything we care about must be wingnuttish, right? Don't you see the circular logic here? Why can't this conversation happen without devolving to insults?

Well here's the memo. We're done with all that. That's really what the tea parties represent: The beginning of the end of what little communication now exists between the right and the left. We are wising up. Bipartisanship is a fraud. The left, when in power, will never give an inch or treat any of our concerns as anything more than spin against which they must defend themselves. From our point of view, it's like being in one of those movies where the protagonist is muzzled by being falsely accused, and can't get anybody to listen to his/her warnings of some great impending harm until it actually happens. But it's not about spin. It's about what it means to be human, to live, to love, to prosper, to be happy. I would have hoped we could have a civil conversation about things that really matter.

But no. ACORN et al want to portray us as an insignificant minority driven by partisanship, greed, and even racism. Are we paranoid? Or do we have real enemies? The evidence of disruptions is already coming in (from Free Republic):

• “VA local radio station that is supporting the Richmond Tea Party is reporting that people have been receiving robo-calls giving an incorrect time (noon) for the Richmond event…”

• At a restaurant called Chiefs Wings and Firewater in Greenville South Carolina, ACORN “representatives” tried to convince management to cancel their tea-party event, and when that failed, they vandalized the restroom, including destruction of flyers for the event and smearing human excrement on the walls. I personally called this place and verified the event really happened. The number is 864-288-4177. The odd thing the woman told me is the vandalism was done in the ladies room. What's up with that?

• From Michelle Malkin: “It’s already happened once before — at the Denver anti-porkulus rally last month, when the Media Matters/Daily Kos crowd shifted media attention away from the policy message by manufacturing fake outrage about some stunt-puller who showed up with a sign comparing Obama to Hitler that I didn’t see and asked for a picture. The local newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, took the bait.” Like my dad always said, if you want to know what a person is going to do, look at what they've already done.

BTW, I am not with the GOP, as they no longer represent genuine conservative interests. Get the party stereotype out of your head. It's hurting both of us.

As for someone's earlier comment questioning the use of anonymity in such movements, it was a routine (and essential) practice for the American revolutionaries of 1776, and as long as the content is good, why does it matter whose name is attached to it?

Tea Party? Game On.


paul
Comment posted April 15, 2009 @ 6:04 pm

Yes major I remember that song…I think conservatives fit this song completely… like that old stooges episode where they were about to become rich and then they came to take away the guy that promised them the riches..The right wing has decended farther than I have ever seen them go… I just believe it is simply that they are the biggest sore loosers in history… they cannot take the results last november.. so they are grasping this delusional rhetoric and thinking it is real…we must call it what it is… delusion…Nothing the right has been saying since last november even comes close to reality…they need the ambulance to take them away .hahahahahah


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meke
Comment posted April 22, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

This is consistent with Saul Alinksy goading the enemy tactics.


meke
Comment posted April 22, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

This is consistent with Saul Alinksy goading the enemy tactics.


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