Matthew Vadum has described it as a “brilliantly orchestrated criminal organization” that is “part political group, part crime syndicate, part terrorist organization.” Banks and other corporations have paid it billions of dollars in protection money, while the government pays it billions more. Law enforcement cannot keep track of its opaque, endlessly shifting, illicit operations. Anyone who gets in the way is subject to “thuggish tactics.” Nice business you got here. Would be a shame if a flash mob attacked it at, say, 10am tomorrow morning.
This is not the Mafia, but an organization just as insidious, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN. These “modern-day pirates” helped make Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States. Wait, it gets worse. The Obama administration is setting up what Michael Barone termed “gangster government.” You are now being governed Mafia-style, with business shakedowns and disregard for the law, cronies being enriched while opponents are crushed.
As the song goes, “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” Vadum's new book, Subversion, Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, answers that question.
Saul Alinksy, godfather of community organizers, learned his craft from Chicago gangland organizers. During the 1930s, he became an associate of Al Capone's chief hitman, who introduced him to Frank Nitti.
Nitti, who took over after Capone went to prison, taught him how to set up a criminal empire. Alinksy wrote: "I called [Nitti] the Professor and I became his student."
Saul Alinksy wrote Rules for Radicals in 1971. The year before, another community organizer with a sordid past, Wade Rathke, created ACORN. Vadum calls him Alinky's "loyal disciple." Rathke had been working for the National Welfare Rights Organization. Vadum knew the NWRO to be a "an urban terrorist organization that pioneered the in-your-face intimidation techniques ACORN later perfected." Before that, Rathke had been on the payroll of the notorious Students for a Democratic Society. Out of the SDS would emerge the Weather Underground terrorist organization.
Bill Ayers and Barack Obama worked together for years at the Annenberg Challenge and the Woods Foundation. Bernadine Dohrn and Michelle Obama worked together at a Chicago law firm.
In 1996, Barack Obama launched his political career with a fundraiser in the home of these two terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. And now, writes Vadum, "All the rules from Rules for Radicals are practiced in varying degrees by ACORN and the Obama administration."
Subversion, Inc. recounts how Obama rose to power thanks to Rules for Radicals and his contacts within the Chicago underworld.
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Michael Zak is the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, the acclaimed history of the GOP cited by Clarence Thomas in a Supreme Court decision. See www.grandoldpartisan.com for more information.