The Republicans want nothing more than to be in power again. For months they've tried strategy after strategy to gain popularity with the American people. So far, nothing has worked!
First they tried to take the microphone away from Rush Limbaugh. That didn't work. Instead, even more wackos took to the microphone (Beck, Hannity, Malkin, etc.) Then they tried to find a future Presidential Candidate (Palin, Romney, etc). That didn't work. Then they tried to increase the minority vote, so they named Michael Steele, a black man, to head the RNC. That didn't work.
There is an old lawyer's saying, "When the facts are against you, argue the law. When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the law and the facts are both against you, pound the table." The Republicans are using their stooges, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and Malkin to POUND THE TABLE!
Their strategy is to delegitimize our President. It's a Salad Bowl strategy. Throw in a bunch of LIES and see what sticks. So far, not many of their LIES are sticking except with their hard-core far right wingers and teabaggers.
Their LIES -- ALL Promoted by Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and Malkin:
1. BIRTHERS: Obama is a Muslim. He is not a US Citizen.
2. DEATHERS: Obama's health care bill will kill your granny.
3. Teabaggers: Obama is a Socialist, Communist, Marxist, Anarchist, Racist.
4. YOU LIE: Obama included illegal immigrants in the Healthcare bill.
NONE of these LIES are sticking with the American Public. They are only sticking with the loony tunes, extreme far right wing racists.
Their NEW LIE to delegitimize our President:
5. OBAMA IS ACORN
To understand what this is all about, let me share with you a little about ACORN:
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a collection of community-based organizations in the United States that are advocates for low- and moderate-income families by working on neighborhood safety (think neighborhood watch), voter registration, health care, affordable housing, and other social issues. ACORN has over 400,000 members and more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S. ACORN's priorities include: better housing and wages for the poor, more community development investment from banks and governments, better public schools.
ACORN investigates complaints against companies accused of predatory lending practices. ACORN also works to support strict state laws against predatory practices, organizes against foreclosure rescue scams, and steers borrowers toward loan counseling.
Beck, Limbaugh and Malkin HATE ACORN and have been demonizing them for months. Why? Think about it. Who is behind Predatory Lending practices? Who eased restrictions against lenders? Who receives massive amounts of funding from these lenders' political lobbyists? Republicans.
Now let's look at this particular scandal. Remember, ACORN has over 400,000 members in 1,200 neighborhood chapters across the U.S. Here is the story:
Andrew Breitbart, a good friend of Glenn Beck and Matt Drudge, and owner of the website BigGovernment, apparently scammed four (4) ACORN employees. To date, no one has vetted the tapes. So far, Beck and Fox have taken the words of the scammers and their videos and have publicized the heck out of them in every possible venue. The mainstream media has also picked up and published their reports. But let's look and examine the story.
Two far-right conservative activists, Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe, visited a host of ACORN offices around the country posing as a pimp and prostitute. They CLAIMED they asked for help establishing a brothel, and even they SAID they stated that underage girls would be working for them. They had a surveillance camera and recorded at least four interactions with ACORN employees and claimed these employees provided them with assistance. (Note: These videos are NOT Vetted! And no independent party has reviewed them for their validity!)
Remember, this is 4 employees out of 400,000 and an unvetted video tape. I ask ALL Logical, Freedom Loving Americans to distance themselves from Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox News and all of the extreme right wing zealots. Please join me and all like minded Americans to Respect our President, Respect our People, and to Respect Peace and Humanity in America! God Bless America! God Bless our President!
Last Tuesday, Beck, who had been demonizing ACORN for some time, began escalating his attacks. He said to his sheep who were just returning from their march on Washington: "But good God almighty, what is wrong with us,that we don't right now get into the cars and drive back to Washington, and surround the Capitol and say, 'What the hell is wrong with you people? Are you soulless? Are you dead inside?' "
That was just the beginning. On Wednesday, another right wing wacko pundit, Monica Crowley said, "Obama is ACORN! Just as he is ACORN, just as he is Van Jones, he is racism." Then wacko Rush Limbaugh jumped on the bandwagon and said the same thing on Thursday! Next, Radio host Jim Quinn said WE are all living in the "United States of ACORN." Then Fox News' Megyn Kelly had Karl Rove on to talk about the tapes exposing what was now a "remarkable criminal enterprise."
Remember, this is 4 employees out of 400,000 and an unvetted video tape. (Note: No one condones the 4 employees who made a mistake. However, the tapes were UN-VETTED! We DO NOT know ALL the Facts! We Do Know that Giles and O'Keefe have LIED already. How many MORE lies did they tell?? --- LIKE THE PRESIDENT, I WELCOME A FULL, FULL INVESTIGATION!! BRING ME THE UNEDITTED TAPES!!)
Remember, ACORN, is a collection of community-based organizations in the United States that are advocates for low- and moderate-income families -- to support US, WE THE PEOPLE!
Next, Hannity, Beck and Fox CLAIMED that ACORN was receiving Billions in Federal Funds --- THIS IS a LIE. ACORN has received a total of $53 million in federal funds over 15 years, NOT Billions or the 67 percent of America's gross domestic product as Hannity and Beck claim.
All week, Fox has been running CRAZEEEEEEEEEEEE with this story. Do you know what kills me about this story? ALL WE KNOW IS WHAT BREITBART AND BECK HAVE TOLD US!! WE KNOW NOTHING ELSE! Were the tapes doctored? Were we shown only what Breitbart wanted us to see? YES!
It is beyond ridiculous! Now the funding to this non-profit humanitarian organization has been denied by Congress all due to a few doctored tapes by an extreme right wing organization that wants to become famous and destroy our President!
Fox is running wild. The first problem was ONE OF LOGIC! Four videos were being promoted as unimpeachable proof that all of ACORN is equally corrupt -- all 1,200 chapters and hundreds of ACORN employees. It was the opposite of how a credible investigation is supposed to function, in which conclusions are withheld until after all the facts are in. By comparison, here, the conservative media had a few isolated facts but were willing to extrapolate an entire thesis from them.
Most important, Fox News failed to vet the tapes. This was made painfully clear with the case of the San Bernardino ACORN office, which was featured in the fourth video to be released. In the footage, ACORN employee Tresa Kaelke claimed that she had murdered her former husband following a period of domestic abuse. On September 15, Beck and Sean Hannity both broadcast Kaelke's assertion. Beck, who had reported on the supposed confession during his radio program, added on Fox, "She never spanked her kids, but she did shoot her husband dead." Later that night, Hannity played the same clip, and in a rare moment of intellectual curiosity, asked about the veracity of the murder claim. "We're working on it," Giles said.
The Police have investigated. The TAPES ARE, IN FACT, A LIE! Kaelke's ex-husbands are alive. The San Bernardino Police Department confirmed this simple fact on September 15, releasing a statement that read: "Investigators have been in contact with the involved party's known former husbands, who are alive and well." (Kaelke was soon quoted in an ACORN press release saying that she had made the claim because she was seeking to mislead the undercover videographers, whom she was suspicious of.) In spite of these developments, the next day, Hannity was still treating the San Bernardino tape as fully credible. He even hosted Giles again but failed to ask her about her own investigation into the truth of the claim.
In the meantime, another pivotal hole in the story began to present itself. During interviews, Breitbart, Giles, and O'Keefe had all asserted that the undercover team had never been kicked out of an ACORN office. Bertha Lewis, ACORN's CEO and chief organizer, had already said this was a falsehood by the time a Philadelphia ACORN employee, Katherine Conway Russell, publicly claimed to have done just that, adding that she had filed a police report after a visit from the conservative pair. The police report was soon produced, raising further serious questions about the credibility of the entire ACORN exposé. It was another major side of the story that Fox News simply hadn't cared to look into.
In this video, Giles and O'Keefe are LIARS!!!! Here is the Police Report (scroll to bottom of page) of ACORN's Philadelphia office kicking them out!!