Friends of Barry (Part 2): ACORN and Other Far Left Groups


I’ve written before about Barack Obama’s ties to the far, far left.

In 1996, he sought the New Party endorsement. The New Party has, by 1996, become the party of Communists and other radicals. It was, for all intents and purposes, an amalgamation of CCC, CPUSA, Green, and Social-Democrat parties.

As I noted then

By 1996, the New Party had solidified its ties with ACORN, unions, and the left so much so that even the New York Times referred to it as “leftist.” Manning Marable, writing in the left-wing New York Beacon, on October 23, 1996, wrote that “there are four key components in this strategy for progressive political change.” Among those components were civil disobedience and “support for independent movements like the New Party which are running candidates in local races. More importantly an innovative approach to electoralism is represented by ACORN’s ‘living wage’ referenda campaigns.” . . . .

In These Times reported on February 17, 1997, that “the [New] [P]arty, with 80 members in the [17th] ward, many of whom are also active in the Service Employees International Union and the advocacy group ACORN, has begun to build a parallel precinct organization.”

A New Party member, writing in the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America newsletter in 1996, described the New Party as mostly made up of ACORN members. The member, Bob Roman, wrote, “As the single 800 pound gorilla in the Chicago New Party, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for newcomers to participate except on ACORN’s terms.” Obama, if you will remember, worked for ACORN and in 1996, ACORN was not organizing the community, they were getting people out to vote for Barack Obama.

It should come as no surprise then, this morning, to read this:

The latest matter involves Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign paying more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the scandal-ridden, leftist Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) for services the campaign now says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.

The ACORN subsidiary, Citizens Services Inc., did “get-out-the-vote” work instead of the polling, advance work and major event staging the Obama campaign had first stated in its Federal Election Commission finance report during the primary

Yet again, ACORN rallies for Obama.

The man is a leftist radical with a messiah complex. If you still want to vote for him, go right ahead, but just know who you are dealing with.

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  • hey Blue! Good to hear from you.

    That one does not really bother me at all. And I don’t know how accurate the story is. The first push at the story was that Gov. Palin was too. But I won’t her to his views any more than I’d hold my wife to mine.

    I think she’s an awesome pick.

  • Sarah Palin is married to a man who belonged to a political party that wants to vote on whether or not Alaska should secede from the United States of America. I was never going vote for McCain/Palin anyway, but I assume you are so I was wondering if that bothered you at all?

    (Actually I just came by to say “Hi”, and I didn’t want to be totally off topic. Your name has come up a few times over at our blog and I realized I hadn’t posted here in a long long time. [after reading some of the archives] A baby boy on the way!! That is great! Congratulations!! I am glad to see thing as going well for you. Anywho, take it easy on Barry he is going to be our next President. 🙂 See you around.)

  • I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the New Party! 🙂

    Also, note that the New Party was never an amalgamation of “CCC, CPUSA, Green, and Social-Democrat parties”. ACORN and others did their best to minimize the influence of these groups as they felt an explicitly ideological approach to politics would not be productive, would in fact be destructive, and in any case would undermine ACORN’s leadership. A careful reading of my article would reveal the shabby connection with reality that the blog fodder you’re quoting has.

    Nonetheless, if you are a conservative (and I am not), Obama’s past courting of the New Party should be a matter for alarm.

    Bob Roman

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