Uh, yeah, so Edwards apparently spends a lot of time with ACORN. But wait - it gets better (and by better, of course, I mean on the issue of voter fraud):
I see (and as you can see, this is part 6 of 6 - the other 4 parts were the conclusion of his speech, and then more questions). It isn't that ACORN is fraudulently registering people that's the problem, because - hey - they've "registered" over 1 million people! - but it is the INVESTIGATION into those "voter registrations" that is the problem because they may suppress "voting." I gotcha.
Now, look - as the politicians ALL like to say (Joe Biden and Barack Obama especially) - I am ALL for lawfully registering people to vote, and I am adamantly opposed to any real attempts at voter suppression in any communities by anyone. To attempt to thwart anyone's right to vote is just flat out wrong.
That being said, when ACORN registers 666,000 (okay - am I the only one who finds the "666" part to be a bit telling?!?!) in a state that has been steadily declining in population, and when it is already acknowledged by the "powers-that-be" that approximately 200,000 are fraudulent, it makes the argument that this is all about voter suppression, just a bit weak (here's a LINK for more information on that, and actual voter fraud in OH)...Just a little tiny bit...I wonder why the applause wasn't QUITE so loud about Edwards' suggestion of paper balloting? Hmmm - I could be reading into that, but then again, maybe not...
Anywho - I thought this was all pretty interesting, the connections Edwards has with ACORN, too. Maybe not quite as many connections as Obama, but hey, if he did, maybe he'd be the nominee right now! Hahaha - just kidding. We all know the fix was in for Obama. Still - sure seems like ACORN has a mighty wide net for prominent Democrats, especially for a "nonpartisan" organization! Ahem. I reckon that's how they ended up with $31 million of our money. I'm sure they do some good with it, but they sure do some major shenanigans with it, too. I reckon it's the latter that's exactly why they DO get so much money, especially in election years, don't you? Yeah. That's what I thought.
As it turns out, an attorney for ACORN also thinks there are some issues with charitable funds and ACORN. Oh, yes - it was in the NY Times yesterday. Yes, the attorney, Elizabeth Kingsley, lays out all of her concerns regarding ACORN and charitable giving, as well as THIS little gem:
It also offers a different account of the embezzlement of almost $1 million by the brother of Acorn’s founder, Wade Rathke, than the one the organization gave in July, when word of the theft became public.
“A full analysis of potential liability will require consultation with a knowledgeable white-collar criminal attorney,” Ms. Kingsley wrote of the embezzlement, which occurred in 2000 but was not disclosed until this summer.
Here's one of the best parts, though. Guess which voter registration group is affiliated with ACORN? Project Vote. So what, you ask? Well, alert citizens know that to be the group for which OBAMA worked in IL. Turns out that the only people on its Board of Directors are from ACORN. Wanna tell us again, Barack, about your relationship with ACORN, of the rampant voter registration fraud?? *Crickets* Yeah, that's what I thought.
If only the NY Times had acted like a real newspaper and not pooh-poohed this whole idea that ACORN was acting in a fraudulent manner. One can only imagine what could have happened had they acted to INFORM rather than CAMPAIGN for their chosen candidate. Sadly, that's all we can do - imagine. Hopefully, though, this is not TOO little too late, and the people of the US might get the clue that there are organizations working HARD to undermine our right as citizens to cast a vote that matters. Let's not just hope, though - let's spread the word. Our votes must matter!