Scary thought of The Day: ACORN Take Over

Crossposted at The Rockefeller Republican.

Apparently ACORN was planning a statewide take over of Oklahoma politics within five years. Brian Faughnan over at Red State posted this at his blog. Do other state ACORN offices have similar plans in action already? Scary thought considering recent revelations. Here are the highlights:

    “Oklahoma ACORN has been virtually non-existent since its glory days in Tulsa, over 20 years ago. 2007 is Year Zero.”

    “Therefore, the route to power is twofold: First, build powerful city organizations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that can control these municipalities. Second, become an influential organization by shaping a handful of strategic legislative districts that, by themselves, can change who controls the state legislature.”

    “(W)e will be seen as the force that is making Oklahoma a progressive state in the way that it was 100 years ago.”

    “By using this power to win significant changes for working people, by the end of our 5 years, we will have legitimized the progressive takeover of the statehouse and head into 2012 with a real possibility of changing what Oklahomans look for and expect out of their Congressional delegation.”

 

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     One factor in the Minnesota race was the disenfranchisement of military voters.  

    In a state that prides itself on high voter participation–78 percent participated in the 2008 presidential election–Minnesotans should be ashamed to know that only 15.7 percent of its military voters were able to cast a vote that counted in the presidential election. Specifically, of the nearly 22,000 overseas military members and dependents eligible to vote in Minnesota, only 3,362 were able to cast a vote that counted. In addition, local election officials rejected at least 302 ballots or 8.2 percent of the total number of absentee ballots cast by military members, which is nearly four times higher than the rejection rate for non-military ballot. A vast majority of these rejected ballots–about 65 percent–were rejected because they were received after the election deadline. Finally, there were approximately an additional 2,100 military absentee ballots that were sent out but never returned–many of which were lost in the mail, sent to the wrong address, or received too late by the military voter to be returned.  

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    …paranoid wing of the Republican Party?  (I used to write “fringe” instead of “wing” because it is apparent that the birthers, deathers and now acorners are a dominate part of the Republican party…maybe that explains how someone that purports to be a “moderate” buys into this crap…

    You make a silly charge that a group is trying to take over a state and you provide a link from Redstate, who provides a link to something called Oklahoma Watch Dog, who provides a link from something called Red Dirt Report

    What, not even a NewsMAX or FoxsNews “report”?  Really Steve, are you so desperate for street creed with knuckle daggers at RMG, that you blog this nonsense?…or are you a closet kook?