ACORN displays loose principles in helping those allegedly in need

I love it when liberals shoot down their own principles. That means, of course, I absolutely adore the organization known as ACORN.

For the past week, there have been various stories about how a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute went to ACORN offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. While there, the “pimp” and the “prostitute” managed to get ACORN workers to advise them on how to cheat on their taxes. They were met with no disapproval when they told ACORN workers of their plans to bring underage girls to America from El Salvador to engage in prostitution.

If this episode doesn’t teach ACORN — a liberal organization, judging from the way chief organizer Bertha Lewis excoriated the right-wing (more on that later) — that not everybody can be helped or should be helped, or can be saved or should be saved, what will?

The organization’s decision makers clearly need to hire people with better judgment and a higher set of moral standards. They also need to hire people who can do basic math. When the “prostitute” told the tax adviser that her monthly income was $8,000, the poor woman did the math and came up with an annual salary of $9,600. The correct amount would be $96,000, almost six figures and hardly the “low to moderate income” of the type of people it’s ACORN’s mission to help.

Some people just can’t be helped, saved or redeemed. That’s not even a conservative principle, it’s just plain, old common sense. I remember a conversation I had a couple of years ago with a high school classmate. He broached the subject of why some black people think all our people can be saved. (Although our conversation focused on blacks, the principle applies to all races and ethnicities.)

“What about those of our people who don’t want to be saved?” he asked me. “What can we do about them?” 

“Not one blessed thing,” I said.

If ACORN members want to help those who truly need and deserve help, I wish them Godspeed. But if the organization hires people who want to coddle pimps, prostitutes and those who promote child prostitution, then it belongs on a right-wing hit list.

That’s Lewis’ take on what has become known as the “ACORN scandal.” What follows is from her statement: “We are the right-wing’s Willy Horton. We are the boogeyman for the right-wing and its echo chambers. If ACORN did not exist, the right-wing would have needed to create us in order to achieve their agenda, their missions, their ideal, retrograde America” (sic).

In that “retrograde America” Lewis sneers at, you didn’t have supposedly responsible people taking such nonchalant attitudes toward child prostitution. You didn’t have girls of middle school age engaging in sex, openly discussing it and then dismissing their chances of getting pregnant by simply saying, “I’ll just have an abortion.”

That “retrograde America” has been replaced by one where the moral standards have been ratcheted down considerably. And it’s primarily the folks on the left side of the political spectrum who did the ratcheting.

Examiner columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to Sudan.

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