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Rotten Boroughs

Senator Obama famously shrugged off William Ayers as just a guy in his neighborhood. In a way, that’s right. The Ayers/Obama connection isn’t about the Senator’s social life, it’s about where he lives, politically speaking. Ayers’ Weather Underground grew out of “Students For A Democratic Society”, as did ACORN. Today, Ayers and his fellow “educators” are engaged with considerable success in radicalizing the next generation of Americans. But, if that doesn’t work, Acorn has a fallback strategy.

What does ACORN do? It steals elections:

In Lake County, Indiana, ACORN turned in 5,000 new registrations. The authorities there started reviewing them, and quit after they found that the first 2,100 were all fraudulent. The mind boggles: ACORN turns in thousands of new registrations, and not a single one represents a legitimate voter.

Who does ACORN steals elections for? Ah, well, that’s a little harder to figure out from the CNN report. But the Obama campaign gave 800 grand from its many illegal foreign contributions to ACORN.

There is something ridiculous about this country’s approach to elections. If a Swedish businessman flies in for a one-day meeting in New York, he’ll undergo a retinal scan at JFK. But, if that same businessman decides to stay on a day or two, he can wander into half the polling stations in America and cast an illegal vote more or less with impunity. We have retinal scans at the airport because it’s a national security issue, but in elections it’s ”racist” or “discriminatory” to require a driver’s license, passport or even proof of corporeal existence. The integrity of the ballot box is, ultimately, also a national security issue. ACORN has now registered approaching one and a half million “voters”, not in Utah or in Massachusetts, but in those key states where this election will be decided. They have more than enough to change the result.

As I said to my pal Alan Colmes on Fox last night, unlike us poor chumps on the other side, the Dems have a glamorous charismatic candidate who, according to the polls, is on course to win. Why do they need ACORN to steal it?

Mark Steyn — Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist. That’s to say, his latest book, After America (2011), is a top-five bestseller in ...

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