I am told by liberal friends and colleagues that conservatives like me vastly overrate the significance of organizations such as ACORN. I wonder what those friends would say if a conservative entity was found to have prepared documents like this one:
A "Power Plan" document begins: "Oklahoma ACORN has been virtually non-existent since its glory days in Tulsa, over 20 years ago. 2007 is Year Zero."
It continues with a five-year plan to obtain "power":
"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."
We've seen that in states where it succeeds, ACORN is associated with criminal conspiracy, fraud, tax evasion, and other violations. The people of Oklahoma are fortunate ACORN did not succeed in its 'Power Plan.'