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December 22, 2009
The Leftwing finds a use for Christmas after all
The Census Project is a coalition of organizations, mostly leftwing, certainly none conservative. Among its activities, it promotes federal funding of organizations that, in ‘partnership' with the Census Bureau, mobilize for the U.S. Census.
The Census Project claims to act on behalf of the ‘hard-to-count community.' Its stakeholder list, which is from the core constuency of the Democratic Party, shows ACORN is still a member.
Republican lawmakers objected to ACORN's role in the Census based on the potential for fraud. The Census Project responded by attempting to instill paranoia, calling those lawmakers ‘bogeymen,' and suggesting concerns about fraud in the Census are merely ‘laying the groundwork for census challenges' by those ‘spooked by the thought of an inclusive census.'
But why only play defense? Yesterday's email from The Census Project touts its marketing strategy using the birth of Jesus. The email reads in relevant part, with emphasis added:
Using December 22 -- which marks 100 days from Census Day (April 1) -- and the Christmas season to draw attention to the decennial count, the activities will highlight the birth of Jesus while Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem to be counted in the census and set the stage for the start of the Census Bureau's massive paid media campaign in mid-January.
The email also notes how the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), whose members include SEIU, Common Cause, NOW, George Soros' Open Society Policy Center -- and an unsurprising paucity of conservative organizations:
is distributing posters that tie an accurate census to important community benefits, such as grant money for schools, health centers, and public transportation. The It's Time. Make Yourself Count campaign is encouraging faith leaders to .discuss the importance of a complete count through sermons and church bulletins.
(Again, emphasis added.)
The Left is more than willing to use Christmas, and intermingle church and state, when the distribution of taxpayer money is involved. We fear - we know - the Left will use the Census for more than assuring funding of schools as assuredly as ACORN wasn't merely working to help the poor.
If the ACORN scandal is the tip of the iceberg, as many suspect, the ties between the Democratic Party and Democratic politicians with leftwing causes are political under the guise of community beneficence. The Census, of course, plays an important role in politics and the distribution of taxpayer dollars for more than just schools and public transportation.
The email also discusses the activities of another ‘hard-to-count community' member:
Organizations that advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including the Human Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), launched Our Families Count, a "voluntary public education initiative promoting LGBT visibility and participation in next year's U.S. census."
I wonder how hard The Census Project will try to count the people who oppose Obamacare. You know, the ones Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) refered to as, ‘[t]he birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, [and those to whom] it is unbearable . . . that President Barack Obama should exist.'
campaign is encouraging faith leaders to