Zinn’s Ahistorical Anti-American Movie Cheers On Community Organizers



Howard Zinn (left) with the very serious-looking actor Viggo Mortensen

The small-screen version of Marxist historian Howard Zinn’s leftward-slanted history of America, The People Speak, aired Sunday night on the History Channel.

The film, based on Zinn’s influential book, A People’s History of the United States, is chock full of useful idiot celebrities including Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, Bruce Springsteen, and its executive producer Josh Brolin, all parroting the radical platitudes written for them.

One scene in the shlockumentary tells the story of an organizer-agitator who rallied tenants against landlords during the Great Depression. In the current recession, “We’ve seen examples of people rebelling,” said Zinn.

“We’ve seen tenants rebelling against foreclosures. This is the kind of thing that happened in a much larger scale in the 1930s.”

Added Zinn, “If this spreads — the idea of fighting foreclosures, the idea of workers going on strike — it’s possible this can lead into a larger movement for economic justice.”

This is what the radical community organizers of ACORN do. ACORN is about causing upheaval that will ignite social change. The group cares little about abstractions about justice: it is focused on revolution.

Through its support for the financial affirmative action program known as the Community Reinvestment Act, ACORN has played a major role in the subprime mortgage mess that has undermined Americans’ support for free market problem-solving and set off a worldwide chain of financial troubles. It is also implicated in vote fraud schemes from coast to coast. ACORN aims to give America change that socialists can believe in – by any means necessary.

And now Congress is poised to begin funding the advocacy group-cum-organized crime syndicate again.

Last week the House Appropriations Committee rejected on a party line vote an amendment that would have blocked federal funding of the radical advocacy group. The amendment was needed because the Obama administration thumbed its nose at a provision in spending legislation that banned ACORN funding until Dec. 18.

In a ruling revealed late last month by the Justice Department the Obama administration invented a loophole allowing the government to continue funding the president’s friends at ACORN. Through the magic of legal interpretation, the language forbidding funding the group was transformed into a requirement not “to refuse payment on binding contractual obligations that predate” the original funding ban. U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon, a Bill Clinton appointee, helped ACORN out by offering the Obama administration political cover by issuing a temporary injunction prohibiting Congress from cutting off funding for ACORN.

The bottom line is that the ACORN funding language –rendered useless by the Justice Department– remains in the massive fiscal 2010 spending measure now on its way to President Obama for his signature.

The Obama administration’s bailout of ACORN may help keep the financially distressed group that had been considering filing bankruptcy before Christmas open for business.

The bailout should be music to the ears of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), a huge fan of ACORN who has given thousands of dollars over the years to the ACORN network. Nadler urged ACORN’s lawyer to sue the government, arguing that a ban on funding constituted a “bill of attainder.” Within weeks, ACORN took his advice.

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