Former ACORN Worker Justifies Preventing Pledge of Allegiance at Illinois Candidate Debate

-By Warner Todd Huston

Thanks to Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid we have found out that a former ACORN worker turned director of the League of Women Voters has been heard justifying actions of the debate moderator who tried to prevent the audience at an 8th District candidate debate from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance last week.

As the debate began someone in the crowd yelled out asking if they were going to start the night’s activities with the pledge. The moderator of the debate nixed the idea saying “no we are not.” Then when the crowd expressed its shock and dismay she said “excuse me,” and “it has never been part of…” at which time she was interrupted by the entire crowd reciting the pledge anyway.

For days the controversy has raged since the October 20 debate where debate moderator Kathy Tate-Bradish tried to prevent the people from reciting the pledge. Then on Oct. 22, there was an outrageous story that Executive Director Jan Czarnik of the League of Women Voters was lambasting the pledge controversy as a stunt set up by GOP candidate Joe Walsh and an example of “phony patriotism.”

So the LWV thinks reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is “phony patriotism,” eh?


Now Mr. Dunetz informs us that the anti-pledge moderator, Mz Tate-Bradish, was once involved in Obama’s campaign and Exec. Dir. Czarnik once worked for ACORN’s Project Vote effort. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that these two women stand against uttering the Pledge of Allegiance at public gatherings.

Dunetz found Tate-Bradish mentioned on Obama’s Campaign website (originally called My Barack Obama, now styled as Organizing for America, the president’s campaigning website) and found evidence that Czarnik was the “project director” for Chicago’s chapter of Project Vote, a project set up and operated by the now discredited and criminal ACORN organization. (See YidWithLid)

The sad thing is that the League of Woman Voters is supposed to be non-partisan yet here we have a sold out leftist running the local candidate debates.

It is a sad day when the LWV takes a stand against patriotism and the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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