As just about everyone knows by now, several ACORN employees have been caught on camera offering advice on how to evade taxes, set up brothels and smuggle illegal immigrants into the US.
Although the employees have been dutifully fired, and although there is no evidence that it is ACORN’s actual policy to offer advice on how to evade taxes, set up brothels, and smuggle illegal immigrants into the US, most of us are a bit upset — including me. When I first heard of the scandal — especially the bit about smuggling underage girls into the US for the purposes of prostituting them — I was angry and appalled. What kind of organization offers pimps advice on the best way to do that?
Of course, ACORN, the organization, has in place neither a policy nor guidelines to offer pimps advice on importing underage girls, or offer advice on other illegal matters. It turns out, the folks who were doing it, were doing it on their own.
But given that ACORN does not tell it’s employees to offer advice on how to evade taxes, set up brothels, and smuggle illegal immigrants into the US, why should ACORN be punished?