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kevsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-03-08 11:42 PM
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Sarah Palin on community organizing
From Gov. Palins VP acceptance speech: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." Cue the laugh track. Nor was this her only disparaging remark towards community organizing in the speech.

As someone who works side by side with community organizers on a daily basis, and as a former community organizer myself, I find that I am deeply offended by this remark. It was obviously intended as a sarcastic joke at Obamas expense, and she just as obviously thought she was being oh, so clever to make it. Far from clever, however, it is instead the sort of baseless, gratuitous cheap shot that is frequently the resort of those without any legitimate argument to make, and which ends up saying much more about the speaker than their subject.

She doesnt try to cloak it much, either. You dont have to search for the meta-message here, because shes right out front with it: she thinks community organizing is of lesser value, and community organizers are irresponsible, as in lacking actual responsibilities. Idealistic do-gooders. You know, slackers.

By choosing this remark to attempt a dig at Obama, she has instead deliberately insulted community organizers everywhere, as well as everyone whos ever been a community organizer, everyone whos ever been helped by a community organizer, and everything thats ever been accomplished by community organizing. Thats a very long list.

It includes nearly all of the civil rights movement in this country. It also includes pretty much the entire labor movement. It includes a whole lot of church groups, and neighborhood watch groups, and after school programs, and clean up efforts, and condo and home owners organizations, and PTAs and PTOs, and just about every form of grassroots collective action you can think of, including the Founding Fathers. It is the practical application of our freedom of association in action. In short, the stuff that makes America the envy of the world.

She doesnt even try to distinguish good or bad, but paints liberals and conservatives and anarchists and God-fearing citizens of the republic all with the same brush. Every neighborhood organization that ever tried to get rid of an adult bookstore, every group that ever protested at an abortion clinic, every collection of parents concerned about anything, theyre all the same. Theyre community organizers, so she thinks theyre of lesser value. Objects of derision. Butts of the joke. Im not laughing.

But at least now we finally know who Sarah Palin really is. She thinks its funny to make jokes about people who try to work together to make life a little better for their families. That makes her an arrogant, elitist bureaucrat, committed to top down authoritarian government, dismissive of citizen empowerment, and out of touch with the actual meaning and history of democracy in a free country. And thats too bad.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-03-08 11:45 PM
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1. You need to send that in to every possible paper imaginable.
Immediately.
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kevsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-04-08 12:16 AM
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3. Thanks for the vote of confidence.
My wife also asked if I was going to send it anywhere. She also thinks it might need to be tightened up a little. I was mostly just venting. We'll see.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-03-08 11:54 PM
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2. What a maverick! What an outsider!
Yeah, this little mole who's in bed with the K street and the oil companies attempts to portray herself as a woman of the people by belittling someone who passed up big money to actually work for the little guy.

Sarah Palin = loser. :thumbsdown:
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That Is Quite Enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-04-08 12:18 AM
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4. I was shocked by how much derision she and Giuliani heaped on community organizers.
It was sickening, but very telling.
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