Gee Palin, work that all out on your own?

I don’t have very many nice things to say about Sarah Palin at the moment so I’ll just call her an opinionated woman and we can all assume it’s a compliment.

Most of you know this but the job I moved to WPB for is community organizing.  I’m only a few months into the job but I can certainly attest to its value and purpose.  I have said before that this is the hardest I’ve ever worked and I truly mean it.  This is a 50-60 hour work week that has me running all over Palm Beach County but I enjoy it and do it willingly.  The organizers I have met are dedicated hard-working individuals who have committed themselves to restoring their communities but according to Palin…

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

What the crap is that about?  Asinine cracks such as this and others were made throughout the evening and the RNC ate it up as though community organizing is a nonsensical thing to be jeered at.  You would think that a party that is supposedly all about the people and doing what’s right for America would show respect and perhaps even praise for community organizations; organizations that have fought and won for the American people concerning a great number of issues such as education, fair housing, healthcare etc…  Instead Palin, Guliani and the RNC saw this as an opportunity to discredit organizing while making personal attacks against Obama.  Talking about trying too kill two birds with one stone and missing completely.  Nice try Palin but both organizing and Obama are targets too full of power and hope for your outbursts of idiocy to bring down. Point-Obama. Point-Organizing. Zip-Palin.

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


4 thoughts on “Gee Palin, work that all out on your own?

  1. I believe that Palin was mocking Comm Organizers in the same way that the Osama-bama camp mocked her experience as Mayor.
    Especially since Osama-bama was particularly ineffective at achieving any results as a comm organizer.

  2. First of all Andy,
    thank you for taking the time to read my post even if you and I are not on the same page.

    I went and read the post link you suggested. Alinsky did have some radical ideas but they were also effective ones which began the process for positive changes in communitites which were until then at an impasse regarding race issues etc.. He (and I) are by no means communists.

    I don’t appreciate the osama-obama offense. We all know that Barack Obama has no politcal or familial ties to Osama Bin Laden and jabs like that counter any intelligence that there may be in your comments. Also, Palin did not attack Obama as an organizer; she insulted community organizing as a whole. There is a distinct difference.

    On a personal note,
    the article you linked suggests that organizers are elitists that enter a community and dictate what they see wrong and then force the citizens to work in favor of the organizer’s agenda. We do no such thing. My job is to facilitate a relationship between the faith groups I work with and encourage open dialogue regarding the issues that matter to them. I don’t suggest problems to address but rather work to help them recognize their own power and authority in their communities so that they can bring about the change THEY desire.

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