Friday, September 05, 2008

PALIN FALL-OUT: COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS


Believe it or not, there has been fallout from the Palin speech at the Convention. I bet you’re shocked!

Yes, it’s true. Sarah’s comments about community organizers, has struck a nerve. She sought to play up her experience as mayor of a small town in Alaska by mocking community organizing.

Her quote: “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a [community organizer] except that you have actual responsibilities.”

Well that has started an uproar across the country. Here are four examples I clipped from the web…


Center for Community Change: When Sarah Palin demeaned community organizing, she didn’t attack another candidate. She attacked an American tradition — one that has helped everyday Americans engage with the political process and make a difference in their lives and the lives of their neighbors.

Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now: ACORN members, leaders and staff are extremely disappointed that Republican leaders would make such condescending remarks on the great work community organizers accomplish in cities throughout this country. The fact that they marginalize our success in empowering low- and moderate-income people to improve their communities further illustrates their lack of touch with ordinary people.


USAction: These groups, and the millions of individuals they represent, are dismayed by the recent dismissal of their efforts in the form of political attacks. Community organizations have been at the heart of every major reform in modern history – from the Boston Tea Party to the civil rights movement for example, the quest for civil rights began when community organizers mobilized the disenfranchised.

Community Organizers of America: The last thing we need is for Republican officials to mock us on television when we’re trying to rebuild the neighborhoods they have destroyed. Maybe if everyone had more houses than they can count, we wouldn’t need community organizers. But I work with people who are getting evicted from their only home. If John McCain and the Republicans understood that, maybe they wouldn’t be so quick to make fun of community organizers like me.


These are examples of national groups, what about the local organizations?



  • The Queen’s Galley: Feeding thousands of people monthly.

  • Scenic Hudson: Working for the preservation of the historic Hudson waterfront.

  • Habitat for Humanity: refurbishing stressed neighborhoods, one house at a time.

  • KingstonCitizens.org: Connecting the community with its municipal leaders.
When did working for the betterment of the community as a volunteer become a derogatory slur?
Many people around the country would like to know.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

If McCain had chosen Whitman, I would have been impressed: New Jersey Governor, head of the EPA, Republican maverick for real–the sort of Republican woman that actually might get some Hillary supporters to vote for her on the ticket.

What puts Palin over Whitman? Experience? no. Intelligence? hah. Christine’s even as pretty as Sarah.

Anonymous said...

It becomes a slur when they use it as a major source of experience in their resume when they want to run this country.

Kingston Kool Aid said...

No, it's not true. Look at the polls. Tied up now. Stop spreading lies. Her "attack" may cost what, 1000 votes at most? The "attack" was aimed at Obama by the way.

I guess it is okay for Democrats to attack Sarah on everything they can think of. They call for DNA testing to prove her son his her own. They go after her husband's DUI from 22 years ago. (remember Ted Kennedy?)

William Ayers- Community Organizer. Looks like a double standard again to me.

Anonymous said...

Most small town mayors actually do their jobs and most are not paid a cent. Ms. Sarah, on the other hand, pulled down a $68,000 a year salary and promptly turned over the actual work to an Administrator she hired.

I guess she needed all that spare time to get pork for her town and run up a 20 million debt she left behind.

Anonymous said...

It's called Sarcasm, a permanent plank in the Republican Platform since 2000. Rumsfeld, Cheney and Rove claim to have invented it and they teach it in Bible study for the Christian right. That's where Church Lady picked it up...smitty

Isn't that speccccial?

Anonymous said...

Its amazing how some turn around the meaning of a comment. Palen had been attacked by Democrats, yes Obama Democrats, mocking her experience as a Mayor as amounting to nothing at all. She hit back by saying a Mayor is in the very least equal to being a community organizer (Obamma's experience) only a Mayor has responsibilities. She is right on. YOU GO GIRL

Anonymous said...

There’s a world of difference between pointing out that experience gained as a small-town mayor doesn’t quite measure up to the requirements for the Vice-President’s position on the one hand, and on the other saying that community organizers have no responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Isn't all of this something like saying the "commanders" matter but the front line soldiers (or the common people) don't...?

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin was McCain's pick, to try to appease the right-wing faction of his party, who quite frankly, run the party. I was hoping McCain truly was a maverick as he says, but if you want 4 more disastrous years of the Republican right running the country (into the ground, as they have for the last 8), by all means, vote for McCain. At one time, McCain was an independent thinker, but to win this election, he has had to kowtow to his base. That shows no maverick attitude, no courage, and no judgment, despite all the rhetoric to the opposite.

Anonymous said...

it is truly sickening the amount of attention that is paid to Palin as a "gun-toting, hockey mom" as being a GOOD THING for America.

People won't stand for it. I just hope the Obama campaign really understands that the only way to get through to the white trash core of Republican life is with negative attacks....it's sad but true.

Rebecca Martin said...

Thank you, Mike.