I'll be giving my take on Palin's speech later on today, but I wanted to share this video from Jay Smooth because I was really upset by how "community organizer" was turned into a dirty word last night. I mentioned it a bit in my post last night, and on Twitter, and was surprised to see Palin use it as an attack too.

Seriously though, WTF?! I KNOW community organizers, and that is a real f'n job! What does the Republican party think community organizers do?! Talk to people about their problems and sit around singing kumbaya?

They ORGANIZE! They try to make the local changes that actually benefit their community, without the hassle of passing a bill around for months or years before anything actually happens. They listen to the needs of their community and work with them to come up with solutions, rather than just assume they know what's best. They live and breathe their work, get paid next-to-nothing, and take their jobs home with them, on vacation with them, everywhere with them!

They should be respected for the work they do, not shat on by politicians who seem to think they have the only real jobs in this society (right after big businesses, of course).

I'm starting to get angry again, so I'll just let Jay Smooth take it from here:

4 comments:

At Thu Sep 04, 11:44:00 AM Maggie said...

I thought the exact same thing. I don't think they actually get what community organizers do. And they're trying to perpetuate this myth that Palin is as qualified as Obama. To which I say, okay on one hand you have a Harvard-educated lawyer, professor of Constitutional Law, community organizer, involved in state and federal government. On the other you have a graduate of University of Idaho, a PTA rep, a sportscaster, a mayor of 9,000, and a short stint as a governor of a state which has so much money from oil companies that they don't even know what taxes are. Somehow I think those two aren't comparable.

 
At Thu Sep 04, 12:35:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Maggie, I'm glad others realized the b.s. from last night. There really isn't even a good comparison b/w the Republican ticket and the Democratic ticket, so I don't understand the point of them bringing this stuff up.

 
At Mon Sep 08, 07:21:00 PM Regina said...

I think Sarah may want to "rethink" her slamming of Community Organizers if the republicans lose this race..
I think the organizers of today's blogging effort should be applauded for getting the word out about this Blogging Day For Justice! I am honored to join the ranks of other Community workers to let our voice be heard! I am proud to be a Community Worker and Community Organizer!
Blessings!

 
At Tue Sep 09, 11:27:00 AM frau sally benz said...

I think it was a great idea to have everyone share their posts about community organizers. Kudos to Kevin!

 

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