Friday, September 5, 2008

Community Organizers Unite!

One of the best lines from Sarah Palin's speech on Wednesday night. "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities."

Classic. Here's an article in defense of community organizers.


CandidaBell said...

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, September 15, 2008 -

In response to Governor Palin's acceptance speech when she belittled Barack Obama's work as a community organizer and said, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities."

D. Swoager from Brighton Heights, PA wrote a note to the editor titled -

"The Work of Jesus"
Governor Sarah Palin and her narrow-minded supporters, when disparaging Senator Barack Obama's experience as a community organizer, should remember this: Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor.

CandidaBell said...

I forgot to include this piece of information in my last comment:


Millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what Obama's campaign has been about from the beginning.

Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America's promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women's suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it's happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.

Jessie said...

Yeah, that's what community organizers are. I'm just not sure on how that helps give Obama executive experience.

Jessie said...

Oh, and by the way, comparing Obama to Jesus is just a tad unrealistic, don't you think? Not to mention completely outlandish.

Furthermore, Jesus did not come so that men may have a better life on earth. To the contrary, he said, "He who loves his life will lose it.". His message was about bringing salvation to the people of the earth so that those who believe in Him will have eternal life. Not about helping some person get health care coverage. That's not soul-sustaining hope, my friend.

CandidaBell said...

I think what that guy was doing (and I by reposting) was comparing the occupation of the two, and how their occupation molded their characters, into how we remember them today.

And of course it's absurd to say anyone is just like Jesus, but as far as one of His main messages go, (Love your neighbor as yourself) and one of the main characteristics He possessed (in not discriminating against anyone simply because of their differences), I would say Obama definitely aspires to be like Jesus. And that's a great thing.

And because community organizers are able to respond to the needs of the people in a way that makes those people feel like someone actually has their best interests at heart, he can use the very educated and experienced people around him (with executive experience) to ensure that those things happen. I mean, at least 18 million people so far don't seem to mind the amount of executive experience Obama has - they just want someone who will fight for them, and someone they can believe in.

Here's a good article on his executive experience:

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