Votes for Women

5 09 2008

Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, said that her experience as “a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”

What a good zing. First rate sarcasm, really – which is, of course, the common practice for people too afraid to express their real feelings. Sarcasm allows people to say what they want to say without actually owning up to their opinion, thus avoiding any real rejection or disagreement from their audience. And so this young Republican hid behind distorted half-true opinions in an attempt to get a favorable response from her audience without saying exactly what (I think) she meant:

“Community organizer” is just a politically correct term that exaggerates the role of volunteers who are disorganized, unaccomplished, and ultimately powerless.

Oh really?

Ok, well, we’re all scientists here – let’s investigate this hypothetical claim. Are there any examples, big or small, of volunteer efforts that yielded positive results?

Well, wait, define “volunteer efforts.”

For this experiment, let “volunteer efforts” be individual and group time and money donated toward a declared goal that is outside the government.

But “volunteer efforts” isn’t the same as “community organizer”! True… but you know what, they are irrevocably intertwined.

So, what examples might be on this list? Hmm… tough one. Think, think… Oh! How about the feminist movement? I like that one, let’s talk about chicks for a minute:

A woman was unable to lawfully vote in any kind of government election until the 1900s – 1919 to be exact. Think about that – half the population couldn’t vote. White men – yes. Black men – yes. White or black women – nope.

And then a bunch of “uppity”, “elistist”, “angry”, “unpatriotic” women – and not just white women – started working together to reach the declared goal of attaining what they viewed as their right to vote. You know, they “organized” their “community”.

Which brings us full circle to Alaska’s first woman Govenor, Sarah Palin, arguing that being a community organizer doesn’t come with “actual responsibility”.

Let’s put it to a vote, Sarah.

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5 09 2008
averageuscitizen

Great posting. I fully agree and hope that the majority of Americans can read between the lines of this ugly smear. Most of us do work to better our communities. We do what we can with the resources we have. Obama could have gone the route that most people in his position would have after attending a very prestigious and difficult university. He could have gone to Wall Street or worked as a corporate attorney, yet he made the decision to forfeit the wealth to work in his community. For that, he gets ridiculed as a nobody.

It shows you what they really think of the multitudes of people who give freely of their time to better their community.

8 09 2008
evan

Your ability to compare Barack Obama’s work in south Chicago to a cause as large as women’s suffrage is astonishing.

Barack Obama and the “uppity”, “elistist”, “angry”, “unpatriotic” women who got the ball rolling on voting rights in the 1920’s could both be called “community organizers” but that doesn’t come close to equating the gravity of what they actually accomplished, which is the entire point of criticizing Barack Obama’s work.

From what I’ve read, Obama’s work basically consisted of forcing Chicago, or the state of Illinois, or both, to fund a new unemployment office closer to the south side since the residents laid off when big steel left the city would have to travel a grueling 45 minutes uptown to get to the closest center.

It sure is telling how little you value your right to vote for you to equate the two, isn’t it?

Let me spell it out for you – “community organizer” is a voluntary position with no real responsibilities. He is not accountable to anyone other than himself. It’s comparable to volunteering at a soup kitchen. He is not being paid by you and your tax money (at least, not nearly as much). He is not in charge of managing anything that actually matters.

Mayor of a town and governor of a state are orders of magnitude more important than anything Barack Obama did while acting as a community organizer. If you don’t think so, I’d ask why you’re so interested in this presidential election when I’d be willing to bet that you couldn’t name a single “community organizer” in your community or name a single one of their responsibilities.

Ideology and fancy talk like this is all well and good as long as it doesn’t get challenged – which is one of the reasons that so many people are against voting for Obama.

9 09 2008
RallyGrrrl

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