I was very disappointed to hear Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani mock Barack Obama’s prior experience as a community organizer during the GOP convention.
As the title suggests, these people work with communities across the country to find solutions to difficult situations. They might help find a tutor for a child, a ride for an elderly person, safety for an abused spouse or shelter for a homeless family. In almost every case, the people performing these tasks are underpaid, overworked and dedicated to the idea that they are working to make their community a better place.
These individuals should be held up as what is good about our country, not mocked and scorned to score cheap political points.
Any and all volunteers and community activists should be appalled and absolutely insulted by the comments of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. To hear the audience actually chuckle at her obvious criticism of Barack Obama’s “community organizing” efforts early in his career was shameful.
How can anyone criticize the efforts of any community organizer? For that matter, how many Republicans actually think those comments were warranted? Where would this country be if it were not for community organizers? I guess when there is no dirt to dig you bury yourself in pond scum.
At the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin introduced herself to the world as a self-proclaimed lipstick-wearing pit bull. As she sunk her teeth into Barack Obama, she also sunk her teeth into millions of Americans who wholeheartedly believe in the power of community organizations.
While Palin belittled Obama for being a community organizer, I also felt belittled. She arrogantly dismissed the fact that her entire political career is possible only because of a community of women who organized and fought for the right to vote — the women’s suffrage movement.
If it weren’t for a community organizer named Elizabeth Cady Stanton, there wouldn’t be a vice presidential nominee named Sarah Palin. Her lack of respect shows that she truly does consider herself a pit bull, because she bit the hand that fed her.