see that article here
Or for more hilarity, just watch this:
Sarah Palin said: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
There’s been quite the response from community organizers already, a community I would consider myself to already have (at least part of) my foot in, so this is especially interesting to me.
The top article I link says: “The genius in America does not lie with our mayors, small town or big city, but with our community organizers who teach us collaborative problem-solving, shore up our core religious and governmental institutions, and make sure laws designed to end discrimination, like the Community Reinvestment Act, are enforced by government regulators.”
I don’t think this should even be an argument about where the genius lies, because it very well may lie in some local governments, but I believe there is also brilliant work being done by community organizers. Either way, good luck getting Palin and McCain to apologize with a petition.
When Obama’s campaign started bringing up that he was a “community organizer” in what seemed like an extremely vague way all the time, I was actually wondering at what point it would come back to bite him in the butt. For a good majority of people to say, “What does that even mean?”
Especially since it was three years that he spent in Chicago doing community organizing work, I think it would have been more strategic to state what he was actually doing, instead of making it sound like he’d had a long career in community organizing.
Couldn’t it have been equally effective to say he did community organizing work on the south side of Chicago with the Developing Communities Project, setting up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens, in order to allow people to connect to his actual work?
If republicans didn’t find the actual work he did interesting or reputable in the least bit, I don’t think that the phrase “community organizer” would have won any fans, either.
Maybe they were going for brevity?
Either way, check out this blog for some info on the RNC protest.