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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Community Organizing

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What is there to mock about that work? Both Palin and Guiliani ripped on Obama's experience as a community organizer tonight. For Guiliani is was a sort of inside joke among conservatives that all he had to say was, "community (pause, pause) organizer" and hearty chuckles spread throughout the room.

Palin's line had something to do with the difference between an organizer and a mayor being that a mayor actually has to make decisions. Something tells me she hasn't the faintest idea what a community organizer on the south side of Chicago would do all day.

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posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 9:24 PM

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Mean people suck!

Now I know that is a glib response, but in light of the rhetoric of the past few days it needs to be said.

Now to address your excellent post. The problem actually has to do with two views of the world. The community organizer seeks to empower the powerless to overcome evil with good. The executive seeks to maintain the system of the status quo for the powerful. Of course the executive isn't going to value the work of a community organizer because it going to mean sharing and caring and empowering people who aren't powerful.

Fear and scarcity are the tools of the executive to maintain the system whereas hope and abundance are the realities embraced by the community to bring change.

I think it comes down to world view or outlook on life and quite frankly there are just too many mean people in power these days.
Hear hear!
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 6:39 AM  
I agree with all said, BUT neither would have harped on the organizer if the initial statement that came from the party claiming lack of experience. Executive or not, they said she had no experience, she says she does...and at the end of the day, do you want a mayor or someone who has programmed for the local YMCA :)
commented by Blogger Michael, 6:46 AM  
As a former Program Director for the YMCA . . .

Fine, you can have that jab. But they said she had no experience because experience was their whole platform before her nomination.

Do you want a mayor or a community organizer? It's a solid question. It's the biggest difference, I think, in how McCain or Obama would govern. Obama talks about people being empowered to take courage and change things for the better themselves, and McCain talks about people needing a courageous leader to make courageous decisions on their behalf.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 7:08 AM  

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