Belittling Community Organizing

I didn’t watch the Republicans last night — I had a dinner meeting (and had a darn good meal, too). But I’ve gotten the gist from the papers. Here’s a response I liked, from Joe Klein on Time’s website.

Here’s the core:

Obama was working for a group of churches that were concerned about their parishioners, many of whom had been laid off when the steel mills closed on the south side of Chicago. They hired Obama to help those stunned people recover and get the services they needed–job training, help with housing and so forth–from the local government. It was, dare I say it, the Lord’s work–the sort of mission Jesus preached (as opposed to the war in Iraq, which Palin described as a “task from God.”)

This is what Palin and Giuliani were mocking. They were making fun of a young man’s decision “to serve a cause greater than himself,” in the words of John McCain. They were, therefore, mocking one of their candidate’s favorite messages. Obama served the poor for three years, then went to law school. To describe this service–the first thing he did out of college, the sort of service every college-educated American should perform, in some form or other–as anything other than noble is cheap and tawdry and cynical in the extreme.

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3 Responses to Belittling Community Organizing

  1. foodgirl says:

    McCain just used that very saying in his speech (about 30 seconds ago).

    My favorite moment so far: panning the audience to find a sign that said “Veteran’s for McCain.”

  2. lankdangle says:

    McCain / Pailn

    Taking Back Closed Minded Selfishness for the Ignorant in 08.

  3. vickywoeste says:

    McCain/Palin: Ignorant Has-Been and Wacko-Anti-Feminist For a Fascist America ’08

    The attack on community organizing was an attack on the Every Person in this country–anyone who cares enough to get involved–and I think it was taken as such, judging by Jon Stewart’s reading of the speech.

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