Sunday, September 7, 2008

Community Organizer -vs- Mayor

Gov. Palin said:

"Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.
And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.

I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.
We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco."

The Dems say this is an attack on Community Organizers everywhere, I beg to differ. This is in defence of Mayors of small towns. It is the Dems that belittled her mayorship as not being "experience". But when she defends her job and says that she actually had "responsibilities" she didn't say enough. A mayor is where the "buck stops" and all the praise or blame falls when it comes to decisions made in a community. She was right to defend her mayorship and to compare it with Obama's "Community Organiser" history. But lets look at what his job entailed.

As a community organiser, Obamas job was what? He was charged with trying to help the people of Chicago create more opportunities for "social justice". That phrase should be familiar and some what scary for many. It is used all the time by the extreme left insofar as the people getting more of other peoples money. Via by tax dollars, non-profits or blackmailed corporations; ie: Jessy Jackson. Community organizing was started by Saul Alinsky.

"The father of community organizing was ultra-leftist Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), a Chicagoan who elevated local-level political agitation to an art form. Alinsky, a significant influence on Obama, believed in “rubbing raw the sores of discontent.” In his classic book Rules for Radicals, Alinsky prescribed the tactics and defined the goals of community organizing. Among his “rules“: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up” and “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” " CFP

Mr. Alinsky's son, L. David Alinsky, states; "“I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.” CFP (Canadian Free Press)

To put it easier and to let you know how the comparison works, in the hierarchy of politics, community organizers come to mayors for decisions to be made. So in the world of Palin vs Obama, she would have been his boss.

That about says it all.

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