Jason Linkins Beats Me To It

1 comment September 4th, 2008at 07:18am Posted by Eli

This is what I get for not blogging stuff the instant it occurs to me:

Tonight at the RNC, the McCain campaign made their feelings about community organizers abundantly clear. Defeated primary opponents spit on their name. Conventioneers loudly mocked their existence. Sarah Palin told not one, but two jokes about them, which is certainly a comedy foul, because everyone knows you are supposed to use the Rule Of Three.

Tonight, community organizers were made to feel the brunt of the Republicans’ smarmy derision. And for what? You know, one overworked conservative trope from tonight was that the American people should not expect the government to solve all of their problems. You know who would agree with that? Community organizers. These men and women serve a public duty, taking care of those who do fall through the cracks of government largesse, motivating citizens to give their time and sweat to serve society’s needs without making an unnecessary dip in the taxpayer till.

Yep, that was my thought exactly.  If your ideology supposedly favors shrinking the government so that the initiative of private citizens must pick up the slack, then community organizers are exactly the people you should be praising.

I suppose one could argue that our government and safety net are soooo huge now after years of Democratic rule (yeah, I know, but Romney just blamed everything that went wrong over the last eight years on the Democrats, as did a McCain commercial holding Obama and the Democrats responsible for “years of deficits”) that community organizers right now are totally superfluous.  Just as one could argue that because abortion is still legal, that’s why Bristol really had a “choice” to keep her baby.  But I just don’t really buy it.  If community organizers are the substitute for government intervention, then they should deserve praise and respect, not sneers and contempt.

Perhaps someone should ask George Bush Sr. what he thinks about his son’s GOP mocking his thousand points of light as ineffectual losers.

The old solution, the old way, was to think that public money alone could end these problems. But we have learned that is not so. And in any case, our funds are low. We have a deficit to bring down. We have more will than wallet; but will is what we need. We will make the hard choices, looking at what we have and perhaps allocating it differently, making our decisions based on honest need and prudent safety. And then we will do the wisest thing of all: We will turn to the only resource we have that in times of need always grows–the goodness and the courage of the American people.


I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good. We will work hand in hand, encouraging, sometimes leading, sometimes being led, rewarding. We will work on this in the White House, in the Cabinet agencies. I will go to the people and the programs that are the brighter points of light, and I will ask every member of my government to become involved. The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.

And here’s one more juicy little tidbit from Mr. Linkins:

Here’s a little bit of delicious irony. It’s been pointed out to me tonight that on September 11, Senators McCain and Obama will appear in New York City, participating in a forum for Service Nation. The topic? Community service and volunteerism. I imagine that many of you might have come out of tonight’s RNC festivities with great concerns about the future welfare of our nations’ community organizers. You might share your concerns with the event’s organizers, by contacting them here. With any luck, this forum could get quite awkward for one of these candidates!

Beautiful.  I would love to see McCain try to explain his campaign’s hatred of community organizers.

(h/t Ron Turiello for the Bush Sr. reference)

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Elections,McCain,Palin,Politics,Republicans,Rudy,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Interrobang  |  September 7th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Someone on Digby’s comments referred to Palin’s speech as “A Thousand Points of Spite.” Says it all, really…

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