Community organizing is not a joke

Ok, so I didn't find much to admire in the RNC last night, but one thing really stood out. Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin both cracked jokes about community organizing. Jokes. Man, that really pissed me off.

In making fun of urban community activism, the GOP says two things: first, that the problems of urban America are small problems, not worth much and not worth addressing. And second, that the only politics that matters is Washington politics, the only power that matters is Washington power. The first message is wrong, but I guess we're all accustomed to small-town-values rhetoric in Presidential campaigns, and I guess it won't change soon. The second message, however, is preposterous, and doubly rich coming from a "maverick" campaign which constantly accuses Democrats of out-of-touch elitism. Now what could be more elitist than this?

I hope every person who's ever been involved in trying to make their neighborhood a better place, who's ever volunteered for a local charity or helped out a local school, who's ever hung up a sign or had a conversation about a local election... I hope all these people heard those comments, and heard the fine rich people of the GOP laughing at them, long and loud.

At least I'm not alone:

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Also not cool: making fun of

Submitted by Seth Tisue on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 23:14.

Also not cool: making fun of the Adler Planetarium.