Community Organizing - Not A Laughing Matter

Anyone who is following me on twitter, can see that I'm completely disgusted with McCain and Palin. I watched Guiliani and Palin's speech last night and had to turn it off before McCain spoke. My blood pressure has probably gone up with all this nonsense.

I CANNOT even believe that they were laughing over Obama having been a community organizer. Laughing! Wasn't Martin Luther King Jr. a community organizer? Would they laugh at him. Actually, probably. They didn't want to make his birthday a holiday.

And then having the nerve to "remind" us that Republicans were the ones who ended slavery. Yes, Lincoln was a Republican, but do they really believe that Lincoln would be a Republican today? I mean seriously. Give me a break!

Wasn't this country founded by community organizers? People coming together and rising up against the British. Great movements start by ordinary citizens taking matters into their own hands and demanding action and change by the powers that be. Wasn't that what sparked the French Revolution? Gandhi's push for freedom in India? And if you really want to go back and go deep, couldn't it be said that Jesus was a community organizer? I digress, but you get my point.

I also want to share some information that I found via Politico. This article states that in 2006, Palin answered a Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire. Because the information was allegedly taken down, it is now found in Google's cache by clicking here. Here are a few of the questions and Palin's answers.

Complete the sentence by checking the applicable phrases (you can check more than one).
Abortion should be:
Banned throughout entire pregnancy.
Legal to save the life of the mother.
Legal in case of rape and incest.
Legal if the baby is handicapped.
Legal if the baby has a genetic defect.
Legal in the first trimester.
Legal in the second trimester.
Legal in the third trimester.

SP: I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

Will you support an effort to expand hate-crime laws?

SP: No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate.

Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples? Why or why not?

SP: No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.

In relationship to families, what are your top three priorities if elected governor?

SP: 1. Creating an atmosphere where parents feel welcome to choose the venues of education for their children.
2. Preserving the definition of “marriage” as defined in our constitution.
3. Cracking down on the things that harm family life: gangs, drug use, and infringement of our liberties including attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights.

This election is going to be a tough one. But I feel very good expressing my First Amendment Rights here, while I still have them. Vote Obama & Biden!!

Anali's First Amendment © 2006-2008. All rights reserved.

This Post's Link


You know, if those speeches last night didn't show Independents and Undecideds that the Reps are business as usual, I don't know what will. Sarcasm, condescension, ridicule, disrespect...check, check, check, check. Class? Sure! Firmly upper and doing what they can to stay there!

I'm sure they're strengthening the Rep base, but unfortunately for them, that's not going to win the election. We can only hope those swing voters watched, listened, and absorbed all the snark. The only things missing were Bush's smirk and giggle.
Librarian Lee said…
Applause, Applause! I'm right with you!
Lara said…
Hey there! Thanks for the great post, as usual. I'm sickened by all of this, but agree that last night shows just how obvious the republicans are being in "business as usual"!
I did make the comment the other day that I was mystified when the GOP used video of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the start-up video...I mean, seriously?
I'm with you - and I'm gonna do everything I can to help Obama/Biden win this election (by organizing our community, perhaps?!)
Babz Rawls Ivy said…
What scares me the most is the amount of people who like her and think she is qualified.

Dems will take this on. We will prevail here. We cannot conitnue down this path of destruction.
amisha said…
i could not even deal with listening to palin's speech last night... my blood was boiling just thinking about it. and reading her divisive attacks today... well... it's sad to say that we can't expect any better from this party that has been dragging us in the mud for 8 years!
on the plus side, going to phone bank on monday and e's volunteering in FL!
Michael Leddy said…
Seeing the crowd in Springfield (I mean in person) two weeks ago was renewed inspiration: there are so many people supporting Barack Obama, from every walk of life. We won't get fooled again.

Give money as possible, volunteer as possible, and talk to anyone when the opportunity presents itself. The Republican campaign is telling lies, many, big and small, and every voice counts in countering them.
T. said…
I can only repeat after Michelle: "Sarcasm, condescension, ridicule, disrespect...check, check, check, check. Class? Sure! Firmly upper and doing what they can to stay there!"

That really does sum it up.
starry said…
Anali I am with you.could not watch Palins speech, did not care to.She does not stand for anything I believe in. Don't care for Mccain either.I am going to vote for OBama and so is my whole family.
In case you or your readers haven't seen this, here's what Obama had to say:

Obama Defends Community Organizing: Who Are They Fighting For? (VIDEO)
Lisa Johnson said…
michelle - I can only hope that people really pay attention and inform themselves about what is really happening. So many people vote against their own interests, because for some reason they want to align themselves with the powers that be. And thanks for the video link! I'll watch it soon.

librarian lee - Thank you! ; )

lara - Welcome! I agree that it's up to us to do everything that we can as individuals, then together we can really make a difference. Yes we can! ; )
Lisa Johnson said…
lovebabz - I agree that we really have to win this election. A loss really scares me.

amisha - That's great that you're both volunteering. I'm not going to be able to do all that I would like unfortunately.

michael leddy - It's so uplifting to see and hear about such good work that so many people are doing this election.
Lisa Johnson said…
t - It's true. Those in power want to stay in power. It's so bizarre that McCain is running on a platform of "Change" now. Huh????

starry nights - Yes we can!! ; )
Nance said…
I'm so infuriated that McSame is blatantly co-opting EVERY SINGLE ONE of Obama's messages: hope, change, new direction, Washington outsider, etc. It's typical republican tactics: theft, deception, and outright lying. What's worse is that the McSame ads running in my state, Ohio, all blame Democrats for high gas prices, the bad economy, and high unemployment. WHO HAS BEEN RUNNING THINGS FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE PAST EIGHT YEARS? Their blatant audacity is breathtaking. It's Bush all over again: just create your OWN reality and sell it hard. Unbelievable.
Lisa Johnson said…
nance - I just hope that people will realize the truth before election day and vote based on it.

Popular Posts