Alaskan women reject Sarah Palin. (Thanks Panthergirl–I have since gotten it in numerous emails) Read about and then think about this:
After the cascade of financial failures and rescues in the last two weeks, what is easy to forget is how just recently the presidential election seemed to be turning on Mr. McCainâ€™s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his vice presidential running mate, shaking up the election dynamic to elevate cultural issues and personalities alongside the economy as the focal points for the campaign. Mr. McCainâ€™s campaign manager had even said that â€œthis election is not about issuesâ€ and that votersâ€™ views about the candidates would be crucial to the outcome.
Palin spends a lot of time deriding “community organizers.” Community organizers stopped redlining, or banks not lending money to people in specfic neighborhood (before they would lend to anybody.)
Community organizers teach people how to make and successfully live in a neighborhood. Community organizing is a multi-discipline field that calls for e_pertise in many different and sometimes opposing areas.
It seems to me that an organizer would have every skill–from economic to people–needed by a president.
My undergrad major was Urban Studies. It also could have been called Urban Economics as everything came back to finances.
But to be a successful organizer you have to know how to speak to people. How to make them trust you. How to give them the tools to enrich their own lives and as the term goes “own” both their problems and their good points
I don’t think the Democrats have spent enough time talking about this. Community organizers have aways been around. They just haven’t always been called that.
When I was a little girl I was proud that my father started the first credit union in coops (not for profits ones). I was only proud because people were constantly telling me how much the credit union helped them and it was because of my father….
Later when he was the accountant for Theater Development Fund (TDF) mostly known for its half price tickets booths, he began something I think much more important– affordable group health insurance for people in the arts.
I know many many people who didn’t know my father or his name who used TDF’s health insurance.
I can’t help but believe that the four greatest problems facing the USA today are healing our nation’s wounded spirit; the economy; the Supreme Court; and making health care accessible and affordable for all.
Somehow I don’t think McCain and Palin have the knowledge, insight, instinct and guts to address these issues. Aside from making the Supreme Court even less respected by the world than it is now by appointing justices who would overturn Roe V Wade, and continue to turn The First and Fourth Amendments around.
I believe that Obama and Biden would make every American who loves and respects The Constitution proud.
And Sarah, “under God” wasn’t good enough for The Founding Fathers. They kept it out of the Pledge of Allegiance on purpose. It wasn’t put it until the 1950’s—Joe McCarthy time.
Sarah I realize you weren’t born yet and anything before 1964 is unnecessary history, but somehow I think being grounded in American history is necessary for any legislator. Even a part time governor.