Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Steamboat Springs Sarah Palin's address to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday was mostly what you would expect. However, one of her attacks crossed the line. When Sarah Palin and Rudy Guliani attacked Barack Obama's work as a community organizer, they got cheers and laughs from the cynical crowd, but they also seemed delusional to the fact that they were undercutting some of our country's most important values. She insulted how ordinary Americans can effect extraordinary change.
Community organizing started the anti-slavery movement. When a group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, N.Y., to start the women's suffrage movement in 1848, that was community organizing. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights work was community organizing.
Examples of community organizing are evident right here in Steamboat Springs. Committed citizens recently organized to initiate and pass two ballot measures to improve Bud Werner Memorial Library and Soda Creek Elementary School. People now are working together to protect the Yampa River from the pump back proposal. Lake Catamount Ski Area anyone?
The beauty of community organizing is that it is not partisan politics. In fact, it is what politics actually should be. If this "reformer" told us anything Wednesday, it is that we will see nothing but politics as usual from her ticket.