Reed Morris: Forgetting something?


— 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.

Reed Morris

Steamboat Springs


Matthew Stoddard 8 years, 7 months ago

She needs to go on O'Reilly. He's doing a nice job in his interview with Obama, and he's not soft-balling it. Hopefully, he wouldn't for Palin. Then again, he gave Jamie Spears his "pinhead" label and blamed the underage pregnancy on lack of parenting. He so far hasn't done this to Palin's kid.


Steve Lewis 8 years, 7 months ago

I couldn't agree more Reed. Well said.

McCain still had my respect until, in desperation, he put this unknown on his ticket to re-ignite America's cultural wedges. Amazing how the Republican's party of big business gain partnership with the same working class they abuse so pervasively.

Good points Snowbow. Its the Bush tactic of denying journalists access to himself. The media learned the only way to get questiones answered was to ask soft questions. Democracy's watchdogs become lapdogs.


JustSomeJoe 8 years, 7 months ago

Jesus was a community organizer. It seems the McCain/Palin ticket strategy is to repeat what they think works no matter what the truth. I wonder if the strategy will work during a debate? It just might, but I doubt they will have a partisan audience behind them shouting USA and Drill Baby Drill.


nikobesti 8 years, 7 months ago

Bravo Reed! If anything, you're too easy on Palin. There were many more places the crossed the line of decency. Instead of hearing which policies Mrs. Palin would advocate as a VP, we heard veiled insults, unveiled insults and lies.


nikobesti 8 years, 7 months ago

During his acceptance speech at the RNC, McCain talked about "ending political rancor" If he is indeed tired of the political rancor, then he needs to put a muzzle on Palin and the rest of his attack dogs. Really, how hypocritical is it to talk about stopping the division and fear, why did Palin do little but peddle fear and lies the night before? So John, are you going to release the Karl Rove campaign team now that you're tired of partisan bickering? I doubt it. And I'm not upset about it, as this will once again expose him as a hypocrite.


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