Saturday, September 06, 2008

A Cheap Shot at Those Who Work To Make a Difference

In Sarah Palin's speech accepting the V-P nomination this week at the Republican Convention, she said the following statement:

"...Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involved. I guess -- I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities."


CNN commentator Roland Martin had a nice rebuttal to that statement:

"At a time when Americans are losing their homes to foreclosure, folks are trying to get by after layoffs, people are struggling with lack of healthcare, and we're facing pressing environmental issues, it's ludicrous to slam the little man and woman who isn't asking the government for handouts, but is doing what they can to make their neighborhood and city better...

... So when Rudy Giuliani and Palin mock community organizers, they don't just toss a barb at Sen. Barack Obama, they demean Reginald and Emelda Martin [Mr. Martin's parents]. They degrade the women who fought for their rights. They disrespect the labor activists and immigrant worker activists like Cesar Chavez.They dismiss those in the civil rights movement -- folks from small town America who were sick and tired of being sick and tired. They thumb their noses at the Nelson Mandelas of the world who want a better life for their children."

Below is a link to his entire article:

Commentary: GOP Shouldn't Knock Community Organizers