Community organizers make a difference

Community organizers make a difference

There are 9 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 9, 2008, titled Community organizers make a difference. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

I first started as a community organizer in 1994, when I was in college working on my associate's degree.

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Mary

Pasadena, MD

#2 Sep 9, 2008
Upon learning of McCain's selection of Gov. Palin to be his running mate, rather than congratulating her, the Obama campaign immediately disregarded the fact that she is Governor of Alaska and questioned her experience. The campaign mocked McCain for putting a small town mayor a "heartbeat away from the Presidency". I think we all realize that community organizers do a tremendous amount of good for the communities that they serve and I don't believe that Gov. Palin was trying to put them down in anyway. I believe that she was merely trying to make a point to the Obama campaign in a joking manner that her experience level as a VP candidate is equal to or more than that of Barack Obama, the Presidential nominee.
Indie

United States

#3 Sep 9, 2008
Great comments, Susan. I, too, have been and organizer for about a decade in Baltimore City and was offended by Palin (not just due to her nasty comments on Obama and the organizing field).

Palin was a small town mayor of 2000 people and governor of Alaska which has the population of Baltimore City; ~670,000. Obama represents many more people as senator and has a lot of experience at the grassroots level, as a lawyer who graduated from Harvard, as a state rep in Illinois, and now as a Fed Senator.

I can't think of anyone more qualified. Palin lives in an icebox with a few others, far away from the real problems of our country. I'm not saying she's not a good governor or admirable person. However, I am saying that she's probably not too qualified and I certainly don't agree with her politics.
Frank

Elkridge, MD

#4 Sep 9, 2008
Nobody is belittling community organizers.

But to make the comment that the adminstrative duties performed in that job someone prepares someone for the presidency is like saying that taking 6th grade algebra somehow prepares a student to be a college professor.

I just isn't the same.
BAT

Bethpage, NY

#5 Sep 10, 2008
Frank wrote:
Nobody is belittling community organizers.
But to make the comment that the adminstrative duties performed in that job someone prepares someone for the presidency is like saying that taking 6th grade algebra somehow prepares a student to be a college professor.
I just isn't the same.
Right, you could have inserted [most careers] in the place of community organizer in context of the speech and it's not belittling.

I'd consider a teacher, farmer, stay at home mom (the ones that actually mother their children), police officer, etc. an important job to keep this country running, but I don't consider them to be more adequate to prepare someone to be a presidential candidate than say the experience of being the head of state of a US state, in this case Alaska.

Look at it this way in a completely made up scenario.

Question: What experience do you have which would convince this panel you are fit to go to Mars.

Candidate 1: I was an astronaut for NASA and have gone on moon missions, I believe I have the experience to be a part of a Mars expedition.
Candidate 2: I was a commercial airline pilot... so basically what the first guy said.

Me: WTF?! Seriously?
Kalima Young

Baltimore, MD

#6 Sep 11, 2008
Preach it Sue. You are so right.
Indie

United States

#7 Sep 11, 2008
Frank wrote:
Nobody is belittling community organizers.
But to make the comment that the adminstrative duties performed in that job someone prepares someone for the presidency is like saying that taking 6th grade algebra somehow prepares a student to be a college professor.
I just isn't the same.
I see your point but if we look at the current president, on paper he probably seems qualified. However, not many people at all, if any, are saying that W. Bush performed well the duties of the president. Partisan politics aside, there have been good dems and repubs. and there have been bad ones.

I'm voting for Obama b/c I think we're way off track and McCaine doesn't represent a change in course. Even if Obama doesn't have a ton of experience, he's an organizer and understands how to get perspective, surround himself with experts, and compromise on issues. He represents ideology that intends to put us back on course to regaining our democratic and American values.
POS

Baltimore, MD

#8 Sep 13, 2008
ANNNNNNDDDDDD...your willing to vote for a person that has never served the military, never fought in combat, tries to emulate (down to the hand movements of a dead pres - JFK). Obama has too many things wrong with him too. McCain may have some messed up policies, but I go to a person that is the MOST QUALIFIED. McCain has time, training and exerience behind him.

Both parties need to quit bickering. They keep it up and I will not vote at all. They worry too much about bad mouthing and defending their actions. How about they lay out a plan to the public on healt care and explain how to pay for it as an example on their web site.

Both should remember this quote from Teddy Roosevelt “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Indie wrote:
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I see your point but if we look at the current president, on paper he probably seems qualified. However, not many people at all, if any, are saying that W. Bush performed well the duties of the president. Partisan politics aside, there have been good dems and repubs. and there have been bad ones.
I'm voting for Obama b/c I think we're way off track and McCaine doesn't represent a change in course. Even if Obama doesn't have a ton of experience, he's an organizer and understands how to get perspective, surround himself with experts, and compromise on issues. He represents ideology that intends to put us back on course to regaining our democratic and American values.
Frank

Elkridge, MD

#9 Sep 15, 2008
Indie wrote:
<quoted text>
I see your point but if we look at the current president, on paper he probably seems qualified. However, not many people at all, if any, are saying that W. Bush performed well the duties of the president. Partisan politics aside, there have been good dems and repubs. and there have been bad ones.
I'm voting for Obama b/c I think we're way off track and McCaine doesn't represent a change in course. Even if Obama doesn't have a ton of experience, he's an organizer and understands how to get perspective, surround himself with experts, and compromise on issues. He represents ideology that intends to put us back on course to regaining our democratic and American values.
I just don't believe that Obama is going to do those things.

That's why you get your vote. And I get mine.

And I'm ok with that.
Indie

United States

#10 Sep 16, 2008
yes, i'm willing to vote for a person who doesn't have those traditional characteristics and experiences of previous presidents; considering the choices.

yes, the 2 candidates need to stop bickering and get to the substance.

and yes, to each their vote. btw, the new documentary "uncounted" features a former GOP computer program who admits to creating software that altered votes in florida. this is scary and i just hope that all eligible voters gets a vote.

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