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Palin’s Debut

September 4, 2008

Well the suspense is over.  Gov. Palin has made her much awaited first national address, and it was memorable. It was memorable to Republican base voters because it served to ratify the divisive and partisan attacks made so popular by George Bush. She was snarky, she was insulting, but worst of all – she was condescending. 

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities."

"This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer."

And she was not the only when to belittle the experience of community work, Rudy Giuliani also took occasion to diminish the contribution of community workers.

"He worked as a community organizer (roaring laughter followed by chants of "zero"), and immersed himself in Chicago machine politics.

I was appalled.

It has always been my opinion that the party for the little guys was the Democratic Party, and never have I been more assured of it.  The lack of respect shown to the people who, in many cases, are the "best and the brightest", who give up the opportunity to chase the brass ring, but instead go back to their communities and serve the people was deplorable.  If you are a Democrat, if you are a Green Party member – if your just an Independent citizen today the trumpet was sounded.  The call to arms was delivered. The Republicans have declared the service of community a fools errand, and a task lacking real responsibility – no wonder they are against Unions, and against labor standards in trade agreements – Sen. Obama was right.  If it's up to them "We're all on are own."

I ask you, how can they claim to be for the people when they castigate the peoples advocates? 

A Few Minutes Later: Now that I've calmed down, let me address the fuller context of her speech.  She started with family introductions – which included a blatant attempt to garner sympathy with a tear jerking appeal to the special needs community.  However, she herself is no great advocate for special needs victims – as evidenced by the fact she slashed the special needs budget of her own state in excess of $5 Million dollars. She lied, flatly, AGAIN about her stance against the "Bridge to Nowhere", and the rest of the speech was so dramatically similar to the speeches of GW, that I was waiting for a scrolling moniker to appear at the bottom of the screen which read:

"MORE OF THE SAME"!

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