Palin Insults Americans Who Work Very Hard for Little Pay

I think I’m going to have to take back my earlier compliment about Palin’s personal style thanks to her speech at the Republican Convention last night:

Before becoming governor, Mrs Palin served as mayor of Wasilla, she recounted, adding: “And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

That was a clear jab at Mr. Obama, who as a young man worked as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience he speaks about frequently on the campaign trail. That remark brought a loud outburst of laughter and applause.

What a politically immature slap in the face for tens of thousands of incredibly intelligent and hardworking Americans who often take crappy salaries in order to pull their communities, rural and urban, up by their boot straps.

I live and work in a redeveloping community. I’m not a professional community organizer, but I work closely with people who are, and they have a profound understanding of the complexities of working class and struggling economies. And they know how to help people take personal responsibility for their success. They marshall non-paid stakeholders into making profound social change, something I would expect so-called maverick Republicans to value. In short, they have many responsibilities. And unlike Palin, they don’t end up beholdin’ to lobbyists and big oil and can focus on who they represent.

Bad move, Palin. You’re the governor of a state with a population half the size of Indianapolis. You were the mayor of a town that wouldn’t fill a 12th of our football stadium. You were a journalism major at Idaho. And from what I can tell your success appears to be a product of highly focused opportunism, imbecilic opponents and windfall profit payoffs to Alaskans. So why am I not surprised that with all of that “executive” experience you haven’t learned not to insult voters on national television?

(Quote from UK Telegraph)

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3 Comments on “Palin Insults Americans Who Work Very Hard for Little Pay”

  1. Kevin Says:

    It’s comforting to know someone else was as put-off by that jab as I was. The idea that service to one’s country can only be done by enlisting is unsettling. Too many people I know have given great service to this country in various ways for that to be true. Good luck in all your future organizing endeavors.

  2. Jackie Says:

    She fails to include the fact that one of her “actual responsibilities” was to hire lobbyists.

  3. catch Says:

    i know plenty of people who are involved with the “community service” of taking crappy jobs with crappy pay just so they can afford to: feed their families, pay bills, buy gas, you know…the actual living-in-a-community-pushing-the-country-forward type of stuff.

    take this for what it is worth from someone who is weary of politics and politicians in general, but it especially sours me to the whole deal to hear individuals who have probably never had to make the decision between paying the gas bill and buying a loaf of bread, talk about their accomplishments and how their decisions have benefited the public at large. in reality, their “public service” has padded the pockets of the smallest percentage of the population, and the accomplishments of which they boast, for the most part, are negligable in the present (except for additional highlight reel footage in their own mind) and end up resonating negatively for years after they are out of the lime light.

    pisses me off.


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