To Republicans

UPDATE 9/19/08: The $10-Million Dollar Challenge has been cancelled. As I noted in my blog, after talking with one of my daughter’s about it, I decided not to do anything between now and the election that would make the Republicans look good in any way. So it’s dead for now. Let’s do everything we can to insure a Democratic victory, and then reconsider a different response after that. : )
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DEMEANING, INSULTING AND SHAMELESSWell, the Republicans did it at their convention. Shamelessy bared their souls. Which turned out to be petty and heartless. (“As if we didn’t already know that.”)

Yes, on display for all to see was the Republican party’s contempt – outright contempt – for what they’ve been touting all along: SERVICE, in the form of community organizing. Apparently, the only “service” Republican’s respect is military service and a wedding service, especially for underage girls who happen to be, uh, knocked up. But enough about that young Spears sister, let’s focus on the issues…Community Service and why a Republican wouldn’t be caught dead doing it. I mean, organizing it.

See, Republicans make great worker bees. Drones. Robots. Look at how they’ve all fallen in line for a “just-folks” Governor they’d never heard of just five days ago!

Democrats fall in love. Republicans fall in line.

Oh, I’m sure they’ll say they’re all for DOING community service work. And I’m sure they’d be out in droves right now rebuilding New Orleans if hurricane Gustav had done a Katrina. (Did you see the way they ramped-up the evacuation and treated everybody like…humans? Talk about your white guilt!).

Sure, they want to work in the community. They just don’t want anybody organizing it.

RUDY GIULIANI
Rudy Giuliani kicked it off with his sarcastic and cynical approach. Attempting to put the convention audience in the role of Manager of Human Resources, Giuliani asked them to consider two job applicants: the sterling McCain (trot out POW story one more time), and then…Obama:

you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer, and immersed himself in Chicago machine politics.

The written words don’t even begin to capture Giuliani’s mocking attitude as he said “community organizer” while making a goofy face, and then, getting a derisive laugh from the audience, repeated the term and made an off-the-cuff joking remark about it, eliciting even bigger guffaws from the big… guffaws in the audience.
You can watch the key snippet of his insulting speech here.

SARAH PALIN
Sarah who? strode in and rolled out HER resume, starting with PTA mom – that’s usually where Executive-level experience starts – before quickly turning to the “community organizer” theme, too:

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

My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of “personal discovery.” This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer.

You can watch the key snippet of the Sara Palin speech here.

RESPONSES – Add Yours!!!
Over at the HuffingtonPost.com, here are some of the comments immediately following the convention speeches:

NatteringNabobs said it great about Rudy Giuliani’s speech:

Every blog I’m reading is NEGATIVE towards their smear campaign. Especially about how they belittles the sacrifice of Obama’s 3 years trying to improve a community that wasn’t even his home town. Even CSPAN was 6 to 1 changing their minds about GOP and half voting Bar and half Obama. Nobody I heard was happy with it.

and he went on to write:

I use to tolerate RG now I just despise him. Every word out of his mouth is pure lies.
But I think he might have united a party and a great number of independents by slandering the work of Barak Obama.
Shameful….

and beigebroad wrote:

as sick as that speech was, the crowd’s reaction was even sicker. my 2 favorite parts: cheering wildly for PTA mom and belly-laughing the community organizer.

Here’s a reaction on video: “My parents were community organizers….”

Republicans, you should all be ashamed. Every last one of you. That was your convention, and you used it to demean the work of the community organizer. Not just Barack. You demeaned community organizers everywhere. It’s your official party platform, put forth by one of your key figures (Rudy Giuliani) and your Vice Presidential candidate, Sara Who?

I ask any Republican, how can you defend that attitude? And don’t you feel like you need a shower? For soap, try Lava. I hear it’s good for the soul.

So VENT. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW. TELL YOUR STORY on the “Tell Your Story” page. And vote for Barack Obama! How could you do otherwise?!

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OK, here’s an idea that’s a win-win-win: Republicans get to prove that they actually respect community service and community organizers; community organizers get more than just a hollow apology or spin from the Republicans; one lucky community service organization gets up to $10- million! Here’s how it works:

The spin from the Repubs is that they were not insulting community organizers. Oh, no. They were just laughing at the Barack Obama’s “claim” (?) that his community organizer experience counts as executive experience.

Well, you can listen to the words they used again, if you have to. Sounded like more of a smear on the whole idea of community organizing, but, hey, that’s just me. And…thousands of…you, based on the reactions across the web and all media. We just have no sense of humor.

But, OK, let’s take them at their word. Let’s use Michelle Malkin’s spin – I mean…explanation –
as our starting point:

Let me clarify something. Nobody is mocking community organizers in church basements and community centers across the country working to improve their neighbors’ lives. What deserves ridicule is the notion that Barack Obama’s brief stint as a South Side rabble-rouser for tax-subsidized, partisan non-profits qualifies as executive experience you can believe in.

Again, that’s not what was said or implied, by either Giuliani or Palin, but let’s ask them to put their money where their mouth is.
Or, we could start with the words of Dean Barnett over at The Weekly Standard, who wrote:

…as even the most obtuse lefties surely know, the community organizer barb isn’t aimed at the vast population of hard-working and dedicated community organizers who are bravely organizing communities even as we speak.

Way to back up, there, Dean. And color me obtuse. Because a good speech-writer could have been much, much clearer. Of course, he then spins right around again and reveals how he really feels:

I’m sure there are some community organizers out there who have done great work. Well, I’m not sure but I am reasonably confident.

But forget spin. And forget apologies. Let’s let the free market decide. Let’s let the Republicans back their words up with the thing that warms their hearts the most. MONEY.

Let’s find a community organizing group, who usually sponsor work like Ms. Malkin
describes, to set up a new fund. And I’m asking you NOT to donate to it. Unless you’re
a Republican. That’s right. Let’s see if Republicans really mean what they say, and will
actually sponsor some community organizers. Republicans: it’s time to put up or shut up.

We want small donations, like Barack asks for. Say, $5. And we want to get to $5 million.

For those Republicans without that Ivy League education they seem to scorn, that will mean 1,000,000 Republicans must donate $5. each.

How long do you think that will take?

But, to be fair, let’s have non-Republicans put up, too – in the form of matching funds. And let’s add a sort of sinful gamble to it, by adding a timeline.

If Repubs donate 1,000,000 $5. donations by September…11th – that’s a good date – then non-Repubs promise to put up $5 million of their own.

If Repubs donate 1,000,000 $5. donations by September 30th, then non-Repubs promise to donate $2.5M.

That way, we’re all fair and square. And some nice community organizing group gets up to
$10M to play with. That’s much better than an apology.

What do you think? Anyone reading who can get this rolling?

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