Small Town Mayor Vs Community Organizer

Alaska Governor, and Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin blew the doors off the GOP Convention last night. If you’ve read or heard the commentary you know the word “electrified” is already tattered from overuse.

Governor Palin has established herself as THE rising star of the GOP.  There were dozens of memorable lines including:

Before I became governor of Alaska I was mayor of my home town.  I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer except you have actual responsibilities.

In this morning’s email to fans and supporters, David Plouffe of the Obama campaign had a defensive tone as he stuck up for community organizing:

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies…despite what John McCain and his attack squad say, everyday people have the power to build something extraordinary when we come together.  Make a donation of $5 or more right now and remind them.

Actually, “community organizing,” first developed by self-described socialist revolutionary Saul Alinsky, generally operates at the local level and consists mostly of firing up angry mobs who then make demands on the political or business establishment.  Sometimes there are legitimate grievances. More often, they just want to harness the power of government to seize from others what they have not earned.

Organizers promise “economic justice” – unearned cash or benefits – to motivate local residents to participate in marches and protests against local employers or retailers.  Often the tactic is storming city council or zoning board or school board meetings.  Outcomes almost never come close to equaling promises.  More often than not, conditions worsen, businesses close or move away, jobs cease to exist and the “organizer” moves on to stir up something new, somewhere else.  Often the organizer is co-opted by, and becomes part of, the entrenched, unresponsive political establishment.

Mayors and Governors are held directly accountable by voters for everything that happens on their watch.  Often they are blamed for troubles they did not cause and were powerless to prevent.  In contrast, avoiding accountability is inherent in the community organizer’s strategies and tactics.  The local political or business establishment is always blamed when results are disappointing, as they usually are.  Only if there is noticeable improvement does the organizer step forward to claim the credit.

Governor Palin’s next words were:

In small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.

What can we say about that?  Nothing!

when someone caught her attention and made her laugh with a sign about hockey moms she broke from her prepared speech and ad-libbed:

“You know what they say about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

The metaphor fits Governor Palin’s skill and talent in the political arena.  Our prediction is that Governor Palin will turn out to be the new era’s critically needed conservative pit bull, with a charming smile and disarming demeanor, who will turn out to be one of the top two or three most effective leaders in recent memory.

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