Thursday, September 04, 2008

Definition of a Community Oganizer

Sarah Palin - 9/4/2008

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

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

While a a grand bit of speechifying that doesn't actually say what a community organizer does. South Bend Seven has - I think - the best definition ...

Community organizer is a bullshit job, no matter how many reverse scare quotes he uses. It's essentially municipal-level reverse-lobbying, in which you try to maneuver a couple dozen neighborhood leaders into supporting your cause instead of working on one whale. Community organizers and lobbyists are just power-politic hustlers trying to leverage other people into doing things for them.

'Best' in a Devil's Dictionary way of course.

Power-Politic Hustler is not something I'd want on my resume [1]; I would prefer Community Organizer as well.

[1] For that matter I was once a LAN Administrator. Can't have that on the ol' resume either. This works if people know their recent IT history - it works less well with HR types and pointy-haired bosses. LAN Admin... don't they just work?

Well, yes. Now they do. People used to have to know how to crank-start a car and drive a manual shift, too. Times change, technology advances. Maybe someday we'll advance beyond the need for people to organize communities.

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