I just got finished watching Sarah Palin’s speech at the RNC convention and the following is my visceral reaction (with limited editing).

“Community Organizing” v. “Executive Experience”

She seethed at the prospect that running a town as a mayor and running a state as governor was somehow better or more responsibility-laden than being a “community organizer.”

Coming from a “community organizing” background, I know a little bit about this topic. Community organizing is not about ordering people around, telling them what to do.  Laying down directives and threatening people with their jobs if they don’t do what she says.

Community organizing is about inspiring people to uplift themselves.  Finding a way to collaborate with people to get work done.  Community organizing is just that – ORGANIZING! – which entails working with people from diverse backgrounds and different attitudes, raising money from the people who have it and putting it to good use to solve the problems in the community, no matter the size or nature of that community.

Clearly, Governor Palin, within the borders of her small and insulated state, has absolutely no idea what “working with other people” actually means.  I was not wrong before when I criticized her inexperience as a small town mayor and small state governor.  This woman has never faced any REAL problems within her administrations that posed impossible answers to very difficult questions.  Her state is small and homogenous, and it is a lot easier to get an 88% approval rating in a state where everyone thinks the same way than it is when you have large populations of different ethnicities and backgrounds, dealing with gender issues and racial issues and immigration and poverty and hunger and violence and crime.  To the likes of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Sarah Palin, every problem is a nail because all they have in the toolbox is a sledgehammer.

There is more to fighting for your country than fighting it on a battlefield.  If you are willing to put your life on the line, then you should also be willing to put your ass on the line and help get your country back on track by helping your community get back on track.  If you are willing to fight for the safety and security of this country, then you’d better fight to make sure that captured terrorists are treated appropriately and humanely under, at the very least, the terms of the Geneva Convention.  If you are so secure in your position and your character, and you seek public office, then you should not be afraid of a diverse media digging around in your past and challenging you on your record.

How dare these people talk about tax cuts and then cut public funding to the local homeless shelter or domestic violence center.  How dare these people talk about character and then essentially spit at the feet of those who are trying to actually effect change – not just fear the neighborhoods and retreat to their gated communities and suburbs.   How dare they talk about God on Sunday mornings in churches across this land, and then sneer at community organizers who are actually doing something to uplift the poor and the meek that Jesus Christ talked about in the New Testament.  And how dare these people claim to love this country, yet are willing to dig the United States Constitution into the mud (along with our national reputation as the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free) with this line of “terrorists are waiting to attack America, and our opponent is worried that they aren’t being read their rights.” (Probably not a direct quote, but I don’t have a transcript in front of me.)

Hypocrites.  Every last damned one of them.

Sarah Palin is now the poster child for what has been wrong in this country for the past 8 years.  Leadership that is more about power and control than it is about selfless service to the nation.  She has inspired something in me that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were not able to accomplish.  Tomorrow, I am going to contact the Obama for New Mexico campaign and volunteer to my dying breath to make sure that this woman never sees any more of the White House than what any common tourist could see from a White House tour.

She and her lot are a danger to this country and I am not going to just sit on my ass and bitch about it on a blog.