Saturday, September 13, 2008
Rorschach Tests Available, Pick 'Em Up at Sassy's
Obama was a "community organizer". We're hearing a lot about that lately, folks. And, yes, I suppose it is in fact supposed to signify....something. But what, though? To his supporters, it evidently validates what a selfless, altruistic, socially-conscious, service-oriented, community-first hero that they thought he was from the get-go. His adversaries, though - they, on the other hand, see this phase of Obama's career strictly in terms of him padding his resume (a part of the plan, in other words), a means to make political connections, and are suspicious of the term, community organizer, in general - a suggestion that it's somehow ad-hoc/bureaucratic, that it lacks accountability, etc............................................As for me, I have no idea WHAT to make of it. On the one hand, it sounds to his credit that Obama, instead of going after the big bucks in some high-powered law firm, would prefer to work with regular folks in the community. But, if he did it just to further his political aspirations (and, no, we can't get inside his head either way here), I probably wouldn't see it quite so favorably. I don't know, I guess it's just like anything else. You have to examine the record (what he actually did/didn't do) and, then, make a determination. As of now, not having had the time to do such an exhaustive research, analyze the data, etc., I'm afraid that I'm not going to be able to respond as viscerally as some of the others have. Sorry 'bout that.