Monday, September 29, 2008

Hit Job Source

"He'll be the biggest, strongest organizer in the world. He’ll dazzle the country with his message of hope and possibility. But we shouldn’t expect much to actually get done."

Byron York, What Did Obama Do As A Community Organizer?, National Review, June 30, 2008

"And what if he gets it? At which point it becomes obvious that Obama’s no messiah; in fact, he barely matches up with the former head of the PTA in Wasilla, Alaska. He’d be wise not to underestimate her again."

Mark Hemingway, The Relevance of Community Organizing, National Review Online, September 5, 2008.

And let's not leave out National Review's Jim Geraghty who penned Sarah Palin's devastating line about community organizing. What's he thinking now?

What more do I have to say about this squabble. Well, Bryon York can't resist taking a swipe at the steelworkers of long-closed Wisconsin Steel for not only being unskilled but being responsible for the closing of the mill. York should learn to do a bit more background research -- the Wisconsin Steel story contains many layers of betrayal.

Then he goes on to lampoon Obama for not supporting welfare reform of the 1996, as if that was an answer to deindustrialization on the south side of Chicago, especially for men.

What's common to both of these articles is a whiff of elitist dimissal for national service on behalf of the poor. Why mock community workers who do their tours of duty and then move on with their lives? Are community organizing failures more prevalent than our failures in recent wars? Should the honor of national service be dismissed because of the outcome and sheer difficulty of the mission?

We should praise all these commitments of youth -- and recognize their contribution to character and experience.

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