Barack, the Community Organizer

The thing that bothers me the most about last night’s convention speech is the way they trivialized Obama’s work in the community. Working as a community organizer may not be political experience, but it is definitely an experience that defines a person. You can tell a lot about someone by their actions and then again you can also tell a lot about a person by their words.

Barack Obama’s service as a community organizer is impressive. US News has a great article on what he did for the community on the South side of Chicago.

I’m sure it’s difficult for someone who has never spent a day in their lives working in their own community to understand how this can shape you. Have these Republicans ever seen the faces of people standing in line just to get a hot meal? Have they even spent a cold night making sure that their city’s homeless have a warm place to stay? Have they ever handed a warm coat to a child who needed one because their mother or father just lost their job and can’t afford to buy one?

There are people who are privileged and take it for granted. For them anyone who isn’t “one of them” is beneath them. And there are people who don’t take their privilege or wealth for granted and want to give back because they know how fortunate they are to have what they have and how they want the same for everyone else. This Republican party under John McCain are the kind that takes what they have. And they do not give.

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