During the Republicans’ wretched convention they launched a foolish attack against Barack Obama’s experience as a community organizer. Response to these ignorant tirades has included reactions from those who have worked their whole lives to help the less advantaged – namely community organizers. Why would the Republicans spend a whole night of their convention attacking ordinary people? With the nation watching, the Republicans mocked, dismissed, and actually laughed out loud at Americans who engage in community service and organizing.
During my Ph.D. program in Rural Sociology I studied community development (organization). During the past two decades I have worked with groups of farmers, citizens and others to organize their efforts to make improvements in environmental quality, economic development, and social justice. These are clearly the types of efforts we need to give a higher priority if we really want to improve our nation and the world. In this article I document the reaction to this attack on community organizers and explain the kinds of important work that they do. It will also be clear why Barack’s experience as a community organizer will be the key to success his of his GRASS ROOTS campaignin November.
The nation recently noted the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy as he was ramping up his run for the democratic primary as presidential hopeful. We have been hearing how Barack Obama has many of the same messages and mannerisms of the Bobby Kennedy. In this article I will highlight some of the key ways in which Bobby Kennedy is reincarnated in the first term senator from Illinois. I will include many quotes and pix from Bobby. I trust you will see many similarities between Bobby and Barack. Continue reading
It is now popular to look back to the sixties for inspiration and insight into how to change society for the better. Candidates are trying to capture the charisma of JFK and other leaders. However, most baby boomers are quick to distance themselves from the hippie counterculture. This social movement is more relevant for our young people than their parents want to admit. Young people see their parents and others as hypocrites for abandoning the hippie agenda for a better world. Continue reading
Sometimes the most important wisdom is the shortest and simplest. I have the back of my 1995 Jeep Cherokee covered with bumper stickers. Cool to watch people behind me smile and even discuss what I have on the back. So I went online and collected about 30 pages worth in a word document. Have kept the choicest nuggets for your entertainment, education, and your enlightenment. Continue reading
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Journalism has really come alive since CNN waded first into Katrina. I watch about 6-8 hours of MSNBC per day using my wonderful DVR (no commercials). I really can recommend some of the talented people on this awesome network. BTW – I really could add a lot as commentator. Continue reading