Community Organizer is prominently featured on Barack Obama’s curriculum vitae as a key qualification for the position he currently holds. This innocuous sounding job title conjures up images of dedicated selfless souls trekking along those mean inner city streets helping poor folks learn to help themselves–organizing neighborhood watches, organizing anti-drug initiatives, organizing youth recreational opportunities, organizing job training programs, etc. But we would all be so very incorrect in our assumptions about the actual work and supposed good intentions of the community organizing Joe and Jane.
Historian, Victor Davis Hanson, offers a much more accurate description of the community organizing agenda of the not-so-selfless progressive soldiers toiling away in their field of dreams. Think ACORN.
What does a Community Organizer Do?
I think we now know the answer after four years of them/us divisiveness: In lieu of trying to find common solutions to shared problems in a fashion that suppresses innate differences, the community organizer seeks to find potential seams of friction and animosity, and then mine and exploit them for political gain– the ultimate aim being to forge together a near majority by piling faction upon faction to obtain compensatory damages for perceived grievances.
Obama’s brand of community organizing and dissection assumes some constants:
Each group must be defined as mostly a Single-Issue Constituency—Latinos must focus on Open Borders rather than Hispanic unemployment rates; Gay Marriage is central to Homosexuals, not worry over the deficit; African-Americans must remain gratified by Obama’s landmark achievement and not depressed by soaring Black unemployment and inner-city economic stagnation; Greens must see all of the above agendas not in conflict with their cap-and-trade or shutting down Keystone; Women must put first loyalty to their gender and not worry over their husband’s current job or their sons’ employment, etc. Victor Davis Hanson–National Review