This country became great because it used to be full of people who realized it was up to them to make it or break it.
Public education, the Eisenhower freeway system, union drives and organization for the working class in the late 1800's and 1900's, government
funded research and development in things like the space administration, social security, regulatory agencies that were developed to keep the food and
water clean, social security, WICA and other programs in the dpt. of agriculture to prevent child hunger and offer assistance to single mother's,
disaster relief, equal rights / the bill of rights, woman's suffrage, OSHA, railroad subsidies that directly led to the building of our nations
railroad infrastructure, energy subsidies that led to building the electric grid coast to coast, airline subsidies and regulation that developed air
transport infrastructure, Medicare/Medicaid while not a complete fix has gone a long ways towards improving the availability of healthcare to those in
retirement, the 40 hour work week, minimum wage, child labor laws, on the job safety regulations, OSHA, Federal Aviation Administration that regulates
safety and the skies, police, fire, sewer, irrigation, dams, street lights, stop signs and lights, public institutes for higher education and
research, student grants and loan programs to provide opportunities for those other than the rich elite to get an education....
We wouldn't be where we are today without the above. The "free market" and individuals didn't do the above. Cooperation and government
involvement brought them forward. It's basic history 101.
Palin's insult on those who dare do the honorable, who rather than make the big bucks on Wall street as many Harvard law graduates do, Obama goes to
work in the inner city...let's say for the sake of argument that it was 100% for his own career advancement, it still was getting in and working for
the people who for one reason or another have slipped through the cracks, and his efforts benefit the needy in society far more than if he went to
work for the wealthy elites to maximize their profits and investments...Regardless, it's a non issue and a side track sir. Community organizers, and
workers to make things better and improve the lives of people and minimize suffering and strife do not deserve insults from an ambitious freshly
groomed republican running for VP. Hundreds of thousands go to school on loans and work hard to become low paying (barely able to carve out a living)
social workers and MSW's to help deal with issues such as substance abuse, addictions, homelessness, domestic violence, rape, unemployment, disease,
child hunger, child abuse, child adoptions etc...then there are the mental health professionals working in the community mental health centers dealing
with millions of clients nationwide (many who live in poor run down areas such as South Chicago) who suffer severe mental disabilities such as
depression and the above issues. Run down schools, substandard living conditions, extreme unemployment etc...These professionals and countless
honorable volunteers, along side of civil servants and volunteers who work to organize in the pursuit of relief and improved conditions all were jaded
and worse than dissed--totally insulted--by Palin last night.
Obama with an advanced professional graduate degree in law rolls up his shirt sleeves and goes to work helping in the inner city, while Palin gets a
BA in journalism and does what? Well we see that she joined up with a party for Alaskan independence, that she ran against her own mother in law for
mayor of a town of 6000, that she shoots moose and rides snowmobiles in her spare time, gives talks at right wing churches about how people need to
vote her way or go to hell (she actually said that at a church pulpit), and insults community organizers, social workers, and those caught in
neighborhoods left behind with histories of racist victimization....she rubs salt in the bleeding wound while masochistic republicans cheer her on.
Some party eh? What a candidate huh? She's the apitamy of arrogant, and the personification of why I left the party in the 1990's and have watched
it progressively decay and get worse daily. Yes, this woman and the speech writer, and indeed all who cheered owe a nation so diverse as ours a heart
felt apology. Either she really meant to insult the people (99% minorities who live there and benifit from the community building), or she was so
reckless and ignorant that she didn't realise it when she read the script prior to the speech delivery? Either way it's evidence that she isn't VP
material whatsoever. You can't lead the most diverse nation on earth and say such vile things.