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Community Organizer: Redundant or Radical?

I was innocently trying to mind my own business when the above thought struck me.  Like most, I didn’t really pay much attention as the term ‘community organizer’ entered the mainstream political lexicon with the rise of Barrack Obama during his successful Presidential campaign.   But, wait a minute – I mean, isn’t a community, by definition, already organized?

Don’t mean to go all Oxford English Dictionary, but

Society: 1) an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes; 2) a body of individuals living as members of a community; 3) the body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community (http://bit.ly/e8Evxs)

Community: 1) a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage; 2) a locality inhabited by such a group (http://bit.ly/f0lRXr)

And just for good measure, since the authoritative handbook for “community organizers” is Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals:

Radical: 1) a person who holds or follows strong convictions or extreme principles; extremist; 2) a person who advocates fundamental political, economic, and social reforms by direct and often uncompromising methods (http://bit.ly/elSc5L)

Right . . . . and a hijacker is an “Aviation Route Organizer.”

So now I think I really understand what our Community Re-Organizer-In-Chief means when he talks about fundamentally transforming the United States of America: “Take this country to Havana.”

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