Actress Laura Linney demonstrated for all the world to see last night that she has no idea what she’s talking about.
During her acceptance speech at the Emmy awards show, Linney, a Democratic donor who gave to Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign earlier this year, called America’s Founding Fathers “the great community organizers that helped form our country.”
Linney, who played Abigail Adams in the TV mini-series, “John Adams,” took aim at critics of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama who have mocked the work he did in Chicago as a community organizer.
“I just have the most tremendous respect for anyone who serves their community,” she said. “Our Founding Fathers were community organizers. And that is fact to me. And I feel that has been disparaged. I don’t think anyone should be disrespected for their service no matter who they are or no matter what party they’re in.”
Except that the Founding Fathers were not community organizers as Obama uses the term.
They weren’t raging against capitalism and demanding crushing taxes and aggressive wealth-redistribution programs. They weren’t demanding more government spending on social programs, a higher minimum wage, gun control, or curbs on so-called predatory lending. They weren’t preaching the hateful class-warfare rhetoric of community organizers like Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Michael Pfleger.