Social Workers at the Republican National Convention

Social workers were in attendance at the RNC.

“Nita Waddell, an alternate delegate from Hope, Ark., and retired social worker, said she liked McCain’s speech but that it was Palin’s address Wednesday that finally sold her on a ticket she had some misgivings about – mostly because of McCain’s support for campaign-finance-reform measures that conservatives view as an infringement on free speech.

“Palin made the difference, baby,” she said, stomping her feet and clapping.” – CSMonitor.com

“Alternate delegate Catherine Starks of Livonia, a retired social worker, agrees that the values of the Republican Party should appeal to other African-Americans as they do to her. She switched parties 12 years ago, “because of what the Republicans stand for — life, moral standards.”” – The Detroit News

“After a life of much involvement within the Republican Party, Albert Lean Tom Schleck is getting the opportunity this week to be involved with the Republican National Convention. Working as a volunteer security member at the convention, each night he is being assigned to a specific gate to work as a supplement to the Secret Service, Schleck said.

In 2007, he retired from his position as a social worker for Freeborn County after 36 1/2 years of service. He was responsible for the county’s chemical dependency program.

He said his involvement with the Republican Party stems back as far as the 1964 presidential election when he supported Barry Goldwater. Schleck was 19 at the time.” – Albert Lea Tribune

If you are a social worker who attended the Republican National Convention and you would like to share your convention experience, please email us.

27 comments

  1. I am so glad to hear that there are other people who are both Republicans and social workers who will speak up for themselves. I went to the Hunter College School of Social Work and I found that the liberal fascism to be absolutely stifling. Not being a liberal was tantamount to being a racist! Meanwhile, I am considered a “minority” and I’m a woman and I excelled in my field. I don’t have any feelings of malice or anger towards democrats/liberals but it always seemed like they, in large part, seethed at the very mention of John McCain’s name. If it were up to my colleagues, this nation would consist of one party- their party!

  2. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this site. I am proud to say that I am a licensed social worker that happens to be both a Republican and a Christian. Some posters here are seriously misinformed and are posting a complete misunderstanding of our Code of Ethics. The last comment speaks volumes….”please do us all a favor and leave the profession”….seriously? Unfortunately, you have missed the entire point of social work! I have been doing social work and faithfully advocating for my clients for thirteen years. Never once have I been accused of being judgmental, “politically incorrect”, or insensitive in any way with my clients. My faith and belief system has given me the compassion and strength to deal with challenging clients.

    I am intellectually capable of keeping my personal political beliefs to myself and am not arrogant in thinking that everyone has to feel the same way that I do. Does this perhaps ring a bell about some basic things we should have learned in Social Work 101? For the professions sake…I hope so.

  3. And by the way….for all of you Republican Social Workers who supported the McCain/Palin ticket…..don’t you realize that community organizing is a key component of social work? Your candidate’s running mate degraded the entire profession with her uninformed, ignorant remarks about Obama’s work as a community organizer in Chicago… I am speechless….please do us all a favor and leave the profession…seriously, this is incredible….

  4. Wow…Republican Social Workers….don’t they understand that left to their party none of us would even have a job? Deep….way deep. Sara, keep up the fight… Social Workers stand for social justice, equality and are inclusive…we are everything the Republican party is NOT!

  5. Sara,
    First of all it’s not global warming, it’s climate change. I am a little confused as to what Sara Palin’s belief or lack there of with climate change has to do with being an unbiased social worker. I am 35 years old and was just recently laid off from my job of 13 years in finance/management. I have 2 very young children and have decided to return to school and major in social work. I am a Republican and was warned that this is a difficult field for people with my belief system. That is what lead me to this sight. I have gained alot of insight from this blog. You talk about not being biased but clearly you are. My whole reason for going into this field is because I want to help people. I was adopted 35 years ago b/c my biological mother, 17 at the time, gave me up for adoption. I am here today b/c of her decision and I am so grateful that I wasn’t aborted. But I also don’t believe they should make it illegal either. Quite frankly I believe that decision should be left up to the state and not a basis for who is the President of the United States. You don’t seem to have a very open mind….. I didn’t vote for Obama and clearly don’t agree with 80% of his views but I respect him as our President. People are allowed to there own opinion but you don’t have to force it on others. Frankly I think you need to mature and evaluate your thinking…….b/c it is not professional. It’s people like you who make me determined to follow thru with this, b/c I know I will make a difference in many people’s life.

  6. Sara,
    For now I will ignore what appears to be an underlying tone of condescension throughout your posts except to comment that your question did not confuse me. I am well acquainted with and am quite capable of understanding the use of metaphor’s, analogies etc. My initial point was that you seemed to avoid my question by just asking another question. Let me now respond to the first of your two posts directed toward me.

    You stated “Thinking that someone is sinful because of their sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity means you place negative judgement (sic) on their behavior, attitudes, etc. that leaves gay people open to discrimination (sic) and therefore goes against our code of ethics.”

    If I follow your line of thinking, anyone who thinks a particular behavior is wrong is potentially leaving that group open to discrimination and therefore is in violation of the Code of Ethics. So, with that rationale, anyone who thinks that murder, rape, theft, drug abuse, child abuse, or many other actions are wrong would essentially be violating the Code. So basically 99.9 percent of practicing social workers would be in violation. We all hold certain actions to be wrong. And we all work with clients who have actions with which we disagree.

    It seems that you assume that a belief that a behavior is sinful equates to a pervasive “negative judgment” of the person. Not to be overly religious here, but I find quite the opposite to be true. I recognize that we are all sinners in need of grace. I am no better or worse than anyone else. It is my faith that motivated me to be a social worker and it provides me the compassion to help others no matter their ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

    You use broad assertions about violating the Code of Ethics. I would like to see you provide concrete details. What particular section(s) are you referring to? Fundamentally speaking, perhaps it is important to remember what the Code is to begin with. It is a document to guide us in ethical practice. It does not answer every ethical question and at times different sections can potentially conflict with each other. Those times necessitate decision making on the part of the practitioner as to what decision needs to be made. Consider what is stated in the Code itself:

    “The Code offers a set of values, principles, and standards to guide decision making and conduct when ethical issues arise. It does not provide a set of rules that prescribe how social workers should act in all situations. Specific applications of the Code must take into account the context in which it is being considered and the possibility of conflicts among the Code’s values, principles, and standards” (NASW, 1999).

    I apologize, but I just don’t have time tonight to respond to your voluminous second post to me. I will try to respond in the near future.

    Christine

    Source:

    National Association of Social Workers (1999). Code of ethics. Retrieved October 15, 2008 from http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp

  7. To all my collegues, I have read all 20 blogs with interest. I am impressed that it seems that much time has been spent in researching the information you put forth.

    I am a licensed clinical social worker. I work with the older population of adults in an Intensive Outpatient Program three days a week and I do private practice two days a week. I have people as patients and clients who are from all different cultures, religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, professions, etc. I do have my own religious and political beliefs as well as sexual orientation. When I go to work, I leave all this behind and go where the patient/client is. I am not judgmental or critical of anyone. I exercise that self-awareness we heard so much about in graduate school. If I can’t be totally unbiased in dealing with any one client or patient, I go to my supervisor or another collegue (whichever is the case) and tell them that I can’t service that individual and transfer the services to someone who can.

    I am not being judgmental or critical of anyone who has posted a blog but I have found from my own research in the political arena that both political parties have lots of fault. That is why I am undecided and very disillusioned about the choices for president. Nothing I have read here today has helped me make up my mind. I see here what I have seen in the political arena – lots of arguing, going on the defensive, and everyone trying to prove they are right. As much negative information as Sara has found in her research of Senator McCain and Governor Palin, I have found just that much in my research of Senator Obama. This is why I am so very bewildered and have a short time in which to make up my mind about how I will vote.

  8. Dear Christine

    I’m sorry if my question confused you-it’s a Jewish, actually Rabbinic tradition to sometimes respond in metaphor, analogy or with another question.

    As I wrote before, we are social workers on the micro, mezzo and macro level, but we are also individuals with our own beliefs and biases.

    On the micro level you may be able to work with a patient who is gay. That is not the whole issue. The fact that you compare a gay person to a child molestor to indicate your ability to work with someone you consider having done something “wrong,” in a sense proves my point.

    Being gay is not a pathology or an emotional problem that someone needs help with. Just like being a Christian is not a pathology nor an emotional problem. That was part of my point.

    What brings a gay person into therapy are the same problems that bring anyone into therapy (some of which can be compounded by the descrimination they feel from society). By the way, a gay person, a child molestor, or a person suffering from Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder, will ultimately sense if you feel that what they’ve done is “wrong.” You will not be able to hide your true feelings. That is a misnomer. (A great book on this and other areas of interets to therapists is by Dr. Paul Wachtel, professor at CUNY.)

    However, similar to the latest research that indicates that minorities are being overdrugged as a form of social control-gay people are also subjected to descrimination because of the belief that they are sinful. This thinking results in a loss of their civil rights which goes against the SW code of ethics.
    There are also therapists who believe that their goal when working with a gay person is to get them to “see the light,” and change their sexual orientation to “normal.”
    If someone believes that being gay is sinful it would make sense that if a law was put forth to allow gays to marry they would vote against it…. This goes against the SW code of ethics. Similarily. if a law was put forth to not allow Christians to marry, you would vote against it.

    There is not any difference between being a Christian and being gay. That is my point.

    It’s helpful to remember that during WW2 the Nazi’s and Germans first killed people who were in institutions for emotional or physical reasons, then killed Jews and Gays. They believed Jews, Gays, Communists, and non Aryans as sinful people. From sinful it was easy to move to lower than human, to vermin.
    We saw the results of this thinking carried to it’s logical conclusion, given all the right ingredients…massive killings and war provoked by angry mobs who thought Jews, gays and non aryans were sinful. It’s a non questioning thinking that is guided by fear, anger, by being uniformed, by rigidity and therefore an inabilty to feel empathic.
    This is the same ending (apocalypse)Dominionists are getting ready for, as well as people in the Alaska Separation Movement, of whom Todd Palin was a member, to whom Sarah Palin addressed at one of their meetings.
    It’s on UTUBE.
    The anger that McCain and Palin are stirring up at their rallies, with Palin stating that Obama is “palsey with domestic terrorists,” is the same kind of terrible propaganda that went into Nazi and George Wallace rallies.
    It’s all connected.

  9. Without demonizing either political party, I am interested in the social worker’s ethical obligations in practice. Many religions have what they deem right and wrong. We are walking a line when we start demonizing people for their faith in this country. Christians are being persecuted, that means homes burned, women raped and quartered, men shot or beaten in many places. I am praying for believers in Oressa, India and elsewhere. I know that people who do not know God will be led to hate Christians as well as Jews world-wide, it is starting here. Sometimes it is the fault of immature believers or professing believers who do not follow Christ’s teachings by advocating hatred. If we would love our enemies, protect the weak, and worship Almighty God in spirit and truth…..we could possibly change the course of this nation. Only God is Holy. Sin is missing the mark of holiness.

    We are all sinners by Biblical definition. I don’t like people condemning people who are gay or gluttonous,or prideful, or envious…even those of us who have been forgiven our sin through Christ’s sacrificial atonement, who have been twice-born still sin…every day..we ought to be the humblest people on the planet…not condemning people. We don’t judge people..we “judge” evaluate sin….most of us has enough to do to be conscious of the need to keep cleaning up our act which we pitifully fail to do without the help of God’s Spirit…..So hate-mongering by anyone is sin to me….I hate sin, but do not condemn anyone. I trust this country will uphold the Bill of Rights, the Consitution, and our Civil Rights so mightily earned. Rev. Martin Luther King among those martyred, a big price for all of us in our national leadership pool, much less his family and church community knew about freedoms inherent in being human. I think that he God gives us the freedom to make our own choices in life..as consenting adults we also must deal with the consequences. I hope the law of the land will err on the side of freedom without costing others the loss of theirs.

    I hope people will become aware of our need for God who loves us and has provided a path to Life forever with Him or without Him, it’s our choice……we also receive the consequences….

    People who do not understand faith in a loving, Holy God who is also just..just don’t get real Christianity. Christ was most attacking of the religious rulers who were a legalistic, arrogent, murderous bunch given to showing off their piety in public. Jesus pitied people who did not yet know what God was most interested in, even in Moses’ time..he wants our hearts turned toward him, not our performance and self-righteousness.

    Politics do not need to espouse a particular faith practice. People need to be free to believe the Bible, the Koran, the Torah to name a few, without prejudice under the law….that is a freedom I would be willing to die for.

    In my work, I treat folks who have suffered from religious abuse, church abuse, as well as good old FOO issues. Sometimes they come all rolled up in one package as many of you are well aware of.

    I am undecided in my vote..

    Love, another ethical social worker, janet

  10. Hello Patrick

    I’m not sure what your point is when you say “it works both ways?”

    Christine asked why the belief that homosexuality is a sin would violate our ethics code. My response was that if you substitute the word “homosexuality” for “Christianity” you can see that it does violate our ethics code.

    Thinking that someone is sinful because of their sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity means you place negative judgement on their behavior, attitudes, etc. that leaves gay people open to descrimination and therefore goes against our code of ethics.

    I’d like to draw the readers attention to two new developments on the Palin?McCain frontier because McCain and Palin are using the tactics of facism at their rallies this weekend with people in the crowd yelling “kill him” and “terrorist.” This is what Hitler did.
    Thank god enough people must have warned McCain this is a dangerous game he’s playing.

    1. Palin was elected Mayor of Wasilla over a decade ago with the help of activists from the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) an armed group that wants Alaska to break from the US) and the John Birch Society. They allege that she tried to return the favor later by attempting to appoint one of them to an empty city council seat:

    http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/13/max_blumenthal_on_sarah_palins_radical

    2. Famous Evangelical Christian accuses McCain and Palin of instigating violence at his rallies:
    http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/13/former_mccain_supporter_accuses_the_senator

    Frank Schaeffer, bestselling author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. He is the son of the late evangelist Francis Schaeffer and considered himself a lifelong Republican. He voted for John McCain in 2000, and McCain even endorsed one of Schaeffer’s earlier books on military service. On Friday, Schaeffer published ‘An Open Letter to John McCain’ in the Baltimore Sun.

    Schaeffer’s letter:

    “John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as ‘not one of us,’ I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.
    “At a Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, ‘Kill him!’ At one of your rallies, someone called out, ‘Terrorist!’ Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered. At your campaign event Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa., the crowd was seething with hatred for the Democratic nominee—an attitude encouraged in speeches there by you, your running mate, your wife and the local Republican chairman.
    “Shame!
    “John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain.
    “You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate.
    “John McCain, you are no fool, and you understand the depths of hatred that [surround] the issue of race in this country. You also know that, post-9/11, to call someone a friend of a terrorist is a very serious matter. You also know we are [a bitterly divided country] on many other issues. You know that, sadly, in America, violence is always just a moment away. You know that there are plenty of crazy people out there.
    “Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.
    “John McCain, you’re walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out ‘Terrorist’ or ‘Kill him,’ history will hold you responsible for all that follows.
    “John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.
    “Change the atmosphere of your campaign. Talk about the issues at hand. Make your case. But stop stirring up the lunatic fringe of haters, or risk suffering the judgment of history and the loathing of the American people—forever.
    “We will hold you responsible.”

  11. Sara,

    You really didn’t answer my question. You simply asked another question. So, I’ll go back to my original question. How does a belief that homosexuality is wrong violate the Code of Ethics? Because a social worker views something as wrong does not automatically necessitate that the social worker is unable to work with the person and abide by the Code of Ethics. For example, I think that child molesting is wrong. However, I have worked with child molesters and have still abided by the Code — including respecting the dignity and worth of the person.

    Patrick’s point is also well made. The Code also obligates us to not discriminate on the basis of religion. From an educational perspective the CSWE’s accreditation policy standards indicate a need to provide an educational environment free from religious discrimination and that allows for respect of religious diversity (Hodge, 2006).

    I would argue that social work’s roots in many ways were founded by people of faith. Likewise, there are many Christian professional social workers (let alone organizations) in the field that are helping diverse populations, including homosexuals.

    Reference:

    Hodge, D. R. (2006). Moving toward a more inclusive educational environment? A multi-sample exploration of religious discrimination as seen through the eyes of students from various faith tradtions. Journal of Social Work Education, 42:2. Retrieved October 12, 2008 from Academic Search Premiere database.

  12. Oppressed Conservative Social Workers……you are not alone…….. but we are outnumbered!

    Fact…..

    Cultural competence
    1.05c “Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to………religion.”

    Discrimination
    4.02 “Social workers should not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of…… religion.”
    Social and Political Action
    6.04d “…to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of….religion” (NASW Code of Ethics, 1996).

    It works both ways Sara……and …….it is complex….and…….

    May God bless you and yours!

  13. Substitute the word “homosexuality” with “Christian,” “Jew,” or “woman.”

    “They also believe that Christianity is sinful.” Do you think that someone who views Christianity as sinful would not be violating our Code of Ethics?

  14. Anger: Let me correct Alison about how I am feeling. I do not “appear to be angry,” I am angry. Aside from being a natural response to injustice, anger is a potent and energizing catalyst, when balanced with compassion, knowledge and wisdom, for making change. Change does not happen without anger. It’s the first reaction to mobilization, without which Blacks would still be sitting at the back of the bus, Jews and Blacks would be restricted from living in certain “white only” areas and going to college. The rights you take for granted as a woman, were achieved because many women got angry and went out and mobilized for equal rights.
    No one would criticize Palin if she practiced what she preached which is this holier than thou attitude of “family values,” and constantly attacking Obama by stating that he lies, when it is sheer projection on both her and McCain’s part.
    1. Palin stated she was a good manager and a real “maverick” and gave the Ebay example at the RNC convention. Both she and McCain repeated this at every public gathering. They conviently left out that selling items on Ebay was not her idea- it was standard procedure in Alaskan government, and she actually FAILED in her handling of this by costing the taxpayer more not less. Yet, on Sept. 9th McCain introduced Palin in Cedarsburg, Wisconsin by stating: “You know what I enjoyed the most? She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay — made a profit.” The jet originally cost 2.7 million and was finally sold to wealthy Alaskan hunters for 2.1 million. Ah but who cares about facts.

    2. Sarah Palin and Global Warming: Alaska Prof. Says Palin Misrepresented State Findings on Endangered Polar Bears…and Tried to Cover It Up. Fact not fiction. (www.democracynow.org)
    3. Palin often speaks about wanting to stop wasteful spending and then billed Alaskan taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first nineteen months in office. Fact not fiction.
    4. In an attempt to not have to discuss her anti science / extreme fundamnetalist ideas about the environment, Palin stated on TV that it doesn’t matter what causes global warming as long as we take some steps to alleviate it. This is another example of a person who doesn’t have the intelligence to lead a country. As Biden stated- if you don’t recognize that it is man made then how can you fix the man made problem! She’s not just uneducated-she’s dangerous.
    To sum up her record nicely:
    During her term in office, Palin cut property taxes and other small taxes on business. But as the Anchorage Daily News points out, “She wasn’t doing this by shrinking government.” During her tenure, the budget of Wasilla (population 5,469 in 2000) “apart from capital projects and debt, rose from $3.9 million in fiscal 1996 to $5.8 million.”
    Palin also successfully pushed through a sales tax increase in Wasilla, which went to fund a $15 million sports complex. However, a land dispute over the sight of the complex led to “years of legal wrangling” and cost Wasilla almost $1.7 million, “a lot more than the roughly $125,000 the city would have paid in 1998 if it had closed a deal to buy the property outright.” Wasilla is still facing budget shortfalls from the case today.
    When Palin left office in 2002, Wasilla had “racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt,” or roughly $3,000 of debt per resident. She’ll fit right in with Republican economic failures of deregulation, short term and short sighted fixes and trickle down economics that only the rich benefit from. As McCain has stated he’s an avid admirer of Friedman economics which brought this current financial crises. Fact not fiction.
    Not every one agrees with Palin: During one of her last rally’s in Alaska after her nomination- 1500 women showed up in protest while only approx. 600 attended her rally. Fact not fiction.

    As for Bristol Palin’s boyfriend, Levi Johnson and teenage behavior, my children and my chidlren’s friends and the teenagers I taught, never boasted about being uneducated or uncultured. It was cool to be smart and intelligent and uncool to boast about how unintelligent you are.
    “Johnston first made headlines two days ago with his MySpace page, on which he described himself as a “f—-n redneck” who loves dirtbikes and snowboarding, but lives to play hockey. He also wrote that “I don’t want kids.” and “Ya f–k with me, I’ll kick ass.”
    If that’s typical Republican teenage behavior and that what you like about Palin is her “down to earth” style, as opposed to where she stands on issues and the implications of her actions we’re truly in for some very very hard times.
    For more facts on the very dangerous McCain/Palin ticket- coming from McCain himself and how he lies:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ecA2L-VuQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwtayJCK5LY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk

    In peace,
    Sara

  15. “They also believe homosexuality to be a sin. This goes against social work ethics.”

    I am just curious, how exactly does the belief of homosexuality being a sin violate the Code of Ethics?

  16. Sara appears to be angry and very misinformed.

  17. It would “affect” your children not “effect.”

  18. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Republican. Palin did not say she bought a plane on ebay; what she said is that she put the governor’s plane up for sale in an attempt to save the tax payers state money. The facts that her husband does not have a degree, her daughter is underage and pregnant and that her daughter’s boyfriend posted adolescent stuff on his facebook page, makes her more like the average American than any other candidate, VP or else, that I have seen in a long time.

  19. Dear Terry

    There is a difference between rhetoric and facts as we have come to define the word “rhetoric” today. So let’s first define the words we ‘re using.

    The word “rhetoric” has taken on the meaning of “statements not based on facts, or are cliches, or soundless or baseless arguments.” An example:

    “I’m so tired of hearing the same rhetoric that I hear on the news.”

    This statement basically makes no statement. It doesn’t give examples of what you take issue with. I’ll harken back to our research papers. Remember- you can’t make a statement without a reference to back up your claim. Same thing here.

    I back up whatever I wrote by giving references to where you can check my sources. If you question something I wrote tell me specifically what it was so we can discuss it.

    Otherwise your statement is just rhetoric.

    As we learn more about Palin, I’d like to say how incredibly sad for Americans to think that we could potentially have a president that flunked out of 5 colleges and finally got a degree in Communications (one can see she excels in that ), and she has the audacity to claim that Obama and Biden are unqualified. This is not just sad but arrogant and an outrageous claim.

    Palin’s husband is not a college graduate, his son in law to be used the worst kind of obsenities on his facebook page, and his 16 yr. old daughter is pregnant, while his wife states that women should not have freedom over their own body. Palin denied global warming (before she was nominated she tried to get polar bears off the endangered species).

    For 25 years McCain led the fight for deregulation, which is the core philosophy of the Republican party. His colleagues on the Hill all concur he has a temper. Is this the person you want to potentially have his/her finger on the nuclear button?
    Regarding social workers, bias and respect. I attacked the issues and the values and ethics of the candidiates in reference to their history, both personally and politically. That is what you do in a democracy.

    We have to remember that we have a personal and a private life. As a professional in session with our client we try to remain as neutral as is helpful to our patients. That does not pertain to our own private lives- esp. regarding our role as citizen in a democratic society where we are obligated to be biased and take sides and vote.

    To state my objections to McCain/Palin does not have anything to do with respect. It has to do with the issues. The Republican party’s philosophy has encouraged a major catastrophe that will effect my children, and my grandchildren.

    The Democrats hold their share of the blame because not enough of them stood up against the last 8 years of complete destruction of our economy and our prestige worldwide.

    In Peace,
    Sara

  20. I am so glad that I joined NASW and came across this page. I was beginning to feel like I was the only Republican social work student in existence. At the same time it is a little disheartening to read the some of the same political rhetoric here that I hear on the news and read in the paper. I thought that social workers were trained to be unbiased and to respect other’s viewpoints, even when they differ from our own.

  21. correction:
    where people ARE NOT subjected to bankruptcy….

  22. Jill, you are completely correct – my agenda and bias follows the Social Work Code of Ethics. I am responding to the blogs before me that spoke uncritically of Sarah Palin. That is what you do in a democracy. You take sides (agenda), you debate, (bias) and hopefully come together somewhere in the middle (Obama). As social workers we do this everyday on a micro, mezzo and macro level.
    As a political activist I do have a bias…towards empowering people to educate themselves and organize to fight oppression, which can sometimes show itself through manipulation (lying, ads that prey on people’s vulnerabilites, denying people easy access to ALL the news).
    I wrote a very lengthy comment that discussed facts about Sarah Palin that are now being backed up by the NY Times, Huffington Post and today by ABC news, and her own friends and aquaintances. If McCain/Palin is the best the Republicans have to offer woe to our country. Cindi McCain stole pain killers from her own medical charity to feed her addiction, and her husband tried to cover it up by threatening the person who knew about it (see the Washington Post). McCain voted for Bush’s policies 90% of the time. This is not being a maverick. I won’t even comment right now on how many innocent Iraqi’s -the majority women and children -a Johns Hopkins study found the number to be 250,000 killed because of Bush/Rumsfeld and Chaney and the neocon agenda.
    Jill, it would be beneficial to these readers to state exactly what inaccuracies and assumptions you think I made. Otherwise your comment is typical of the false accusations being used by the McCain/Palin ticket (e.g. Obama wants to teach kindergartners sex ed).
    We are living in very dangerous times, caused by a philosophy that encourages deregulation and premptively starting wars. Our economy is heading into a depression, and McCain/Palin want to continue the same policies of the most right wing of the Republican party. It’s not what they say now on the campaign trail- it is how they voted and acted before campaigning. Palin belongs to a Church that believes homosexuality is a sin and whose theology promotes “end times” when Jews, Moslems, Atheists, Hindu’s will either die or convert. The “dominionist” theology is a force within the Republican party. That is a fact and anyone can go to goggle and check it out. This view goes against social work values and ethics.
    Palin does not favor a woman’s right to choose, and instead CHARGES rape victims when they have to undergo a test for rape.
    I have agreta social activist project we could do. We should all start sending her hangars (like the excellent paper clips project). perhaps she’ll get the message that we refuse to go back to the days when woman had to undergo back room abortions using hangars.
    Perhaps JIll is too young to remember those days, or the days when people stood on bread lines during the 1929 depression.
    We can thank Alan Greenspan, and Bush and Co. and McCain’Palin to revive those days again, if they get elected.
    I vote for freedom of choice, for peace over war, for a universal healthcare system, where people are subjected to bankruptcy because they can’t pay there medical bills.
    Damn right I have an agenda and bias and proud of it. It’s called social work at its finest:)
    Shalom, Salaam, Peace
    Sara
    PS Let’s keep this dialogue going. I love fighting for a more democratic society.

  23. I’m concerned that comment #4 has an agenda and isn’t giving an unbiased review. It also appears that there are some inaccuracies and assumptions made in her statements. I’m not here to promote either particular party, but thought it was worth encouraging everyone to check the facts, and make the best decision that represents their political views and beliefs.

  24. Remember the research classes we took, the intense reading, the long research papers we wrote to sharpen our critical thinking skills. Now’s the time to apply all that studying and learning.
    Sarah Palin is no friend to social workers, gays or Jews. She belongs to an extreme fundamentalist Christian group. They believe in the apocalypse – the “end times” where all non Christian “heathens” will die and be reborn as Christians. Her pastor was interviewed on TV. You can read all about this group on DemocracyNow.org and the conncetions they have in Washington. They also believe homosexuality to be a sin. This goes against social work ethics.
    Plain and McCain have lied about Senator Obama. Their news ad today claims Obama wanted to teach kindergarteners sex ed. This is a lie. Palin continually speaks about the plane she bought on eBay. She makes it sound like this was her unique approach to get rid of corruption when it was an established practice in Alaskan government. She leaves out 3/4 of the story. She ended up costing Alaskan taxpayers more because the plane didn’t sell for months. See the Huffington Post.
    To vote for someone because of race, gender or ethnicity is not using our critical thinking skills.
    We should vote as we practice SW. Using a social work holistic perspective. Where does the candidate stand on ISSUES, what does the candidate bring to office in terms of life experience and values.
    Palin does not believe in global warming- the most serious issue of our times.
    McCain wants to continue the war in Iraq and he voted against Veterans benefits. That is why there was a loud vociferous group of vets demonstrating at both conventions.
    The Democrats listened to them. The Republicans had 800 demonstrators arrested-including journalists- using, tear gas, concussion granades, pepper spray, tear gas, aand holding semi automatic rifles.
    If Martin Luther King were alive today- he would have been arrested at the Republican National Convention 2008.

  25. Glad to see you’re covering atleast a little bit of the RNC. I definitely stand with McCain and Palin. Please remember when you’re swept away by shallow speeches and empty promises that…
    “There are those who use ‘change’ to promote their careers, and then there are those who, like John McCain, use their careers to promote change.” -Sarah Palin

    -Janet (BSW Student)

  26. Everone is talking a need for change. Well watch out for what you all ask for. Because here it is ,ShARA PALIN’S is a refeshing breath of freshair . a force to be reconed with. This is already shaking up the good old boy’s spending club. I’m standing with McCan and Palin (2) that are rocking washington’s boat for real. Elizabeth Harris-Brennan MSW

  27. Way cool! Thank you VERY much for covering this story, balanced with your coverage of social workers at the Democrat Convention.