Back in 2001, Barack Obama was quite honest about his wish to “spread the wealth around.” The following audio is, I believe, important for all those who are fiscal conservatives (to a more or lesser degree) and who believe that U.S. Constitution actually serves an important purpose.
If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it Iâ€™d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.
To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasnâ€™t that radical. It didnâ€™t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states canâ€™t do to you. Says what the Federal government canâ€™t do to you, but doesnâ€™t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasnâ€™t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.
He also said that: “I’m not optimistic about bringing about major redistribute change through the structure of the court.”
Note the words he uses. “Redistributive change.”
Change you can believe in.
Red State worded it quite well: “The erudition of the opinions Obama expressed do not make them any less radical.”
Listen to it:
The most fascinating thing about this entire episode and these revelations is that Americans will vote for Obama nonetheless. This means they may either support redistribution of wealth, which means that America experts such as myself will have to review their previously held assumptions, or simply do not believe that Obama actually wants to do what he has said his goal to be on numerous occasions.
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