Skip to comments.Barack Obama On Negative Rights And The “So-Called Founders”: Then And Now [IMPORTANT UPDATE]
Posted on 10/25/2009 8:03:15 AM PDT by stan_sipple
[UPDATE: I just learned that the Obama thesis is a hoax. The second quote below is real, however. For more on the thesis hoax, click here.]
Back in 1982, when Barack Obama was at Columbia University, he wrote a thesis called Aristocracy Reborn, the first ten pages of which and only the first ten pages of which Joe Klein, of Time magazine, was permitted to see.
Heres a passage from Aristocracy Reborn:
the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy.
You would perhaps expect this pablum from a postmodernistic Ivy League undergraduate up to his gills in multiculturalism and (as he says on page 100 of his autobiography) Marxist Professors, structural feminists, and punk-rock performance poets.
Here, however, is Barack Obama twenty years later, in 2001:
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 wasnt that radical. It didnt break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states cant do to you. Says what the Federal government cant do to you, but doesnt say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasnt 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 . Im not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through courts The Constitution reflected an enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day The Framers had that same blind spot the fundamental flaw of this country.
If that latter quote sounds eerily similar to the former, its because it is eerily similar. Both are the words of a man who, by his own admission, regards Americas foundational premise as fundamentally flawed.
The fake thesis is as close to the real one as we are going to get, and its accurate.
By claiming that something that is "fake" yet "accurate" puts you in the company of some very scary people. Just ask Kenneth what frequency he's on.
How can one get past the “so-called founders” quote? They didn’t found the nation? They didn’t write the constitution?
Kline is saying he never heard it. Is denying having seen the quote proof it doesn’t exist?
We need to see the documents 0 did write to determine this.
If it is fake, it is not accurate. That is as dishonest as the Obamoids, and is the same assertion that got Dan Rather and his producers fired. Let’s not go down that road, when there are plenty of real, accurate and truthful things he HAS said that are enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck, the 2001 NPR-Chicago Public Radio interview, for starters, in which he discusses his regret that the civil rights movement and the Supreme Court did not concentrate on the redistribution of wealth, and in which compares his own country to Nazi Germany.
and the ‘hide the background’ gam continues....
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