Skip to comments.Barack Obama wearing his professorial hat (Obama says Constitution is a flawed document)
Posted on 10/26/2008 6:49:41 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
There was a great article in the New York Times yesterday about Barack Obamas time as a faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School. The timing was uncanny for me, as I had recently pulled some CDs out of our archive room and been listening to some appearances that Obama made as a guest on Odyssey, the talk show I used to produce here at Chicago Public Radio. We had Obama, then a State Senator and Senior Lecturer at the Law School, on the program 3 times between 1998 and 2002. When he joined us, he was more than willing to set aside his political persona and put on his academic hat. He participated in discussions on the evolution of the right to vote, the politics of electoral redistricting, and the uneasy relationship between slavery and the constitution in early America.
Heres an excerpt from the call-in segment for the Slavery and the Constitution show that aired in September of 2001. The other voices youll hear are the host, Gretchen Helfrich, and UIC historian Richard John.
So what’s flawed Hussein? The birth requirement to serve as president?
Interesting that they were just released now. I wonder why?
I listened to it earlier today and it seems Barack Obama wants to spread the wealth.
Lead us out of this political darkness we call America.
Thank goodness no one man has the power to change it.
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How can he be permitted to take the oath of office?
This will be our President? the President of the United States?
This is a nightmare. Is this America?
Not yet..I'm sure that's one of the 'flaws' seen by BHO.
Isn’t it great when a Chicago street thug tells us that our U.S. Constitution is a “flawed document.” The “messiah” is a genius I tell ya!
Here’s the transcript from 2001. Also in a FR post below.
MODERATOR: Good morning and welcome to Odyssey on WBEZ Chicago 91.5 FM and were joined by Barack Obama who is Illinois State Senator from the 13th district and senior lecturer in the law school at the University of Chicago.
OBAMA: 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 vest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples. So that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it Id be okay.
But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent as radical as people tried 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, at least as its been interpreted, and the Warren court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states cant do to you, it says what the federal government cant do to you, but it doesnt say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. And that hasnt shifted. One of the I think tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think that 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 coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributed change and in some ways we still suffer from that.
MODERATOR: Lets talk with Karen. Good morning, Karen, youre on Chicago Public Radio.
KAREN: Hi. The gentleman made the point that the Warren court wasnt terribly radical with economic changes. My question is, is it too late for that kind of reparative work economically and is that that the appropriate place for reparative economic work to take place the court or would it be legislation at this point?
OBAMA: Maybe Im showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor, but Im not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isnt structured that way.
You just look at very rare examples during the desegregation era the court was willing to for example order changes that cost money to a local school district. The court was very uncomfortable with it. It was very hard to manage, it was hard to figure out. You start getting into all sorts of separation of powers issues in terms of the court monitoring or engaging in a process that essentially is administrative and takes a lot of time.
The courts just not very good at it and politically its very hard to legitimize opinions from the court in that regard. So I think that although you can craft theoretical justifications for it legally. Any three of us sitting here could come up with a rational for bringing about economic change through the courts.
He’s NOT alone.
The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.
The only “flaw” there might be in the Constitution is that the Founding Fathers never thought a menace like him might have a crack at getting elected President.
Obama is a threat to America - plain and simple.
As opposed to what BO, the Communist Manifesto?
We know that .. .. .. but does he?
Im not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts
Wow. He's a complete Marxist. In his OWN words.
The bulb burns evilly