To: thecabal; Yosemitest
Now this is interesting.
Did anybody else happen to notice that chapter 39 in this book is titled “negative government”?
Haven’t we heard that sentiment from Obama?
Right there. The constitution is a charter of negative liberties. That’s what he said.
Philip Obama? Barack Hussein Dru?
posted on 05/27/2010 3:46:06 AM PDT
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Good catch. I think that the “Barack Obama: Administrator” article linked to in post 1 lays out the case pretty well.
posted on 05/27/2010 3:59:04 AM PDT
posted on 05/27/2010 8:33:00 AM PDT
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Barack Obama on Redistribution of Wealth in 2001
Obama in that interview said,
"If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement, Obama said
and its litigation strategy in the court,
I think where it succeeded was
to vest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples, "But," Obama said, "The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth
so that I would now have the right to vote,
I would now be able to sit at a lunch counter and order
and as long as I could pay for it I'd be okay."
and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.
And to that extent as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court,
it wasn't that radical.
It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, and Warren Court interpreted in the same way that generally
as least as it's been interpreted,
the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, but it doesn't say
says what the states can't do to you,
says what the federal government can't do to you,
what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. And that hasnt shifted."
"one of the, I think, the 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 activities on the ground
that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power
through which you bring about redistributive change,
and in some ways we still stuffer from that."
A caller, "Karen," asked if it's "too late for that kind of reparative work economically?
And she asked if that work should be done through the courts or through legislation.
"Maybe Im showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor,"
"I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. Presumably McCain will go after Obama in ways some on the conservative bloggosphere are today,
The institution just isn't structured that way."
accusing Obama of calling it a "tragedy" for not venturing into "the issues of redistribution of wealth" "In this interview back in 2001, Obama was talking about the civil rights movement
-- though Obama's campaign says that's a twisting of his words.
and the kind of work that has to be done on the ground
to make sure that everyone can live out the promise of equality,"
"the promise of equality" ??? The promise of slavery, is more accurate,
posted on 05/27/2010 8:54:48 AM PDT
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