Skip to comments.Newly Unearthed Obama Video: “Rich people are all for nonviolence... They’ve got what they want.”
Posted on 10/03/2012 8:53:57 AM PDT by Qbert
In the wake of the Daily Callers release of President Obama cheering Rev. Wright and invoking the race card in various ways, our friend Morgen Richmond decided the time was right to release some little-known Obama video of his own. He authorized me to release the video here first.
The following clips are from 2002. Obama is speaking in a church at a 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Day memorial service.
The full speech is here, and by and large it is a nice speech by a rising politician. Obama speaks about the need for empathy in society, about taking responsibility for our actions, and the audacity of hope. He levels barbs at the wealthy and unempathetic, but also criticizes those who blame the system for the arrest of O.J. Simpson and the crack epidemic. Although the audio quality is poor because of the echo in the church, one can tell that Obama is well spoken and articulate. Joe Biden would have been proud.
But there are a few times when the mask slips, just a little.
My favorite clip is this one, where he speaks of Dr. Kings philosophy of non-violence, and explains that it works only when there is empathy:
The philosophy of nonviolence only makes sense if the powerful can be made to recognize themselves in the powerless. It only makes sense if the powerless can be made to recognize themselves in the powerful. You know, the principle of empathy gives broader meaning, by the way, to Dr. Kings philosophy of nonviolence. I dont know if youve noticed, but rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldnt they be? Theyve got what they want. They want to make sure people dont take their stuff. But the principle of empathy recognizes that there are more subtle forms of violence to which we are answerable. The spirit of empathy condemns not only the use of firehoses and attack dogs to keep people down but also accountants and tax loopholes to keep people down. Im not saying that what Enron executives did to their employees is the moral equivalent of what Bull Connor did to black folks, but Ill tell you what, the employees at Enron feel violated. When a company town sees its plant closing because some distant executives made some decision despite the wage concessions, despite the tax breaks, and they see their entire economy collapsing, they feel violence . . .
And the class warfare talk never ends.
What Obama really thought about the Clinton years. Quote: Among African American males, one third to one fourth caught up in the criminal justice system, so that the number of young men incarcerated exceeded the number enrolled in colleges and universities. Throughout the nation inequality up, trust in mutuality down . . . the evidence was there if we cared to look.
Obama on empathy, the powerful, and the prison industrial complex. Quote: Its hard to imagine that the powerful in our society would tolerate the burgeoning prison industrial complex if they imagined that the black men and Latino men that are being imprisoned were something like their sons.
Local funding of schools is fundamentally unjust. Quote: And Illinois, like many states in the country, has an education system that is funded by property taxes. It is fundamentally unjust. So you have folks up in Winnetka, pupils who are getting five times as much money per student as students in the South Side of Chicago.
The full clip on YouTube.
If you use any of these clips or transcripts, please credit Morgen, and mention that you saw them here first.
So, how soon will they give a demonstration of their Thompson Harmonizer?
This is nice red meat for us but is a sure loser. Fighting 2008 all over right now would be a gift to the kenyan.
We must keep the heat on economy/spending and Libya. Everything else distracts from that. Odumbo would love to make this election about race again. Don’t help him.
i do agree we need to do something about the stupid people that vote. You cain’t fix stupid.
My suggestion is to remove all warning labels from products and let nature sort it out.
yes the elite know there is no diff between a sniper rifle and a deer rifle, thus they WILL want them both banned.
We can certainly do both.
I still have some anger issues from 2008 to work through.
I feel we owe apologies to the REVrunds Jackson and Sharpton. Obama out race-baits them both.
I emailed your link to Rush he’s talking about it now.
May I suggest letting only taxpayers and property owners vote. Moving election day to April 15th.
That should bring about clarity and responsibility at the polls.
This is more damaging than yesterday’s I think.
He HATES us, deeply and profoundly.
I think he hates them too...
Social Justice in a nutshell. Bring on the mob.
This is such boilerplate academia talk.
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I hadn’t heard this. This is tantamount to our president excusing domestic violence.
Document does not exist on server. Did You Tube kill it already?
He hates everyone. He's getting even with the mother and father who rejected and abandoned him.
Be sure to pick up your commemorative machete on the way out, and don't forget to tip your waitress. Good night, folks!