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.
It is PRECISELY that human component of our system that currently frightens hell out of me — just as it has those before us.
“Yes, we did produce a near perfect republic but will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path to destruction.” Thomas Jefferson
“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; if it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” — Judge Learned Hand, 1944
We SEEM to have become a disturingly CHARACTERLESS people and SEEM to be poised to elect a deeply CHARACTERLESS, CORRUPT leader.
Join me in praying that my cynicism is unwarranted and that I am wrong.
And now, for the counterpoint, Ronald Reagan from his farewell address:
"Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the people.' 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. 'We the people' are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the people' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the people' are free. This belief has been the underlying basis for everything I've tried to do these past eight years.
"But back in the 1960s, when I began, it seemed to me that we'd begun reversing the order of things--that through more and more rules and regulations and confiscatory taxes, the government was taking more of our money, more of our options, and more of our freedom. I went into politics in part to put up my hand and say, 'Stop.' I was a citizen politician, and it seemed the right thing for a citizen to do.
"I think we have stopped a lot of what needed stopping. And I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."
He won't be. He can't win, stupid.
This will be our President?
This is a nightmare. Is this America?
Yes. It is.
Furthermore, we are about to kick your boys a$$ in this election and there is nothing you can do about it!!!
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; if it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. Judge Learned Hand, 1944
HEAR! HEAR! Peter Horry 2008
It's for being a MARXIST and SOCIALIST, STUPID!!!
Obama called our Constitution an imperfect document . . . and stated that it shows Blind spot of framers, which, Obama also said, continues today.
Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution
In “The Audacity of Hope”, Obama noted the philosophy of Justice Stephen G. Breyer. I have to side with Justice Breyer’s view of the Constitutionthat it is not a static but rather a living document,” Obama wrote.
I wonder if any of the ‘purists’ - many of them Freepers - who used that brilliant philosophy in 2006 that gave us Pelosi and Reid and gang - ever feel a twinge, knowing they gave these dictators the wedge that brings us to the edge of the cliff today?
Funniest (and saddest) post of the day!
Yeah. I was kinda counting on the sarcasm being self evident :)
It [The Warren Court] 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.
A Harvard Law Grad knows why the Constitution was crafted this way -- it wasn't for the new socialist order Obama intends to impose on the USA.
Did anyone record this to Youtube, this is damaging stuff.
Pretty easy of HO-bama...he was niether BORN HERE, or RAISED HERE, yet has the AUDACITY to claim he’s the best to solve our “problems” that he and his own party GENERATED for an election issue.
Obama has talked about “Court Packing” where Obama appoints two new justices to the Supreme Court without any current justices resigning.
Yeah, but one man with a super majority in Congress certainly can.
Coercive wealth redistribution -- "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" -- Marxism. Obama is a Marxist. That Orlando reporter who asked Plugs if Obama was a Marxist was dead on target.
It's also the least flawed such document in the world.
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