Obama’s “Economic Justice”


Conservative talk show hosts are jumping on Barack Obama’s words in a YouTube video of a 2001 Chicago Public Radio Interview. Now Conservative talk show hosts are just like Legislators — you can’t trust them to tell the entire truth — don’t listen to them . . . listen to Obama: In this interview, Obama spoke very clearly of redistribution of wealth, how it was not addressed by the Warren Court, how he felt that was a failure of the court and how he felt it could best be accomplished through legislation.

That’s bad — very bad! Redistribution of wealth is a Marxist idea and should not even be a consideration in this country — yet Obama doesn’t say anything like that — instead, he seems upset that the court never got that “radical.”

Perhaps as bad (in the sense that it changes our entire way of life) Obama speaks of their failure to address “more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.” I’m not sure what he meant by political justice — it seems to me that political justice is the biggest success of the civil rights movement. His phrase “economic justice,” however, leaves little room for interpretation in the context of this discussion.

Again, economic justice (same as redistribution of wealth) is not what the United States is about. Americans work long and hard to bring a paycheck home — those who can’t or don’t work rely on the charity of others and there is LOTS of charity in the United States — that’s the way it always has been and that’s the way it should be. THAT’S economic justice!

Here’s the complete quote I’ve been talking about (just so you don’t think I’ve taken his words out of context):

“You know, if you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movements 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, I’d be okay; but the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

And to that extent, as radical as I think people try 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, at least as it’s been interpreted and Warren interpreted it in the same way that generally is a charter of negative liberties.”

There is more and it is all pretty much the same — the entire audio/video of his words can be found in that YouTube video HERE

If this doesn’t make it clear to you what Obama is all about you apparently just don’t want to know . . . OR maybe you like that idea — the idea of riding through life on the backs of others. Unfortunately a large portion of our society (certainly far from the majority) has devolved into the “give to me” generation. They feel that they have a right to government handouts . . . and, you know what? Many legislators (perhaps most) agree with that.

No, these legislators don’t really give a crap for poor people; what they’re after is more power over our lives and more government control of our resources (again back to Marxist ideology). These legislators are in both political parties and in the middle as well and they’re there because WE put them there. They promised us this and that and we fell for it — everybody loves a freebie and we, every two years, are promised lots of freebies.

It’s time to remake the Legislature and the only way we can do that is, in this election, vote out every currently seated Senator or Congressman who supports Obama and preaches the Obama mantra of “change.” Take your country back and don’t just look for change — look for candidates who want our country ‘changed back’ into the country we once lived in.

Change can be good or it can be bad — the Change Senator Obama wants is very unhealthy for America.

News Links:

New York Times: McCain Campaign Cites Comments in 2001 on Courts in Attack on Obama

AFP McCain reignites Obama ‘socialist’ claim over 2001 interview

Blog Links:

From the Left: Jonathan Martin at Politico.com: Right-wing machine seizes on Obama “redistribution” comment

From the Right: National Review Bench Memos: Obama’s 2001 Interview about Using Court to Redistribute Wealth


6 thoughts on “Obama’s “Economic Justice”

  1. I enjoyed your post and am interested in knowing what your opinion is in regards to the last economic stimulus check as well as the next (potential) wave of stimulus checks? I mean, we talk about not wanting handouts and more government control, but with one hand saying stop, the other hand is signing and cashing a stimulus check. What are your thoughts?

    Love your blog BTW!


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  3. David, Thanks for commenting. The stimulus checks are simply tax refunds applied to EVERYONE WHO PAID TAXES, if there is another round it will be the same. That’s not a government handout its the government returning some of OUR money.

    I was happy to “sign the check” (although mine was actually a direct deposit). The government has been taking too much in taxes for too long — I was happy to get some back — and will be happier yet if I get more.

    My son, who is almost always between jobs didn’t get a stimulus check because he didn’t pay enough in taxes, so I gave him some of mine and tried to save the rest but it eventually got spent.

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