Monday, October 27, 2008

Shame, Cubed

Three separate reasons to be appalled, each more disgusting than the last.


By Bill Whittle
October 27, 2008

The Drudge Report this morning led off with a link to audio of Barack Obama on WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station. And this time, Barack Obama was not eight years old when the bomb went off.

Speaking on a call-in radio show in 2001, you can hear Senator Obama say things that should profoundly shock any American — or at least those who have not taken the time to dig deeply enough into this man’s beliefs and affiliations.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

Barack Obama, in 2001:

You know, 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 a lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it, I’d be okay, but the Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

And uh, 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 — at least as it’s been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: [It] says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

And that hasn’t shifted, and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil-rights movement was because the civil-rights movement became so court-focused, uh, 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 redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that.

A caller then helpfully asks: “The gentleman made the point that the Warren Court wasn’t terribly radical. My question is (with economic changes)… my question is, is it too late for that kind of reparative work, economically, and is that the appropriate place for reparative economic work to change place?”

Obama replies:

You know, I’m not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isn’t structured that way. [snip] You start getting into all sorts of separation of powers issues, you know, in terms of the court monitoring or engaging in a process that essentially is administrative and takes a lot of time. You know, the court is just not very good at it, and politically, it’s just very hard to legitimize opinions from the court in that regard.

So I think that, although you can craft theoretical justifications for it, legally, you know, I think any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts.”

THE FIRST CIRCLE OF SHAME
There is nothing vague or ambiguous about this. Nothing.

From the top: “…The Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical.”

If the second highlighted phrase had been there without the first, Obama’s defenders would have bent over backwards trying to spin the meaning of “political and economic justice.” We all know what political and economic justice means, because Barack Obama has already made it crystal clear a second earlier: It means redistribution of wealth. Not the creation of wealth and certainly not the creation of opportunity, but simply taking money from the successful and hard-working and distributing it to those whom the government decides “deserve” it.

This redistribution of wealth, he states, “essentially is administrative and takes a lot of time.” It is an administrative task. Not suitable for the courts. More suitable for the chief executive.

Now that’s just garden-variety socialism, which apparently is not a big deal to may voters. So I would appeal to any American who claims to love the Constitution and to revere the Founding Fathers… I will not only appeal to you, I will beg you, as one American citizen to another, to consider this next statement with as much care as you can possibly bring to bear: “And uh, 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 — at least as it’s 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 can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

The United States of America — five percent of the world’s population — leads the world economically, militarily, scientifically, and culturally — and by a spectacular margin. Any one of these achievements, taken alone, would be cause for enormous pride. To dominate as we do in all four arenas has no historical precedent. That we have achieved so much in so many areas is due — due entirely — to the structure of our society as outlined in the Constitution of the United States.

The entire purpose of the Constitution was to limit government. That limitation of powers is what has unlocked in America the vast human potential available in any population.

Barack Obama sees that limiting of government not as a lynchpin but rather as a fatal flaw: “…One of the, I think, the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court-focused, uh, 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 redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that.”

There is no room for wiggle or misunderstanding here. This is not edited copy. There is nothing out of context; for the entire thing is context — the context of what Barack Obama believes. You and I do not have to guess at what he believes or try to interpret what he believes. He says what he believes.

We have, in our storied history, elected Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives and moderates. We have fought, and will continue to fight, pitched battles about how best to govern this nation. But we have never, ever in our 232-year history, elected a president who so completely and openly opposed the idea of limited government, the absolute cornerstone of makes the United States of America unique and exceptional.

If this does not frighten you — regardless of your political affiliation — then you deserve what this man will deliver with both houses of Congress, a filibuster-proof Senate, and, to quote Senator Obama again, “a righteous wind at our backs.”

That a man so clear in his understanding of the Constitution, and so opposed to the basic tenets it provides against tyranny and the abuse of power, can run for president of the United States is shameful enough.

We’re just getting started.

THE SECOND CIRCLE OF SHAME
Mercifully shorter than the first, and simply this: I happen to know the person who found this audio. It is an individual person, with no more resources than a desire to know everything that he or she can about who might be the next president of the United States and the most powerful man in the world.

I know that this person does not have teams of highly paid professionals, does not work out of a corner office in a skyscraper in New York, does not have access to all of the subtle and hidden conduits of information … who possesses no network television stations, owns no satellite time, does not receive billions in advertising dollars, and has a staff of exactly one.

I do not blame Barack Obama for believing in wealth distribution. That’s his right as an American. I do blame him for lying about what he believes. But his entire life has been applying for the next job at the expense of the current one. He’s at the end of the line now.

I do, however, blame the press for allowing an individual citizen to do the work that they employ standing armies of so-called professionals for. I know they are capable of this kind of investigative journalism: It only took them a day or two to damage Sarah Palin with wild accusations about her baby’s paternity and less time than that to destroy a man who happened to be playing ball when the Messiah decided to roll up looking for a few more votes on the way to the inevitable coronation.

We no longer have an independent, fair, investigative press. That is abundantly clear to everyone — even the press. It is just another of the facts that they refuse to report, because it does not suit them.

Remember this, America: The press did not break this story. A single citizen, on the Internet did.

There is a special hell for you “journalists” out there, a hell made specifically for you narcissists and elitists who think you have the right to determine which information is passed on to the electorate and which is not.

That hell — your own personal hell — is a fiery lake of irrelevance, blinding clouds of obscurity, and burning, everlasting scorn.

You’ve earned it.

THE THIRD CIRCLE OF SHAME
This discovery will hurt Obama much more than Joe the Plumber.

What will be left of my friend, and my friend’s family, I wonder, when the press is finished with them?

5 comments:

OweMe1Cannoli said...

VN8, Martha just played this entire audio for me - in BOs own ridiculous words. Negative Liberties? Where in the hell did THAT come from? I expect better from a store-bought scholar than that. Certainly the Amendments say a lot about protecting the citizenry from an oppressive government, but the Constitution is ALL ABOUT the government's obligation to the American people. Indeed, it structures the government so as not to have the *capability* to become oppressive in the first place! This guy (Obama) is a wipe, and typical of the bitter, sorry (in condition) apologists who were beaten senseless by the same silver spoon that should have taught them about the world. Hollywooders are a very close second.

The Constitution VERY CLEARLY tells the government it's responsibilities to the people! One need only READ it instead of eggheading the document to death by so-called "interpretation". The framers knew that, by outlining the responsibilities of the government to the people and the people to the government, People would budget their attention adequately to the government when necessary and to each other when needed. Such a balance had worked when we were a young country and would have worked now.

Enter however, the socialists and the history-rewriting "journalists" and things begin to change by way of cheat court challenges and a media justification machine, and people begin to think perhaps such changes are good. Until now, the opposition couldn't be heard because the socialists held the microphone.

People who love this country are in a better position now than ever to expose a socialist wipe who is so bold as to not even try to veil his intent. People in this country - the MAJORITY - will never stand for Marxist rule here. There have been too many generations brought up with the belief that movement toward a socialist, elite-party rule would crush personal development, and the will to excel. We have seen the oppression in the U.S.S.R. We have seen the vulgar displays of power in China. We have seen the squalor in Cuba. The internet has proven uncontrollable by the media leftists, regardless their cries for regulation. those of us who would get this nation back on track must use this tool against them just as they used our courts against us for 40 years. Four years of Obama can easily be undone and enough of a voice will be left in the House and Senate so as to pull the reins a bit on this guy, should he go too far out of hand. We survived Carter.

VN8, I'm sorry I sorta blog-hogged, but just say the word and I'll hit "delete" -- Heck, it's your blog, YOU can do it!!

:-)

Lee said...

The absolutely incredible aspect of this interview is that it has always been readily available. Everything we really know about BO has been unearthed not by the mainstream media but rather the blogosphere and talk radio. As Hannity says of his radio program, he does what the MSM refuses to do. The MSM has shown more interest in (the Wasilla) Librarygate than in BO's actual positions. Of course, we know why. They have talked to everyone in Alaska about who Sarah Palin is and dutifully reported the results. But no interviews with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, or Tony Rezko? BO is all but a blank sheet of paper. Well, this interview transcript confirms that his Joe the Plumber gaffe wasn't an anomaly. And how can he be sworn to defend and uphold a constitution he believes is flawed? And how about Biden's interview with the Orlando TV station? Man, were his feathers ruffled at the tough questions.

Well, this time, they can't kick Joe around.

VoteNovember2008 said...

Amen Brothers! I've been really busy and haven't had much time to get back to your comments, but keep commenting, I'm loving it and I'll get back to you! OM1C, Lee, you two always have some thought provoking comments and observations! We are certainly in a battle at the eleventh hour to get this message out that BO is very much the socialist that he vehemently denies! His associations with some very questionable folks is enough reason for me to pause and say, what is up with this dude!? VN8

Lee said...

Really quiet over on the left.

OweMe1Cannoli said...

They tread very lightly over here, where we don't cripple one to raise another.