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Yesterday Fox News made a tape of an interview of Barry from 2001 while he was an Illinois State Senator public. In the interview Barry made these statements as well as many others:"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 OK.""But," Obama said, "The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth 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, as least as it's been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted in the same way that, generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, 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."Obama added, "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 suffer from that.""Tragedies of the Civil Rights Movements", "Warren Court not radical enough". These are really revealing statements and certainly show us how radical any Barry appointed Federal Judges are going to be.Obama's spokeman Bill Burton tried mightily to spin this one by attempting to divert attention away from the "redistribution of wealth" using legislative means by saying Barry didn't advocate using the courts to do this and then not addressing the rest of the statement except to try and create a smoke screen. Unfortunately for Barry it shows that he has been focusing on this for some time now.The Barry campign has now trotted out one of the most radical Constitutional Law Professors from U of C to defend these remarks. Professor Sunstein authored a book on the Second Bill of Rights and Barry's comments are derived from this book.The Second Bill of Rights that they are advocating is from a 1944 speech by FDR. These rights are as follows:In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all--regardless of station, race, or creed.Among these are:The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;The right of every family to a decent home;The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;The right to a good education.He is saying these are "rights". We have just seen how well making it a right for every family to own a decent home has worked. Disaster for the entire world!Professor Sunstein went on to say in his book:You owe your life -- and everything else -- to the sovereign. The rights of subjects are not natural rights, but merely grants from the sovereign. There is no right even to complain about the actions of the sovereign, except insofar as the sovereign allows the subject to complain. These are the principles of unlimited, arbitrary, and absolute power, the principles of such rulers as Louis XIV. Intellectuals have assiduously promoted them; think of Jean Bodin and Thomas Hobbes.Radical thought indeed! It appears that Sunstein is advocating "the radical notion that all rights -- including rights usually held to be 'against' the state, such as the right to freedom of speech and the right not to be arbitrarily imprisoned or tortured -- are grants from the state." Talk about Elitist thought. However it certainly fits nicely with how aggressively the Barry surrogates attack anyone who says anything negative about him. It also dovetails nicely with Barry's comments about Middle America clinging to religion and guns. Help us! How have we lived so long in this nation without someone like Barry being our leader and looking out for us?
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