Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Recommended Reading 32: Obama and "redistributive change"

plus a request....

Obama Camp Lashes Out at FOX News Over Coverage of 2001 Radio Interview


"I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change, and in some ways we still suffer from that." - Obama-2001

Fox News provides this link: Click here to hear the interview.

The interview ends like this:

"I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts, the institution just isn't structured that way....

"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.

"The court's just not very good at it and politically it's very hard to legitimatize opinions from the court in that regard. So, I mean, I think 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...." -Obama, 2001, Chicago Public Radio-Odyssey

Below is the link to the original audio. I could not get it to load and it seemed to me the interview (as linked above) was cut off at the end, you know, the way he said "courts," didn't sound like the end of a sentence to me. If someone else can get the audio from the Chicago Public Radio Library to play, I would like to have verification if that was the end of the sentence or if what followed gave it a different context. As it is, it certainly sounds an alarm for me...I'm just not sure that was the end of the interview. I will try again later myself.

I know there are all kinds of pundits out there passing off half truths and misinformation, heck, even some of my favorite bloggers are engaging in a bit of it right now and it disappoints me but, as always, I want the whole truth and the whole context before I can feel confident that what I heard above, and you read above, is all there was to it. So, let's set aside partisan politics for a moment and see if we can find out if that was the end of the interview or not (and that said, I must say I am very suspicious of the intent of Barack Obama when it comes to wealth redistribution and I think there is enough to set off alarm bells as it is, but this seemed like a hanging sentence and I don't like hanging sentences).

Chicago Public Radio - Audio Library: Odyssey

January 18, 2001 Audio hosted by Gretchen Helfrich

The Court and Civil Rights
Susan Bandes – Professor of law at DePaul University and the editor of the book, “The Passions of Law”
Dennis Hutchinson – The William Rainey Harper professor in the college, senior lecturer in the law school and editor of the Supreme Court Review at the University of Chicago
Barack Obama – Illinois State Senator from 13th district and a senior lecturer in the law school at the University of Chicago


1 comment:

tom said...

This is proof positive that your statements of the past can come back to haunt you.
Obama would be smart just to admit that he has socialist tendencies and make the argument that if government doesn't FORCE business to do what is best the "little people" will get hurt.
Personally I'm fed up with socialist and socialist lite, but heaven forbid should we allow the individual to forge on without politicians stepping in to benefit those that have paid into their campaigns.

I believe some of the items that I have said on blogs may come back on me in the upcoming council race, however I have said what I said and shot me if I'm brutally honest where I stand on some issues.