Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama's Redistribution Agenda

American leftists will deny Barack Obama's inherently radical inclinations until their dying breath, but as more information on Obama trickles out - an old book review here, an audiotape there - it becomes increasingly ridiculous for Obama supporters to deny the essential socialist orientation to their candidate's ideology.


In light of the recent revelations on Barack Obama's views on the constitutional law of economic redistribution, Steven Calabresi noted this at the Wall Street Journal:

In a Sept. 6, 2001, interview with Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ-FM, Mr. Obama noted that the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren "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."

He also noted that the Court "didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted." That is to say, he noted that the U.S. Constitution as written is only a guarantee of negative liberties from government - and not an entitlement to a right to welfare or economic justice.

This raises the question of whether Mr. Obama can in good faith take the presidential oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution" as he must do if he is to take office. Does Mr. Obama support the Constitution as it is written, or does he support amendments to guarantee welfare? Is his provision of a "tax cut" to millions of Americans who currently pay no taxes merely a foreshadowing of constitutional rights to welfare, health care, Social Security, vacation time and the redistribution of wealth? Perhaps the candidate ought to be asked to answer these questions before the election rather than after.
Yes, I think he should.

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