Was this just an off-the-cuff and meaningless remark? Maybe Obama just misspoke and didn't really mean it.
Yesterday came proof that Obama's comments were no mistake but a rare insight into his actual belief system. He is a redistributionist, dyed-in-the-wool. Click here to listen to Obama during a 2001 interview on Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ.
In the interview, Obama discusses what he believes were the "victories and failures" of the civil rights movement's litigation strategy in the U.S. Supreme Court. The victories included vesting of "formal rights," like, for example, "the right to vote." But Obama states that it was a failure that "the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth."
That's right, Barack Obama, the Democrats' nominee for president, believes that the U.S. Supreme Court should get involved in directly taking money from some people and giving it to others.
Obama also seemed to suggest that the Supreme Court should not be bound by the Constitution itself. He argued that the Warren Court should have broken "free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution." Arguably, the Warren Court did just that but apparently it wasn't enough to please Obama. To please him the Supreme Court should, apparently, feel free to disregard any Constitutional boundaries and provide "economic justice."
Certainly Obama's position indicating a need to "break free" from the Constitution is some indication of the type of judges or justices he would appoint. I don't think that the country can afford that.
In a flashback to the beginning of his political career. Obama also suggests that community groups organize and work for "redistributive change."
Does America really want that kind of change next week? A change to socialism?
I certainly hope not.
(12:35 p.m. update: Fox News has posted a column on this subject (link here) by someone who actually read Obama's book. In it, Obama admits that he carefully chose Marxist professors as friends in college and attended socialist conferences.)