Please stop the ride, I want to get off now
Posted by Lissa on October 27, 2008
Via Michelle, we get this gem from 2001:
But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try 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 its 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 doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendancy [sic] to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that. [all bold emphasis is mine]
Perhaps that was pandering. Perhaps that snippet isn’t nuanced enough. Perhaps that opinion is no longer valid, is outdated, doesn’t reflect recent developments and new understanding.
I don’t particularly care.
That is not something I *EVER* want to hear coming out of the mouth of my (future) President. And a Constitutional lawyer, at that.
We are SO screwed.