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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  Perhaps that opinion is no longer valid, is outdated, doesn’t reflect recent developments and new understanding.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.

4 Responses to “Please stop the ride, I want to get off now”

  1. Brad K said

    Redistribution of wealth cannot focus on ‘take from the rich’. It *has* to be ‘enrich the poor’. Jobs, ability to vote, to hold property, to enjoy freedom from bondage.

    A ship starts sinking long before the last dude or dudette rips a lifejacket off someone that paid attention to safety drills.

    The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, as celebrated by Dr. Martin Luther King and recently in the movie “The Secret Life Of Bees” was about opening up the dominant culture of America to those that had been locked out – not about tearing down others.

    No thug, no politician, no hungry family has ever said, “I am taking just what I need for now, I don’t want to take too much.” Where there is something left, a grabber keeps grabbing.

    Perhaps we should play “One Tin Soldier” for every Obama supporter.

  2. Yep.
    He’s a loser all right.
    AND, that’s what he’s going to be next Tuesday.

    Keep the faith young friend…

  3. Jay G. said

    From your lips to G-d’s ears, DT.

    I do not share your optimism.

  4. […] Please stop the ride, I want to get off now […]

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