By Wyatt Earp | October 27, 2008
Since I am just a lowly civil servant, I could use some of his “wealth distribution.” Here are his words in a recently re-released 2001 interview:
If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. 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 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. (H/T – Ace of Spades)
Yeah, the best thing we can do as a nation is break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution. Because if anyone knows better than the founding fathers, it’s the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama – the most liberal senator this country has ever seen. Obama frets that the Warren Court did not address the redistribution of wealth issue, but thankfully for him, he can address it when he wins the election.
It might be a good idea to start hiding your money in mattresses. I’m just sayin’.
Oh, and here’s The Obamaton in his own words:
Awesome! I expect Randal Graves to start forking over his money to me a.s.a.p.