In his own words, Senator Obama pushes redistribution of wealth
October 27, 2008
Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered
2001 interview in Sen. Barak Obama is clear that he supports "redistributive change" and that one of the tragedies of the Warren Court was that it didn’t do more to help redistribute the nation’s wealth.
In the interview Obama gave in 2001 with Chicago Public Radio WBEZ.FM he discusses the best way to bring about a redistribution of wealth, how the Warren Supreme Court interpreted the law and the fact that it wasn’t terribly radical.
During the discussion Obama says, "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 it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf . . . because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change."
News media in bed with Obama?
Jim Brown – OneNewsNow – 10/27/2008 5:00:00 AM
Yet another study backs up the contention that the mainstream news media’s coverage of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is more favorable than its coverage of Republican John McCain.
An analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that 57 percent of the print and broadcast stories about John McCain since the political conventions were decidedly negative, while only 14 percent were positive. The study concludes that 29 percent of the mainstream media’s coverage of Barack Obama was negative.
Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the
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Media Research Center, says the study affirms what many observers have known for quite some time.
"The only thing surprising about results like these is that you’d almost have to do the study," he says with a laugh. "Everybody who’s looked at these stories can see the decided negativity they have towards Senator McCain; and everybody who’s seen the entire last two years of coverage of Barack Obama knows.
"They remember all the news magazine stories with the halo around his head. That’s the kind of coverage he’s received for two years now."
Graham contends the percentage of negative coverage of Obama would be much lower if the study encompassed merely the so-called "objective news media." He notes the Project for Excellence in Journalism study is not completely scientific because it not only measures the news media, but also talk radio from Air America to Rush Limbaugh.
Obama interview points to ‘Marxism’ philosophy
Jim Brown – OneNewsNow – 10/28/2008 5:00:00 AM
John McCain and his supporters are hammering Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for saying in a 2001 interview on Chicago Public Radio that wealth redistribution is a necessary form of "economic justice."
The McCain campaign and other critics of Barack Obama are seizing on newly uncovered audio from an interview Obama did with WBEZ in Chicago while he was an Illinois state senator and University of Chicago law professor. In the interview, Obama suggested that it was a "tragedy" the U.S. Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, did not pursue "redistribution of wealth" for black Americans.
"Because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change," said the state senator. "And in some ways we still suffer from that."
Former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer is the president of
American Values and a supporter of John McCain. He says the 2001 audio tape "closes the circle" on Obama’s "spread the wealth" philosophy he shared recently with an Ohio plumber.
"He even goes so far as to criticize the Constitution of the United States because it doesn’t guarantee equal outcomes," Bauer points out.
"Barack Obama is saying both to Joe the plumber and [in] this earlier interview that he believes the power of government ought to be used to redistribute wealth in the United States," he continues — "to take wealth from productive people and give it to people who have not been as successful. And that is socialism at best — and I think you could even make a case that, in its own way, it’s Marxism."
Bauer warns that if Obama’s economic policy is implemented, it will "guarantee the U.S. decades of sub-par economic growth and class warfare."
NOTE by WSW: Obama may criticize and even ridicule McCain and the Republicans for calling him a "socialist." He may keep saying, "I am not a socialist" (just as Nixon kept saying, "I am not a crook"?) But if it walks like a socialist and talks like a socialist, then it must be a socialist. A socialist by any other name (i.e., "progressive" or even "liberal") is just as antithetical to American freedom.