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October 27, 2008

Obama: Let's Pursue Reparations Through Legislation Rather Than the Courts


A caller, "Karen," asked if it's "too late for that kind of reparative work economically?” And she asked if that work should be done through the courts or through legislation.

"Maybe I’m showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor," Obama said. "I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isn’t structured that way."

"Reparative work." Seems like the caller understood what Obama was saying, and Obama agreed.

It's only now that they are furiously spinning that they meant something else.

While Obama isn't "optimistic" about getting this "reparative work" done through the courts, he hasn't entirely given up on them:

You can craft theoretical justification for it legally, and any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts.

Obama's Redistributionist Obsession: Racially-tinged economic justice.

This is astounding stuff from a man who is one election away from the presidency. In politer tones, he is saying things that would make his mentors — Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, and William Ayers, not necessarily in that order — proud as peacocks. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez are probably beaming too.


I suggest henceforth that every time readers hear the word “change” from Team Obama, they insert the work “redistributive” in front of it.

Curiously, one of Obama's ideas for "change" -- taxing 401k's -- tracks rather neatly with radical redistributionist Phather Phleger's call for white people giving up their 401ks in the interest of racial justice.

Thanks to CJ for that.

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