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Obama: 'Nazism … similar to what's going on' in U.S.

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 10/30/2008 @ 11:00 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled

A newly posted video on YouTube captures Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama appearing to suggest that America after World War II had similarities to Nazi Germany.

In the video, Obama is on WBEZ radio in Chicago discussing the Supreme Court opinions on civil rights during the time America was dealing with Jim Crow laws.

He states, “You’ve got the doctrines of Nazism that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what’s going on back here at home.”

The video can be seen here:

As WND reported, Obama’s comments on the same station at the same time suggested his disappointment that the U.S. Supreme Court never had gone beyond the constraints of the Constitution and established wealth redistribution plans.

In that tape, Obama is heard telling WBEZ in 2001 that “redistributive change” is needed, pointing to what he regarded as a failure of the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren in its rulings on civil rights issues in the 1960s.

The Warren court, he said, failed to “break free from the essential constraints” in the U.S. Constitution and launch a major redistribution of wealth. But Obama, then an Illinois state lawmaker, said the legislative branch of government, rather than the courts, probably was the ideal avenue for accomplishing that goal.

“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 and as long as I could pay for it I’d be OK.”

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The new posting has Obama praising the NAACP for its “systematic, thoughtful strategy to lay bare the contradictions that are already embodied in the doctrines and ideological structures the court is … working with.”

Then he cites the changes outside the courtroom, such as World War II, “that the judges have to essentially take judicial notice of.”

He also states, “You’ve got the doctrines of Nazism that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what’s going on back here at home.”

Among the commenters on the YouTube site was one person who said, “This guy is a trip. … It’s all to shock us so we won’t pay attention to what he really wants to do with our country.”

“Not only did hitler (sic) support socialism like Obama does but he also used abortion as a way to create the perfect race, yet we still support abortion today,” said another.

In the 2001 tape previously reported, Obama lamented that 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,” Obama said. “It
didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by
the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been
interpreted, and the 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,” he continued, “and one of the, I think, tragedies of the
civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so
court-focused I think 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 coalition of powers through which
you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer
from that.”

 



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