Obama says that the “tragedy” of the civil rights movement was its failure to redistribute wealth:
A 7-year-old radio interview in which Barack Obama discussed the failure of the Supreme Court to rule on redistributing wealth in its civil rights rulings has given fresh ammunition to critics who say the Democratic presidential candidate has a socialist agenda.
The interview — conducted by Chicago Public Radio in 2001, while Obama was an Illinois state senator and a law professor at the University of Chicago — delves into whether the civil rights movement should have gone further than it did, so that when “dispossessed peoples” appealed to the high court on the right to sit at the lunch counter, they should have also appealed for the right to have someone else pay for the meal.
Even more frighteningly, he also said the Warren Court “wasn’t that radical,” because it focused on limitations of what the government can do, rather than inventing affirmative obligations of the government to do things, such as redistribute wealth. In so doing, he said:
[The Supreme Court] didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted.
(Emphasis mine.) Apparently, Obama thinks the Constitution ought to be interpreted to require the government to redistribute wealth.
Ironically, Biden chose today to say that comparing Obama to Karl Marx is off the mark.