Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obama Calls for Black Reparations

Ever since the conversation between "Joe the Plumber" and Barack Obama, people have been up in arms over the Illinois' Senator and his socialist leanings. Obama declared he wanted to "spread the wealth" and do so with the earnings of those with higher incomes.

Now, John McCain and his allies are looking for examples of Obama's socialistic leanings at every opportunity they can find and, unfortunately, missing an equally alarming and dangerous story. Currently, McCain supporters are referring to a 2001 radio interview in which the then Illinois state senator was discussing the civil rights movement. During the interview he pointed out 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… 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 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."

The radio interview (click the image above) does make it clear that Obama supports the redistribution of wealth. He is a socialist. Socialism, unfortunately, has been a part of the liberal mantra for years. The list of Marxist sounding quotes by Obama's Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, is exhaustive in its own right. During her run for the Presidency, Clinton said:
  • "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
  • "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few..... And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."
  • "(We) ....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
  • "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."
  • "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
  • "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

Therefore, "socialism" has become a common Democrat agenda. Obama, in this interview, goes further. He is discussing the targeting of specific ethnic groups for payment to another ethnic group. He is a socialist that believes that the majority population today should be forced to pay for the treatment that black people received generations ago. This is ethnic and class warfare at its worst. In a culture that has become too comfortable with the redistribution of wealth, this largely missed story among the socialist rhetoric rampant today could actually make Americans think twice.

Kevin Price articles frequently appear at ChicagoSunTimes.com, Reuters.com, USAToday.com, and other national media.

Kevin Price is Host of the Price of Business (M-F at 11 AM on CNN 650) and Publisher of the Houston Business Review. Hear the show live and online at PriceofBusiness.com. Visit the archive of past shows here.

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