Friday, January 24, 2014

Surrender of language to the needs of the state has created a prison from which escape is, quite literally, inconceivable-Bruce Walker, AT, 10/29/2008, The US Constitution as a document of 'negative liberties'

10/29/2008, "Negative Liberties and Obama Newspeak," Bruce Walker, American Thinker

"The 2001 audio tape of Barack Obama describing the Constitution as a document of "negative liberties" reveals an utterly Orwellian Obama....
  • Only in our age of collective thinking and untidy language
  • could such a thing as "positive liberty" be conceived.
  • The state power to coerce is not liberty.
Notions like "positive liberty" are part of the web of thought control by language manipulation which Orwell described in 1984. ...
These unguarded remarks by Obama display a mind trapped in a reality in which words are phantoms....
  • Government does some things which reduce our private rights and yet which increase the common good.
Politics is all about where the boundary between broad notions of promoting the general welfare by state coercion and preserving liberty should be.
  • Politicians on the Left have often argued that liberty should be reined in more tightly so that "the people" can live better.
But implying that more state power somehow increases liberty is beyond mere Leftism. It is an entry into

True charity is always a free act. That does not make the moral duty of charity any less, but it means that it is a function of liberty. But it seems as if Obama's mind cannot grasp this sort of distinction. 
Is the Orwellian character of Obama's mind a surprise? No. He is a man young enough to have grown up in a
The subliminal contradictions of popular entertainment, the indoctrinary quality of his education, the pandemic use of "politically correct" language, the nonexistence in Obama's universe of
  • which numb his conscience --
almost every single aspect of the life of Barack Obama dovetails into someone for whom the word "liberties" has no authentic meaning.
  • This is the newness of Obama in our history. Leftists like George McGovern and Jimmy Carter lived real lives. Both served in the military. Both seemed to have been genuinely religious. Both worked in private business. Both came from states that were conservative, and so they had to defend their political philosophies. 
Barack Obama, by contrast, has lived a life of utter sameness. There are no bumps or rough edges or hints of individuality at all.
  • It is not just his life, so marinated in rote theory, that makes Obama unique. He is an early prototype of a new creature in our lives: Orwell's children, if you will. These are the people who can honestly believe that September 11th was an "inside job" or that the CIA invented crack cocaine to hurt blacks. This is the generation
which has grown up with no intellectual or cultural system of checks and balances.
  • Iron and dull control of education, destruction of the nuclear family, disappearance of religion in public life, degradation of art and entertainment into tasteless mush, and, most of all, the politicization of everything in life -- these forces have created
a new sort of human being, a person who lacks from life any tools of discernment or devices to describe life
There is something about Obama, many of us sense, which is different from any other politician. 

Socialism is inadequate to explain Obama. He is both more and less than that. The Left with all its odd menagerie of causes and claims is not enough either. Obama is part of that but part of something more disturbing. He is someone who can say "negative liberties" unaware that he is saying nothing at all."  

2001, Mr. Obama on radio station WBEZ, Chicago, public radio, uploaded 10/27/2008:

"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 as long as I could pay for it Id be o.k. But, 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 wasnt that radical. It didnt break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states cant do to you. Says what the Federal government cant do to you, but doesnt say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasnt shifted 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 tendancy 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."

(Obama's words continue as he responds to callers).


Comment: The GOP has long since merged with whatever Obama is. Obama also saved their life by helping them beat the Tea Party in 2012. As junior democrats they needed to be helped. After Nov. 2012 a business model was in place for permanently silencing right of center Americans. On one side are both political parties and their media including Fox News. The side that used to scream about tolerance and freedom of speech.


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