“Why Obama Will Be Worse Than Bush”

Yep, it’s already being said! I’m not, yet, convinced that I agree — throughout the campaign, I remained confident that McCain (even if, in the words of Scott McConnell, “Wilsonian bellicosity has visceral appeal for him”) and Obama, both, marked improvement from the six years of disastrous governance under the right branch of the War Party and two additional years in which the two branches shared, and battled for, power in a pissing contest to see whose sinking into moral depravity could occur more grandly than James Cameron’s RMS Titanic. William Norman Grigg, however, offers a distressingly plausible case.

Barack Obama, a one-time professor of constitutional law, has famously criticized the Constitution for defining liberty in terms of “negative” liberties – meaning protections against various forms of state action. This is a hoary truism often invoked in theories of Constitutional law that were rooted in Marxism and nurtured by the federal government’s post-New Deal demand for legal apologists and executors. [He also believes that the Constitution permits a woman to murder her unborn child under the guise of “privacy” but contends that privacy hardly suffices to protect us from wiretaps. – NPO]

Obama, speaking as a state legislator in a recently discovered and inadequately publicized 2001 radio interview, observed that the civil rights revolution of the 1960s sought to overcome this “negative” concept of liberties, but was too wedded to the idea of pursuing its social revolution through the courts.

As he pointed out, “[T]he Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and the more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society…. [O]ne 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 community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which to bring about redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that.” [Grigg’s emphasis. – NPO]

Terrified yet? The always perspicacious Professor Deneen, though not without reservations, is exceedingly more hopeful. I tend to lean more toward Grigg than Deneen on this one, but, boy howdy, I hope that the good professor turns out to be right on this one, for everyone’s sake.

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