Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Obama's Constitution:"Weak over Strong"

Obama asks: "Can, and should, the existing concepts of American jurisprudence provide racial minorities more than formal equality through the courts?"

provide racial minorities more than formal equality?

[Rough draft - work in progress]

Alot is being said about how Barack Obama looks like the guy who can bring everyone together on the issues of race.

Whereas most Americans would like to move past racial division and don't make it a topic at the local coffee shop, or make it a consuming personal issue from dawn to dawn, Obama seems to have planned his entire life around his 'white' issues.

Examining Obama's Life, writings, speeches, Associates, friendships, and career we see that Obama is far from being unconsumed by his perceived problems with 'whites'.

Examine the three courses Obama taught - (and btw, another Obama lie he had posted at his Senate website - Obama was NEVER a Law PROFESSOR - he was a 4th tier Law Lecturer)

CURRENT ISSUES IN RACISM &THE LAW. 54302. This seminar examines current problems in American race relations and the role the law has played in structuring the race debate. How have past and present legal approaches to racism fared? Has the continued emphasis on statutory solutions to racism impeded the development of potentially richer political, economic, and cultural approaches, and if so, can minorities afford to shift their emphasis given the continued prevalence of racism in society? Can, and should, the existing concepts of American jurisprudence provide racial minorities more than formal equality through the courts? Students prepare papers that evaluate how the legal system has dealt with particular incidents of racism and that discuss the comparative merits of litigation, legislation and market solutions to problems of institutional racism in American society. This seminar may be taken for fulfillment of the Substantial Writing Requirement. The student’s grade is based on a 15 page paper, group presentation and class participation. Autumn (3) Mr. Obama.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW III: EQUAL PROTECTION AND SUBSTANTIVE DUE PROCESS. 40301. This course considers the history, theory, and contemporary law of the post-Civil War Amendments to the Constitution, particularly the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The central subjects are: the constitutional law governing discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and other characteristics; the recognition of individual rights not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution; and the constitutional distinction between state and private action. Throughout, students consider certain foundational questions, including the role of courts in a democracy, and the question of how the Constitution should be interpreted. The student’s grade in Mr. Obama’s section is based on a take home examination. The student’s grade in Mr. Strauss’ section is based on a proctored final examination. Autumn (3) Mr. Obama, Winter (3) Mr. Strauss.

VOTING RIGHTS &THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. 42001. This course examines the history of voting rights law in the United States, as well as the broader issues surrounding various systems of representative democracy: How should the courts balance the demands of majority rule with the desire to protect minority voices? Does the Voting Rights Act, as amended, promote minority voices, or simply segregate them from the larger political discourse? Are there alternative models, such as cumulative voting, that would better serve majority and minority alike? Do systems of more “direct democracy”—such as ballot initiatives and referenda—empower voters or undermine a more thoughtful deliberative process? And does voting even matter in a complex, modern society where campaigns are dominated by money and issues are framed by lobbyists? The student’s grade is based on a substantial paper. This seminar may be taken for fulfillment of the Substantial Writing Requirement. Winter (3) Mr. Obama.


Obama regarding the confirmation hearings for John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court:
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said, 'The role of a justice is to favor the weak over the strong. In the most difficult cases, the determining factor is not what the law in question says, or what the Constitution says. In those difficult cases,' " what matters is "what is in the judge's heart."

Obama on 2nd Amendment:Clinging to Guns
from obamas own 2006 website:

"Solving these problems will require changes in government policy, but it will also require changes in hearts and a change in minds. I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manufacturers' lobby "



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