2008-11-12 / Editorials

Watch Your Step, Obama

To The Editor:

I congratulate President-elect Obama on his historic election. Some of his ideas and pronouncements, however, remain a source of concern.

His statements regarding the Constitution and his desire to "redistribute the wealth" reflect a radical "change" [in] how most Americans perceive the role of government. He believes the Constitution is flawed and states, "The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties…it says what the government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf". He seems oblivious to the purpose of the Constitution, which is to limit the power of government over individuals; i.e., the Bill of Rights. What it does do on our behalf is provide the framework and protection for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". It does not guarantee happiness nor does it provide for reimbursements.

The concept of "redistribution of wealth" assumes that the wealth of the citizens belongs to the government. Is the IRS, which confiscates our wealth for the government, going to be renamed the "Internal Redistribution Service"?

In July 2007 at a conference of Planned Parenthood, Senator Obama stated, "We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom; the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that's the criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges." He wants to change the traditional view of justice as a blindfolded person weighing legal claims fairly on a scale. He wants to tear the blindfold off so judges can rule for the party they empathize with the most. This emphasis on empathy in essence requires the appointed judges to violate their oath: that is to "administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich".

President-elect Obama will take an oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution". Let us be vigilant and make sure he does not violate that oath. Nothing less than the very idea of liberty and the rule of law are at stake. Ed Konecnik Flushing

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