Obama’s Constitutional Scholarship Confined to Social Justice: Community Agitator and Lawyer is as Good as it Got

An audio has surfaced of Barack Obama being introduced before giving about a 30 minute lecture on “the nature of community values” at the Nebraska Weslyan University in 1994. The video is 39.57 mins long. I have his introduction below. Follow the link below to read the BuzzFeed summation if hearing his voice will cause you to bang your head on your keyboard. It’s clear from his ‘lecture’ that he has little respect for Bill Clinton or Dan Quayle and feels immense empathy for poor Harriett, Ozzie’s famous wife who was a stay-at-home mom.

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The wife is at home, she’s not working, Dad’s got his 9 to 5, there are no African-Americans in these family values.

Before getting to the introduction, we should remember that Obama claims he taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and the Left is fond of saying he was a “Constitutional Scholar.” In his entire career, there has not surfaced one article or review that he has written on the Constitution, but he has made a few derisive remarks about it.

A former Obama student, Thom Lambert say Obama taught only Constitutional Law III, which covers the Fourteenth Amendment, the rights of Citizenship and birthright. A long discussion ensues in comments.

A look around the Intertubes, in general lays out Constitutional Law I, II and III as:

Constitutional Law I: the fundamental allocation of powers in our democratic republic. The Constitution, as the supreme law, allocates powers and duties to the various branches of the Federal Government, to the states, and to the people. Con Law I focuses on the allocation of competence among the federal branches and the states; Con Law II focuses on the rights and privileges of individuals…differences arise as to its meaning and effect – the all-important power issue of who gets to resolve the differences…the substantive law of the allocation of governmental powers: (a) between the federal government and the states, and (b)among the federal branches…the limits of federal court power to decide constitutional issues.

Constitutional Law II: …explores topics  including the powers of the federal government, separation of powers, Commerce Clause and other restrictions on state regulation of the economy, the amendment process, and other constitutional questions.

Constitutional Law III: Directly from the University of Chicago Law School: Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) explains it to a Washington Post writer who isn’t familiar with Article 1, Section 8: 

It’s the enumerated powers with what the founders gave us as the authority under which we can work. The constitution is loaded with nos. It’s not loaded with yesses. It tells us what we can’t do, and here’s what it tells us where we can…

It gives the enumerated powers and what you’re seeing happen – and this has been a progressive thing, the courts have abandoned the Constitution, not holding Congress within article 1, section 8 of the Constitution. This has been something that has been progressive…The one part of the balance of power that doesn’t get talk about and what you’re seeing expressed through the Tea Party is the real balance of power that the founders wanted was for we the people to hold the government accountable.

It is reasonable to believe he disdains Article 1, Section 8 as it adheres to equal justice with no mention of the Left’s ‘social justice’ in the enumeration of powers, state’s rights and the role of the individual and We the People in Constitutional Law I and II.

Obama was not a full professor. He was a senior lecturer, according to University of Chicago, and some accounts refer to him as an adjunct professor, which is a part-timer without the option of tenure. Adjunct’s are cheaper to hire under contract. “Adjunct” literally means 1) something added to another thing but not essential to it; 2) a person associated with lesser status, rank, authority, etc., in some duty or service; assistant; 3) a person working at an institution as a college or university, without having full or permanent status.

And…remember that in September 2001 on Chicago radio Barack Obama said the US Constitution had “deep flaws,” still “reflected” in this country today, and the Founding Fathers had “an enormous blind spot” as the document was being written.

Powerline (Steven Hayward has a copy of one of Obama’s exams – read about it here):

His [Obama] course on constitutional law one of several constitutional law courses on the U of C curriculum, dealt exclusively with the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment – the favorite, all-purpose clause for liberal jurists to use to right wrongs and make us more equal by judicial fiat. There is no evidence that Obama ever taught courses that considered other aspects of constitutionalism, such as executive power, the separation of powers, the commerce Clause, or judicial review itself.

So all of the above should explain how Barack Obama is introduced in 1994 and why he, for all intents and purposes, threatened the Supreme Court before the ObamaCare ruling came down by saying it would be “unprecedented” for the Court to strike down a law passed by a “strong majority” in Congress,” of which there was not a “strong majority.”

He has shown his contempt in many ways, a few of them seen here, and has been able to achieve truly ‘unprecedented,’ unconstitutional Presidential acts solely because a Democrat-controlled Senate has allowed it.

Today University Forum presents Barack Obama, a Chicago attorney, a community organizer, and Civil Rights advocate and his lecture, Community Revitalization. Obama is an attorney with the Chicago Law Firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland where he specializes in Civil Rights litigation, real estate financing, acquisition, construction and redevelopment of low and moderate income housing and representation of not-for-profit organizations created to promote the welfare of low and moderate income urban communities.He is also adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Law School where he lectures on Civil Rights and Social Change.

After graduating from Columbia University, Obama gained national attention in 1990 as a Law student at Harvard University where he was the first African American to serve as editor of the prestigous Harvard Law Reviews. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1991.

From 1985 to 1988 Obama served as Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project, a grassroots church-based community deveopment organization in Chicago’s far South Side. During his four years as director, Obama trained leadership from churches, public housing complexes, parent organizations and block clubs to work collectively to restore housing, streets and parks in the area. He established counseling and tutorial programs to at risk youth, established training programs for the unemployed of the area and forged partnerships with the community leadership and the pubic schools to raise reading and math performance.

In 1992 he served as Director of Illinois Project Vote in Chicago, organizing and directing a voter registration campaign targeting minority and low income voters in the Chicago area.

Obama is also the author of Mixing Blood, Stories of Inheritance to Be published by Random House in 1995. [eventually became Dreams From My Father]

End introduction

Do go read the BuzzFeed piece which expands on what Obama was willing to do to defeat the Clinton’s in 2008. Thanks to Doug Ross and Larwyn’s Linx and Sweetness and Light who ties Obama’s background to Jeremiah Wright during this time period.

Linked at Obama Ballot Challenge – thank you!

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  • Jane

    As an average Jane I’m not concerned with all the political back and forth ramblings from either side. I care about 50 million of my fellow uninsured\underinsured Americans who get up every day, do our jobs, take care of our children, and pray that we will still be healthy at the end of each and every day… because if we are not… !!! I don’t pretend to know who has the better way. All I know is that 50 million Americans deserve the attention now finally being paid to us… there should be nothing more important to America than the health of ALL Americans.

    • Jane, you are one of those Americans Ben Franklin warned us of – willing to give up your liberty to have a safety net (not exactly his quote but close). As soon as your health care provider changes a single word in their plan, your plan is gone and you are on single payer.

      There’s no one in this country that cannot get health care if they can’t afford it. This bill is designed for single payer. That is the end result. If you no longer have your freedom because it was first taken away by health care, what will be the next loss. You need to give this some deep thought before Nov. 6. Your healthcare and mine is about freedom.

      If there was not a plan to force you onto single payer (government health care – like Medicare for everyone with much reduced benefits), we would already have insurance sold across state borders. That’s free market. The regulations need to go and the government needs to stay out of it. This is a plan to make you think you are getting something grand but you are getting slammed and just don’t know it.

      Bottom line, Americans deserve nothing but to have the right to take care of themselves and work toward the pursuit of happiness as best they can.

      I do not owe you your abortions, sterilizations, or birth control. ObamaCare is insanely crippling.

      • An excellent reponse, Maggie!

      • Regulations along with Obama need to go. Obama is insanely crippling all around, plus the biggest CON LIAR of all time, so is his sick demented wife, plus ALL his PARTNERS IN CRIME!
        That thirty minute lecture must have seemed 3 hours long. Obama is clueless on values of any kind, so boring and off in left field, I can’t stand to listen to him, so I’m done with his BS.
        BTW we met a man in Publix today that knew Biden, he said Biden was crazy as it gets. I can believe that.
        Let’s start a trend: Blame Obama for everything bad from A to Z. No matter what it is – BLAME OBAMA!

  • Obummer, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1991? I’d like to see the false proof of that lie. NO WAY!!!!! As much as Obummer hates whites, guess what he’s a half breed from his white whore mother Fu!#@#$ so what does that make Obama, a RACIST through and through. FHY (for his info:) I don’t like the commie black side of Obama or the Nazi white side of Obama, either way, Obama is completely despised and of his father Satan!
    I REBUKE BHO IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST MY LORD AND PRAY TO THE ONE TRUE GOD IN HEAVEN, THIS WILL BE THE LAST AMERICA WILL EVER HAVE TO HEAR OF HIM AGAIN.

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