The video that our friend Morgen Richmond found, which he allowed Patterico.com to announce this morning, made some news today.
It was played on Rush Limbaugh:
There’s another video that Patterico’s Pontifications, Patterico.com, has uncovered. [Again: it was Morgen who uncovered it. — Ed.] They’ve released a video of State Senator Barack Obama from Illinois. This is January 21st, 2002 in Chicago at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. This is during Martin Luther King Jr. day memorial services.
OBAMA 2002 (garbled audio): I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but rich people are all for nonviolence.
OBAMA 2002: Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want!
AUDIENCE: (applause and laughter)
OBAMA 2002: They want to make sure people don’t take their stuff. But the principle of empathy recognizes –
RUSH: All right. Kill it, kill it, kill it. With all that god reverb, you can’t understand. I’ll read to you what he’s saying: “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want. They want to make sure people don’t take their stuff. But the principle of empathy recognizes that there are more subtle forms of violence to which we are answerable.
“The spirit of empathy condemns not only the use of fire hoses and attack dogs to keep people down but also accountants and tax loopholes to keep people down. … When a company town sees its plant closing because some distant executives made some decision despite the wage concessions, despite the tax breaks, and they see their entire economy collapsing, they feel violence…”
This is Obama ten years ago. He hasn’t changed, is the point. This is who he is! The rich, of course, they’re all for nonviolence. They don’t like community organizers. They don’t like people raising hell in the streets. They don’t like violence. They got their stuff. They got what they want. They just want to make sure that folks don’t take their stuff. By the way, that’s why Bill Gates and Warren Buffett run around and claim they’re for tax increases.
So that these “rabble” in the streets don’t want to take their stuff.
And on Bill O’Reilly:
Folks like Morgen, and Charles Johnson at the Daily Caller (the “good” Charles Johnson), and John Sexton at Breitbart.com, represent the kind of blogger I admire most: someone who actually goes out and digs up something new, rather than just flapping their gums about the latest morsels thrown at us by Big Media. Folks like this don’t follow the news cycle. They create the news cycle. I’m proud to know them and I thank Morgen for his occasional contributions here.
I hope readers here will take the time to heap kudos on Morgen.