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The Roots of Obama's Rage Hardcover – September 27, 2010
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YOU WILL NEVER SEE OBAMA THE SAME WAY AGAIN
He’s been called many things: a socialist, a radical fellow traveler, a Chicago machine politician, a prince of the civil rights movement, a virtual second coming of Christ, or even a covert Muslim.
But as New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza points out in this shockingly revealing book, these labels merely slap our own preconceived notions on Barack Obama.
The real Obama is a man shaped by experiences far different from those of most Americans; he is a much stranger, more determined, and exponentially more dangerous man than you’d ever imagined. He is not motivated by the civil rights struggles of African Americans in the 1960sthose battles leave him wholly untouched. He is not motivated by the socialist or Marxist propaganda that hypnotized a whole generation of woolyminded academics and condescending liberalsthose concepts also leave him cold.
What really motivates Barack Obama is an inherited ragean often masked, but profound rage that comes from his African father; an anticolonialist rage against Western dominance, and most especially against the wealth and power of the very nation Barack Obama now leads. It is this rage that explains the previously inexplicable, and that gives us a startling look at what might lie ahead.
In The Roots of Obama’s Rage you’ll learn: Why Obama’s economic policies are actually designed to make America poorer compared to the rest of the world Why Obama will welcome a nuclear Iran Why Obama sees America as a rogue nationworse than North Korea The real reason Obama banished a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House and ordered NASA to praise the scientific contributions of Muslims Why Obama would like to make America’s superpower status a thing of the past
Stunning, provocative, original, and tellingno one has better diagnosed who Obama is, what he intends to do, and why he poses an existential threat to America than Dinesh D’Souza in The Roots of Obama’s Rage.
From THE ROOTS OF OBAMA’S RAGE
We are today living out the script for America and the world that was dreamt up not by Obama but by Obama’s father. How do I know this? Because Obama says so himself. Reflect for a moment on the title of his book: it’s not Dreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. In other words, Obama is not writing a book about his father’s dreams; he is writing a book about the dreams that he got from his father.
Think about what this means. The most powerful country in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950sa polygamist who abandoned his wives, drank himself into stupors, and bounced around on two iron legs (after his real legs had to be amputated because of a car crash caused by his drunk driving). This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son is the one who is making it happen, but the son is, as he candidly admits, only living out his father’s dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is being governed by a ghost.
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From THE ROOTS OF OBAMAS RAGE
We are today living out the script for America and the world that was dreamt up not by Obama but by Obamas father. How do I know this? Because Obama says so himself. Reflect for a moment on the title of his book: its notDreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. In other words, Obama is not writing a book about his fathers dreams; he is writing a book about the dreams that he got from his father.
Think about what this means. The most powerful country in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950sa polygamist who abandoned his wives, drank himself into stupors, and bounced around on two iron legs (after his real legs had to be amputated because of a car crash caused by his drunk driving). This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nations agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son is the one who is making it happen, but the son is, as he candidly admits, only living out his fathers dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is being governed by a ghost.
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The well-referenced book is full of original research divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1, A Tale of Three Dreams, contrasts the *American Dream* as a land of opportunity, Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a colorblind America, and President Obama's "Dreams from my Father." Here, D'Souza introduces his thesis that President Obama's dream is inherited from his father, Barack Obama Sr., the anti-colonialist Luo tribesman who impressed upon his son the excesses of an imperialist America. In Chapter 2, The Black Man's Burden, D'Souza argues that Obama is an anti-colonialist who seeks to curb America's influence in the world. As one of several arguments that Obama is not primarily a socialist he notes that the President has never advocated government ownership of the means of production, but has preferred government control and influence over the private sector: e.g., health care, automotive, insurance, banking, and finance. That is, Obama's socialism, to the extent it exists, is fashioned much more along European lines than Marxist ones.
Obama also appears to D'Souza to be a more genuine idealist than political pragmatist. For example, as Obama grew, he publicly returned from his childhood name, Barry Soetoro, to his birth name, Barack Obama. This less-than-politic identification with his father is interesting and appears genuine. As the author points out in several places, Barack Obama Jr.'s book is titled "Dreams *FROM* my Father" (emphasis mine). D'Souza's claim is then that the ideology of Barack Obama Sr. is the formative and seminal ideology embraced by Barack Obama Jr. (Chapter 6). Such ideologies as "Humbling the Overclass" (Chapter 8), "Taming the Rogue Nation" (Chapter 9), and "The Last Anti-Colonial" (Chapter 10) emphasize various aspects of anti-colonialism held by Sr., embraced by Jr., and referenced in Obama's own writing.
D'Souza points out that once the anti-colonial paradigm is understood, many actions taken by the President to level America's influence in the world begin to make sense; e.g., his simultaneous moratorium on domestic offshore drilling and support of foreign offshore drilling (e.g., Brazil), the reduction in armament in the European theater, the deference and apology shown to foreign heads of state, the support of taxes and policies that discourage domestic investment and development as contrasted with the support for national subsidies of other nations in a various ways (e.g., greenhouse gas subsidies), etc.
Taken as a whole, D'Souza argues that the President is bent on reducing America's influence in the world and transferring her wealth to other nations as a remedy for America's "unjust" gain via a repressive "colonial" past. This is an odd assessment, considering that America was a colony herself, revolted from Great Britain in late 18th century, and has had far fewer colonial undertakings as compared to any other world power in history. In the main, the evidence shows America to be a restrained and non-colonial nation. Notwithstanding, the assessment seems to concord with Obama's actions and the philosophy is echoed by some like-minded politicians and intellectuals.
The book is well-written, reports original scholarship, and presents a novel paradigm. Despite the title, the majority of the book strikes a rather academic or clinical tone, the main exception being the closing chapter, which more forcefully summarizes the case. The book is well written and researched and for that reason, I recommend it. D'Souza has altered the landscape; both supporters and detractors will need to address his arguments from this point onward.