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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 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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It should be pointed out that Obama is not the first President to adopt this approach. Jimmy Carter seems to support the same sort of policies, feeling that the US has to atone for supposed sins it has committed. Yet, Carter comes from a completely different background than Obama whose roots are in Islam, Africa and Asia. Carter comes out of the heartland of Christian America, served as an officer in the US Navy and was a successful capitalist with his peanut farm, yet he adopted similar ideas and policies, jettisoning the pro-American Shah of Iran thinking Khomeini would be more "authentic" and that the Iranian Islamic revolutionaries would be greatful to him for his support. The world is still paying for that disastrous misjudgement and Carter lost his presidency. I would appreciate it if anyone could explain to me how Carter evolved the way he did.
Returning to this book, my reservations about it come first form the style of writing. It is written in the form of a bunch of friends sitting around and shooting the breeze instead of being written in a serious style befitting a serious subject. Examples are the writer referring to Obama's father as "a jerk", his mother-in-law calling him "straaaaaange!" (that is the way the writer wrote it) and his referring to President Obama as "that guy". The writer incorrectly states that the first moon landing was "Apollo 13" instead of Apollo 11, probably because there was a popular movie with the name of the first.
The writer repeatedly states that Obama is "not a socialist" yet he keeps saying how Obama wants the government to control the eonomy of the US and to use this power to bring down the "fatcats" as he calls them and to transfer wealth the US has to poorer countries because he assumes the disparity in wealth is due to "American exploitation". It is true that this, in addition to Obama's close relationship with wealthy Wall Street types is not classic Marxism, but I would say he does have strong socialist leanings so the writer has left mean confused on this issue.
I also disagree with the writer's assertion that Obama does not consider himself a Muslim. The writer makes the common mistake of looking at Islam purely as a "religion" in the American sense. While it does seem that religion is of little interest to Obama, as was the case with his father and Indonesian step-father, outside the US "religion" also stands for culture and values in addition to what we may call "theology". A good example was the news story some years ago in Italy where, by law, classrooms must have a crucifix present. While it is true that church attendance in Italy is very low, when Muslim parents demanded the crucifix be removed, there was a firestorm of protest from the nonminally Christian Italians who view Christianity as part of the culture, even if they reject it as a religion.
In most of the Muslim-majority countries of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, a person's personal status regarding his religion which has legal ramifications in these countries (e.g. determining whom one can marry, what sort of funeral the person is entitled to, etc.) is determined by his father's religious identification. According to this, Obama would be considered to be born a Muslim in these countries, whether or not he actually practices the religion. There is no doubt in my mind that his Islamic roots have importance to him and he identifies with them.
In addition, I feel the writer did not give enough background about what Obama did in his life to clarify the points the writer was making.
The bottom line is that this book is a mixed bag, although I do agree with its principle thesis.
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