The question has perplexed the Right since Barack Obama first emerged on the scene. How are we to understand Barack Obama?
The other week Dinesh D’Souza had a notable essay in Forbes previewing the theme of his upcoming book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. D’Souza’s take: Obama the Anti-Colonialist, inspired by his Marxist father:
Anticolonialism is the doctrine that rich countries of the West got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries of Asia, Africa and South America. As one of Obama’s acknowledged intellectual influences, Frantz Fanon, wrote inThe Wretched of the Earth, “The well-being and progress of Europe have been built up with the sweat and the dead bodies of Negroes, Arabs, Indians and the yellow races.”
One of NRB‘s sharpest writers, Mark Meed, summarized the reaction of most blogosphere cons who have been paying attention: Well, yeah.
Still, D’Souza’s formulation remains useful and it’s valuable to view the President through this lens. I’ll probably make the effort to read his book. But it’s just one lens which can yield insights that will help the Right in defeating Obama and the Left in the political war that’s being waged on our country.
I’ve assembled 10 of these approaches today and am counting them down from least accurate and flat-out wrong to the more useful to the ultimate key to understanding them all. When it comes down to it there is a single label which can give conservatives a grasp of who Obama is and what values he actually holds.
But first let’s start with a few Obama formulations made by some of the least educated of conservatives…