2016: Obama’s America

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Dinesh D’Souza’s latest undertaking in political commentary, the movie 2016:  Obama’s America, has recently arrived in theaters.  In this informative and entertaining documentary, D’Souza explores President Barack Obama’s family and upbringing in order to show the ideological origins of Obama’s various policies.  In the process, D’Souza presents a disturbing narrative of a man fundamentally shaped by political currents opposed to traditionally accepted American ideals, who in turn seeks to alter dramatically American society and its role in the world.

Starting from the film’s beginning, D’Souza juxtaposes his life with Obama’s, noting thereby striking similarities and differences.  D’Souza explains that both he and Obama were born in 1961 and graduated from Ivy League universities in 1983.  Both D’Souza and Obama also have significant non-American, developing world elements in their backgrounds.  D’Souza grew up in Mumbai, India, before achieving his boyhood dream of attending college in the United States at Dartmouth University.  Obama, meanwhile, spent a significant amount of his youth in Indonesia, the country of his stepfather Lolo Sotero, after Obama’s birth in Hawaii (something attested by two local newspapers, D’Souza coyly notes, given “birther” conspiracy theories) during the brief marriage of Stanley Ann Dunham from Kansas and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., from Kenya.

Yet D’Souza and Obama have developed radically different relations to the United States and its collection of ideals encompassed within the proverbial American Dream and Way of Life.  D’Souza recounts, for example, how he swiftly disabused a fellow Dartmouth student at an international student society gathering of any superficial, “multicultural” fascination with D’Souza’s ancestral India.  Noting the student’s excitement upon discovering D’Souza’s Indian background during introductory conversation, D’Souza quickly challenged this American to state just what was so alluring about D’Souza’s poverty-stricken, caste-ridden, and often socially oppressive homeland.

At Dartmouth, D’Souza became a member of the well-known, but not necessarily well-regarded, Dartmouth Review, an unabashedly conservative student publication not afraid, as D’Souza recounts, to be called “sophomoric” in light of its sophomore staff members.  After Dartmouth, D’Souza went to work in the Reagan administration, even though he was not yet an American citizen, but was nonetheless a convinced “Reaganaut.” D’Souza’s fundamentally Reaganite attitudes towards America shine forth in his telling of how he as a boy in Mumbai pored over histories of successive rising and falling empires dominating world history such as that of the British who ruled both D’Souza’s India and the Kenya of Obama Sr.  In contrast, D’Souza differentiates, if the current American hegemony even qualifies as an empire, it is an “empire of ideals,” espousing a universal vision of equal opportunity in a free society for all individuals regardless of background.  D’Souza has debated as much with Jesse Jackson, an African-American whose skin complexion hardly differs from that of the brilliant D’Souza, although Jackson nonetheless has a much more pessimistic, racism-dominated view of the United States.

Obama, in contrast, stands out in D’Souza’s presentation as a person with a consistent, sometimes admittedly consciously so, leftist political formation.  D’Souza hereby examines the psychologically curious affection of the younger Obama for his father.  Although Obama only met his father once briefly during childhood before his 1982 automobile accident death, Obama’s father occupied a central role in Obama’s 1995 autobiography as revealed by its title, Dreams from My Father:  A Story of Race and Inheritance.  Not discussed by Obama in his writings, but noted by D’Souza in the movie and by other conservatives in the past, the economist and Kenyan government official Obama Sr. was thoroughly leftist in beliefs, writing in the 1965 article “Problems Facing Our Socialism” that “[t]heoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income.” He wrote therein as well that the “African tradition is fundamentally based on communal ownership of major means of production and sharing of the fruits of the labours.”

Nothing changes politically in Obama’s later relationships throughout life.  Obama merely names as “Frank” in Dreams from My Father a key mentor during the future president’s adolescence in Hawaii.  This vague reference conceals Frank Marshall Davis, an African-American writer who entered the American Communist Party just after the 1939 Hitler-Stalin pact, as profiled by the historian Paul Kengor in his book The Communist—Frank Marshall Davis:  The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.  As Kengor discusses in the movie and elsewhere, Davis was on the FBI’s Security Index list, entailing that this hardcore Communist and “loyal Soviet patriot” would undergo immediate arrest in case of an armed conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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  • sayyapillai

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  • kingofdisco

    Barry and the Dems and their one world hippy supporters in the media are an election cycle ahead of the Repubs, who are now fighting with a team and a strategy that might have won them the last election. Barry will win this race hands down, and judging by the Dem line up and one notable absentee at their conference, and that crowning Clinton endorsement, they will post the first credible female Presidential candidate to fight the next election, while the Repubs find some team that might have won this one. Presumably, the conversation went something like this :

    'Hey Biblical Bill, your protege Young Barry's green Ponzi hasn't quite hit the balance sheet yet. There is the delay factor to figure in, you know, just like for your subprime Ponzi, remember? We need you to say a few words to the faithful, to keep them on track.'

    And the loyal Bill replied –

    'No sweat off my brow, but you know after Monica I owe the wife one, and I love to bathe in reflected power and glory anyway, so the price for my pushing Barry toward the line now is your full support for Hilary as Democratic candidate after Barry steps down in 2016.'

    And the Dems accepted, gratefully –

    'Sounds like a win win to us, and the Repubs will probably put an Afro American conservative up against her, or some minority candidate, that might have won this election, by which time middle of the road Americans will be desperate for a deceptively successful woman to climb into the high seat, to clean up the mess.'

    Some chance of that. Instead of a handbag swinging Maggie, they'll get a little red book preaching Mao. In the words of a pundit caught in the madness of the UK/EU quantitative easing scam, as the argument charges blindly around, 'I feel like I've been trapped in the middle of an Ionesco play'. Is there anyone at FPM with eyes wide open who can crack the Republican Rhino over the hide with a Sjambok, before it is too late?

    The author is right. African society and culture, its people and their cultural hangers on, are all ripe for Marxist indoctrination. The Soviets worked that one out, and gave South Africa Mandela. And the Chinese fit in there wonderfully well. The question is, can all that dark crap be parked in the American White House for three consecutive terms, without damaging the foundations? Let's hope so.

    • JohnB

      Some excellent insight there, indeed!!
      You are probably correct.

  • Pod

    Obama is a communist and his policies and ideology are there for everyone to see. While one can credibly argue that Obama obfuscated his communist beliefs in 2008 one can not make that argument in 2012.

    My view is that Obama will win in 2012 because he is a communist, not despite it. The America that we grew up in is gone. It is too late. A majority of the American people support communism; the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

    • Sunbeam

      The America that you grew up in is not gone. Please do not be negative. You are what you believe. And you are what you make yourself to be. Stop believing this lie. It gets you no where. You must have the spirit to carry on with the fight and to persevere at all cost. Nothing is more important than this at this time and future. It is about your land and rights be stampered upon and be cast away soon if you're indifferent or adamant about. Their invasion must be stopped or all that you have will be stopped. There's no middle line.

  • PaulRevereNow

    "Can all that dark crap be parked in the American White House for three…terms, without damaging the foundations? Let's hope so." The fact that you ask this question reveals your lack of appreciation for the damage that Obama's collectivist mentality, shared by Pelosi and her lemming followers in Congress, has already done.
    Government bailouts, no effort to stabilize our way-out-of-line trade deficit with China, constant lies about the jobs Obama has supposedly created; "You didn't build that," much higher taxes in 2013, vetoing the Keystone oil pipeline; the PPACA; Operation Fast and Furious, courtesy of corrupt Eric Holder, amnesty for Illegal aliens; voting for the UN Arms treaty, that bypasses the 2nd Amendment; allowing terrorists into the White House….weakening America's ties to Israel…making the world a more dangerous place, by helping to overthrow Egypt's Mubarak, and Libya's Ghaddafi; continuing our senseless presence in Afghanistan, where an American soldier gets killed every day…what HASN'T Obama done? With another Obama term, we'll be in a barter economy, our cars will be rusting heaps in the back yard, and we'll be living in tents, courtesty of UN Agenda 21.

    • kingofdisco

      In his speech, and I can only bear to watch short extracts, the Arkansas Cowboy described one of the founding fathers as 'an accountant with dodgy teeth', or the likes, to lay claim I suppose to the humble values of one of the architects of the constitution. Coming from a party of vain elitists whose VP has a pricey set of dentures that would in the words of one observer 'dazzle a Polar Bear', you'd have to take that as a veiled attack served up as feigned praise. You describe symptoms, that you can see. They are quite serious in themselves, I agree. My concern is for the constitution. Whatever causes these symptoms must have that in its sights. How many terms does it take to lever up the US foundation stones? I think three, after three. Carter, Clinton, Obama, to refine the product, then three consecutive terms to tip the balance. Barry, Barry, Hilary would do the trick. Even the best laid foundations can be levered out given enough time and the right equipment. The Repubs are playing catch up, when they aren't unwittingly doing the work of their enemies themselves. Perhaps I'll rephrase the question. 'Can the constitution survive an attack from the inside, while the opposition obsesses over issues like abortion that a dose of common sense could resolve?' Like, console yourself with championing the divine rights of the fruit of the womb, while the basic and pragmatic rights granted you in life by the greatest constitution on earth are being stolen from under your nose. Learn to live with abortion up to three months, and turn worthy ideals into policy grounded in reality, or get ready to live with cradle to grave socialism.

  • Schlomotion

    I watched the trailer where D'Souza interviews Daniel Pipes. Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice gave the best review, which was:

    "The film is a sleepy dud, a polemic that, like D'Souza himself, is at once both outrageous and deeply boring." http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-08-22/film/dines

    That's really accurate. No amount of Icees, Sno-Caps and Popcorn can wash this movie down.

    • Knucklehead

      Schlo, why don't you go back to your lefty websites. D'Souza is trying to wake America up to the destruction this leftist Anti-Christ is causing. You really are a puke.

    • Atikva

      You got it all wrong, of course – but what else to expect from someone who takes his cues from the Village Voice.

      The movie is very successful and very much appreciated by the viewers, who never fail to applaud at the end. Eat your heart out, Schlomotion.

    • fiddler

      Uh, I found it very informative and not a dud at all. I have to say it was quite interesting and full of info. Several segment featured Obama reading from his own book! I was left with Obama trying to prove something to his absentee father. In the spirit of anti-colonialism he wants to make his mark on "leveling the playing field" globally by reducing our wealth and nuclear weapons drastically (because in his mind we have nothing precious to defend) while allowing other nations to acquire more nuclear weapons.

      Oh America, what did you DO in 2008. It may come back to haunt your wayward children and unfortunately all the rest of us that saw it coming.

    • fiddler

      Schlo, it ranks #2 of all time for documentaries. Go to a cheap theatre if you can't afford plush. That is, if you care to apply yourself.

  • clarespark

    Much of the resistance to the "American Empire" comes not from the Marxist tradition, but from his anarchist rivals. This is especially true for the New Leftists who dominate the humanities in the universities ever since the 1960s. I wrote about this anti-modern, reactionary tradition here: http://clarespark.com/2012/08/16/marx-rivals-and-…. "Marx, his rivals and our enigmatic president." The movement against American expansionism may have started with the upper-class Anti-Imperialist League and became institutionalized in the Ivy League and other prestigious institutions.

  • geopeyton

    When faced with injustice in life, one typically chooses one of two responses:

    1) Work to correct the injustice for all; or

    2) Gain power and become the one perpetrating injustice on others.

    Dinesh chose option #1, as a good person would do; Barry chose #2, as any sick person who craves power would do.

    (Btw, that's one of the things that made the American Revolution and ensuing experiment so special. Those who won power choose to create a system that would minimize the impact of governmental power over the individual, rather than simply grabbing power for themselves, as happened in the vast majority of other revolutions around the world.)

    It's sad – and to our eternal discredit – that our country would elect someone who chose option #2.

    • fiddler

      We had too much inter-generational guilt that he skillfully played upon. Dinesh talks about that in the movie, getting on the good side of whites by not criticising them (yet) and establishing the "wonder" of voting for a first black president. Oh, if only our first black president were someone like Ken Blackwell of Ohio or a Thomas Sowell! But nope, he had to be a marxist steeped in Anti-Colonial hatred. Dinesh also indicates that in Hawaii there is some of that. I dunno, maybe it was best we stayed in Britian?

      Dinesh starts the movie thinking that if he stayed in India, he would have been confined to a small area living in poverty the rest of his life. Ask youself what is better after seeing the movie.

  • Ghostwriter

    I haven't seen the film so I can't comment on it.

  • Paul Taylor

    The establishment American media elected Obama because they hate Bush, they worship Obama's narrative, and they hungered for redemption of their closeted bigotry in the low expectations of black achievement. They never examined his socialist provenance, his executive inexperience or his anti-capitalist ideologies — "2016, Obama's America" movie.

    Obama's defeat will set back the trust in achievements of the black middle class — Obama's lasting insult to moderate black Americans. Libs deny their closeted racism by voting for Obama's scam.

  • PermReader

    I see the liberal-conservative choice as the individual moral one,though the Islam is the heavy anti-conservative factor.Isee Obama as the cinical and aggressive person that defined his Afro-Asian leftism.

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