A post by Pat
The Left needs no proof that opposition to Barack Obama is based in racism. It is self-evident to them that those right-wingers are ipso facto bigotted jingoists. Yet, apparently the right-wingers need constant reminding in order to maintain their prejudice. This usually happens, according to the Left, in the form of codes. The latest coded message comes from Dinesh D’Souza in Forbes magazine. D’Souza’s theory is that Obama was imbued with his Kenyan father’s anti-colonialism. This singular motivator explains what D’Souza characterizes as Obama’s “bizarre” policy-making.
The Left reads the Forbes article as intellectualizing racism. Kenya is in Africa where black people live and that’s what it’s really all about, isn’t it? It is stigmatizing Obama as The Other. D’Souza is a birther in academic robes.
D’Souza acknowledges the theory that Obama is a European style socialist but rejects that explanation as inadequate. He unlocks Obama as the son whose saw his father representing a great and noble cause, the cause of anti-Colonialism. Obama is “the last anti-Colonial”.
It may seem incredible to suggest that the anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. is espoused by his son, the President of the United States. That is what I am saying. From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet.
Rejecting the socialist formula, Obama has shown no intention to nationalize the investment banks or the health sector. Rather, he seeks to decolonize these institutions, and this means bringing them under the government’s leash. That’s why Obama retains the right to refuse bailout paybacks–so that he can maintain his control. For Obama, health insurance companies on their own are oppressive racketeers, but once they submitted to federal oversight he was happy to do business with them. He even promised them expanded business as a result of his law forcing every American to buy health insurance.
If Obama shares his father’s anticolonial crusade, that would explain why he wants people who are already paying close to 50% of their income in overall taxes to pay even more. The anticolonialist believes that since the rich have prospered at the expense of others, their wealth doesn’t really belong to them; therefore whatever can be extracted from them is automatically just. Recall what Obama Sr. said in his 1965 paper: There is no tax rate too high, and even a 100% rate is justified under certain circumstances.
In an eerie conclusion, Obama writes that “I sat at my father’s grave and spoke to him through Africa’s red soil.” In a sense, through the earth itself, he communes with his father and receives his father’s spirit. Obama takes on his father’s struggle, not by recovering his body but by embracing his cause. He decides that where Obama Sr. failed, he will succeed. Obama Sr.’s hatred of the colonial system becomes Obama Jr.’s hatred; his botched attempt to set the world right defines his son’s objective. Through a kind of sacramental rite at the family tomb, the father’s struggle becomes the son’s birthright.
It is D’Souza’s thesis that is bizarre. There is nothing about Obama’s policy-making that requires deep analysis. Obama is way out there on the political Left. It doesn’t matter whether Leftists are overtly doctrinaire Marxists. Leftist politics has a basis that depends on a dichotomy of victim and oppressor—workers-owners, rich-poor, white-black (or people of color). The parasitic virus of collectivism can only grow in an environment of resentment. It isn’t “odd” that Obama insists the rich aren’t paying their fair share of taxes or that he demonizes banks. D’Souza says run-of-the-mill socialism doesn’t explain Obama’s foreign policy. Well, sure it does. It’s axiomatic on the Left that America is a bully. The anti-Colonialism of his father was a form of Marxist agitation.
There is nothing odd about Obama’s policy-making. It is textbook socialist. Obama goes only as far as he thinks he can get away with. There was a family influence on the young Obama but D’Souza is barking up the wrong side of the family tree. It was his mother’s side who influenced baby Barack. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was described by a friend:
“If you were concerned about something going wrong in the world, Stanley would know about it first,” said Chip Wall, who described her as “a fellow traveler. . . We were liberals before we knew what liberals were.”
And his maternal grandparents. Barack Obama: Mother not just a girl from Kansas
…the parental traits that would mold him — a contrarian worldview, an initial rejection of organized religion, a questioning nature — were already taking shape years earlier in the nomadic and sometimes tempestuous Dunham family, where the only child was a curious and precocious daughter of a father who wanted a boy so badly that he named her Stanley — after himself.
Examples of the reaction from the Left to D’Souza:
So it’s come to this: Forbes cover story on “How Obama Thinks” is a gross piece of innuendo—a fact-twisting, error-laden piece of paranoia. This is the worst kind of smear journalism—a singularly disgusting work.
Forbes for some reason gives Dinesh D’Souza the cover and lots of space to froth about the notion popular in the right-wing fever swamps that Obama is an “other”; that he doesn’t think like “an American,”
…Dinesh D’Souza, who has been laundering the racism of the right through an “intellectual” filter since his days at Dartmouth
All of which to say is there’s no need to parse the ethnic origins or political philosophies of Obama’s parents to understand the ideology of Barack Obama. He is a center-left Democrat who supports mainstream Democratic policies. But some conservatives don’t want to talk about policy. They are unable to engage in an argument with liberalism on substantive terms; they know only argument by epithet. They want to talk about the fact that our blackety black president is blackety black. It has been two years since a black man was elected president of the United States, and for a group of conservatives clinging to their cultural superiority, this was a moment of apocalyptic existential crisis, a moment that refuted all they had come to know and understand about themselves, about black people, and about this country. D’Souza is writing for them, the same kind of audience he has always written for.
Dinesh D’Souza was born in India to Goan parents. He emigrated to the United States when he was 17. Not one of “them” for whom he is accused of writing.
It wasn’t out of bounds to talk about the psychological influence of G.W. Bush’s heritage with an undertone of “the other”.
TIME: So let’s start with your grandfather Prescott Bush. He was a patrician Connecticut banker and Senator, part of the old-line Yankee Wasp establishment.
TIME: Your father seemed torn between being a scion of this New England gentry and being the Texan that he cast himself as.
TIME: But isn’t there some of that old-line establishment blood left in you?
TIME: When did you decide to distance yourself from this background?
TIME: But you sure shared a lot of the same upbringing: Andover, Yale, even Skull and Bones. Did you have any qualms, say, about joining an elite secret club like Bones?
TIME: When did you decide you wanted to go into politics? …surely it was also because it was bred into your bones?
TIME: What are your feelings about affirmative action?
Obama is old-school socialism. The Americans who oppose this agenda don’t care about the color of his skin which can’t be said for some of Obama’s supporters like Bill Maher who thinks Obama would be a better president if he were “fully black” or a “real black” which to Maher implies being a gun-carrying thug.