If you’ve ever wondered why President Obama does some of the things he does, there’s a book that you should check out that could help explain it…but not excuse it. It’s called The Roots of Obama’s Rage by Dinesh D’Souza. In it, the author gives his theory as to why we have a president who seems to go against everything that’s good for our country, and why, it seems he is so hell-bent on punishing America (and the American people) for the world’s ills.
D’Souza’s theory, which he lays out really well, is that Obama is living out his father’s aspirations. Obama Senior was an African socialist who was involved in the anti-colonialist movement of the 1950’s. As an anti-colonialist, he believed (and his son the president now believes) that Western nations have become powerful on the backs of Third World people and resources. Isn’t Obama always saying that the U.S. has only 2% of the world’s resources, but uses 25%? No one ever asks him where he got his information. He keeps on saying such things because it has been deeply imbedded in his worldview that America is a country that exploits, rather than a nation that has, for the most part, been a force for good since its birth.
Many of us have always thought that Obama sees the country in a much different way than previous presidents (and most Americans) see it. This is because of the influence of the anti-colonialist movement on him from the time he was very young. D’Souza outlines how Obama grew up, spending time in Indonesia, then being sent to live with his grandparents in Hawaii after Obama Sr. abandoned him and his mother and she later remarried. Incidentally, she wanted to get him away from the influence of his stepfather who was becoming more accepting of the West and capitalism- so she sent young Obama back to Hawaii. It was there that his grandfather made sure he had a strong mentor (a communist) named Frank Marshall Davis. It was also at that time when Obama Sr. made his one and only trip to see his son in Hawaii.
The book highlights his collegiate years (what little is known about them), how he became involved in politics in Chicago, and even how he chose the infamous reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church for himself after hearing Wright’s anti-colonial rants. If you accept the author’s argument that Obama is living out the anti-West dreams of his father, it sure does explain much of what he’s done since he’s been in office…and it makes perfect sense, if you’re looking at it from someone with Obama’s (warped) perspective. D’Souza explains how his theory relates to Obama’s seemingly odd decisions that he’s made since he’s been in office. For example, why did he send back the bust of Winston Churchill that was in the Oval Office? (It has to do with his grandfather being tortured under the British).
To say that our president has a chip on his shoulder would be an understatement. He has many chips on his shoulders, and they aren’t really his chips to carry. For someone who claims to be so forward thinking, looking back to the past and attempting to right perceived wrongs seem to consume him. It’s almost strange that he would feel that kind of a need to “get even” for people (his father and grandfather) that he really had no relationship with himself.
This is a well-researched book because it relies heavily on Obama’s own words from his two books, primarily the book, Dreams From My Father. Even that title, D’Souza says, is a dead giveaway that Obama’s been acting out the dreams from (not of) his father as the Leader of the Free World. He summarizes it best, when he says:
“The most powerful country in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950’s- a 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), raging against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions. This philandering, inebriated African socialist is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son…America today is being governed by a ghost.”
Scary stuff…and not something our country can afford to have for another four years, if we manage, by God’s grace, to get through his first term with any shred of the Constitution still intact.
Click here for a related article by Jay Clarke in American Thinker.