I decided to take in 2016: Obama’s America this evening. Not having read either of Dinesh D’Souza’s books about the President, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
What follows are my notes on the movie. Perhaps they will help you decide whether to see it yourself.
The movie site might be over-promising here: “Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.” … Not to mention that last part doesn’t actually make sense.
An interesting article on Fox News: Conservative filmmaker behind ‘2016: Obama’s America’ says he ‘learned some lessons’ from Michael Moore
Dinesh D’Souza: America, if it is an empire at all, is a different kind of empire … an empire of ideals.
DD: Obama was an unknown quantity in 2008. People voted for him on the basis of what they hoped he would do. Many voted because of the historic opportunity to elect a man of color to the presidency.
DD: It’s a mistake to place Barack Obama in America’s dream. You must ask what his dream is. The clue may be in his book, entitled Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. The title indicates Obama’s dreams are his father’s dreams. We must look at the world of Barack Obama Sr.
DD: When the idealized image of an absent father is broken, the son often is driven to prove himself significant.
D’Souza believes he understands Obama better than most Americans because they both were influenced by the histories of India and Kenya/Indonesia as pawns of imperial powers.
DD: The move to Hawaii separates Obama from the influence of his pro-Western, pro-business Indonesian step-father and immerses him in the anti-American sentiments of those who resented the illegal annexation of Hawaii to the US.
Media had to ignore the role of Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis in mentoring Obama in Hawaii because of the concerns it would raise about electing Obama to high office.
Interview with Obama’s half-brother George in Kenya draws a sharp contrast between one son, who strives to fulfill his father’s dreams, and another, who believes his parents are disappointed in him because he did not. Strong family resemblance. This is what BHO would look like if he actually was black.
Obama Sr.’s anti-colonialism developed against the West: anti-American, anti-capitalist and anti-Christian. He believed the power of the state was justifiably used to improve the collective good of the people by taxing the wealthy, up to 100%.
DD: Unlike American civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson, who white Americans saw as shakedown artists trying leverage white guilt, Obama realized both white and black Americans wanted to help him succeed. By hiding his radical “founding father” mentors, Obama was able to walk into the White House only two years out of the Illinois senate, and nobody knew who he was.
Jeremiah Wright said he was offered $150,000 to keep quiet about his radical views and deep relationship with Obama. Refusing that, the candidate visited himself to quiet the “God damn America” preacher.
DD: Understanding anti-colonialism explains Obama’s policies, which diminish former colonial powers and transfer power, wealth and influence to former colonies.
DD: Re-election will free Obama to pursue policies he has not been free to reveal during his first term. Drawing down the US nuclear arsenal reduces American power in the world and levels the playing field for Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, India and other former colonies on the world stage.
With the West weakened, DD sees radical, totalitarian Islam unleashed in the Middle East and the formation of the United States of Islam. Massive debt is a weapon of mass destruction that will destroy the United States as a force to be reckoned with.
The implication is that Obama is pursuing a deliberate strategy of weakening the United States to the point that other forces can rise to challenge — and the force best positioned to take advantage of that weakness and rise to the status of world superpower is ascendant radical Islam.