My Father’s Dreams, My Father’s Approval

I mentioned yesterday that the last 20 months of the Obama administration have been like living in an episode of the twilight zone.  Our president seems to be on the wrong side of virtually everything that 70% of this nation believes.  There have been countless articles written by both the mainstream media and bloggers attempting to explain Obama’s behavior.  Some of them have used rationalization to justify seemingly bizarre positions and policies, which are at times, contradictory.  Other articles have vilified the president, citing his past and present associations with radicals and communists.  But at the end of the day, many of us are still scratching our heads wondering why our president behaves as he does and what his actions mean to our nation’s future.

There may be an answer.  A few days ago, Forbes published an article written by Dinesh D’Souza, who is president of King’s College in New York City and author of a book soon to be published titled “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”.   D’Souza offers some factually based insight that may prove to be the Rosetta stone in explaining the current situation of the White House.  It’s a rather long article, weighing in at approximately 3400 words, but it is definitely worth reading.  Here are some excerpts, which capture the essence of the piece:

“Theories abound to explain the President’s goals and actions…… The real problem with Obama is worse–much worse. But we have been blinded to his real agenda because, across the political spectrum, we all seek to fit him into some version of American history. In the process, we ignore Obama’s own history. “

“What then is Obama’s dream? We don’t have to speculate because the President tells us himself in his autobiography, Dreams from My Father. According to Obama, his dream is his father’s dream.“

“So who was Barack Obama Sr.? He was a Luo tribesman who grew up in Kenya and studied at Harvard. He was a polygamist who had, over the course of his lifetime, four wives and eight children. One of his sons, Mark Obama, has accused him of abuse and wife-beating. He was also a regular drunk driver who got into numerous accidents, killing a man in one and causing his own legs to be amputated due to injury in another. In 1982 he got drunk at a bar in Nairobi and drove into a tree, killing himself.”

“ But to his son, the elder Obama represented a great and noble cause, the cause of anticolonialism. Obama Sr. grew up during Africa’s struggle to be free of European rule, “

“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. “

“Anticolonialists hold that even when countries secure political independence they remain economically dependent on their former captors. This dependence is called neocolonialism, a term defined by the African statesman Kwame Nkrumah (1909–72) in his book Neocolonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism”

“Obama Sr. was an economist.., he saw state appropriation of wealth as a necessary means to achieve the anticolonial objective of taking resources away from the foreign looters and restoring them to the people of Africa.”

” The senior Obama proposed that the state confiscate private land and raise taxes with no upper limit. In fact, he insisted that “theoretically there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

“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 calls his memoir “the record of a personal, interior journey–a boy’s search for his father …. Even though his father was absent for virtually all his life, Obama writes, “My father’s voice had nevertheless remained untainted, inspiring, rebuking, granting or withholding approval. “

“Colonialism today is a dead issue. No one cares about it except the man in the White House. He is the last anticolonial. Emerging market economies such as China, India, Chile and Indonesia have solved the problem of backwardness; they are exploiting their labor advantage and growing much faster than the U.S. If America is going to remain on top, we have to compete in an increasingly tough environment.”

“… he candidly admits he is only living out his father’s dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is governed by a ghost.”

Admittedly, some of this information concerning Obama’s father was news to me and offered some remarkable insight.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich agrees.  In an interview with National Review Online, Mr. Gingrich made the following observations:

(D’Souza’s article is) “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama….What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?  That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

Analysis

There is a case to be made that suggests that the current political situation in Washington may go beyond politics and even ideology.  It could actually be the symptom of a president who is still seeking his own identity, as well as the approval of a father, who he never really knew.  Statements in Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” support some of this speculation.  Many believe that it was actually written by Bill Ayers, the 1960s radical terrorist.  But even if that’s true, it doesn’t necessarily invalidate the assertion that Obama is living in the shadow of his father.

There were also some statements made by Obama himself just yesterday that fit this idea, as he delivered his back-to-school speech to student classrooms across the nation.  Admittedly, there was nothing controversial about the speech, but there were a few candid facts that the president shared about his childhood that seem to support D’Souza’s premise.  Specifically, the president said:

“A lot of you are having to act a lot older than you are; to be strong for your family …”

“It’s a lot to handle; it’s more than you should have to handle. And it may make you wonder at times what your own future will look like; whether you’ll be able to succeed…”

“But the truth is, an education is about more than getting into a good college or getting a good job when you graduate. It’s about giving each and every one of us the chance to fulfill our promise….”

“When I was your age, I was wrestling with questions about who I was; about what it meant to be the son of a white mother and a black father, and not having that father in my life.”

“This is a country that gives all its daughters and all its sons a fair chance. “

A fair chance at what?  Perhaps for Obama, it’s a chance to succeed where his father failed.  If Obama Jr. truly believes that neocolonialism is alive and well in America, then he might also think that the redistribution of American wealth to poorer nations, such as Keyna, is a chance to earn approval.  Not from us, but from the spirit of Obama Senior.

One final thought.  I don’t enjoy speculating on the private issues and personal feelings of someone else.  But this president has an agenda that will have a profound and far-reaching negative impact on my own personal life as well as the life of my wife and children. Speculation regarding root cause should not be ignored.  Obama is our president and has decided to “fundamentally change the United States of America”.  Under that agenda, we have an obligation to discuss his background and the source of his motivation.

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0927/politics-socialism-capitalism-private-enterprises-obama-business-problem_print.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/246302/gingrich-obama-s-kenyan-anti-colonial-worldview-robert-costa

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/13/remarks-president-barack-obama-prepared-delivery-back-school-speech

http://jbjd.org/2009/07/03/did-bill-ayers-write-barack-obamas-dreams-from-my-father/

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