Election: 2016

Love him. Hate him. You don’t know him.

That’s the subtitle of 2016, a documentary about President Barack Obama. I didn’t know him–and after watching this film I feel I do.

I found the trailer disjointed and unappealing but the film is excellent. It did help me know Obama and his worldview better and understand more clearly what drives him. I can now see reasons (though I may not agree with them) behind decisions Obama has made which seemed puzzling or contradictory to me.

In this documentary, narrator (and author of the book the film is based on) Dinesh D’Souza makes the case that Obama’s “dream” for America is his radical socialist, anti-colonial (bigamist) father’s dreamnot the American dream. D’Souza describes Barack’s book Dreams from (not “of”) My Father and asks viewers to consider what America will look like if Obama continues to lead us toward the realization of his father’s dream.

Born in Mumbai, India, Dinesh D’Souza is the same age as Barack Obama and grew up in a very similar culture, one which fanned Barack Sr.’s “anti-colonial view that blames Western colonial exploitation for the poverty and suffering of the Third World.” Much of what his son does seems to involve punishing and crippling America in order to strengthen and compensate to the rest of the world for perceived injustices.

D’Souza himself, rather than adopting a “blame” mentality, came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. From there he went on to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst.

Like both Barack Obama and Dinesh D’Souza, I grew up outside the United States. I think D’Souza explains convincingly how being raised in a colonial culture could account for an American president who seems to be no friend of the country he heads.


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3 Responses to Election: 2016

  1. Romney’s problem is that he’s treating O’Bummer as if he’s just a nice guy who’s in over his head. Wrong. O’Bummer is a committed Leftist who knows exactly what he’s doing. If voters are stupid enough to re-elect him, then that means that O’Bummercare will fully kick in in 2014. It requires that 159 separate boards, commissions, and committees be set up – to be stuffed to the gills with unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, of course. And it requires that the IRS hire 16,000 new agents (!) to make sure that we all behave ourselves and dig deep into our pockets and pay up.

    And, by the way, vote no on Proposition 31. Leftists ideologically are against suburbs, and this proposition will steal money from suburbanites to give to the cities through the creation of regional governments (bigger than the existing counties) in California. City governments in cities within a regional government’s area will be politically subservient to these new entities. This is the kind of thing O’Bummer would like to enact nation-wide. California will, as usual, be the pioneer if this passes.

  2. Thank you for the review. Some of my facebook friends have seen the film and just say, “You should see it.” Now I know more. The colonization of Africa, however, should not be blamed on the United States. That was Europe. Two years ago I studied History of Civ with a college student and found myself not much liking the French in particular, for the injustice and killing they did in order to profit from the riches of the African nation. But it was European colonies, not American. At the same time, the United States was settling with Native Americans, whom they also were unjust. But that is off subject. The European culture introduced slavery to the United States and that is not a good thing either. The colonists in Mass. Bay colony did not have slavery in mind. I do thank you for the commentary on the film. Maybe if it airs on television I’ll get to see it.

  3. Jessica says:

    Karyn, I agree. Obama’s own brother, interviewed in the film, was raised in Kenya but chose not to blame the colonists. He actually cited a number of good things colonization did for Kenya.

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