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Friday, December 3, 2010

Read this Book!

Read this Book! 

How odd it is that two years into the presidency of Barack Obama Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives are still trying to figure out Barack Obama.  This has never happened before.  Why are we still trying to decipher our President, to understand him, and most important, to identify what motivates him?  It is agreed by all that his demeanor is cool, almost detached, and his political philosophy somewhat of a mystery.  No one doubts his intelligence, yet no one really seems to know who he is.  Yes, he is a doctrinaire liberal, well educated in establishment liberalism.  No thanks to the news media whose job it is to honestly vet a candidate for president, we know he holds a number of out-of-the-mainstream, far left views.  We know that for more than two decades he attended the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church in Chicago, home to the infamous sermon that contained a wish that America be dammed.  But who is Barack Obama really?

He has made it fairly clear that he does not believe in what the late Seymour Lipset coined as “American Exceptionalism.”  Obama would like for America’s role in the world to be less than it has been in the past.  He wants to redistribute income from the more affluent to the “poor” of our land.  He has a special distaste for Britain which he has expressed in several ways, including the immediate return of the Winston Churchill bust upon entering the White House.  But what is it that really explains these and other actions such as bowing to dictators and Kings the world over?  What explains his apology tour of the world?

The answer is the new book by New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D’Souza, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.  Well documented and researched, this book provides the best insight yet into understanding and predicting how our President will act and react in regard to situations domestic and international.

The thesis developed by D’Souza is that Obama sees America through the prism of a foreigner.  Although born in the United States, Obama was raised by a mother, Stanley Obama, who idolized his father, Barack, Sr., even after he deserted her, and even after marrying Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian.  It’s no accident that while Obama barely knew his birth father, his first book is titled, Dreams From My Father.  It is the vision of his father, an anti-colonial, anti-neocolonial, African socialist, which is the driving force behind the often curious decisions and actions that our President takes.

Young Barack Obama spent four critical years in Indonesia before Stanley left Lolo because he had betrayed the anti-colonial vision he previously embraced.  Stanley feared that her son would not carry forward the vision of his father.  According to Obama himself, it was in Kenya that he finally embraced and understood the vision of his father and the importance of fulfilling his dream.  This, in a nutshell is the thesis of this eye-opening book.  I am convinced that you really can’t understand Obama until you read “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and I urge you to not only buy a copy, but to buy multiple copies to give to friends and acquaintances. 

It has already been serialized in Forbes magazine to the consternation of the White House.  In fact, White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, called in the Washington, DC staff of Forbes insisting that they had not fact checked the book and demanding that Forbes retract the entire article.  Free speech doesn’t seem to mean too much to the White House who reacted as one of the apparatchiks in Russia might react to criticism of Putin.  Forbes did not retract, the book had been fact checked carefully.  It was apparently the simple fact that the White House did not and does not want you to read this book which shines the light on who Barack Obama really is.

Get a copy anyway.  Read it.  Pass it along.  It could be the key to toppling Barack Obama in 2012.

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