By Tom Quiner
I was surprised at the huge crowd Saturday night at “2016: Obama’s America.”
I guess I was surprised because the last movie I saw there, “For Greater Glory,” had such a paltry audience. I thought for sure a movie about religious liberty, which is what “Glory” was about, would pack them in, in light of Obama’s HHS mandate.
“2016” is another story. The two-and-a-half million dollar budget documentary has pulled in $20 million at the box office already. It delves into parts of Barack Obama’s life that the mainstream media chose to ignore. The film is based on the best-selling book by Dinesh D’Souza,”The roots of Obama’s rage.”
In essence, it psychoanalyzes “what makes Obama tick.” This is a dicey proposition, trying to determine the motivations of a man.
I don’t know if Mr. D’Souza is correct in his assertion that Obama was influenced by the anti-colonial sentiments of his father, but he certainly presents a plausible case for it.
What is most disturbing about the film is the rogue’s gallery of anti-American mentors embraced by Barack Obama in his formative years.
Frank Marshall Davis was a communist and a pornographer. His sentiments were with the Soviet Union and Red China.
Roberto Unger is a philosopher, Brazilian politician, Obama’s former Harvard law professor, and a socialist.
Edward Said is Palestinian, an anti-colonialist, and anti-Israeli whom some say is a terrorist sympathizer.
Bill Ayers founded a communist underground group, The Weather Underground, that bombed public buildings and killed people.
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright was an anti-American, anti-Israeli preacher at the church Barack and Michelle Obama attended for two decades.
These are the men who formed Barack Obama’s view of America. Each hates America. Is this relevant information to the American voting public? You wouldn’t know it by the minimal coverage of these men by the MSM during the 2008 campaign. That’s why you need to run out and see 2016: Obama’s America this week.
The Democratic National Convention starts tonight. As you listen to his pretty rhetoric, weigh the words in the context of his mentors. That is what Dinesh D’Souza does.
It is at once fascinating and perplexing.
How could a man who clearly does not respect America con so many people into voting for him? Black author, Shelby Steele, suggests it was “white guilt” to some extent. Mr. Steele points out the contrast between a Barack Obama and so many other black leaders, such as Jesse Jackson. Barack Obama isn’t angry. The others are.
Barack Obama isn’t intimidating.
The others are.
In Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from my father,” Obama makes it clear that he sought out the thinkers on the left fringe, not the other way around.
Thomas Sowell, the black economist and political writer, points out Mr. Obama’s disturbing disinterest in the other side of the political spectrum:
“As Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School has pointed out, Obama made no effort to take part in the marketplace of ideas with other faculty members when he was teaching a law course there. What would be the point, if he already knew the truth and knew that they were wrong?
This would be a remarkable position to take, even for a learned scholar who had already spent decades canvassing a vast amount of information and views on many subjects. But Obama was already doctrinaire at a very early age — and ill-informed or misinformed on both history and economics.”
What 2016: Obama’s America reveals is the startling transformation of America that is taking place before our eyes:
√ The staggering increase in the national debt;
√ The decline in our foreign power;
√ The precipitous drop in our nuclear arsenal.
Reasonable observers can dispute Mr. D’Souza’s analysis of Barack Obama’s motives. But reasonable observers need to be aware of Obama’s influences and how radically they differ from any other President’s.
They should know that the men he loves hate America.