I’ve been a huge Dinesh D’Souza fan since I read his Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became An Extraordinary President over a decade ago; it may have been the best Reagan bio ever.
And I got a chance to see 2016 over the weekend. It didn’t disappoint:
The movie’s thesis is…
(Spoiler Alert: I’m going to talk spoilers below the jump, although to be fair I think much of what’s in the movie has been in the public domain; this is just the first high-profile place I’ve seen it all collected into one coherent thesis)
It’s not news that Obama’s experience is not the typical Afro-American experience, and certainly not the average immigrant’s experience. Obama’s father was a rabid Kenyan anti-colonialist who disappeared from Obama’s life bright and early, to go back to Kenya to serve as an advisor to the various anti-colonial figures in post-independence Kenya. Like a lot of children whose fathers disappear, Obama idealized his father and his beliefs, especially in contrast to his stepfather, the Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, whom Obama’s very left-of-center mother scorned more and more as Soetoro became more westernized.
Obamas road through the education system was guided by five men D’Souza refers to as “Obama’s founding fathers”
- Communist agitator Frank Marshall Davis
- Former Weatherman and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers,
- Radical anti-semite Columbia Professor Edward Saïd
- Brazilian “revolutionary socialist” and Harvard Law School’s Roberto Unger
- Jeremiah Wright, whom one might not have learned during the 2008 campaign married the Obamas and baptized their children, and is not merely a crazy old minister, but in fact a prominent proponent of the idea that America is a singularly evil ideal
One of the main criticisms of “progressivism” is that it ostensibly seeks to provide equal outcomes regardless of work or merit.
And once one has cut to the chase, D’Souza’s main thesis is that Obama’s genuine goal, indicated by the people who’ve influenced him whether present or absent throughout his life, is to do the same for nations; to cut America down to the same level as the rest of the world.
And even with the spoilers, you should go anyway.