-By Warner Todd Huston
In 2007-08, Americans didn’t know anything at all about the man they were about to make the President of the United States. They elected Barack Obama to the highest office in the land despite knowing nothing about him, his ideas, or his past, and, unfortunately, he’s led this country to despair. Now it is time for him to run for re-election and Dinesh D’Souza has made a film he’s titled 2016: Obama’s America in order to help make sure it doesn’t happen a second time.
This weekend I attended a private screening of D’Souza’s 2016 held by Freecapitalismnow.com and hosted by Chicago Republican gadfly William J. Kelly and the filmmaker himself, Mr. D’Souza. What I saw, even as I already knew much of the material from dispirit sources, was still eye-opening.
In the film, D’Souza relied heavily on Obama’s book, Dreams of My Father He notes that the book isn’t titled dreams of my father, but from. This, D’Souza says, is the tip off to the President’s true ideology.
I have to admit that I’ve found no reason to read Obama’s so-called autobiography, Dreams From My Father. I have seen no reason to read this thing because I had heard enough about how anti-American it is that the whole idea seems quite unappealing to me. I have no interest in another extremist, left-wing screed against America, after all.
But what I missed from reading Obama’s self-dramatized life was a barring of his soul and a revelation the ideas that motivate him the most. D’Souza sums it all up in one hyphenated word: anti-colonialism.
Viewing Obama through the lens of anti-colonialism, D’Souza says, serves to explain nearly everything he does. It serves to explain the main basis of his political ideology, it explains his actions, and it explains the “changes” he is attempting to put America through. But, worse, this anti-colonial ideology serves to explain why he is purposefully destroying America.
Now, D’Souza doesn’t say the latter. In fact, he rather avoids all incendiary claims and engages in no pinpointing of Obama in anyway save calling him an exponent of anti-colonialism. And that is what makes this film so powerful. It sets out clear connections between Obama’s radical ideology — which is D’Souza’s conjecture — and those extremists that he really did surround himself growing up, chief among whom was his anti-American, Marxist father, Barack Obama, Senior.
But it wasn’t just his absentee father that inculcated the President with those “dreams.” It was his equally Marxist and anti-American mother, his communist grandfather and grandmother, the major communist figure he was mentored by in the late 1970s (one Frank Marshall Davis), a Marxist professor friend that was so far left he was even driven out of South America, his two domestic terrorist pals that helped him launch his political career (Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn) and the fiery American preacher that hates America so much he constantly denounces the U.S.A. from his pulpit (Jeremiah Wright).
But, D’Souza doesn’t fill the screen with denunciations and claims. In fact, what makes this movie so frightening is that D’Souza plays excepts of Obama reading his own book (for the book on tape edition of Dreams). As he explained in the Q&A session after the film, D’Souza doesn’t have to make claims that Obama is an extremist, anti-American with ideas that have as a main goal the cutting down of American power and influence. He allows the President himself to tell us that with his own words, in his own voice, from his own book.
Another thing that becomes evident in this movie is that Obama is not really a socialist or a communist. Yes, his core ideas were formed by socialists and communists, but his main ideology is anti-Americanism via anti-colonialism. His goal is to destroy the U.S. but I will note that he truly believes this is a calling for the world, not merely a vindictive hatred of America. He thinks cutting America down to size is a service to the world. In Obama’s view, he is doing us all a great favor.
The takeaway from 2016: Obama’s America is that Barack Obama wants to make America just a small, powerless dot on the international landscape. Obama feels that the U.S.A. is evil and that it needs to be taught a lesson. Obama doesn’t care if the U.S.A. is materially harmed by his actions because he feels that America deserves the punishment he intends to level upon her. Obama thinks our founders, our parents and we are evil and need to be slapped down.
In this he is fulfilling the most cherished ideas of the anti-colonialist ideology, the one where the U.S. is the greatest Satan ever created. And Barack Obama intends to be the Goliath slayer to destroy the United States of America. Seeing this film should serve as a warning to every American just ahead of the November elections.
William J. Kelly and Dinesh D’Souza take questions from the audience