The President's own words, laid out in his books before he sought any office, may explain why those who adored him are disappointed, and those who
feared him are convinced they were right.
It appears that the "Dreams of [his] Father" are the key to understanding Barack Obama's actions as President, and what he sees as the future of
America and American government.
Theories abound to explain the President's goals and actions. Critics in the business community--including some Obama voters who now have buyer's
remorse--tend to focus on two main themes. The first is that Obama is clueless about business. The second is that Obama is a socialist--not an
out-and-out Marxist, but something of a European-style socialist, with a penchant for leveling and government redistribution.
These theories aren't wrong so much as they are inadequate. Even if they could account for Obama's domestic policy, they cannot explain his foreign
policy. The real problem with Obama is worse--much
With election season uponus, we are getting a reminder of “the Campaigner Obama,” whose rhetoric once galvanized and energized a core of liberal
American support as it never had been before.
It also brings to mind the warnings that I and others had tried to spread that all was not as it seemed with Barack Obama II. More than once, I have
implored those who seek to understand his true motivations and aspirations to read and contemplate Obama’s past; both as a politician and as an
Today, many once avid, if not rabid, followers are disillusioned. Those who saw in him a threat to American greatness and leadership, and as an
antagonist, at best, of capitalism and free markets have seen their worst fears and predictions realized.
Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative scholar and author, has provided what may be the best insight into what, exactly, shapes Barack Obama’s vision and
plans for his presidential agenda and the future of this country. It will ring true to those on both sides, and will reveal the underlying agenda
driving Obama in his “transformation” of America.
What then is Obama's dream? We don't have to speculate because the President tells us himself in his autobiography, Dreams from My Father.
According to Obama, his dream is his father's dream. Notice that his title is not Dreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. Obama isn't
writing about his father's dreams; he is writing about the dreams he received from his father.
As he related in his first book, President Obama's life and goals are driven by the “Dreams From My Father,” Barack Obama, Sr.:
D’Souza sums it up thusly:
Clearly the anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. goes a long way to explain the actions and policies of his son in the Oval Office. And we
can be doubly sure about his father's influence because those who know Obama well testify to it. His "granny" Sarah Obama (not his real grandmother
but one of his grandfather's other wives) told Newsweek, "I look at him and I see all the same things--he has taken everything from his father. The
son is realizing everything the father wanted. The dreams of the father are still alive in the son."
We can trace the elder Obama’s life as an anti-colonial leader and activist, showing how the focus of his rage against “imperial” governments
shifted from the Europeans to the United States; and, how these feelings have colored and influenced all of his son’s actions as an adult, in and
out of government. In fact, you could take some of the father’s own words, and easily work them into one of the son’s speeches:
The senior Obama proposed that the state confiscate private land and raise taxes with no
upper limit. In fact, he insisted that "theoretically there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people
get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed."
"We need to eliminate power structures that have been built through excessive accumulation so that not only a few individuals shall control
a vast magnitude of resources as is the case now."
Remarkably, President Obama, who knows his father's history very well, has never mentioned his father's article. Even more remarkably, there has been
virtually no reporting on a document that seems directly relevant to what the junior Obama is doing in the White House.
Do his father’s views really fit in with Obama’s present-day principles?
From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to
view America's military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father's position that capitalism and free markets are code words
for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. In his worldview, profits
are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America's power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes
the globe's resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet.
For Obama, the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West.
Now, we have a conservative scholar laying out, in simple terms, not only where Barack Obama comes from, but where he plans to take us, and the rest
of the world.
It’s not too late to gain a deeper understanding of the man in the office of the Chief Executive of the United States. It may be too late to do
much about it, though.
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