[pl_amazon_book_order src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=perslibedige-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1596986255&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr"]America is currently being governed by a polygamist who abandoned each of his wives; a drunk who lost his legs in a car crash and later killed himself in a drunk-driving crash; a socialist who railed against the British empire and aspired for revolution to free his country from its shackles; a long-dead ghost, seldom seen in life by the son. And that describes one man: Barack Obama Sr. For it is the senior Obama who shaped the anti-colonial views of the junior Obama currently occupying America’s White House.
That is the premise that forms Dinesh D’Souza’s book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.
D’Souza writes that the senior Obama held the greatest influence of all others over the junior Obama, even though the current President saw him only briefly in his formative years — when the senior Obama visited the United States for a few days and made an appearance at young Obama’s school. Young Obama, 10 years old at the time and long separated from his father, had already developed a romantic image of his father standing up to colonial aggression that was only strengthened by the elder Obama’s visit to the school.
D’Souza calls it the defining moment of young Obama’s life. As Obama would later write in his book Dreams from My Father, “I realized, perhaps for the first time, how even in his absence his strong image had given me some bulwark on which to grow up, an image to live up to, or disappoint.”
The Roots of Obama’s Rage is essentially a deconstruction of Obama’s Dreams. For it is there that D’Souza believes Obama lays out his plan for bringing America down as punishment for its colonizing ways: not down in the sense of destroying America itself, but down in the sense of leveling the playing field for all the oppressed people the world over who have been subjected to colonization by a superpower.
Unfortunately for D’Souza, the passage of time since The Roots of Obama’s Rage was published in 2010 has proven part of D’Souza’s premise erroneous. Obama’s expansion of the War on Terror into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya shows that he is not anti-colonial… at least not if he’s doing the colonizing.
But it does give us some glimpses into Obama’s plan for America and gives an explanation for some of Obama’s most curious actions: like why he continuously disses our friends (Great Britain, for example) while trying to cozy up to the Third World dictators around the world.