The Roots of Obama’s Rage (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing) was published in 2010, but it is, perhaps, even more relevant now. In fact, a movie, 2016: Obama’s America, based on the book is being released next month.
I strongly recommend the book to anyone who wants to understand what Obama is doing to our country and why. The book is informative and readable.
As he summarizes at the end of the second chapter, D’Souza’s
argument in this book is that it is the anti-colonial ideology of his father [as opposed to socialism or the American civil rights tradition] that Barack Obama took to heart. From a very young age and throughout 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 the free market is a code word for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. He began to detest corporations as institutional mechanisms for economic control and exploitation. In Obama’s 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.
As a result of this worldview, however mistaken it is, D’Souza posits that Obama believes
he must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West. First, he must rein in the military so that it does not conduct wars of occupation against other countries. Then he must use American leverage to restrict military adventurism on the part of America’s allies, especially the former colonial powers in Europe. Even symbolic measures of humiliation are helpful in showing the former European colonialists that their day is now gone. In addition, Obama seeks to check American and Western consumption of global resources so that the former colonial (and now neocolonial) powers do not consume what belongs to others. Another objective for Obama is to bring the powerful sectors of American industry, such as the investment banks and health care, under government supervision and control. Obama seeks a large custodial state as a protection against the dangers of concentrated corporate power. Finally, Obama seeks to castigate and expose the rich, who are viewed as a neocolonial force within American society, so that they cease to be exploiters of the rest of the population. (34-35)
In the following chapters, D’Souza makes a good case for his theory, applying it to major and minor events and decisions.
In the final chapter, he makes three predictions “about Obama’s future conduct”:
- Obama will support tax increases on the rich but not spending cuts to reduce the deficit
- “Obama will do little or nothing to stop” Iran from developing nuclear weapons
- Obama “will initiate procedures to try U.S. military officers and soldiers for war crimes” if the political atmosphere is favorable (203-04)
Of course, Obama’s administration did attempt to try CIA officers.
D’Souza has provided the answer to the question I’ve been asking since shortly after Obama was elected: Is he stupid or evil?