Barack Obama is not a typical Democrat. He doesn’t want to redistribute wealth, or achieve social justice, or simply expand government. He wants to fundamentally realign America.
Dinesh D’Souza gave a bracing speech Saturday morning at CPAC about the real motivations of President Barack Obama and his “anti-colonial” ideology. He suggested that the President is pursuing a radical agenda that has its roots in his father’s political action in Kenya.
Anti-colonialism, which D’Souza stated was the most powerful ideology in the past century, holds that the current balance of power is fundamentally illegitimate. America is at the top of the world in terms of military and economic strength but it could have only obtained its position by exploiting the rest of the world. Both countries and individuals that possess prosperity have to be “leashed” either through a realignment of global power or confiscatory tax rates. Therefore, D’Souza implied Obama is deliberately trying to undermine America’s position in foreign policy and is moving towards outright socialism in domestic policy.
D’Souza claims Obama is the most unknown figure to ever enter the White House, with huge gaps in his personal, political, and even romantic history simply left unknown. D’Souza suggests Kenyan anti-colonialism can be used to give structure to Obama’s otherwise inexplicable actions, such as his famous expulsion of the Winston Churchill bust from the White House. D’Souza created a portrait of a President that is not just unpatriotic, but actively opposed to the American identity. He is opposed to American Exceptionalism, the color-blind dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Dream of greater American prosperity. Instead, he is committed to his father’s “dream” of humbling the Western world in the name of equality.
Barack Obama himself noted one of his great advantages is that people see whatever they want in him. Certainly, it’s not very controversial to say that he attracted a great deal of support in 2008, even from nominal conservatives, because he represented the willingness of Americans’ to transcend race and build a truly united society. D’Souza is telling us we were fooled and elected a man who consciously and deliberately seeks to tear down the country – and in case you miss the message, D’Souza’s anti-colonial thesis is also being turned into a movie.
That said, conservatives should ask if we are not making the same kind of error by imposing our own narrative on our enigmatic President. Suggesting the roots of Obama’s worldview lie in Kenya may sell books and spur amusing liberal outrage, but it also oversimplifies what Obama is truly all about. Putting everything on Kenya implies that Obama is not actually American and ignores his ties to Wall Street, his experience as a community organizer and his complicated history with the Progressive Left. What is perhaps most frightening about President Obama is that no one knows precisely what he is trying to accomplish or how we can stop him.