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Thoughts on 2016: Obama’s America

If you have an open mind, it will make you think

So I started off my weekend like most 26 year olds in America—with a political documentary of course!

2016: Obama’s America examines just who exactly Barack Obama is: his early years, his family history, his role models, and the psychology that drives him and shapes his world view.

Throughout the film, director Dinesh D’Souza supports and provides evidence for his theory that President Obama is compelled by anti-colonial convictions and a deep-rooted resentment of the western world, mainly America.

I’m sure that sounds a little out there, even for some conservatives. The idea that the President of the United States could truly wish to bring America to its knees is a hard pill to swallow.  It seems too crazy to be true, like a plot from 24 or something.

Even in these hard times, we still live in an America with happy hours, huge skyscrapers, and summer blockbusters. We have distractions from our stresses. We take weekends, personal days, and watch football on Sundays. Our environment, for the most part, has not changed.

So it is nearly impossible for us to imagine Barack Obama’s world view. Many Americans haven’t even considered that he just might think differently than we do. It is easy for the mainstream media to portray D’Souza’s theory as conservative propaganda or paranoia. That’s because none of us have lived Obama’s life. We don’t know his pain. We don’t know what its like to grow up in a disease filled slum in a third world country.

Obama was abandoned by a polygamous father from Kenya. His mother, Ann Dunham, married a poor man from Indonesia and moved her and her son there for six years. Six whole years. You think someone drinking water from a puddle in Indonesia might have a different outlook on things than we do?

The beliefs of Obama Sr. were founded on anti-colonialism and the downfall of the west. Those beliefs, were passed on to a young Barack Obama Jr., by the wife he abandoned. Ann Dunham still worshipped Barack Sr. and praised him to her son. Those anti-colonial beliefs were then fostered by the filth and poverty of Indonesia.

We obviously can’t relate to such an existence. But Dinesh D’Souza can. He grew up in India and can easily describe the hatred of the west that pervades life in the third world. “The sounds and the smells” of Indonesia were all too familiar to those of his upbringing in India, and the resentment for the west could be felt in the air of both societies.

So if we really stop and think, is it so hard to believe that the anti-colonial beliefs Obama was surrounded with as a youth followed him the rest of this life and into the White House?

After Obama’s mother left his Indonesian step-father, she returned home to Hawaii, where her parents inundated their grandson with far-left rhetoric and introduced them to a mentor—card carrying communist Frank Marshall Davis. Obama continued to keep that kind of company the rest of his life.

The movie examines not only Obama’s psychology and his intentions but the psychology of the American people and those who voted for him. It discusses Obama’s talents of manipulative charm, and how he recognized his appeal to people of all backgrounds from an early age, and how he could use that to get what he wanted.

Obama has been called a socialist by many who seek to explain his motives. But D’Souza did a great job of offering a different perspective, one we never really considered.  Because Obama talks like us and shares features with almost all of us and seems to like the same things we like, almost all Americans assume he grew up like us. But because of their similar backgrounds, D’Souza was able to paint a picture of a man completely different from what even his most fervent supporters and harshest critics have considered. He is neither the unifying savior or the corrupt socialist from the Chicago underground. Rather, and actually more simply understood, he is a product of his environment, and appears to be a man still seeking approval from a father he never knew.

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