The Roots of Obama’s Rage
by Dinesh D’Souza
Regnery Publishing, Inc.; ISBN: 1596986255
Hardcover – 258 pages (September 2010)
Dinesh D’Souza is a well-known conservative writer. As a native of India who lives in America, Mr. D’Souza feels that he has particular insight into President Obama’s upbringing but he believes that where his own exposure leads him to support America, President Obama’s ideologies have led him to want to destroy America. In The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Mr. D’Souza attempts to fully explain who President Barack Obama really is, the foundation of his core beliefs and how those beliefs are detrimental to America.
Mr. D’Souza presents that President Obama does not fit into the standard categories identified for him such as Black, socialist and liberal. Instead, the true foundation of his beliefs is anti-colonialism, an idea that President Obama allegedly ingested from his father, Barack Obama, Sr., a native Kenyan economist. Based on this theory, President Obama sees America as one of the major colonists of the world that needs to be brought down in order to level the playing field.
Unfortunately, Mr. D’Souza was successful in writing yet another book that focuses on the exasperating fear-mongering that has become the platform for those disgruntled with President Obama. Though he does not stoop so low as to espouse the “birther” argument, he does offer everything else to prove that Obama is anti-American: that Obama used White guilt to get elected, but Obama makes an effort to get as far away from racism as possible because the “race hustle” is old and Whites in America are looking for someone to tell them that they are forgiven and move past the race issue; and that President Obama’s goal is to root out what Mr. D’Souza terms as neo-colonialism (or the hidden desire of the colonized to replicate the crimes of the colonizer after colonialism has ended.) By destroying the overclass that Mr. D’Souza identifies as “Western banks, investment houses, insurance companies, oil and mineral companies, …the automobile and pharmaceutical industrustries” and bringing them under state control (page 150); making rich nations poorer and poor nations richer to narrow the playing field; and finally, crippling the American military so that it is no longer as much of an international threat, Mr. D’Souza feels that he has clearly captured President Obama’s true goals.
The most disappointing element of this book is found in the fact that Mr. D’Souza uses a completely circular and unfounded argument that he attempts to support with incomplete, incorrect and unsupportable information that emphasizes characters that may or may not have influenced President Obama, while clearly ignoring characters that are certain to have influence in his life, i.e., his own wife, Michelle Obama. More importantly, he offers several predictions at the time of publication that have already proven to be incorrect, thus defeating his theory all together. Regardless, since this book is identified on its back cover as “a main selection for the Conservative Book Club” and Georgia is a conservative state, one may find Mr. D’Souza’s book worth reading if the ideas espoused are agreeable.
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