Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What makes Obama tick?

The best theories make sense of the most data without twisting, distorting or leaving inconvenient data out.  In the September 27 issue of Forbes magazine, Dinesh D'Souza proposes a theory to explain Barack Obama's bizarre behavior.For example,

While Obama is not a big supporter of off-shore oil drilling in America, "With Obama's backing, the U.S. Export-Import Bank offered $2 billion" to Brazil to develop their own state-run off shore oil drilling--not to bring oil to America, but just for Brazil.

Even though Obama's near trillion dollar stimulus has done little to help the economy (unemployment was 7.7 when he took office. It is now 9.5%) yet he wants to spend even more!

Obama keeps insisting that the "rich" aren't paying their fair share event though the top 10% pay 70% of all federal taxes and the bottom 40% pay almost nothing!

He supports the building of a $100 million dollar mosque on the basis of "freedom of religion."  [why doesn't he support building churches in Saudia Arabia on the basis of Freedom of Religion?]

He told the head of NASA their primary mission would now be outreach to Muslims!

Some speculate the Obama just doesn't know business or that he is a socialist, if not an outright Marxist. D'Sousa says such theories are incomplete. He says that Obama himself tells us of his motivation. His motivation comes from the dreams from his father. D'Sousa notes that the title of Obama's book is not "Dreams of my Father" as if he were just discussing his father's dreams, but "Dreams from his Father."  His fathers dreams are President Obama's dreams.

So who was Obama Sr.? He was a Harvard educated, Luo tribesman from Kenya who had four wives and was accused by one of his sons of being a wife beater. He was also a regular drunk driver who killed a man in one accident and caused man's legs to be amputated in another.

He was also anti-colonialist. D'Sousa says he knows something about anti-colonialism because he grew up in India and was "part of the first Indian generation to be born after my country's independence from Britain." Anti-colonialism is the idea that Western countries "got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries of Asia, Africa, and South America." Neocolonialism argues that even after independence is gained, the West continues take advantage of former colonial countries.

As a sidelight, I find it interesting that while America was one of those former British colonies, other British colonies now view America as the great oppressor even though America did what no conquering nation on earth (to my knowledge) had done--we rebuilt the very countries we conquered (e.g Germany, Japan, Italy, Iraq) and turned the rule back over to them! But I digress

Anyway, the solution proposed by anti-colonialists is to resist and overthrow the oppressors. That was Barack Obama Sr.'s dream. According to D'Sousa, we don't have to guess about Obama's motivations. Obama tells us that his dreams are his father's dreams. So how does this work out in the President's policies?

Please read the D'Souza' entire article in Forbes.  (Hat tip: Professor Ed).

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