Monday, December 31, 2012

2016

I finally got around to the movie all my hard right conservative friends had been heralding as a needed revelation to Obama's evil scheme.

Aaand, I found it terribly half-baked and reeking of paranoid conspiracy. I don't think I've ever rolled my eyes more at a movie than I did this one for its premature conclusion jumping and desperate yearnings to construct an anti-colonialist Obama.

Here are just a couple takeaways:

I thought the bit about D'Souza asking George Obama if he was outraged Barack Jr hadn't 'been his brother's keeper' was hilariously irrelevant to the point (they didn't even know each other! Barack Sr. got around- Barack Jr was supposed to take care of them? Plus, that Barack Jr. is somewhat disconnected from his family and apparently not 'his brother's keeper' actually argues against D'Souza's assertion that Jr. was/is chasing Sr.'s ghost). Also, to simplistically assume that Africa would be better off with colonialist influence staggeringly underestimates the complexities that comprise African tribal histories, among innumerable other facets.

To conclude so much from a person's book, in this case Dreams From My Father, without taking into consideration the editing that went into streamlining a main idea (note "a"- singular) and the spin that results from the editing, is foolish. In other words, I don't think Dreams From My Father is all that comprises Obama's psyche. Further assumptions of Obama's motivations in writing it can only stand as conjecture, by the natural limitation of not actually being Barack Obama.

Having anti-American, as D'Souza would characterize, friends doesn't mean you wholly sympathize with them.  Just because I sometimes or often disagree with the orthodox establishment of my religion as people have interpreted it, does not mean I don't still identify with Mormonism. I'm 100% sure Barack Obama has had more than 5 people who influenced him in his life in addition to the "Founding Fathers" D'Souza set forth.

Plus, even if Obama were or is an extremely radical socialist, D'Souza fails to credit the powers of checks and balances, which are built-in barriers to radicalism. Elementary American politics: it's not just Obama passing these bills.


Googled around to find more about this D'Souza guy, and found this. Seems upstanding!

Agree or not, have you seen 2016 and what did you think?

1 comment:

Jg. for FatScribe said...

wow ... it's been way too long since i was able to visit this (your) very cool blog.

since i most likely represent the lone staunch conservative that you can at least admit to knowing to your friends through your blog, i can offer a perspective slightly different.

i have masters public policy and law degree, and went to a very conservative grad school where i met three sitting supreme court justices (one chief), and was delighted to meet several attorneys general as well. i interviewed many policy wonks during my four years in virginia.

while not being a "birther" by any stretch, nor am i a proponent of BHO (pres 44) being some socialist ... i can with absolute certainty say that d'souza's work represents the frustrations/reservations/mistrust that many of us on the right have about this administration.

viz., where there was the claim of transparency and openness, we now see obfuscation, dodges under oath, misdirections from a press secretary, and an open hostility toward those on the other side of the aisle.

yo! where's the comity? is what i want to ask. just give my perspective a fair shake or at least pretend you can have a conversation that respects the game even if this admin hates the playa.

feelin' me alex?!

look for some other comments not so political elsewhere!

peace out.

Jg.