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Years, and sometimes decades, pass between my visits to movie theaters. But I drove 30 miles to see the movie “2016,” based on Dinesh D’Souza‘s best-selling book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” Where I live is so politically correct that such a movie would not even be mentioned, much less shown.

Every seat in the theater was filled, even though there had been an earlier showing that day, and more showings were scheduled for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it.

The audience was riveted. You could barely hear a sound from them, or detect a movement, and certainly not smell popcorn. Yet the movie had no bombast, no violence, no sex and no spectacular visual effects.

The documentary itself was fascinating, as Dinesh D’Souza presented the story of Barack Obama’s life and view of the world, in a very conversational sort of way, illustrating it with visits to people and places around the world that played a role in the way Obama’s ideas and beliefs evolved.

It was refreshing to see how addressing adults as adults could be effective, in an age when so many parts of the media address the public as if they were children who need a constant whirlwind of sounds and movements to keep them interested.

Dinesh D’Souza’s own perspective, as someone born in India who came to America and became an American, provided a special insight into the way people from the Third World often perceive or misperceive the United States and the Western world.

That Third World perspective is Obama’s perspective, D’Souza demonstrates in this documentary, as in his book — and it is a perspective that is very foreign to that of most Americans, which may be why some believe that Obama was born elsewhere.

D’Souza is convinced that the president was born in Hawaii, as he claims, but argues that not only Obama’s time living in Indonesia and his emotionally charged visits to his father’s home in Africa, have had a deep and impassioned effect on his thinking.

The story of Barack Obama, however, is not just the story of how one man came to be the way he is.

 
 

It is a much larger story about how millions of Americans came to vote for, and some to idolize, a man whose fundamental beliefs and values are so different from their own.

For every person who sees Obama as somehow foreign there are many others who see him as a mainstream American political figure — and an inspiring one.

This D’Souza attributes to Barack Obama’s great talents in rhetoric, and his ability to project an image that resonates with most Americans, however much that image may differ from, or even flatly contradict, the reality of Obama’s own ideological view of the world.

What is that ideological view?

The Third World, or anti-colonial, view is that the rich nations have gotten rich by taking wealth from the poor nations. It is part of a much larger vision, in which the rich in general have gotten rich by taking from the poor, whether in their own country or elsewhere.

Whatever its factual weaknesses, it is an emotionally powerful vision, to which many people have dedicated their lives, and for which some have even risked their lives. Some of these people appear in this documentary movie, as they have appeared throughout the formative phases of Barack Obama’s life.

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is just the most visible and vocal of a long line of such people who played crucial roles in Obama’s evolution. When Jeremiah Wright thundered about how “white folks’ greed runs a world in need,” he captured the essence of the Third World or anti-colonial vision.

But many of the other mentors, allies, family and friends of Barack Obama over the years were of the same mindset, as this documentary demonstrates.

More important, the movie “2016” demonstrates how so many of Obama’s actions as President of the United States, which D’Souza had predicted on the basis of his study of Obama’s background, are perfectly consistent with that ideology, however inconsistent it is with the rhetoric that gained him the highest office in the land.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is http://www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at http://www.creators.com.

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I stumbled upon a blog with some posts that I thought were right on point with the way I see things in the USA today. We have been told how smart Obama is so many times that it was starting to make me physically ill. Add to that the very real fact that stupid is as stupid does and when it comes down to just not understanding the way the world works …Obama, arrogant and oblivious to a fault never lets us forget that there is nothing so stupid that he won’t do it or say it. This article gives some classic examples (and lots of them) of the “Messiah” not being able to live up to his own press. I should have known when we were being told every 5 minutes how smart he is not to believe it …I mean why would they start telling the truth about him or anything else now? CJ

America Elected an Ignoramus

By Alan Caruba

I do not write unpleasant things about Barack Hussein Obama because he is a Democrat, a far-left liberal ideologue, a confirmed liar, or the sock-puppet of whatever cabal that chose him long ago to be the President. I write unpleasant things because he is all of these things, but also because he is the most stupid man to have ever held the office of President.

As far back as January 2, 2010 I wrote that Obama had “a make-believe life” because there was no proof that anything he claimed in his two memoirs, written by the age of 45, was true. His resume listed “community organizer”, an amorphous term that could mean anything, as his primary occupation. By October 2010 the Washington Times published a commentary of mine that said “millions of Americans are beginning to ask: Is President Obama just a moron?”
Even prior to his election, he had ensured that his entire paper trail of birth certificates, passports, college records, and other items most people can produce in under five minutes were “sealed” from public review, despite the fact that most modern presidents have had to submit their personal records, short of a colonoscopy exam, for examination. Among his first executive orders was one issued on January 21, 2009 to ensure none of these records saw the light of day.

When he finally produced a birth certificate, forensic analysts deemed it a forgery.

So, what really occurred on Election Day in 2008 was that a majority of voters, guided by an adoring mainstream press, elected an enigma. He rewarded their obsequiousness by being the first President since Grover Cleveland to not attend their annual Gridiron dinner.

Since then, anyone paying any attention has had to conclude that Americans elected an ignoramus, based solely on his own words and actions.

Here’s just a quick look at some of them.

Hans Bader, a scholar with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, addressed recent examples of Obama’s ignorance when he mocked Republicans as members of the Flat Earth Society in Columbus’ day for their skepticism of his green energy policies, among which was a hearty endorsement of algae—pond scum, but Columbus’ contemporaries knew the Earth was round, but doubted he could reach Asia via the Atlantic Ocean. Bader noted that Obama “falsely attributed to Muslims the invention of printing and even falsely claimed that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States as a new nation.”

 LOTS MORE EXAMPLES OF VERY STUPID AND POORLY THOUGHT OUT ACTIONS BY BHO HERE

3 years ago today this country sold it’s soul to the devil we call liberalism (and socialism) in America. 3 years ago President elect Obama stated that:

“If I haven’t been able to turn things around in 3 years I should be a 1 term President”

Congressman Allen West (R-Florida) was hot on this same topic when he published this weeks newsletter. He asked us all to consider the following questions…to make it easy I have supplied the answers along with links supporting each one that should be followed, read and acted upon. Here from Rep. West:

“On Friday we hit the magic “three year number” for the Obama Administration. By the President’s own words, he stated that if he had not turned things around in three years, he would be a one-term President. However, now he is asking America to give him four more years to fundamentally change America. 

I hope Americans ask some fundamental questions before making that decision (whether or not to re-elect Obama:

What was the National debt three years ago?

Answer: 6 trillion dollars less

• What was America’s global competitiveness standing?

Answer: On January 13 the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal released their 2012 Index of Economic Freedom that, “measures economic freedom in 10 specific categories: labor freedom, business freedom, trade freedom, fiscal freedom, government spending, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, property rights and freedom from corruption.” The U.S. was ranked at (#10), behind such nations as Hong Kong(#1), Switzerland(#5), Chile(#7) and Ireland at (#9). The U.S. finished just slightly above Denmark(#11)

Number of Big Three network stories devoted to that embarrassment for the Obama administration: 0. We are being lied to sheeple!

Click here for the source  

• How many more Americans are on the poverty rolls and on food stamps in the last three years? 1 in 4 Americans are now on food stamps

Answer: As of October 2011, the federal government reported that 46,224,722 persons were receiving food assistance payment (Food Stamps), down slightly from the record highs earlier in that year but still more than one out of every seven Americans (14.7% of the population).

Click here for the source  

• What have our deficits been the last three years?

Answer: Up 6 trillion dollars and rising fast

• What was the average price for gasoline three years ago?

Answer: Gas is up 83% Basic Hamburger up 24% Bacon 22% Breakfast cereal 76%

Source: 

• What was the average price for health insurance premiums three years ago?

Answer: Health Insurance premiums are up 38% in the 3 years of Obama and the left

Click here for the source:

• What was the price of a gallon of milk or a carton of eggs three years ago?

Answer: 34% less

Click here for the source:

• How many Americans have lost their jobs or careers in the last three years?

Answer: Unemployment is over 15.6% …The Obama administration changed the definition of unemployed to now include people who work at least 1 hours per week and report (as a result) that unemployment is going down but still sits at a whopping 8.6%. Sadly there are currently 30 Jobs bills languishing in the Harry Reid and Democrat controlled Senate   Why?

Click here for the source

Hardworking American taxpayers and families are losing their economic freedom and individual sovereignty, which is the unmitigated truth.
When viewers watch the Big Three networks’ coverage of Obama’s State of the Union address, the question has to be asked: How many of these scandals and failures will they cover or cover up?

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address.  It is not too late for the President to work with the House of Representatives and develop a plan of action which will restore this great Republic and promote equality of opportunity, not equality of achievement.

CEJ

Ron Paul 2012

Ruh Row! Is it possible that Willard “Mitt” Romney has caught a bad case of Barry Soetoro disease…a disease only know to infect men who aren’t “natural born citizens’ of the United States of America? What do I mean? What I mean is that according to recent reports and ballot eligibility challenges filed in Texas (and others?) Romney’s father was not a ‘natural born citizen’ (just like Obama’s) having been born in Mexico.

My friend Rodney Stubbs over at the Oregon Spectator sent me the link to some very current research revisiting the issue on who is (and isn’t) a natural born citizen and ntherefore eligible to be POTUS. According to the Supremes in Minor v. Happersett 88 US.162 , 1875 a natural born citizen is one who was born in the USA to 2 (two) US Citizens. Here are the challenges made against Obama recently in the State of Texas as well because under the controlling Supreme Court authority cited above AND the Birth Certificate supplied by Obama …there is no way he is qualified to be on the ballot in any state not to mention being POTUS.

Romney apparently has the same problem check out that story here.

Do you know who doesn’t have these problems? Dr. Ron Paul

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