Saturday, September 3, 2011

Why Not "The Roots of The Tea Party's Rage" ?

D'souza, Dinesh, The Roots of Obama's Rage
WASHINGTON DC: Regnery Publishing INC. 2010.

Among the innumerable books being published about President Obama is an offering by author and public speaker Dinesh D'souza, best known for his book The End of Racism and his multiple appearances on Bill Maher's old television show Politically Incorrect. D'Souza is a noted conservative who's affiliations include The American Enterprise Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. D'souza also worked as an advisor in The Reagan White House.

In the book, D'sousa admits the slurs aimed at then candidate and current President Obama, such as Obama not being a natural born citizen of The United States, that Obama is a "crypto" Muslim, and that Obama is a radical "socialist" , are as absurd as they are unfounded. Then, amazingly, the author presents his thesis, which is; Obama is an Afrocentric "anti - colonial" radical carrying out his father's mission to humble "white" Euro -imperialists.

What follows is the usual misinformation and worn out Republican platitudes one has come to expect from increasingly hysterical conservative "think tanks". In what has become the "Tea" Party strategy of appealing to America's Lowest Common Denominator, D'souza shares his opinion "The U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s", and an "inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son", President Obama. Of course, the book will be almost comical at times to anyone not predisposed and hungry to believe the smear of conservative propaganda, and the litany of conservative complaints against Obama, which predictably boils down to Obama's agenda to ruin the country via increasing taxes on affluent Americans and megacorporations, initiating Health Care reforms, scaling back the military budget, and curbing wreckless polluters with new cap and trade laws. Besides comic relief, the book may serve as a reminder to Americans who voted for Obama, and have been disappointed with his compromise with Republicans, what the president has managed to achieve during his first term in office.

In The End, the author closes with a quote from Ronald Reagan, but the true irony may be found in the book's title itself, a book about a president who conveys a calm dignity, meant for an audience of enraged corporate "Tea" Party Republican dupes.

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