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Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Dinesh D'Souza

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Title:Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream
Authors:Dinesh D'Souza
Info:Regnery Publishing (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:NON-FICTION HISTORY
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Tags:non-fiction>politics/government, biography, near future, Barry Soetoro

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Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream by Dinesh D'Souza (2012)

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This volume is an expansion and refining of D'Souza's previous book The Roots of Obama's Rage, as well as a companion to his film, 2016. He adds to his previous proposal that Obama's worldview adopted from his father is that of anti-colonialism. I won't rehash the details of that here, but it essentially boils down to taking as much as necessary from rich people or rich countries, because they didn't really earn it, but exploited others to get it.

D'Souza also spend chapters on the influence of Obama's mother, the failure of the Arab Spring, Debt, Energy, and why even family members will get blacklisted for "selling out" from the anti-colonial viewpoint, or at least how to respond to it.

Based on Shelby Steele and his book "A Bound Man", one of the most powerful and explanatory chapters is "Certificates of Absolution". Within the bigger story, it gives a solid explanation as to why Chris Matthews might be such an Obama cheerleader. The core here is racism, slavery, segregation, and White guilt.

Some black leaders choose to respond to past (or, real or perceived, present) injustices as a Challenger. The Challenger starts with the assumption that all whites are racist. Challengers like Jesse Jackson essentially use their position to shake down a person or organization by threatening to cry Racism. This can be financially lucrative, but fails to command respect from the whites.

On the other hand, he presents the Bargainer who makes an unspoken bargain to assume any given whites is not racist, and deplores racism. "The bargainer affirms their desire to have an anti-racist reputation and confirms what they wish to believe about themselves. Consequently, whites are incredibly excited to have their own self-image ratified and confirmed by blacks through the subtle transaction of bargaining."

These people, like Obama, like Oprah, are able to attain a position of power, but also of respect. D'Souza quotes Steele that these "Icons" are so popular because they offer "absolution for whites and redemption for blacks."

D'Souza: "It suggests that when choirboys like Chris Matthews...sing their hymns to Obama, they aren't in a sense praising or even excited about Obama. They are excited about their discover about what morally wonderful people they are."

Insightful chapter.
Highly recommended book, especially if you didn't read Roots...or saw 2016 and came away wanting more.
  BubbaCoop | Oct 24, 2012 |
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That fellow seems to me to posses but one idea, and that is the wrong one.  -- Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life of Johnson
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In memory of my father, Allan D'Souza, who taught me to dream my own dreams.
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The American Era, 1945-2016.
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In this blockbuster follow-up to the "New York Times"-bestseller "The Roots of Obama's Rage," D'Souza reveals how President Obama's recent actions prove his anti-colonialist roots and predicts how much worse America will be if President Obama wins a second term.… (more)

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