A bestselling conservative author told a group of Colorado Republicans that President Barack Obama is “captive to an ideology” that drives him to want to take America down a notch or two. And that, said Dinesh D’Souza, is the reason the upcoming presidential election is so critical.
Because Obama doesn’t want the United States to be the preeminent country in the world, “you have the remarkable spectacle of the coach calling losing plays for his team,” D’Souza told an appreciative crowd gathered for a monthly state GOP fundraiser on May 19 in downtown Denver.
D’Souza previewed what he described as his forthcoming sequel to last year’s The Roots of Obama’s Rage for a group of more than 100 contributors to the Capital Club lunchtime gathering. In his controversial 2010 book, the prolific author argued that Obama’s unique brand of liberalism sprang from his Kenyan father’s anti-colonial views — a proposition D’Souza expanded on during his speech to the Republicans.
It was the second Capital Club luncheon presided over by newly elected state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call, who welcomed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican and potential presidential candidate, to the group in April. Prominent donors at the luncheon included former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, former Senate President John Andrews and numerous Republican legislators, along with students from King’s College in New York, where D’Souza serves as president.
Before discussing why he believes Obama wants to knock America off its pedestal, D’Souza first established what he sees as the country’s precarious position as the world’s sole superpower. If projections that China’s economy will overtake the United States’ economy in five years are correct, he cautioned, “America will be the shortest-lived superpower in history,” with an unfettered reign lasting only since the fall of the Soviet Union.
It’s not a ranking to take lightly, he said. “History shows us no power that has been at No. 1 will ever get it back.”
America, he said, is unique because it was founded with a belief in entrepreneurialism at its core. The only right mentioned in the Constitution — apart from those later enumerated in the Bill of Rights — is the right to patents and copyrights, he said, and that demonstrates the Founding Fathers’ intention that “that this be a commercial country.” And that spirit, he said, “has been the secret of America’s success.” Elsewhere in the world, he said, the entrepreneur isn’t celebrated but is “viewed as a kind of low-life scum,” reaping profits by exploiting others.
Using a quote from Obama to demonstrate the president doesn’t particularly believe in “American exceptionalism” — the notion the United States stands head and shoulders above other nations — D’Souza proposed looking into his past to determine what drives the Democrat and what dangers he might pose to the American way of life.
“What is his underlying compass?” he asked. “If we understand that, not only comprehend what he’s doing, we can predict what he’s going to do, and we can develop an effective strategy for countering that.”
The answer, he said, lies in a pilgrimage Obama made as a young man to the grave of the father he never knew — a man D’Souza described as “very strange and odd fellow” and a “very peculiar choice for the president of the United States to make as his role model.” The trip, described by Obama in his memoir Dreams From My Father, culminates in a harrowing scene when the son prostrates himself on the grave of his father, seeking to speak to him through the soil.
“It’s a little creepy — his father has been dead for eight years,” D’Souza observed. But when the young Obama realizes he can’t speak to his father, he realizes he will take his father’s dream — and that dream is anti-colonialism, which D’Souza called “the dominant idea in the third world in the 20th century” and the “primary engine of anti-Americanism in the world.”
Anti-colonialism, he said, is based on the proposition the world is divided into colonizers and colonized, and involves the “assumption rich countries got rich by invading and occupying and looting the poor countries.” The feeling extends, he said, to economic institutions — banks, insurance companies, pharmaceutical giants — that control Third World countries even after colonizing powers have departed, and it leads to the notion that “America is the rogue nation that needs to be brought under control.”
D’Souza said his conclusions aren’t any great leap — they’re stated explicitly in an essay Obama’s father wrote in 1965 that was published in an African journal, there for all to see on the Internet. Also included in the essay, he said, was a proposal to institute tax rates of up to 100 percent, which makes sense if anyone believes wealth was obtained “through piracy.”
And, since Obama titled his book dreams “from” his father, rather than dreams “of” his father, D’Souza said, it’s clear the son has adopted his father’s vision of how the world works.
“This is the ideology of the dad — Obama tells us he got his dreams from this man,” he said. He continued: “This is the landscape, this is the compass that helps us to see what President Obama is doing.”
And what is he doing? Making America smaller abroad while expanding the power of the federal government at home, D’Souza proclaimed, citing what he called Obama’s lack of interest in keeping nuclear weapons from North Korea or Iran while proposing to pare the U.S. arsenal to a small fraction of its current size.
Noting that Obama is “not exactly” a socialist — because he could have nationalized banks but instead showered them with capital — D’Souza nonetheless maintained that Obama’s goal is to “decolonize” the American financial system by maintaining the federal government’s control over institutions.
“Obama is not doing any of this because he hates America. It’s not because he’s a traitor,” D’Souza said. His beliefs — different from those held by all other Democrats, he suggested — simply command him to view the country and its powerful institutions as agents of colonialism.
“Obama is captive to an ideology that thinks it would be beneficial for America not to be No. 1 in the world,” D’Souza said. “What does Obama want us to be, in my opinion? No. 7, No. 32 — number whatever. He wants us to be just one country at the big dining table of nations.”
This isn’t just Obama’s secret preference, he said, it’s the driving force behind his every move.
“My prediction — and it’s a rather startling one — is that Obama’s goal is to take us down from being No. 1. Again, not ’cause he hates us — he thinks that being a normal country would be really good for us. It’s kind of like the coach who wants his own team, the Lakers, to lose, because they’ve been winning too much.”
That’s why the 2012 election is so critical, D’Souza told the crowd. “From Obama’s point of view,” he said, “You cannot take America down in four years, even if you’re the president. You need two terms to do it.”
Citing the example of a united Republican front against Obama’s signature health care reform legislation, D’Souza contended the president has a single-minded goal to dethrone America and won’t listen to the opposition.
“To him, the Republicans are the colonial party. They’re the party of the bad guys. And his goal is not to work with us, fundamentally it’s to destroy us.”
After D’Souza spoke, Call announced that former White House strategist — and Colorado native — Karl Rove will attend an impromptu state Republican Party lunchtime fundraiser on June 1 at the Brown Palace Hotel. That night, Rove is scheduled to speak at the El Paso County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner.