Why Does Dinesh D’Souza Hate America?
To some people here at the Republican National Convention, a sophistry merchant like Dinesh D’Souza strides the globe like a colossus. Here, this man D’Souza is a truth-teller for the ages. Glenn Beck says that only D’Souza knows the truth about Obama and his deeply un-American designs for the country which we all call home. Rush Limbaugh talks about D’Souza with awe and excitement, and says that his new documentary may well constitute a turning point in this election. 2016: Obama’s America (No. 1 at the box office over the weekend, on a gross per-screen basis, No. 8 overall) is the unified field theory of the interloper Obama, the key to understanding everything about his otherness for those who live for dark conspiracies, and D’Souza is being celebrated for his courage and scholarship and good timing. Thank God he told this essential story before the election, the thinking goes. 2016 should be required viewing. In D’Souza’s fever dream, even Obama’s focus-group bromides from 2008, Hope and Change, take on new and sinister meaning before our eyes. Don’t you see, people? He is not at all what he appears to be. Cue ominous music.
Of course, D’Souza only passes as a scholar for people who live in the Fox bubble, and get all their information from Fox, and only talk to other bubblers. But that’s okay. Everybody’s got to earn a buck, baby needs new shoes, and D’Souza’s got a genius shtick going.
His basic idea is that Obama’s cool comportment is but a disciplined cover for a seething rage and determination to, in the course of a single presidency, correct the grievous harm that America has inflicted on the world. He recently told Beck (who can’t get enough of this shit): “Obama has a global vision that is, ‘I want to set the ship of the world right, and what that means is that America has to go down, so the rest of the world can come up.’ … Barack Obama subscribes to an ideology that sees America as the rogue nation in the world. What is this ideology? It’s kind of a third-world anti-Americanism, anti-colonialism.”
Shhh… don’t tell D’Souza and his groupies that anti-colonialism and anti-Americanism are not the same thing, and in truth are opposites, so much so that it can be said that the the characteristic that first distinguished the American people from all the other peoples of the earth was our determined anti-colonialism.