Month: September 2012

“2016: Obama’s America” Movie Review

Earlier this week I decided to go see “2016: Obama’s America,” a film created by a conservative author named Dinesh D’Souza.  D’Souza tries to explain Barack Obama’s actions by claiming that he is an anti-colonialist and explains his argument by attempting to connect his political views to the views of his father.

D’Souza creates an interesting and well thought out theory about Obama inheriting anti-colonialist beliefs from his father.  The only problem with his logic is that Barack Obama met his father one time, when he was 10 years old.  It’s a bit hard to imagine that the visit between the two really shaped his political views, so D’Souza brings in a psychologist who explains that if a mother chooses so, an absent father’s beliefs are upheld in the household and this is how Obama inherited his political beliefs.  He uses this theory to explain certain decisions that D’Souza feels are anti-American and sympathetic to other third world nations.  The examples he uses are not credible and are mostly opinion, such as the assertion that Obama wants to return control of the Falkland Islands to Argentina from the United Kingdom (he doesn’t, he is neutral).

He also seems to play to the belief that Obama is a Muslim, which is a belief that is shared by a shocking amount of Americans by claiming that he is sympathetic to Middle Eastern countries.  Does this make much sense?  I was under the assumption that he ordered the Osama bin Laden raid without the knowledge of the Pakistani government.  That he has used drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen to kill Muslim jihadists and has lost popularity in both of those countries because of this.  This assertion is false no matter how you look at it.

The only claim that D’Souza made that can gain any traction is Obama’s shady connections to people such as Bill Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Roberto Unger, and most interestingly Frank Marshall Davis.  Frank Marshall Davis was Barack Obama’s mentor from his boyhood and into his teen years.  Davis was a card-carrying member of the Communist party and a Soviet sympathizer.  Many accounts seem to point that Davis was a father like figure to Obama and that the two were very close.  If I were D’Souza I would have made this claim and ran with it, instead he did not focus on the impact that Frank Marshall Davis had on Barack Obama nearly as much as he should have.

D’Souza either did not do his homework or decided to essentially lie to his audience about most of his claims, many of them being baseless and greatly exaggerated.  A lot can be said about Barack Obama but it D’Souza missed almost all the right points to touch upon.  If he wants to get his pass his political agenda to any critical thinking human being he is going to want to refurbish his assertions and focus more on the figures that actually influenced him, not the beliefs of an absent father.  Anyone can make a theory about why things are the way they are and most are dead wrong, D’Souza should have called it quits once he found himself lying and stretching the truth to his audience.  The only way a plausible theory should be published is if all the facts and assertions line up in near perfect alignment.  My advice to D’Souza is to go back to the drawing board because your theory is clearly wrong.