What exactly is our president? I don’t mean, is he an alien or other species. The jury may still be out on that one. And I mean, otherworldly alien, not birther alien. But seriously, how would one classify Obama?
For years now we’ve all (at least the one’s paying attention) heard that President Obama is a socialist. No, he’s a Marxist. He’s a communist. He’s a progressive; he’s a liberal. Well, what’s the answer? The answer is yes. What do mean yes? Yes to which one? My opinion is he is kind of all of the above, although that is painting with a very broad brush. If I were to narrow it down & pick one, I would classify him as something not mentioned thus far. Barack Obama is an anticolonialist. Some may have heard the term. Some may not.
Colonialism is one country’s control either directly or influentially over another. The Europeans were famous or infamous for their colonialism of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, etc. Therefore anticolonialism is the resistance or abhorrence of that.
Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father. Ironically, the man who was absent for virtually all of Obama’s life is precisely the one shaping his values and actions & his father, for good reason or not, was certainly an anticolonialist spending his formative years in British controlled Kenya.
The President’s own autobiography is titled, “Dreams from my Father”, not Dreams of my Father. Obama isn’t writing about his father’s dreams. He is writing about the dreams that he got from his father.
His grandmother Sarah Obama told Newsweek, “I look at him and I see all the same things — he has taken everything from his father . . . this son is realizing everything the father wanted.”
How about this: Consider the article “Problems Facing Our Socialism” that Barack Obama Sr. published in 1965 in the East Africa Journal. Writing in the aftermath of British colonialism, he advocated socialism as necessary to ensure national autonomy for his country. “The question,” he wrote, “is how are we going to remove the disparities in our country, such as the concentration of economic power in Asian and European hands . . .?”
It is based on the anticolonial assumption that the rich have become rich by exploiting and plundering the poor; therefore, whatever the rich have is undeserved and may be legitimately seized.
Thus his solution to Kenya’s problems sound all too familiar. “We need to eliminate power structures that have been built through excessive accumulation so that not only a few individuals shall control a vast magnitude of resources as is the case now.” He proposed that the state seize private land and turn it over to collective cooperatives. He demanded that the state raise taxes with no upper limit. He also stated in his 1965 paper: “There is no tax rate too high, and even a 100% rate is justified under certain circumstances.” Just in case the point is unclear, Obama Sr. insisted that “theoretically there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 percent of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”
So what, you say. That was his father. Could he possibly have that much influence on our beloved president?
President Obama writes, “It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself.” “My father’s voice had nevertheless remained untainted, inspiring, rebuking, granting or withholding approval. You do not work hard enough, Barry. You must help in your people’s struggle. Wake up, black man!” It sounds as if the President wishes to channel his father.
His father hated the British. Is it coincidence that the President, upon moving into the White House, sent back the bust of Winston Churchill? The official line is that it was already removed. I don’t buy it for a second. Maybe it’s no surprise that Obama wouldn’t want Churchill watching over his shoulder. After all, it was Churchill who, in 1952, ordered a crackdown on the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, Obama’s ancestral homeland.
After taking office the first official he called was Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. What an odd choice. Or was it? What was that region called before the formation of Israel? Oh, that’s right, British Palestine.
Unless “The One” writes a tell all book about himself, we may never know if he is the second coming of his father, but I’m convinced he is.
If we give this man 4 more years, America may end up looking like post colonial Kenya.