President Barack Obama doesn't strike one as an angry man; rather, he seems professorial, at home on a podium delivering a lecture from on high with the aid of teleprompters. That he has a cool persona might be a good way of putting it.
Apparently, that image is a false front, if one is to believe the contents of a new book titled "The Roots of Obama's Rage," written by conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza. A summary of his argument appeared as a cover story in Forbes earlier this month.
The D'Souza thesis is that the current president of the United States is motivated to work against his country's best interests because of "inherited rage" from his father, a Kenyan bitter about the British oppression of his country — particularly the brutal snuffing out of the Mau Mau rebellion, during which Barack Obama's grandfather was stuck away without trial in a detention camp.
Mr. D'Souza diagnoses what makes President Obama tick as an anti-colonialist rage against the Europeans who built their wealth on the backs of the native populations of the lands they exploited. It's not Marxism, nor socialism, nor the battle for civil rights for blacks in this country that drives this man.
His actions, the ones the author finds so disturbing, are also not motivated by some kind of covert Islamism but by his absent father's loathing of the Western colonialists. In fact, Barack Obama lays it all out in his own best-selling book, "Dreams From My Father," in which he tells of communing with his father at his grave in Kenya and determining at that moment to carry on his father's anti-colonial crusade.
Obama critics on the right have hailed this book as being the only argument that can explain presidential actions they find objectionable — even anti-American. It explains what they see as policies deliberately designed to make our nation poorer.
It explains why he returned that bust of Winston Churchill to the Brits. And why he doesn't wear an American flag pin and why he apologizes for America on visits overseas. It argues that the president of the United States actually despises the country that elected him to run it.
Dinesh D'Souza is a neocon, so one has to keep in mind that he works hard to advance that faction's goal of maintaining American/Israeli hegemony in the Middle East and America's status as the world's only superpower.
To these people, Mr. Obama is a threat; someone they see as kowtowing to those we should instead be browbeating or worse. And in a column attacking the Forbes article and its endorsement by Newt Gingrich, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times points out that "it's inconsistent to accuse a president who's raining drones on bad guys in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen of having an inherited anticolonial ideology."
Indeed. And Steve Sailer, who has been writing about the influences on the president for the last 31/2 years, is dismissive of Mr. D'Souza's insistence that it is anti-colonialism that explains the Obama psyche.
In his own book, "America's Half-Blood Prince," Mr. Sailer points out that the elder Obama's ideology was "racial socialism" and that Barack Obama has made it clear that his main motivation was to overcome his "completely nonblack upbringing" and prove himself "black enough" to be the leader of Black America.
Hence his move to Chicago and his 20-year membership in the congregation of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who devoted himself in his sermons to excoriating the white society and its injustices against blacks.
Remember, the subtitle to "Dreams From My Father" is "A Story of Race and Inheritance." It's all there, written by the man himself and yet virtually ignored by the "respectable" news media. There's some disturbing truth to the D'Souza analysis of the president, but he's a much more complicated and interesting person than the one-dimensional man portrayed in it.
Above all, Barack Obama was and is a man of vast ambition. He knew that his race had become a great asset in his quest for power. The worm had turned. Millions of white Americans hailed his run for the White House and in the end elected him their leader.
"Somehow whites have been shamed by the nation's past," writes Mr. D'Souza, "into conceding to blacks a kind of unquestioned moral authority."
Is he trying to destroy this society? I choose not to believe that. Great events will decide our future, events beyond the control of any individual.
Ron Smith can be heard weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon, on 1090 WBAL-AM and WBAL.com. His column appears Fridays in The Baltimore Sun. His e-mail is email@example.com.