I begin this offering with the odds-on favorite for the single stupidest sentence written in the last forty-eight hours (date range limited due to fierce competition):
Fueling the myth mongering that Barack Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in a recent interview that the president may follow a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview.
~ Huffington Post (who else). Full article here.
With this one assertion the author has achieved the hitherto impossible task of making Robert Gibbs appear profound. (It doesn’t help of course that Kleenex wringers like Michael Medved are lining up to denounce Gingrich based on his use of the words “Obama” and “Kenya” in the same sentence and the palpable inability of some to understand basic context, but I digress.)
What seems to have touched off this random discharge is a recent article in Forbes by Dinesh D’Souza entitled How Obama Thinks. D’Souza’s thesis, which Gingrich for one finds “stunning”, is that Obama’s world-view and policies are driven by the anti-colonial ideology of his (anyone, anyone) Kenyan father.
Gingrich says that D’Souza has made a “stunning insight” into Obama’s behavior — the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.”
“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
~ NRO – Full article here.
D’Souza’s jumping off point is Obama’s own book, Dreams from My Father:
What then is Obama’s dream? We don’t have to speculate because the President tells us himself in his autobiography, Dreams from My Father. According to Obama, his dream is his father’s dream. Notice that his title is not Dreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. Obama isn’t writing about his father’s dreams; he is writing about the dreams he received from his father.
So who was Barack Obama Sr.? He was a Luo tribesman who grew up in Kenya and studied at Harvard. He was a polygamist who had, over the course of his lifetime, four wives and eight children. One of his sons, Mark Obama, has accused him of abuse and wife-beating. He was also a regular drunk driver who got into numerous accidents, killing a man in one and causing his own legs to be amputated due to injury in another. In 1982 he got drunk at a bar in Nairobi and drove into a tree, killing himself.
An odd choice, certainly, as an inspirational hero. But to his son, the elder Obama represented a great and noble cause, the cause of anticolonialism. Obama Sr. grew up during Africa’s struggle to be free of European rule, and he was one of the early generation of Africans chosen to study in America and then to shape his country’s future.
Hmmmm, Obama not only molded by a background surrounded by Marxists in his immediate and extended family, but doubly affected by the specter of his anti-colonialist father who had effectively abandoned him at a young age.
Like some of you, I am experiencing an eerie sense of deja vu.
Oh wait …