I’m very wary when people try to psycho-analyze their political opposition. It’s fun, I know – and unavoidable sometimes. But in general, it strikes me as a suspiciously easy way of avoiding out-and-out confrontation with their ideas. After all, just because some guy is a self-righteous clown who tries to make friends in men’s room stalls doesn’t mean his policy suggestions are wrong. Just means he’s, you know, cree-pay.
That said, Dinesh D’Souza’s cover piece in the new Forbes, “How Obama Thinks,” is both devastating and remarkably convincing. For those of us who haven’t been swayed by the idea that O’s a secret socialist or muslim or whatever – and yet are puzzled why he would continually put forward ideas that are so bad for the country he’s supposed to be leading – D’Souza has some answers:
Theories abound to explain the President’s goals and actions. Critics in the business community–including some Obama voters who now have buyer’s remorse–tend to focus on two main themes. The first is that Obama is clueless about business. The second is that Obama is a socialist–not an out-and-out Marxist, but something of a European-style socialist, with a penchant for leveling and government redistribution.
These theories aren’t wrong so much as they are inadequate. Even if they could account for Obama’s domestic policy, they cannot explain his foreign policy. The real problem with Obama is worse–much worse. But we have been blinded to his real agenda because, across the political spectrum, we all seek to fit him into some version of American history. In the process, we ignore Obama’s own history.
Every day people email me articles, saying this is a “must-read.” This really is a must-read for those who want to understand this debacle of an administration.