By - October 7, 2010

Inside Obama’s Head


Ever since President Obama hit the political scene people such as me have been trying to label him. Is he dimwitted or is he a twisted socialist?  Certainly his actions are in line with socialists for the most part, except his domestic agenda particularly with respect to Fundamentalist Muslims.

Then a friend handed me an article written by Dinesh D’Souza for Forbes Magazine.  Dinesh may have hit the essence that is Barack Hussein Obama.   Mr. D’Souza uses Obama’s book, “Dreams From My Father” and Dinesh’s own experiences in Mumbai, India to come to the conclusion that President Obama is a Anticolonialist.  I will use D’Souza’s words to explain:

Anticolonialism is the doctrine that rich countries of the West got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries of Asia, Africa and South America.

Obama Sr. was an economist, and in 1965 he published an important article in the East Africa Journal called “Problems Facing Our Socialism.” Obama Sr. wasn’t a doctrinaire socialist; rather, he saw state appropriation of wealth as a necessary means to achieve the anticolonial objective of taking resources away from the foreign looters and restoring them to the people of Africa. For Obama Sr. this was an issue of national autonomy. “Is it the African who owns this country?  If he does, then why should he not control the economic means of growth in this country?”

As Obama Sr. put it, “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.” The senior Obama proposed that the state confiscate private land and raise taxes with no upper limit. (Sound vaguely familiar?) In fact, he insisted that “theoretically there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

From the anticolonial perspective, American imperialism is on a rampage.  For a while, U.S. power was checked by the Soviet Union, but since the end of the Cold War America has been the sole superpower.  Moreover, 9/11 provided the occasion for America to invade and occupy two countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, and also to seek political and economic domination in the same way the French and the British empires once did.

From a very young age and through his formative years Obama Jr. learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation.  He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America.  In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society

For Obama, the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West.

President Obama is playing this out at this moment.  While Obama puts an offshore oil exploration moratorium on US oil companies he is pouring two billion US dollars into Brazilian offshore oil exploration. Why?  Obama believes that the West uses a disproportionate share of the world’s energy resources, so he wants neocolonial America to have less and the former colonized countries to have more.

Obama supports the Ground Zero mosque because to him 9/11 is the event that unleashed the American bogey and pushed us into Iraq and Afghanistan.  He views some of the Muslims who are fighting against America abroad as resisters of U.S. imperialism.

Obama’s attempts to control the banks, auto industry and health care is all part of bringing America under governments’ control where America can, in Obama’s view, give back its wealth from the third world countries it stole it from.

So to label Obama as a communist, or socialist, maybe missing the point.  To steal a line from The Dark Knight, Alfred Pennyworth explained to Bruce Wayne:  Some people can’t be bought, some people (Obama) just wants to watch the world (America) burn.

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