Skip to comments.What Obama Has in Store for Us (What he will do if, God forbid, he wins a second term)
Posted on 08/06/2012 8:33:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The latest line of attack on Mitt Romney by Obama supporters is the most breathtaking yet: Romney, we are told, is a stealth candidate.
Michael Tomasky, who wrote the controversial Newsweek cover story declaring that Romney is a wimp, now accuses Romney of a desire to sneak into the White House all but unexamined by voters.
Holy Double Standard! Romney certainly could have handled the release of his tax returns better, and its likely he is concealing embarrassing details. But Barack Obama, aided and abetted by a subservient media, spent much of his 2008 campaign trying to conceal his radical roots and evading questions about his past. Stanley Kurtz, the author of the new Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, has demonstrated convincingly that the Obama campaign lied to reporters (including me) about Obamas involvement with the socialist New Party and his work for the infamous ACORN operation (which subsequently went bankrupt following a 2009 scandal).
Similarly, scholar Paul Kengor has written a new book on Frank Marshall Davis, Obamas teenage mentor, entitled The Communist. Dave Weigel of Slate acknowledges that Kengors bang-on right: Davis was an avowed Communist, and the media of 2008 didnt care. But Weigel thinks Obama never pretended not to know Davis and notes that Davis appears as the black-power advocate Frank in the presidents 1995 book Dreams from My Father. True enough, but Obama was certainly leery of too much scrutiny of Davis: The audio version of Dreams, read by Obama himself, removes all 24 references to Frank that appear in the printed text. Why the difference? Perhaps because the audio version wasnt recorded until 2005, when newly elected U.S. senator Barack Obama was already contemplating a run for the White House.
Trying to figure out what makes Barack Obama tick, what influenced his thinking, and where he might take the country in a second term is the purpose of Dinesh DSouzas new $2.5 million documentary 2016: Obamas America, which will premiere in hundreds of theaters on August 10. DSouza, a bestselling author and the president of Kings College in New York, emigrated from India as a boy, and he says he understands something of how Obamas exotic upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia might have shaped his view of America. But DSouza, a conservative, sees America as a land of tolerance and opportunity. He believes Obama adopted his [anti-colonialist] fathers 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. That may be stretching things just a bit, but remember, it was the president himself who just told small-business owners they cant take credit for their own success.
DSouza travels the world in search of clues to Obamas thinking, using Dreams from My Father as his Baedeker guide. In a couple of spots his evidence seems forced or incomplete, but much of what he finds is disturbing. An old academic friend of the late Barack Obama Sr. tells DSouza he believes father and son shared the same anti-colonial, anti-Western outlook.
Interestingly, one of the Kenyans whom DSouza meets now thinks the British colonialists left too soon. George Obama, one of the presidents cousins, tells DSouza that if the British had stayed, they would have developed us. Instead, we were fighting over nothing!
Where DSouza hits storytelling gold is in his take on the recent controversy over President Obamas return of a bust of Winston Churchill that had been in the Oval Office to the British government soon after he took office. Churchill was prime minister in the 1950s, when Kenyas colonial government crushed the Mau Mau rebellion. His father claimed he was arrested by the British and other members of the family were interned.
When columnist Charles Krauthammer last month repeated the charge that the Churchill statue had been returned, the White House went into bizarre overdrive to deny the story as 100 percent false. Within days, the source of the confusion was revealed: The bust in question had been returned (as had been widely reported long before Krauthammers column), but a diffferent copy of the sculpture remains in the White House collection.
DSouzas film is perfectly pitched for conservatives who are skeptical of Obamas motives but reject the bizarre theories that he wasnt born in the U.S. (To his credit, DSouza shoots down that premise early on.) But the film may also appeal to independents who have more questions about Obama than they did when they voted for him in 2008. Its production values are solid it was produced by Gerald Molen, who was in charge of bringing Jurassic Park and Schindlers List to the big screen. Some preview showings in Houston were outgrossed only by the new Ice Age and Spider-Man movies. That augurs well for the films ability to succeed based on word of mouth.
Dinesh DSouza obviously wants his film to be taken seriously, and it deserves to be. In a couple places, however, it falls short in predicting where Obama, the anti-capitalist opponent of colonialism, would take America in his second term. I dont think Obamas move to reduce U.S. nuclear stockpiles from 5,000 warheads to 2,500 are quite as serious as DSouza seems to. But the film scores points by highlighting Obamas bizarre reluctance to develop North American oil and gas reserves while encouraging developing nations to develop theirs.
No one can really claim they know exactly what makes the president tick. But 2016: Obamas America leaves enough clues on the table to make us wonder if we would be taking an even bigger risk in reelecting him than we took in 2008. After all, weve never observed the actions of a Barack Obama who knows he will never have to face an electorate again.
John Fund is national-affairs columnist for NRO.
Barbara Streisand! Where the heck are the Kenyan's school transcripts, passport, and admissions paperwork. Don't give the RATS an inch on releasing tax records.
Maybe we DESERVE another term of Obama to totally ruin the whole damn thing before we are able to wake the heck up...
But I sure as hell ain’t gonna pull the lever for Obama...
But if he does win another term it is gonna get messy... Especially if he chooses Hillary as his VP... Just think LBJ on steroids ... In all the worst ways...
Mr. RomneyCARE created, himself, ObamaCARE,
death panels, gay marriage, and tanked Massachusetts’
economy while doing it.
Mr. RomneyCARE packed the judiary with Democrats
and ruined the GOP.
Mr. RomneyCARE THEN fled the state while
attacking Gov. Palin on the Eve of Election 2008.
What might he do for America?
It’s “damning with faint praise”, but at least he didn’t promise to throw the castle gates open to the encircling hordes.
Couldn't even spell "Hoax and Chains" right.
No, what's likely is Romney knows that Obama will misrepresent his returns and just lie about them to change the subject from his disaster of a presidency. Reid is lying about Romney's returns right now, why would anyone think he would stop if Romney disclosed them?
Well, he knows what the capital of Israel is.
That’s shorthand for ‘he will have a wealth of foreign policy positions that are not actually designed to shame America and back-stab her allies.’
And that’s all we can say for certain. Conservatism in America will have to be restored through Congress and the States, because it certainly isn’t going to be restored through the Executive branch anytime soon.
But if the Obamanation gets in again then by 2016 we won’t even recognize America.
Let Romney alone, media. The Constitution does not say you havr to PAY TAXES to be President - you just have to be over 35 and an AMERICAN, something the Kenyan obviously is not.
Like MANY, I Just skip over your posts now.
If 0bama wins, the ONLY use for Free Republic will be as a site for preppers and those interested in becoming ex-pats.
If 0bama wins and within two years of his new term, Free Republic and websites like it will be deemed ‘extremist’ and forcibly shut down by the government.
If Romney wants to win (and it’s not clear that he does), any time this “stealth” question comes up, just ask why Obama’s very first act in office was an executive order concealing all of his personal records.
We The People...
My question is, “What do we have in store for Obama in a second term”.
I encourage you all to consider the question.