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September 13, 2010

Fear of a Black Planet


Eventually the wingnuts are going to run out of euphemisms for the n-word.

Newt Gingrich waxes philosophical to the National Review:
Citing a recent Forbes article by Dinesh D’Souza, former House speaker Newt Gingrich tells National Review Online that President Obama may follow a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview.

[snip]

“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.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich tells us.
This guy was once considered as some sort of intellectual, right?

[sigh]

By the way, Jake Tapper and Dana Hughes at ABC News shoot down D’Souza's theory here.

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11 comments:

EdHeath said...

OK, so Obama has drifted all over the map, in terms of sometimes advocating Democratic policy ideas, sometimes pushing to wait for Republican input (that rarely comes as anything but a no), sometimes seeming to advocate Bush era wiretapping and detention policies. But "Kenyan, anti-colonial"?

Dinesh D'Souza only has his reputation as a journalist to put at risk. Gingrich seems to think that by referencing D'Souza he can retain his "intellectual" reputation while also attracting some of Palin's tinfoil hat followers as well. I'm sure Gingrich won't lose support because of the "Kenyan" statement. But I think neither thinking nor not-thinking voters will embrace this new theory. Republicans don't need any reason past Obama's being a Democrat to hate him, and probably don't want to be associated with yet another absurd theory about Obama.

Bram Reichbaum said...

Gingrich is pro-colonial?

Mike said...

Bram, maybe you are on to something. Newt really wants us to go back to a time when we were a colony under the thumb of a ruling class. It is actually consistent with Republican policies.

The Republicans can then keep dangling some definition of "freedom" in the front of the tea party with no real effort to resolve their issues.

How many years have they dangled abortion in front of their base with no intention of doing anything about it?

rich10e said...

Well, where else would Obama develop his worldview. He states in his book, "dreams from my father" that he embraced the beliefs of his father, an avowed socialist and anti-colonialist.
Ed, D'Souza, a man of color, is considered an intellectual more so than journalist. I've read the article, where is the problem? And Mike, where are you??There is a RULING CLASS in America!

Lyon Advocate said...

Rich,

Please provide a citation (page number will suffice) for your claim from Obama's book. Since you don't use quotation marks, I'm assuming one of two scenarios apply: (i) it's not directly stated, but you inferred as much; or (more likely) (ii) Beck, Rush, Hannity or O'Reilly said it, so it must be true.

EdHeath said...

Rich, (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/09/white-house-assails-gingrich-for-saying-president-is-kenyan-anti-colonial-thinker.html)

jaywillie said...

So, Rich, do you hold a pro-colonial worldview? Isn't being pro-colonial the antithesis of anti-American? Weren't the Founders anti-colonial?

And if you don't like socialism, stop driving on the roads, stop sending your kids to public schools, don't use the Post Office, send back your Social Security/Medicare payments/reimbursements, don't rely on the police or fire departments to save you, stay away from public transportation, don't visit national or state parks.

As to where Obama developed his worldview and from whom, I imagine it's from the people who raised him - his mother, his grandparents.

If you'd actually read any of Obama's writing, you'd probably have caught on to the fact that he spent virtually NO TIME with his natural father.

rich10e said...

jaywillie...you make a fool of yourself every time you open your mouth!Now the US is a socialist country because we have public services.

Ed: just another point of view. And coming from Jake Tapper and ABC, its no less partisan than Gingrich!!

Lyon, I heard it from an interview with D'Souza.

EdHeath said...

Rich, the point is that Obama Sr was not a socialist, not involved with the socialist party of his country. Obama may have formed his own view in college, but looking at Obama's career, he has been middle of the road since at least Columbia.

You know, if you want to buy into the whole anti-Islamic thing, you want to buy into the whole Obama as a socialist thing, the whole liberals as Nazis thing, be my guest. It is all lies, told by the rich to rural white poor people, intended to frighten them into delivering non-coastal states into the astro-turf Tea Party's hands, so more money can be taken from the poor and given to the rich. That is the simple reality, and no amount of "intellectual" scholarship based on lies from D'Souza or any one else will disguise it. Do you really hate America so much that you want to rich to destroy democracy?

rich10e said...

Ed it's guys like you who give progressives their negative perception in the eyes of the majority of americans...you take a statement that was innocuous and you turn it into a nonsensical diatribe..read some Eurpean newspapers...check out the french....

EdHeath said...

Well Rich, there is opinion and there is fact. I may have laid on a bit heavy on the opinion, but make no mistake, D'Souza is simply not accurately relating fact. Gingrich should be capable of understanding that, although I can not say whether he does or not. But whether Gingrich does understand and is trying to give Tea Party/Republicans more reason to be paranoid, or whether Gingrich does not understand, and is simply stupid, he is clearly not fit to be President.

It's like saying that creationism should be given equal time in the (science) classroom in school, because people believe (based on faith) that the creation story is true.

It's like saying climate change isn't real, or isn't caused by the activities of man, because climate change scientists say mean things in emails about the AGW deniers.

It is obvious, painfully obvious, that Obama is not a socialist. Nor is he a fascist, nor is he Muslim. Saying that he is one or more or all of those things is simply a way of trying to distract people from the real problems the country faces. If a majority of Americans were told the truth, that the Tea Party not only wants to eliminate health care reform but also social security, medicare and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they might feel differently about the Republicans.

When rich people are giving millions of dollars to groups that support the Tea Party, what conclusion should we draw? Never mind, you will utter some gibberish about the French and Europe, pretending to respond when in fact you are simply deflecting.