Glenn Beck: The Roots of Obama's Rage



The Roots of Obama's Rage


by Dinesh D'Souza


GLENN: I saw an article in Forbes magazine a few days ago from Dinesh D'Souza, an extraordinarily bright man, an extraordinarily I mean, a guy who has in the past I have read some of his books and has captured, I think, the feeling and love of America, like very few people can. And I'm reading this article from him in Forbes magazine and quite honestly I'm reading it and going, yes, thank you, yes, somebody really gets it, and has a better handle on it than I think anybody else out there. It is an explanation of what is going on. The one thing that we haven't done is we haven't looked at the philosophy of Barack Obama. You can't make sense of what they're, what they're doing in Washington. None of it makes sense. None of it fits into the mold of the president of the United States or Democrats or Republicans. It just doesn't make sense. And when I was on after 8/28, and I got a lot of heat for this but again it's because people don't the people on the left don't want you to hear this message. Chris Wallace said, you know, you called the president a racist, blah, blah blah. And I said, poorly stated and almost I don't remember what exactly I said to him but almost infantile in its understanding of the president. I couldn't figure out what the president was doing and I missed the fact because I hadn't really looked into him. It becomes almost an illusion of racism. And it's not racism. It's anticolonialism. It is it's liberation theology, which is also in a way anticolonialism. It's Marxism in its roots. And when you understand these things, all of a sudden everything makes sense. When you understand and we did this how long ago? Eight months ago on television. His grandfather and his father, when you understand what they were doing, you all of a sudden can see Barack Obama and where he's going.

Well, Dinesh D'Souza has a book out, The Roots of Obama's Rage. And if it is anything I haven't read it yet and Dinesh is here with us. Hi, Dinesh, how are you, sir?

D'SOUZA: Hey, Glenn. Good to be on the show.

GLENN: Good to be with you. Pat and I read this article, we were carpooling the other day and he read it out loud and we were looking back and forth and we were looking at each other going, yes, yes.

PAT: That's it!

GLENN: Thank you, Dinesh. Is that what the whole book is about?

D'SOUZA: It is. The article is a little escargot. It's a little appetizer for the book, but there's just so much more in the book. And what's interesting is people are yelling and screaming about the article but they have no idea what's coming in the book in about three weeks.

GLENN: This comes out in about three weeks?

D'SOUZA: Yeah, the book can be preordered now but it will be in the stores in three weeks.

GLENN: I have to tell you, Dinesh, I have, I have not I've read a couple of books about Barack Obama and I don't ever finish them because they never get it right. I can guarantee you I will finish this book because you're on it. You are on it.

D'SOUZA: Well, it's my world. See, the thing is I'm an immigrant to America. I grew up in India. And as a young boy anticolonialism was in the air. My father, my grandfather, this was India became independent from the British in 1947. So this idea, the anticolonialist philosophy, which is the philosophy that the greedy, rapacious West is ripping off the poor countries, the idea that America is a rogue elephant in the world stampeding across the planet, consuming resources out of its share

GLENN: Okay, hang on. Before you go on, when I read this in the article, I immediately looked at Pat and I said, this will connect with people if you say the Story of Stuff. The left, have you seen the Story of Stuff? The left has done the Story of Stuff and we went over that like 18 months ago. That America is consuming all of the world's resources, that America has stolen things from other countries. So this is not a first of all, will you deny the Birther thing?



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D'SOUZA: Absolutely.

GLENN: Okay.

D'SOUZA: The Birther thing is a diversion. See, Barack Obama was born August 4th, 1961, and he was born in Hawaii. And the reason we know this, the single best piece of evidence is that there were notices of his birth in two local newspapers.

GLENN: So you have to be

PAT: All part of the plan.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: It was all part of conspiracy.

GLENN: You have to go to a Manchurian Candidate.

PAT: You really do.

GLENN: At birth.

PAT: It's so ridiculous.

D'SOUZA: But I think what's so significant is that Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, when Newt Gingrich praised my article and praised my argument and said it was the most insightful look at Obama that he had ever seen, Gibbs, the press secretary goes, well, they are just raising the issue of where Obama was born. So this poor guy

GLENN: No.

D'SOUZA: He had evidently not read the article, I know he hasn't read the book. I actually want to send him a signed copy, one for him and one for Obama.

GLENN: I'm not sure he can read, so

D'SOUZA: I don't know about that.

GLENN: I've listened to his answers, so I'm not sure he can read.

But let me just go back here. This has nothing to do with Birthers or anything else. This doesn't have anything to do with race and that's why I said my comment, what, a year and a half ago was infantile on its understanding of Obama because that's your gut that says, wait a minute, it's about race. No, it's not. It's not about race. It is about colonialism, which is still the message of the left, that America is stealing the resources of the rest of the world.

D'SOUZA: Yeah, the problem with the race theory and the problem with so many theories about Obama is we all look at Obama and we try to in a sense project American history onto him.

GLENN: Yes.

D'SOUZA: This is done on the right, it's done on the left, but we're ignoring Obama's own history. So what's interesting is all these people yell and scream, Maureen Dowd in today's New York Times yelling and screaming implying that this is some sort of race argument and saying, where does Dinesh get all this crazy stuff. And the answer is, I'm getting it from Obama.

An interesting way to get at this is to ask what is Obama's dream. Is it the American dream? Is it Martin Luther King's dream? And the beauty is we don't have to guess. Obama tells us himself in his book. You pick it up: Dreams From My Father.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Dreams From My Father. Not Dreams Of My Father. Dreams From My Father.

D'SOUZA: Which these

GLENN: Critical.

D'SOUZA: Right. I'm not writing about my father's dreams. I'm writing about the dream I got from my father. And who was Barack Obama, Sr.? Once we look at this and once we look a little more closely at him and some of the things he's written, by the way, which are not well known, he wrote an interesting article in the East Africa Journal in 1965 about African socialism. He lays out a bunch of themes. He talks, for example, about what's the ideal rate of taxation, what is the highest permissible rate of taxation.

GLENN: You'll love this, America.

D'SOUZA: And he comes to an interesting conclusion: 100%. Now, 100% taxation. Now, you might say this is crazy, what rational person. But look at the anticolonialist premise. The anticolonialist premise is that the rich guys got rich by ripping off the poor. So Glenn, if I got rich by coming to your house and stealing your furniture, what tax rate should be put on me? It's not my stuff. I've taken it from you unjustly.

GLENN: Right.

D'SOUZA: So no limit to, you can come and get it all back.

GLENN: Right. Now listen, if you, if you want to look at Barack Obama and make sense of his policies, you cannot. For instance, last week the federal government okayed a billion dollar loan to Mexico to drill for oil in the Gulf where we have where we've stopped drilling. Why are we loaning them a billion dollars to drill where we can't? Deep sea, I told you this about five months ago. We've made a gigantic loan to Brazil so they can go and do deep sea drilling off the coast of Brazil. What was it, twice as deep as what we had a problem with? And we shut down all of our oil rigs? Now, why would we take our money and give it to Brazil and give it to Mexico to do the things that we are telling that a president is telling us is too dangerous for the environment to do?

D'SOUZA: This is absolutely critical and in fact I think even Obama's own supporters are misunderstanding him. They think he's a conventional liberal. They think he a he like Al Gore: He thinks the planet is too hot, he thinks that energy consumption for the world is too high, he wants to decrease it across the board. But then we see no, he doesn't. He wants to decrease energy consumption by us while increasing energy availability and consumption by them. In other words, he wants to decrease the wealth of the colonizers, the rich West, and increase the availability of wealth and energy. That's why he proposes huge global transfers of wealth from the wealthy west to the rest. So this anticolonial key opens the lock. We have a lot of other arguments and they're like hammers. They bang around at Obama, they try to fit him into some theory and then there is the rage. The reason I call the book The The Roots of Obama's Rage is that this isn't ideology, this isn't something he picked up in college, flirted with as sort of a quasi Marxist. This is rooted in his own deep personal history. He's a little bit like the guy in the Schwarzenegger movie who comes home and his whole family has been massacred and he becomes a man on a mission. He's got to go back, he's got to settle scores, he's got

GLENN: See, I have to

D'SOUZA: This is Barack Obama.

GLENN: I have to tell you this is the point that we made when we stumbled on grandpa being kept in a British prison camp and then grandma telling Barack this is the story and anticolonial so you see, wait a minute, grandma grandpa was put into a camp for a while because of the British. You see that Dad left his son for this cause, then mom left his her son for this cause. His whole family has sacrificed for generations now for this cause, and somehow or another the media wants you to think that that's irrelevant. I am Abraham Lincoln said everything I am, I owe to my mother. I just told my father this weekend: Almost everything I am I owe to my father. We are a product of what we came from, good or bad.

D'SOUZA: Not only is that true in general but it is especially true of Obama. His publishers gave him a big advance and said go write a book about your life. He wrote a book about his father's life. He took his father's name. So in a sense he says himself and everybody who knows him says this. His granny, Sarah Obama, not his real granny, she's the white she's one of the other wives of his grandfather, Onyango Obama. But she says, I look at him and I see all the same things: The vision of the father is realized in the son. So the people who know Obama see this uncanny resemblance.

I'm saving stuff in the book. I don't want to talk about the grandfather because the story is so fascinating. In effect Obama ends up rejecting his grandfather. In his own book he calls him a house (expletive). He rejects his grandfather and he puts all his hopes in his father. It's a very interesting question why. His grandfather suffered more than his more than.

GLENN: Could I

D'SOUZA: By it's a fascinating psychological narrative that connects to his policies. That's what's so eye opening about it.

GLENN: Could I ask you a favor? I know you were quoting the president but please don't use that word on this program.

D'SOUZA: No, no. I mean I was just sorry. But I was just quoting.

GLENN: No, you are quoting him, I know that but please don't use it.

All right. We're going to continue here in just a second, and I want to go back to his taking his father's name because again it goes back to something that I said on this program and I got heat for and I said, this just, when you change your name, when you do that, it says something. And it's important that people understand, especially from a guy named

D'SOUZA: Named Barry.

GLENN: Named Barry going into Barack and a guy named Dinesh D'Souza, not changing his name. He could be he could be something, you know. He could be, you know, Bob Smith like people used to. There is something to be said for changing names and not changing names. And I want to get into that here in a second.

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Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving for radical leftists. This charade goes on year after year, where decent folks across America try to enjoy and celebrate Christmas, and a few militant progressives disapprove. It's exhausting. We get it, you don't like Christmas. And that's totally fine. But entire communities of people who do like to celebrate Christmas are tired of their celebration being held hostage by an extreme minority—sometimes just one person—getting offended.

This year, a self-described “Unintentional Grinch who stole Christmas" is in the lead to win Scrooge of the Year. The principal at Manchester Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska sent her teachers a memo this week outlining all the Christmas-related items and activities that will not be allowed in their classrooms.

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The banned list includes:

  • Santa
  • Christmas trees
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Singing Christmas carols
  • Playing Christmas music
  • Making an ornament as a gift
  • Any red and green items
  • Reindeer
  • And, of course, candy canes. Not because the sugar will make the children hyper, but because, as the principal explains, the candy cane is shaped like a “J" for Jesus.

She writes, “the red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection." In case you try to cheat, different-colored candy canes are not allowed either.

Why is this principal going out of her way to delete any trace of Christmas in her school? She explains:

“I come from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools…"

Her list, “aligns with my interpretation of our expectations as a public school who seeks to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students."

What about being culturally sensitive toward students who do celebrate Christmas?

Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa.

The irony here, for this principal and others who hate Christmas and the Christianity that undergirds it, is that Christmas has long existed on two parallel tracks. You've got the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ on one, and you've got the Santa Claus, secular mythology on the other. That means there is more than enough about the Christmas season that has nothing to do with Jesus if that's your thing.

You don't need a totalitarian list of forbidden things to protect the children from a 2,000-year-old holiday. Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa, or a Christmas carol, or—heaven forbid—a manger scene.

Avenatti bails on 2020 presidential run, leaving Biden as 'most qualified' — really?

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Well, that de-escalated quickly. Michael Avenatti, lawyer of Stormy Daniels, announced he will not run for president in 2020 after all. That takes the number of Democrats planning to challenge Trump down to around 724.

In a statement, Avenatti said he would still run, but he decided not to out of respect for his family's “concerns." He didn't list their concerns, but said:

“We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one."

Speaking of — if you've been wondering who's the most qualified person in America to be president, wonder no more. It's former vice president Joe Biden.

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How do we know? Because ol' Joe told us so, at a book tour stop in Montana. The 76-year-old says he'll make a decision about a 2020 bid within the next two months, which is campaign-speak for “I'm definitely running, so get out your checkbooks."

Biden admitted:

“I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."

Yeah, about that… the first time Biden ran for president, in 1987, he was actually pulling ahead of the Democratic pack until his campaign got snagged on plagiarism. He got caught lifting entire sections of a speech by Neil Kinnock, a British Labor Party candidate who ran for Prime Minister and lost to Margaret Thatcher. It wasn't just the fact that Biden copied exact sections of Kinnock's speech, he also stole biographical facts from Kinnock's life and tried to pass them off as his own — like saying his ancestors were coal miners.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Perhaps in the pre-Internet era, Biden thought he could get away with it. But he didn't. An adviser for Michael Dukakis' campaign saw a tape of Kinnock's speech and put together a side-by-side comparison video of Biden's plagiarizing, then sent the tape to the New York Times. As reporters dug further into the story, they found that Biden had also lifted large portions of speeches by Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

Those revelations led Biden to admit he got an “F" for a course in law school after he plagiarized five pages for a term paper. Biden was caught in more lies about his academic credentials and enough embarrassments mounted that he finally withdrew from the race.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Saturday Night Live writer Nimesh Patel, an Emmy-nominated comedian, is the latest victim in campus culture's wacky game. Patel is the first Indian-American writer for SNL, so by the usual standards of identity politics, he should be safe. Not the case. All of the rules went out the window when he was performing a stand-up comedy set for an event called "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim" at Columbia University hosted by the Asian American Alliance.

He joked that being gay cannot be a choice because “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, 'this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.'"

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For one, that's less of a joke and more of a statement. It's exactly the kind of safe, pro-LGBT statement that you would think campus feminists and trans activists would squeal with glee to hear.

According to Columbia's school paper, student organizers, offended by Patel's joke, rushed the stage 30 minutes into the set and told Patel that he needed to finish his set and say a few closing remarks.

Patel argued that his jokes were not offensive, and that they were actually much-needed insights into the real world. He also made it clear that he stands in solidarity with the Asian American Alliance.

They still cut his microphone off and booted him off stage.

Patel hasn't commented on the uproar, but here are a few comments from people who were in the audience:

The Columbia Spectator quoted three students who were in the audience. One of them said:

“The message they were trying to send with the event was opposite to the jokes he was making, and using people's ethnicity as the crux of his jokes could be funny but still offensive... He definitely wasn't the most crass comedian I've ever heard but for the event it was inappropriate."

Another student said:

“I really dislike when people who are older say that our generation needs to be exposed to the real world. Obviously the world is not a safe space but just accepting that it's not and continuing to perpetuate the un-safeness of it… is saying that it can't be changed," said Jao. “When older generations say you need to stop being so sensitive, it's like undermining what our generation is trying to do in accepting others and making it safer."

The radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses... will eat their own without thinking twice.

The third student wasn't bothered by the jokes:

“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn't heard before and none of them were jokes that elicited such a response in my experience."

The third student is a little ray of hope in all of this, but I'm afraid that people like her are increasingly outnumbered and unwilling to speak up.

The jokes were clearly not racist or homophobic. If anything, they seem to have been designed to pander to overly sensitive campus activists who all too often cry “racist" and “homophobic" and all their other insults.

It just goes to show that the left, particularly the radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses, will stop at nothing to push its postmodern narrative. They'll spare nobody. And they will eat their own without thinking twice.

Forbes recently described student loan debt as the $1.5 trillion crisis, adding that "Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category - behind only mortgage debt - and higher than both credit cards and auto loans," which is affecting 44 million borrowers in the U.S.

There's also the cultural effect that college is having, the indoctrination that young people are being subjected to. More and more powerful people are recognizing that college as an institution is a problem.

Last Friday, Peter Thiel gave a keynote speech at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Collegiate Network editors' conference. He told a roomful of 100 students:

Universities today are as corrupt as the Catholic Church of 500 years ago. At some point, if it's 100 to zero, you start to suspect you're in North Korea. Does the unanimity mean you've gotten to the truth, or does it mean you're in a totalitarian state. We have this illusion that all sorts of important decisions have been decided.

He added:

We are not on the losing side of history. The other side is on the losing side. The reformation is going to happen, and it won't come from within, but from the outside.

Thiel has worked actively to bring about the change that he's talking about here. The lawsuit he led against Gawker helped topple their empire of filth and lowest-level journalism. He has also created The Thiel Fellowship, which "gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom. The idea that we are on the losing side is a form of psychological warfare."

We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest.

And he's right. We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest. We're on the up-and-up. Things are only going to get better from here.