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GLENN: What were the dreams of your father? What were the dreams of your father? He probably wanted you to go to college because maybe he didn't graduate even from high school. He wanted something better for you, something better than he had. Maybe he wanted to start his own business, be his own boss. What were the dreams of your father? Maybe he wanted to take your mom, just on a great vacation in Italy or France or Ireland, Germany, a dream vacation. Maybe he just wanted to retire with enough money to make his golden years comfortable, enjoy his grandchildren, go fishing. The Dreams Of My Father, who worked his tail off his whole life, was just to be able to play golf, just to be able to have the time to play golf. He never made that, because by the time he did retire, his body was worn out.
What were the dreams of your father? Maybe, maybe none of these are relatable. Maybe none of these are the dreams of your father, but they are they are probably relatable to you if you're an American and you had the typical life.
Chances are your father didn't dream of leaving his family and his two year old toddler behind to continue his education at an Ivy League school so he could take that American government paid education back to his home company country along with a woman he picked up in Boston who had become his third wife and encourage his nation to drop the newfangled socialism that was being promoted in favor of Soviet Marxism. Did your father have that dream?
I don't know anybody that had their father had that dream. Well, no. I take that back. I know one person, not personally. That was the dream of Barack Obama's father. And, of course, there were a little more complicated than that but essentially that is what Barack Obama, Sr., did, he fought against the African socialism advocated by pro American third way leader Tom Mboya and the president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta and he fought against it in favor of the communist allied leader, Oginga Odinga.
That's why Barack Obama's father left. Those were the dreams of his father. When he went back to Kenya, he became the senior economic thinker within the Kenyan government. It didn't go well. He had too many disagreements with President Kenyatta and it led to his firing. Then he was blacklisted in Kenya and then he became an alcoholic.
Back in Hawaii, according to President Obama's first book, Dreams From My Father, his mom, Stanley Stanley Ann Dunham, continued to direct young Barack's attention and focus to the character and the idealogy of his communist, atheist biological father, rather than towards the man whom she married, Lolo Soetoro. This got Barack Obama in between two races, his mother and his father and three worlds, America, Indonesia where his father finally left him and went to Indonesia to be able to further the Marxist goals there, America, Indonesia, and the home land of his father, Kenya. Barack Obama, Jr., was left with the faint memories and constant stories of the man who left him behind to fight for his dreams. Later he was told the stories of his father's father who also had a dream, Hussein Onyango Obama. This man was a cook for the British, but the British were colonial, was a colonial occupier, according to Barack Obama's grandfather, a colonial occupier and his grandfather was converted to Islam during a visit to Zanzibar and he forced all three of his wives to convert to Islam,
The dreams of Barack Obama's grandfather.
Well, when he converted to Islam, Barack Obama's grandfather wanted the colonialism to stop and so he became involved with the independence movement in Kenya. He became a cook in the British Army and he was discovered by colonial forces in 1949. They accused him of spying on them. He was taken into custody and jailed for six months by the British and according to Obama's grandmother in a story that she told him, one of Hussein's wives told him that the British brutally tortured him while in custody, to the point where he suffered permanent physical disabilities, just for having a dream, a dream of ending colonial white rule, British rule.
If you just put that one piece of the puzzle into place and ask what does the title of the book mean, the Dreams From My Father, what were the dreams from his father and the dreams of Obama's grandfather? The dream was an independent Kenya. The dreams of his father was a Marxist utopia for that now independent nation and today the dream is complete. The new Kenyan Constitution has passed. It's an exciting new document, it is. It contains the preamble spelling out social justice of the people's right to housing, health care, and food.
What were the dreams of your father? The dreams of Barack Obama's father was universal health care and social justice and it has been completed in Kenya today. Strange, because it reads an awful lot like the old Soviet Constitution. Somewhere, looking down now at Kenya, Barack Obama, Sr., is proud, but his Barack Obama, Jr.? As one of his dreams to see his father's dream complete, is he happy about it today? And what are his dreams? Are his dreams the same as ending the colonial rule of his grandfather? Are his dreams the same as bringing an old style Marxist communism to this land, like his father's dreams were? Does he believe in the former Soviet Constitution? What does he believe about our Constitution?
OBAMA: But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and served more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society and today, as radical as I think people tried to characterized it, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break from the essential constraints that were placed by the fathers in the Constitution, at least as has been interpreted and, more interpreted, interpreted in the same way that generally the Constitution of the charter negative liberties says what the states can't do to you says what the Federal Government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the Federal Government or the State government must do on your behalf.
GLENN: The dreams of Barack Obama, Sr., have been completed. Kenya's Constitution is now a document of positive liberties. No longer negative liberties, but positive liberties. In Section 33 of Kenya's new Constitution, under the heading Freedom Of Expression, it outlines a few specifics. You have the right to freedom of expression, but it does not extend to propaganda for war, incitement to violence, hate speech, advocacy of hatred that constitutes ethnic incitement, vilification of others, vilification of others for incitement to cause harm. It is based or if it is based on any ground of discrimination specified or contemplated in Article 27, in the exercise of the right to freedom of expression.
Now, I'm sure that incitement to violence, hate speech, or advocacy of hatred won't be the least bit difficult to define. No one will have a problem with that. You just have to make sure you're the one defining it.
These seem to be the dreams of Obama's father and they have been realized, as there is a new Constitution. They voted on it yesterday. The dreams of my father was just to be able to play golf. The dream of my father was that I would pursue something that I loved, as much as he pursued baking because he loved it. Marxism, the end of colonialism, and old style charters of positive liberties are certainly not the dreams of my father. Are they yours? I think the vast majority of Americans share the dreams of our forefathers. When it comes to the Constitution, share the dreams from our founding fathers, the dreams responsible for creating the reality of the freest, most prosperous, most generous nation ever, ever to exist on planet earth. Congratulations to the Obama family. The dreams from his father have finally come to rest.
[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability - audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]