This movie should frighten us all

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By John Barnhart

    The Saturday before last I saw the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Prior to that, the first Alien flick back in the late ‘70s held that spot, but not anymore. When I went out of the theater, back then, I knew that there were no voracious alien creatures running around eating everybody in sight. It wasn’t real.    
    Unfortunately, 2016: Obama’s America is real, and that’s why it’s so much more frightening. Dinesh D’Souza does an excellent job of documenting how people in Barack Obama’s past, mostly Marxists, built President Obama’s present ideology. He also paints an alarming picture of the damage a second Obama term would do to America, on top of the harm he has already caused.
    The impression I got from the film is that it would be most accurate to say that Barack Obama was influenced by the dreams from his father as interpreted through his mother. He had little contact with his father but was raised by a mother, Ann Dunham, who was thoroughly marinated in both Marxist and anti-colonialist ideology. This is why she hooked up with Third World guys, first Barack Obama’s father and later a guy from Indonesia named Lolo Soetoro.
    Obama’s father abandoned her and she, in turn, dumped Soetero after he headed in a capitalist direction. She, in turn, got this from her father, Stanley Armour Dunham. The reason why a young Barack Obama spent a great deal of time with Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party member, was because he and Stanley Dunham were friends.
    Of course, there were the later influences — influences that Barack Obama sought out, One was a law professor at Harvard named Roberto Unger. According to D’Souza, Unger, a Brazilian, later left Harvard to return to Brazil to join Brazil’s socialist party but was kicked out for being too extreme. D’Souza says that Unger then returned to Harvard, adding that he apparently wasn’t too extreme for that school. These influences also include Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Ayers was a cofounder of a domestic terrorist organization that bombed public buildings in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
    D’Souza’s thesis is that Barack Obama is a product of the influences and believes that the United States has been a negative force in the world and American power must be dramatically reduced. He also believes that the United States has been responsible for neocolonial exploitation in the Third World and that this must be atoned for by tamping down the U. S. economy while giving money to the victims of America’s alleged neocolonial exploitation. This explains why President Obama has done things such as blocking offshore drilling in U. S. territorial waters while providing funds to help other countries, such as Brazil, with their offshore projects.
    D’Souza also suggests that when President Obama talks about the economic “1 percent,” he’s talking globally rather than domestically. Even America’s poor are richer than most of the world’s people and America’s middle class would be in the world’s “1 percent.”
    The title of the movie refers to the last year of President Obama’s second term, should he win reelection. By that time, according to D’Souza, America’s global clout will be gone and with it America’s ability to promote its ideals in the world. The result will be a world that is much more dangerous than anything we have known in the last 60 years.
    D’Souza’s documentary is convincing. While I certainly can’t personally vouch for every single detail in the film, I think he is essentially correct. The only good thing I can say is that President Obama’s poor leadership, plus the fact that he has been too extreme for even some members of his own party, has acted as a strong headwind working against his agenda. Add to that the fact that, if reelected, he isn’t going to enjoy the situation that he had in 2009 and 2010 when “Democrats” controlled both houses of Congress. They won’t regain control of the House in November, and President Obama, should he be reelected, may face a Senate with a bare Republican majority.    
    Nevertheless, the thought that he could be reelected is enough to keep a person awake at night.