The brilliance of “2016: Obama’s America” is not so much in the endless array of immutable details, it resides in the levelheaded delivery and common sense approach of Dinesh D’Souza’s premise: to psychologically and historically link the anti-American influences of Barack Obama’s past, to his political ideology of the present. To simply condemn Obama as a rogue Communist or Socialist, even amidst an avalanche of incriminating evidence, would appear as nothing more than Right Wing propaganda; no matter how much irrefutable proof was presented, those Americans he intended to reach, regardless of age, class or party affiliation, would immediately turn a deaf ear and dismiss its credibility. The fact D’Souza – a once impoverished immigrant who embraced the American dream and doesn’t harbor our President’s anti-colonialist views – uses a number of excerpts, quotes, and interviews that show Obama in a respectable light – not just those tidbits plucked solely to mold a one-dimensional story – speaks to his work’s integrity.
Because Obama has furthered his career by embodying the ever present strife of America’s racial divide, deflecting real criticism by casting a light of disparagement upon the messenger, he has mastered the art of distracting the masses with glittering generalities, blatant distortions, and age-old stereotypes. It is within this new-found context, operating beneath the liberal lens of media scrutiny, D’Souza masterfully weaves the intricate details of Barack Obama’s life – his conflicted youth, education, leftist mentors, the dreams/beliefs of his father, and the insatiable need for reconciling the two – into a scholarly tapestry that leaves you both cold with fear and heated with bewilderment at America’s, if not the world’s, ignorance. For beneath this pensive and cerebral stream of consciousness, an inescapable train of totality, any reasonable, open minded viewer is left with but one indelible question: why?
Why wasn’t Barack Hussein Obama’s past, radical associates and overriding ideology fully vetted in 2008? Why has the media abandoned its patriotic duty of questioning the status quo, holding Obama accountable, to protect our citizens and fabled republic? Why did America vote for someone who stands in stark contrast to the tried and true ideals of our forefathers? And why would we grant this man another four years to dismantle our economic markets, redistribute wealth and diminish our role in an ever increasingly hostile world? If you believe “We the People” deserve the answer to these questions, then Dinesh D’Souza wants to speak with you!