Dinesh D’Souza found in the United States a land of opportunity: Free from India’s repressive caste system, here was a nation where the native of Mumbai could determine his own destiny, a land where a poor boy could actually improve his lot in life through education and hard work. To him, it was like being loosed from the chains of bondage.
The U.S. is not a perfect country, and it falls short of its own ideals, D’Souza discovered, but it is still the greatest nation on the face of the Earth.
D’Souza’s father, however, warned him that the U.S. was a land of “white” people, those conquering colonialists who had invaded the third world, stripped it of its resources and grew rich off the wealth of other people’s land. The greedy Western capitalists, he believed, built their riches on the backs of Asians, South Americans and Africans, then left the natives to rot in barren lands of squalor. The West, he warned, is a land of crooks and thieves who should give back to the world what they stole.
Two very different impressions of Western nations like the U.S. and U.K., no?
But which vision better explains the actions of Barack Obama in office?
Could this anti-colonialist loathing for the wealthy nations of the West explain Obama’s apology tours? His odd choice in the first 40 days of his administration to return to England a bust of Winston Churchill, the man who crushed Kenya’s Mau Mau independence uprising in the 1950s and allegedly was responsible for torturing Obama’s grandfather? His State Department’s policy-reversing urging of negotiations between Argentina and the U.K. over the fate of the Falkland Islands?
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“2016: Obama’s America,” the right-wing documentary that has rocked the box office with its challenge to the president’s record, will expand to about 1,800 theaters on Friday, Rocky Mountain Pictures told TheWrap Monday night.
That’s up from the 1,091 theaters it played in over the weekend, when it took in $6.2 million between Friday and Sunday for a per-screen average of $5,940 – the best of any film in wide release. It added another $1.2 million at the box office Monday.
Produced for roughly $2.1 million, the film – with its catchphrase, “Love Him. Hate Him. You Don’t Know Him” – has made $10.3 million since its release seven weeks ago and has surpassed “Bully” as the year’s top-earning documentary.
The expansion will surely benefit from the buzz surrounding the ongoing Republican National Convention. Part of it will target the Heartland, a primary focus of the long-term rollout strategy according to MJM Entertainment’s Mark Joseph, who is handling the film’s marketing with co-director John Sullivan.
Theaters also will be added in New York, Portland, Los Angeles, Boston, Austin, Tex., and San Francisco. Joseph was still analyzing Monday’s box-office numbers and said the expansion count remained fluid.
Based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” the documentary purports to show what the nation will be like should President Obama be re-elected, and includes an interview with the president’s half brother, George Obama.
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In an exclusive interview with the Blaze, author Dinesh D’souza (”Obama’s America: Unmaking The American Dream”) spoke about the shame felt by The President’s impoverished relatives and how hypocritical the tense situation is for the left.
D‘souza made national attention this summer for bringing the plight of the president’s brother to light. George Obama lives in a tiny shack in a Nairobi slum and gets by on just a few dollars a month. The author, who has recently paid George’s hospital bills, talked to TheBlaze about the experience.
D’souza juxtaposes the abject poverty and condition of a number of Obama’s direct relatives, including his aunt that sells coal on the street in Kenya, with Obama’s life. And it’s humiliating.
In fact, George “does not even use the name Obama,” the author alarmingly notes. George said to him, “I’m ashamed, because the moment people find out my name they want to know ‘Well aren’t you related to Barrack Obama? How come you are living in the slum?’ And of course there is no answer.”
George Obama had to watch his half-brother become the most powerful man in the world from a rusty seat in a slum shanty bar. The contrast D’souza emphasizes, is very hypocritical. The author notes that Obama continually presses “fair share” as policy and regularly campaigns with the line, “I am my brother’s keeper.”
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Driven by the alleged anti-colonialist ideology of a father he barely met, President Barack Obama systematically is undermining America economically and militarily – leaving it vulnerable to financial collapse, and even as unlikely as the possibility may seem, nuclear attack.
That’s among the claims in a politically explosive book and documentary hitting theaters nationwide this week by New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza.
The production also notes during Obama’s first term, the national debt soared from $10 trillion to $15 trillion. At this rate, the federal debt will have doubled to $20 trillion if he wins another term.
And it charges as he slashes the defense budget, Obama is simultaneously pushing to reduce the nation’s nuclear stockpile to as low as a few hundred missiles – even as other countries like China, Russia and North Korea are modernizing and expanding their arsenals, and Iran – widely believed to be close to developing nuclear weapons – is threatening to annihilate Israel.
The film, “2016 Obama’s America,” is based on D’Souza’s highly controversial 2010 book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” and his new book, “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream.”
In the first book, D’Souza explored how Obama’s upbringing and early career molded him into a man who viewed America as the “great colonial exploiter, oppressing and taking advantage of the rest of the world.” Now, in his sequel, D’Souza reveals how Obama’s anti-American worldview has given the nation everything from Obamacare to Solyndra – and “what disasters the next four years will hold if Obama wins a second term.”
D’Souza, a former fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, author of “Illiberal Education,” “What’s So Great About America” and “What’s So Great About Christianity” and a prolific writer whose articles have appeared in Forbes, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic and National Review, said Obama is attempting to “downsize” America, and the nation is “now on the short path toward becoming the shortest-lived superpower in world history.”
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A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.
One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.
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