Monday, September 13, 2010

Gingrich and D'Sewer

Dinesh D'Souza, best known to non-theists for his Christian apologetics, book affirming the afterlife, and his reliably grating manner in debates, has birthed this doozy of a theory about the president: Obama's policies are best understood when interpreted through the prism of 'Kenyan Anti-Colonialism'.  Newt Gingrich now seems to think D'Souza's is the best idea since, well, divorce.

Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly elaborates:
Citing a recent Forbes article by Dinesh D'Souza, former House speaker Newt Gingrich tells National Review Online that President Obama may follow a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.
Gingrich says that D'Souza has made a "stunning insight" into Obama's behavior -- the "most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama."
"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asks. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."
"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president," Gingrich tells us...
Gingrich appears to have been inspired by D'Souza, perhaps best known for writing an entire book arguing that terrorists are right about the problems with American culture. Osama bin Laden and other dangerous Islamic radicals believe the U.S. is too secular, too permissive, too diverse, too free, and too tolerant -- and D'Souza concluded that they're absolutely correct. Indeed, D'Souza went so far as to argue that liberal Americans are at least partially to blame for 9/11 -- the left invited the attacks by reinforcing the beliefs al Qaeda had about the United States.
America itself was founded on the inspired visions of anti-colonialists, but we may safely assume that this is not the light in which D'Souza and Gingrich intend the phrase to be cast.

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