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Sowell: 2016 - A Powerful Movie

By Thomas Sowell

Years, and sometimes decades, pass between my visits to movie theaters. But I drove 30 miles to see the movie "2016," based on Dinesh D'Souza's best-selling book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." Where I live is so politically correct that such a movie would not even be mentioned, much less shown.

Every seat in the theater was filled, even though there had been an earlier showing that day, and more showings were scheduled for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it.

The audience was riveted. You could barely hear a sound from them, or detect a movement, and certainly not smell popcorn. Yet the movie had no bombast, no violence, no sex and no spectacular visual effects.

The documentary itself was fascinating, as Dinesh D'Souza presented the story of Barack Obama's life and view of the world, in a very conversational sort of way, illustrating it with visits to people and places around the world that played a role in the way Obama's ideas and beliefs evolved.

It was refreshing to see how addressing adults as adults could be effective, in an age when so many parts of the media address the public as if they were children who need a constant whirlwind of sounds and movements to keep them interested.

Dinesh D'Souza's own perspective, as someone born in India who came to America and became an American, provided a special insight into the way people from the Third World often perceive or misperceive the United States and the Western world.

That Third World perspective is Obama's perspective, D'Souza demonstrates in this documentary, as in his book -- and it is a perspective that is very foreign to that of most Americans, which may be why some believe that Obama was born elsewhere.

D'Souza is convinced that the president was born in Hawaii, as he claims, but argues that not only Obama's time living in Indonesia and his emotionally charged visits to his father's home in Africa, have had a deep and impassioned effect on his thinking.

The story of Barack Obama, however, is not just the story of how one man came to be the way he is. It is a much larger story about how millions of Americans came to vote for, and some to idolize, a man whose fundamental beliefs and values are so different from their own.

For every person who sees Obama as somehow foreign there are many others who see him as a mainstream American political figure -- and an inspiring one.

This D'Souza attributes to Barack Obama's great talents in rhetoric, and his ability to project an image that resonates with most Americans, however much that image may differ from, or even flatly contradict, the reality of Obama's own ideological view of the world.

What is that ideological view?

The Third World, or anti-colonial, view is that the rich nations have gotten rich by taking wealth from the poor nations. It is part of a much larger vision, in which the rich in general have gotten rich by taking from the poor, whether in their own country or elsewhere.

Whatever its factual weaknesses, it is an emotionally powerful vision, to which many people have dedicated their lives, and for which some have even risked their lives. Some of these people appear in this documentary movie, as they have appeared throughout the formative phases of Barack Obama's life.

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is just the most visible and vocal of a long line of such people who played crucial roles in Obama's evolution. When Jeremiah Wright thundered about how "white folks' greed runs a world in need," he captured the essence of the Third World or anti-colonial vision.

But many of the other mentors, allies, family and friends of Barack Obama over the years were of the same mindset, as this documentary demonstrates.

More important, the movie "2016" demonstrates how so many of Obama's actions as President of the United States, which D'Souza had predicted on the basis of his study of Obama's background, are perfectly consistent with that ideology, however inconsistent it is with the rhetoric that gained him the highest office in the land.


Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is


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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 22, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    I also drove 120 miles from Tyler to Dallas to see 2016 and let me tell you, Dinesh D’Souza is not Michael Moore, and will accomplish and do to Obama in truth what Michael Moore tried to do to George Bush through lies and deception.


    “ I realized that who I was, my sense of abandonment I felt as a boy, all of it was connected with this small plot of earth (Kenya) an ocean away. The pain I felt was my father’s pain, their struggle, my Birthright.”

    Huh, we now have a socialist anti-white anti-colonialist influenced President whose birth right is to take down predominately white Capitalist America, or anyone whose tenets and success have raised the standard of living of even the most poor American, head and shoulders above that of any Kenyan? His chosen birthright is our national destruction and he has done his best to obliviate and bloviate OUR American birthright which he could have embraced in success, but chose to abandon. He rejected his American birthright for that of his poverty idea stricken father who abandoned him like he abandons us. Obama is the enemy of everything that America and American exceptionalism stands for, and our destruction as an exceptional nation is his agenda, as is the socialist DNA of his father, whom he subconsciously seeks to emulate, but who he never really knew and whose distorted heroic image never really existed. His ability to embrace and become his confused alcoholic father of failure has become America’s ability to become a confused socialist failure. Even his poverty stricken half brother in Kenya, who Obama has failed to be his keeper of, like Barack claims America has failed to keep the failures of his party,,,has stated that the Kenyans should have kept the Capitalist Europeans around a lot longer, like South Korea did, and maybe their country would be a lot richer today. Sounds like Obama’s brother should be keeping and educating Barack. But unlike Barack whose father abandoned him at age 2 weeks, this brother knew and actually lived with and saw the actual internal self-destruction of the confused socialist alcoholic father that Barack wishes America to emulate and keeps edifying and punishing true Americans with. There is very little Americanism in this half-American Pretenter President. His progressive pedilictions for things foreign is self-chosen.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      August 23, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

      Hussein expects to do the same globally after he changed America. His is a complete mishmash of philosophies including ‘one world’.

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  2. cxComment by genesal
    August 22, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    BO wasn’t drafted by Satan – he volunteered!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      August 22, 2012 @ 8:55 am

      Obama is the cutest little package that deception and manipulation ever came in.

      During the Presidential campaign in 2008, Obama subliminally offered the gift of removing the guilt of 240 years of racial discrimination whose campaign actually originated in the offer of LBJ’s great Society, followed in the culmination of voting for our first African American President. The tradeoff for white America has always been this, we get forgiveness, and they get free access to re-distribute our rights and our property. The price America has had to pay in moral and financial capital was not worth the pre-planned poverty of the next three generations who will have to pay for the privilege in borrowed moral and financial Capitol that should have been paid as you go. The Democrats again offer the good feeling of the immediate gratification which always is followed by the long term price in consequence. The offer of freedom from guilt was soon followed by manipulation of the people via guilt which is the thrust of Obama’s current re-election campaign. This is the leadership they offer and the destruction that always follows when immediate pleasure on borrowed moral and financial capital chickens come home to roost. If we Americans cannot regain our country and regain our birthright to work, not borrow our way out of this mess, then just pray that our children, who will now have to pay the price and suffer the consequences, can forgive us our foolishness. Time is running out.

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  3. sistertereseComment by sisterterese
    August 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Ok…I have one question: Where can I go to see this movie and why is this the first I’m hearing of it??? (Oops, that was 2 questions…)

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    • librabobComment by librabob
      August 22, 2012 @ 11:31 am

      You have not heard of it because the mainstream media does not want you to hear about it, nor will there be critic reviews or news of the movie’s financial success. Many large cities have refused to allow this movie to be shown. This is the movie’s direct website to find out where it is being shown.

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  4. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 22, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    “But many of the other mentors, allies, family and friends of Barack Obama over the years were of the same mindset. . .”

    But when anyone points to the fact that Obama was mentored by these people and raised in a foreign country, we are labeled as “racists” and accused of “hating” Obama because of his skin color.

    I am still wondering why Obama has spent over $2 million in legal fees protecting his background from public scrutiny and trying to vilify anyone who offers a glimpse into his life.

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  5. mel2lComment by mel2l
    August 22, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing the documentary this Friday.

    I’ve had my suspicions, that the issue is not his (POTUS’s) citizenship, but his nurturing. His nature is that of an American Citizen, but was he nurtured to be a World Citizen?

    I am one of but a few dozen who spent the first 18 years of their lives as the Natural Citizens of another country, but who where nurtured during the same period of time to be American Citizens. I’ve had the unique perspective of living in one country and each morning going to American schools, returning back to my country each evening.

    I can see the results of the nurturing which he (POTUS) received during the same period in his young life. I see the same distorted world view as some in my country of birth. The same ‘right’ to the hard labor of others. The same high pitched whining of a local despot.

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  8. cxComment by genesal
    August 23, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Just got back from seeing the movie. It’s a ‘must see’. I was wondering if the audience could see the flames shootin out of my nostrils. I didn’t know I could have so much hate for a man but it’s the same hate that I have for Satan.

    Fraught with discrepancies (O’s life)the movie explains much of O’s actions and why he HAS TO BE STOPPED in his tracks now!

    Romney needs to buy the rights and send out millions of copies.

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  9. hemi426Comment by hemi426
    August 24, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    Great film. I however would like to have heard a reason why Obama would sacrifice his childrens future if in fact he has an anticolonist agenda. I can only believe he either does not care or he is simply in over his head. Both disqualify him.

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  10. aretiredgiComment by aretiredgi
    August 26, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    When are Romney and Ryan gonna take the gloves off and fight this JOKE of a CINC in his own sandbox and by his rules?

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