Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Farah vs D’Souza


Joseph Farah loves Dinesh D’Souza and has been busily promoting the latter’s idiotic documentary that expands his ridiculous accusations — not praise, accusations — that Obama is “anti-colonial.” I don’t know how that could possibly be a bad thing, especially to someone born in India, but D’Souza’s brain is little more than a fever swamp of right wing crazy. Farah is not happy, however, that D’Souza is not a birther:

It’s a very good column – and D’Souza’s new book and movie provide some interesting clues into Obama’s worldview.

Yet, his examination of Obama falls a little short of the bull’s-eye in one respect: While remaining skeptical about Obama’s claims to compassion and the candor of his oft-used phrase, “We are our brother’s keeper,” D’Souza accepts at face value Obama’s identity claims.

  • He accepts Obama was born at Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu Aug. 4, 1961. Why? Because that’s the story Obama tells in his ghostwritten autobiography.
  • He accepts that his parents were Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan visiting student, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a “progressive” ideologue. Why? Because Obama says so.
  • And he accepts that Barack Obama actually has real blood relatives in Kenya. Why? Because Obama says so.

It doesn’t seem to occur to the scholar that one reason Barack Obama may be reluctant to help George Obama is because he’s not really his brother at all – that Obama’s life story is fraudulent from the get-go, little more than a fairy tale concocted to make the ambitious young politician more intriguing and perhaps less threatening than reality.

When Dinesh D’Souza isn’t right wing loony enough for you, you’ve left reality far behind.

Comments

  1. iangould says

    “I don’t know how that could possibly be a bad thing, especially to someone born in India,”

    Easy: D’souza was born into a mixed-race community in Portugese Goa that regarded themselves as racially superior to the “natives” and got rich acting as the local agents for the colonial power.

    For them, the Indian take-over of Goa from the Portugese was a disaster. For starters it was no longer legal to discriminate against the lower castes. (The Goan compradors were Christian but somehow managed to reconcile that with a belief in castes and in “untouchables”. Don’t ask me how the fuck that worked.)

  2. iangould says

    “It doesn’t seem to occur to the scholar that one reason Barack Obama may be reluctant to help George Obama is because he’s not really his brother at all – that Obama’s life story is fraudulent from the get-go, little more than a fairy tale concocted to make the ambitious young politician more intriguing and perhaps less threatening than reality.”

    Or maybe it’s because George Obama has three OTHER brothers who all live in Kenya and are successful in their own careers and are in a much better situation to help him assuming he actually does want and need help.

  3. coragyps says

    I see that Hank Williams, Jr. has weighed in on our Moooslum Pretend President, too. He always has been such a deep political thinker……

  4. says

    D’Souza accepts at face value ….

    I bet he accepts at face value some bronze-age scribblings that make pretty preposterous claims about the universe and its origin. Oh, is accepting things at face value suddenly good?

  5. says

    I’m confused. Does Farrah think Obama is an illegitimate foreign usurper or not? If all those Obamas in Kenya aren’t actually his relatives who does he think Barack’s real dad was? Because if it was some other random black person it might have been an African American, and hence the Birther argument falls apart. Of course it’s no surprise given that Farrah presumably think’s Occam’s Razor is a new product from Schick.

  6. Jordan Genso says

    If all those Obamas in Kenya aren’t actually his relatives who does he think Barack’s real dad was?

    Was Farah the one who argued that Malcom X is President Obama’s real father? It’s hard to keep track of where the crazy originates from.

  7. says

    Why would anyone have bothered to get a ghost writer for Obama’s first book? You get ghost writers when the supposed author has an amazing story but can’t write very well – they’re generally a celebrity or someone who just happened to experience some extraordinary event. Pre-Dreams of My Father, Obama was neither of these things. It’s not like the world was clamouring to hear his story before the book came along. The ‘sell’ of the book was pretty much how well it was written. If you had a ghost-writer who could write that well, why use that ability to tell the story of someone relatively unknown?

    When I’ve asked people for evidence of ghost-writing of the first book, they offer that it doesn’t read like an author’s first book – too well-written, too successful. This doesn’t hold water at all – lots of famous and revered books were the author’s first. And saying that Obama doesn’t come across as intelligent enough to have written it – why assume that that it takes more intelligence to write a book than to become president?

  8. says

    iangould @ 2:
    “(The Goan compradors were Christian but somehow managed to reconcile that with a belief in castes and in “untouchables”. Don’t ask me how the fuck that worked.)”

    It worked pretty much the same way that Spanish missionaries in California enslaved Indians to work their property. It was, in no small way, the continuing brutal mistreatment of Indians that justified the Anglo-American takeover of California. We see how that worked out.

    D’Souza misses the good old days, for sure. He had status. He was somebody. No wonder he’s pro-colonial. Because he spoke against Obama, Gingrich parroted his important sounding phrase: “Anti-colonial”. Wow. Multiple syllables and everything.

  9. matty1 says

    It’s worth mentioning that the original D’Souza piece doesn’t pass the smell test.

    Here is a page about the book that was allegedly pulped because it was so damaging (note the book is available from several online shops so it wasn’t a very good suppression). The page seems to have been written by George Obama and may be an excerpt from the book. It makes clear that.

    -He lives in a poor area by choice in order to be near the community group he works for
    -He has used the fame of his connection to Barack to fund raise for the group

    There are also several newspaper reports of his interview with D’Souza that note he refused to criticise his half brother, and imply D’Souza sought such criticism.

    Finally even if he were in dire need and Brack Obama refused to help, why would a man with family in Kenya and contacts with an organisation that specialises in helping slum dwellers turn to a guy from halfway across the world who he knew from one interview?

  10. frankniddy says

    Wait a minute. Didn’t we throw off the yoke of a colonial power some 230 years ago? Is that not “anti-colonial”? I’ll bet that doesn’t count because the Founders were white.

  11. caseloweraz says

    Regarding the peripheral issue of Obama’s ability to write, I note that at the end of his first year at Harvard he was made an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also graduated from Harvard with a J.D. magna cum laude. These facts argue for him having considerable writing ability.

  12. d cwilson says

    Jordan Genso:

    I believe Pam Geller was the first to float the theory that Malcolm X was Obama’s real father, but Farah was quick to promote it as well as several other alternatives, including one in which Obama’s father was some unnamed African-American but his grandfather paid Barack Obama Senior to pretend to be his father because being the son of Kenyan immigrant would somehow improve his chances of becoming president.

  13. d cwilson says

    Wait a minute. Didn’t we throw off the yoke of a colonial power some 230 years ago? Is that not “anti-colonial”? I’ll bet that doesn’t count because the Founders were white.

    Of course. Whites throwing of the yoke of colonialism from other whites is perfectly natural. Africans taking their countries back from European colonialism is a threat to white privilege.

  14. andrewjohnston says

    d cwilson @14:

    In fairness, it wasn’t Geller that made that claim, but some even crazier person she let guest post on her site. She later claimed that she did not believe in the Malcolm X theory, but had let that post go through because the rest of it was really intelligent (it wasn’t).

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