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The 15 Best Books for Understanding Barack Obama’s Mysterious Political Theology

Which intellectual cult leaders and secular religions have most influenced the 44th president's ideology?

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Dave Swindle

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November 4, 2012 - 9:20 am
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14. Sex Rebel: Black, Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet by Bob Greene (pseudonym for Frank Marshall Davis)

15. Afrolantica Legacies by Derrick Bell

On October 28, Michael Ledeen asked “Why Is Obama so Nasty and Vulgar?”:

Rude, insulting language about Romney (“bullsh****r) from the president. Vulgar sexual innuendo, aimed at seducing young women to vote for him. The vice president asking a bereaved parent about the size of his murdered son’s testicles.  It’s quite a spectacle. We’re a fractious people, and our politics have always been full of colorful language, but I can’t recall the current depth of vulgarity.  The “politics of personal destruction” have gotten uglier.  Does it mean anything?  Should we try to understand it?

Perhaps a visual accompaniment will help articulate the nature of the movement that Valerie Jarrett anointed as the cultural vanguard of the President’s reelection campaign:





Does this hedonism manifesting in the campaign have anything to do with what Obama described in his memoir, about growing up hearing Frank Marshall Davis’s sexy stories and visiting the Red Light district with his grandfather? Or is it just a coincidence?

Translating the subtitle of Frank Marshall Davis’s sexual memoir puts the book into clarity: “Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet.” Davis lived to perform oral sex, primarily on women but occasionally on men. In Sex Rebel: Black Davis reviews his sex partners as though they were the jazz records he used to write about for Communist newspapers. That’s how Davis related to women: as objects to worship through sex. He describes the roots of his fetish in disgusting, scatological detail, revealing a broken psyche originating from an Oedipal obsession with his mother. Davis’s longing for his mother’s body translated into a primitive, hedonist promiscuity that he then integrated with his Communism. Rebellion to sexual norms — including breaking the law by having sex with 13-year-old girls — counted as another way of fighting the bourgeoisie conspiracy.

One can arrive at “feminism” through many routes — including through classical liberalism. For Davis, though, who thought of himself as a feminist liberating women from the oppressive norms of the patriarchy, he literally worshiped women as goddesses, in the same fashion as the Canaanite fertility cults the ancient Israelites fought against in the Old Testament.

Davis was not the only key Obama mentor who integrated Marxist politics with sex and goddess worship. In Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies the founder of Critical Race Theory who influenced Obama at Harvard cast his Radical activist lawyer protagonist Geneva Crenshaw as an alien goddess who visits him on earth to make sure he knows that his ideas about affirmative action will save humanity. In the Spring I blogged through every chapter of Afrolantica Legacies at the PJ Tatler.

I concluded the series recognizing that Bell’s combination of conspiracy theorizing, hate, and sex worship had a biblical precedent:

What are we to make of A) Bell’s antisemitism, B) his fantasies of his political enemies in the role of sex slaves, and C) his understanding of American blacks as akin to enslaved wives? And how could this political theology connect with the Obama administration’s public policies? [...]

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t about sex. It was about idolatry. When secular critics relate the war stories from the Old Testament of the Jewish conquests of Canaan, here’s what they don’t tell you: these other tribes the ancient Israelites went to war against practiced child sacrifice. That’s why they couldn’t be tolerated then and why we must win the war against them today.

Human sacrifice is the end result of any idolatry taken to its conclusion. Worship something other than a variant of the God of ethical monotheism and you’ll end up doing evil things. Worship nature, man-made images and ideas, people and politicians, Harvard professors, one’s own ego… and the result is that people become what they worship — they become death.

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Sitting here on this Sunday morning before the election, the Sun now up, reflecting back on these years scouring through dusty old Marxist books, trying to understand a president who built his career on a mountain of lies, I confess a peace with either electoral result on Tuesday. A part of me almost wishes that Obama steals wins reelection (as I anticipate he will). The thought of him quietly retiring to a mansion in Hawaii in January to live out the rest of his life in comfort and adoration should inspire nausea. Only if Obama wins reelection do conservatives have a chance to hold him accountable for Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and all the crimes we don’t even know about yet. The man has blood on his hands and we can’t let him get away with it.

An ancient dictum popularized in recent years by the late Christopher Hitchens on the path forward, should Tuesday disappoint:

Fiat justitia ruat caelum

Do Justice and Let the Skies Fall

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The books on this list will appear in the next edition of my ongoing book blogging series here at PJ Lifestyle:

23 Books for Counterculture Conservatives, Tea Party Occultists, and Capitalist Wizards

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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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