How bad will it actually be if Barack Obama is reelected?
That was the question lurking over, under, and through Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie 2016: Obama’s America, which I saw today. (Capsule review: go.)
My guess is that it will be pretty bad. Maybe real bad.
But the worst of it won’t be the economy, as you would expect, although that’s likely to head south even more rapidly than it has been for the last few years, pushing us closer and closer to fiscal Armageddon.
It will be in the area of foreign policy. The world will go rudderless as America increasingly abandons its leadership position. Forget the clowns at the United Nations, forget even NATO, without the USA at the helm, the citizens of planet Earth are on their own. I suspect even Vladimir Putin is secretly concerned.
But not Barack Obama. As D’Souza convincingly shows us, he lives in a world deeply nostalgic for an anti-colonialism that was at its most popular somewhere around 1968 when Barack was seven.
I wasn’t, of course. As a college student then I shouted “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh” as loud as the next man, only I realized pretty quickly that the anti-colonialist Chairman Ho was just another communist despot who threw his opponents in forced labor camps when he didn’t shoot them.
The folks who surrounded the young Obama then, as D’Souza again convincingly shows us, remained on the other side. More than that, they promoted it. And those still around still promote it, overtly and covertly — a mass case of arrested development.
So that is what we see all around us now on the campaign trail, more even than fear, shame, and the usual loathing — arrested development. It accounts for the absolute glee expressed by liberal Democrats that some moronic Republican congressman from Missouri said something Neanderthal about rape. (Barbara Boxer practically had an orgasm.) It accounts for the relief, also seemingly quasi-orgasmic, from mainstream media outlets that they can devote themselves exclusively to this dim bulb’s utterances without having to spend a second more on the economic catastrophe that threatens to upend us all, including their children.