The American Dream In Danger of Becoming a “Nightmare” By Dr. David P. Craig
(I very seldom write about politics on this site – and don’t consider myself anywhere close to a “political junkie.” However, I love the United States of America and I firmly believe that D’Souza’s perspective on the Obama presidency deserves a wide viewing/reading. I still believe in the American experiment/dream – and hope that D’Souza’s books and movie will influence the undecided about Obama’s dream for the USA – “Obama’s America: 2016” is extremely well done – the balance of dialogue, visuals, scenery, facts, interviews, philosophical/worldview discussion, etc., makes the movie intriguing and enjoyable despite the disturbing foundational belief’s and the ongoing implementation of Obama’s changing dream for America. The movie is produced by the same man who produced the academy award-winning “Schindler’s List” – Note: I don’t believe the answer for the world or own country is “The American Dream.” The only hope for individuals wherever they live in the world, and for true and lasting transformation is to be found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ which makes possible your reconciliation with God and provides the remedy for your sin and objective peace – DPC)
Yesterday I reluctantly went with my wife to see the movie “Obama’s America: 2016.” Honestly, I didn’t want to see the movie. Politics isn’t my thing – as a matter of fact I like politician’s or anything related to politics about as much as I enjoy getting my teeth drilled at the dentist. However, I never really understood the philosophy behind Obama’s foreign policies (especially his anti-Israel stance); the rising debt in America (more than all the other presidents before him combined) and why he seems to be so “down” on “Christianity;” “NASA;” “The Military” and just about anything that’s made America the envy of many nations in its short history. I am so glad that my wife persisted in my seeing this movie. I am so glad and appreciative to people like my parents that have made the United States such a wonderful place to live – by the people, for the people, and of the people.
I have traveled all over the world: places as diverse and varied as Cuba, India, Argentina, Israel, and Spain (I’ve been to over 40 countries around the world). I’m always intrigued to talk to people who have a different perspective on America looking at it through the lenses of another culture, history, economy, and worldview. Why do so many people want to leave family, friends, and their roots behind to come to the USA?
My parents left Argentina and spent 3 years in England before coming to America to live the American dream in 1955. My dad sacrificed an executive career working for one of the wealthiest men in South America at the time – the equivalent of America’s William Randolph Hearst. However, even more difficult than starting a career over from scratch and leaving all his possessions – was leaving his family behind to provide a better future for his own young family (my three siblings were all born in Argentina – I was the only child born in the USA).
My dad and mom left Argentina for the same reason millions of people have left their possessions, careers, families, and countries behind to come to the United States of America. They have usually come because of governmental and social/religious oppression in exchange for economic and social/religious opportunities. In recent days I have had conversations with people from Iran, Syria, Cuba, and Argentina. In each of these conversations these individuals talked about the difference of why they came to America and what they see happening with Obama’s America and it absolutely terrifies them. Enter Dinesh D’Souza’s two books: The Roots of Obama’s Rage and Obama’s America, that have now become a major motion picture. If you want to understand the philosophy and world view of Obama – this is a great place to start.
Dinesh D’Souza the author of the two books the movie “Obama’s America: 2016” is based on, also came to America from India to experience the freedom and opportunities afforded him that he never would have experienced in India. It’s interesting that D’Souza and Obama have a lot in common: born the same year; both graduated from Ivy League schools; both are considered minorities; and both married in the same year. There are other similarities brought out in the movie and books as well.
“Obama’s America: 2016” helps one grasp the contrasting and diametrically opposing world-views of Obama and D’Souza and how Obama’s worldview specifically has and will continue to shape the future of America and the World – if re-elected. Everyone in America needs to decide which direction we will go, and our part in voting for our future and that of our progeny. D’Souza came to America and desires what our founding father’s desired – among them: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. On the other hand, Obama has a different dream for America. Obama has a vision that has been shaped by his past – from his absentee father; his associations; his life experiences; and education. It is a unique and foreign dream to any other president we’ve had in American history.
Whether D’Souza is “dead on” in his articulation of Obama’s dream for America based on his past can be debated. However, the facts – Obama’s continued deficit spending, weakening of the military, denial of American exceptionalism, globalization, limiting of religious freedoms, taxation, regulations, and the expansion of government – among many other things – are the very reasons D’Souza, my parents, and millions of Americans came to the United States of America and left their homelands behind.
Our founding fathers, and many of our parents and grandparents came to America to be freed from Obama’s dream that has been inhabited in the likes of Peron, Castro, and Ahmajinedad (and myriads of others from one extreme to another). They came here to be freed from the bondage and coercion of regulations and governmental control. They came here to be free to worship, free to speak their minds, free to pursue opportunities that can become realities only in a country like the United States of America. In my opinion, Obama’s dream is in reality a “Nightmare!” Take my advice and see this movie or read the books by D’Souza, and decide for yourself whether you want the American dream or Obama’s nightmare in 2016. We owe it to ourselves to understand the foundational and philosophical underpinnings of arguably the most influential leader in the world: the current and possibly future president of the United States of America.
About Dinesh D’Souza
NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker and President of The King’s College in NYC. . You can follow Dinesh on Twitter @dineshdsouza and his website: http://www.dineshdsouza.com/
In the fall of 2010 Dinesh D’Souza was named the President of The King’s College, a Christian College located in the Empire State Building in New York City. The mission of The King’s College is to transform society by educating students so that they are prepared to shape and lead the strategic institutions.D’Souza brings to King’s a distinguished 25 year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
Called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, D’Souza quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. Illiberal Education, his first book publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America’s colleges and universities and was on the best seller list for 15 weeks. Subsequent best sellers, include Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, The Virtue of Prosperity, Finding Values in an Age of Techno Affluence, What’s So Great About America, Letters to a Young Conservative and What’s So Great About Christianity, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Godforsaken, and his latest book Obama’s America.
A prolific, writer, persuasive debater, and sought after speaker on college campuses as well as many other venues, D’Souza has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times.
List of Some of Dinesh D’Souza’s Books
Obama’s America: Unmasking the American Dream; The Roots of Obama’s Rage; Life After Death: The Evidence; What’s So Great about Christianity; The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11; Letters to a Young Conservative; What’s So Great about America; The Virtue of Prosperity: Finding Values in an Age of Techno-Affluence; Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became and Extraordinary Leader; Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus; The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society.