Saturday, October 20, 2012
Heart of Darkness
I imagine everyone is aware of the Doomsday scenario that surrounds December 21 this year, but it seems Dinesh D'Souza is thinking beyond these cataclysmic events to an apocalyptic 2016 by which time President Obama will have destroyed America as we know it. Richard Brody debunks D'Souza's theory which essentially casts Obama as an "Islamicist Candidate," steeped in radical Islamic and Marxist ideas who has patiently waited for his second term to unleash his "final solution."
D'Souza takes the viewer into the "heart of darkness," with journeys to Kenya and Indonesia in search of Barack Obama's roots. While he is careful to avoid the usual "birther" arguments, Brody points out that D'Souza essentially presents Obama as an immigrant, much like himself, only with an entirely different "world view" shaped by the various radical "father figures" in his youth.
Most of us have grown weary of this sort of hyperbole, but this film has gone viral in the Christian conservative community, since D'Souza serves as president (at least until recently) at King's College, a Christian liberal arts college in New York City. He was drawn himself into his own scandal surrounding an apparently illicit affair at a religious conference in South Carolina, upstaging his film the last few days, as many Evangelicals took offense to D'Souza flirting around with Denise Joseph. But, I imagine all will be forgiven, as it usually is in these cases, especially when the larger goal remains to defeat Obama by any means necessary.