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It was always easy to dismiss the occasional signs on the fringes of Tea Party and anti-tax rallies -- the ones depicting the president of the United States in a loin cloth with a bone through his nose -- as products of a few extremists. But when Newt Gingrich, the man some tout as 2012 presidential material, joins the fray, slamming Barack Obama's "Kenyan, anti-colonial" mindset, you have to take the disgusting mess seriously because you know someone else will.

Gingrich recently told National Review Online: "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together" his actions? A Dinesh D'Souza piece in Forbes was Gingrich's inspiration. In it, D'Souza writes: "The U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son." He demonizes a dead man before tying his supposed political philosophy -- which, of course we have to take D'Souza's word for -- to the son he barely knew. And he slides in a "tribesman" reference in case you don't know he's talking about Africa.

Newt GingrichD'Souza's version finds a young Barack soaking in a world of push-back to European colonial powers when other children his age were cutting figures with the square-edged scissors. The president's poignant memoir, his search for self, is twisted and transformed into militant political manifesto. (What book was D'Souza reading?)

Of course, the author also takes statehood away from Hawaii, which he characterizes as "off the American mainland" and a foreign influence on Obama. Tell that to the 50th state's senior senator, Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor winner for the brave fight that cost him his right arm in World War II. Being Japanese-American, Inouye might know something about having your loyalty questioned because your very American-ness is thought to be in doubt.

If President Obama's opponents would stick to opposing his policies -- from health care to tax cuts -- it wouldn't be problematic, just politics. But since he took office, loud voices have attacked Obama the human being, the sincerity of his motives and his very character. Critics have purported to bore into the brain of this husband and father of two -- who even has a great relationship with his mother-in-law, for goodness' sake -- to discover something sinister. D'Souza's latest book title, "The Roots of Obama's Rage," says it all. Calm down and consider the sometimes criticized, even-keeled demeanor of the commander-in-chief; Al Roker is better suited to the role of "angry black man."

If anyone wants to change the narrative of the American Dream, it's Gingrich and D'Souza -- and the absent chorus of voices rushing to denounce them. If "anti-colonial" is the newest slur, would we have to stop teaching the history of our anti-colonial ancestors, patriots who questioned British rule and fought to establish a democratic country? Would we no longer honor George Washington, John Adams and the Thomases -- Paine and Jefferson?

I shudder to think that citizens with Irish last names would be poked and prodded for some innate sympathy for the IRA, and on and on for every ethnic group that makes up this country of immigrants. Or is it only some groups that deserve the scrutiny when political expediency allows, as Muslim-Americans are asking right now?

Certainly Sarah Palin's "Real America" vs. everywhere else selectively whittles away the diversity of thought and life that has made the country strong. It's a good thing that Alaska is "on the mainland."

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wmebp2

Yeah, right--the American socialist Dream--sit on your fat ass and collect welfare.

September 18 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
derrickz2121

Attack Obamas Character? BUT I dont like his character- nor his work ethic Or his vision for america

September 18 2010 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert

Newt Ginrich is the last peron tc critize President Obama about directing thelives of his daughters and leading the alleged ruination of our country. Newt's own marital life is a sordid demonstration of his selfish and centered belief in himself. He cannot lead and hold together a family and would do the same to our cuntry. rbrice29@aol.com

September 16 2010 at 11:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Karen

Apparently Newt is offering a "theory" to explain Obama's anti-capitalist policies. Many theories are offered as to why the president apparently is pro-muslim to the detriment of US interest and has taken a disrespectful and extreme anti-Israel stance. Maybe Newt is 100% correct or 100% wrong with this particular theory to explain Obama's behaviour and additudes. Who really knows for sure? But as for this observer, the almost incomprehensible and deaf to logic President forces all sorts of speculation, admittedly some quite wild, in an attempt to understand what drives the wild spending and policies that not only alienate the majority of American people but our allies and interests at home and abroad.

September 15 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ialbel

Many posters refer to the Tea Party as if it were somehow the party of hate and racism. Because my posts have drawn these responses I did some internet research and found a video on YouTube.com - please search for: Tea Party Racism?? - and judge for yourself if the movement is represented by some early extremist views or if every movement has similar fringe people? Some take it too far and do not represent the real beliefs. The views on this clip seem to represent real americans.

September 15 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sfamilyent

I find personal attacks on politicians to be distasteful and worthy of contempt, and Newt Gingrich and the Republican party have earned my contempt. Apparently Mr. Gingrich and other supposed conservative public figures do not think that they can win over public opinion by simply challenging the policies of President Obama and the Democrats... Perhaps that is because they do not have good alternatives to provide... Whatever their reasoning is, their statements and behavior is not what I want to see from people who seek to represent or govern me.

September 15 2010 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ialbel

While you may find personal attacks distasteful you have to realize that politicians take those attacks with a grain of sale. They are expected since these people are in the public eye. Much like Clinton lying about his taking advantage of a young White House intern this speaks volumes about the man. What is more contemptable - the actions of that politician, or the questions of propriety by anyone else? If you read the words of the president you might have some inkling where Gingrich's comments originated. Once written and in the public domain why shouldn't the meanings be analyzed? How self serving to believe that personal attacks have no place in poitics?

September 15 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

Just when you thought Gingrich could sink no lower, he sinks lower.

September 14 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
saljfaj

Good he deserves it.When are more people going to speak the truth about Obama? Obama attacked the word of the Lord.Obama says The Sermon On The Mount is too radical and he said acting on your faith that's based on God's word is dangerous.To say that about the word of the Lord shows how radical he is and how dangerous he is and how cunning he is.Jesus Christ said whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock;And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:for it was founded upon a rock.And everyone that heareth, these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.Obama wants America to fall.America was built on the rock (Capitalism) not on the sand (Socialism)

September 14 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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valall2000

And Jesus also said," let him who haveth no coin for bread, go hungry for surely the rich man shall sufferth harm". "And let those who are unwashed and stricken with illness be not healed, lest they have the gold to pay for it" And who could forget the golden rule... He who has gold, should make the rules so sayth the Lord

September 15 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brianmac2069

There is nothing wrong in what Newt said.....it's in OBAMA's book...it's the silly little DEM's who are AGAIN starting the racial thing..there so silly

September 14 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hank

They should name a hurrican after Newt. After all, he spins around a lot of open spaces blowing lots of air and like a storm usually blows himself out before he can do any damage. In any case, neither is ever good for this country.

September 14 2010 at 4:39 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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ialbel

There is a cold wind blowing through the democratic ranks today. Do you feel a bit chilled to the bone? The heat in the kitchen was too great so you may be left standing in the cold.

September 14 2010 at 6:09 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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