Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mike Huckabee on Obama's "worldview"

Here are his thoughts on the whole 'birther' or Kenyan anti-colonialist thing that goes on with the right:

The former governor responded: “I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough.” Mr. Huckabee, who is now a Fox News host, then talked repeatedly about his concerns that Mr. Obama was raised in Kenya.

“If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather,” Mr. Huckabee said.

This raises the same question I had when D'Sousa's book about Obama being a Kenyan anti-colonialist came out. Who isn't an anti-colonialist? No serious politician or political thinker I know of thinks colonialism is a good thing or smart policy. So why would it be a problem if Obama's worldview was shaped during his childhood by a father who was very anti-colonialist?

And further, why would it be a problem to hear, as a child, that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted your family? As the readers at the Dish pointed out, this is the story of the United States. The very country people like Huckabee and D'Sousa live in and love was created by people who were persecuted by a bunch of British imperialists.

Pointing out that none of that part of his comment makes any sense leads us to the real concept Huckabee and others who say this are trying to get across. And that point is the idea that Obama is foreign, be it actually not American or just fundamentally different than the good people of America.

Conservatives like Huckabee, who has always comes across to me as a genuine and decent guy, are so blinded by their ideology that they can't see the logical problems with their statements. Being a liberal black guy who won the presidency because of the complete failure of a conservative white guy who was a political descendant of Reagan is in such opposition to their worldview that they have to make Obama out as something foreign and fundamentally different than them just to justify that worldview in their own minds.

This speaks to a big problem in the conservative movement of not being able to question their own policies and logic. They can't see their own contradictions and they cast out those who point them out, even those who were previously loyal to the ideology. Luckily for them the American voting public doesn't understand economic policy and its effects.

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