Behold the local library's collection of books about Barack Obama. (Click to enlarge and savor the titles.) When school kids are asked to do reports on the Obama presidency (presuming they have teachers who encourage them to look beyond the internet for source material), this is the sludge that will fill their brains.
My own anti-Obama credentials are, I think, impeccable. Still, the conservative insta-books here -- by Dick Morris, Michelle Malkin, Pam Geller, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham and so forth -- are reprehensible offerings which give a completely skewed view of the problems facing us.
The title that amuses me most is The Roots of Obama's Rage
by Dinesh D'Souza. Obama has a lot of problems, but rage isn't one of them. One might scry racism into the fact that D'Souza found some marketplace traction by ascribing
rage to someone who has proven to be about as aggressive as a daffodil. There is also enormous hypocrisy on display here, since D'Souza's Limbaugh-loving audience thrives
on rage; they are chronic political masturbators who spend their days floating from rage-gasm to rage-gasm.
The title Gangster Government
may also be intended as a subconscious appeal to bigotry. Maybe not so very sub-.
There are a couple of campaign-era puff books in this collection; we may safely ignore those. I've not yet read The Promise
, but I've heard that it is a decent piece of reportage. The only volume here that critiques Obama from a left-of-center perspective is Hodge's The Mendacity of Hope
. Think of it: Just one
book in this 26-volume collection represents the disappointments felt by those who do not get their news from Rupert Murdoch. That's well over half the people who live in this country -- and keep in mind that the blue-staters usually have higher incomes. If marketplace considerations alone determined which books get published and widely distributed, Hodge's lonely volume would have ten or twenty siblings. So...something else is going on in the world of publishing.
Readers should understand that the insta-book phenomenon is a fairly new tool in the propagandist's arsenal. I well recall that, as we slid into the last half of 1991, there was only one book which offered a critical assessment of George H.W. Bush -- a biography written by a couple of LaRouchies. That work proved surprisingly useful, although it had lots of crankish bits sprinkled into its pages. In 1992, we got Joel Bainerman's The Crimes of a President
, which, at the time, seemed very conspiratorial and paranoid; by modern
standards, it's a pretty reasonable work. That year also gave us Pete Brewton's masterful The Mafia, C.I.A. and George Bush
. Very few libraries stocked any of those three titles, and they weren't all that easy to discover in bookstores.
Some of my readers are so suffused with Obama-hate that they probably welcome any
writer who slams our failed president. That attitude is an error. Most of these books are written by people who had no complaints about the great Wall Street heist as it happened -- and now they are trying to convince you that the great problem besetting this country is socialism