I lost an hour and a half of my life Sunday at a matinee showing of the sleeper-hit documentary “2016: Obama’s America.” But I kept the stub for tax purposes, and you get to read this column. With luck, we’ll both end up just slightly worse off for the experience.

President Barack Obama and Speaker of the Hous...

President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House at the US Capitol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gene Healy is a VP at Cato, one of my favorite think tanks, but I think he has successfully missed the main point of the movie: Obama is a mystery, and D’Souza is trying to figure it out.

Healy uses the rhetorical device of belittlement to misdirect the conversation:

D’Souza, “2016’s” narrator, stresses his commonalities with the president: born the same year, both with third-world parentage, both steeped in an anticolonial tradition. “I get it,” D’Souza assures us, which is why he alone has the secret decoder ring that can explain Obama’s positions on the on terror, Israel, the Falkland Islands and much else besides.

This even applies to :

Then there was the health care bill” D’Souza segues. But who needs a decoder ring to explain why, like every Democratic president of the post-WWII era save Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama pushed for universal health insurance? Does “anticolonialism” explain Obama’s embrace of a plan cooked up in a think tank and first implemented by his 2012 opponent?

This is misdirection of the first order. Just because Obama (more accurately, Nancy Pelosi and her thuggery) got Obamacare passed by Congress when other presidents couldn’t, doesn’t diminish the impact of it on the or our .

Healy neatly leaves out any discussion of the people behind Obama: and come to mind. But D’Souza does us the enormous service in “2016” of linking Obama to the hard-core radical communist . Healy doesn’t mention Frank at all: “there’s just us progressives here, friends, nothing to see here, move along.” The real issue, says Healy, is “psychobiography:”

We don’t need psychobiography to explain why presidents continually seek to expand their own power over the people. It’s in their nature, as the scorpion explained to the frog.

He dismisses fifty years of communist infiltration and subversion with the wave of his rhetorical hand.

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