The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality [Buy Now]
By Jerome R. Corsi
Threshold, 384 pages, $28
Within days of the 9/11 attacks, websites were popping up all over the internet suggesting some level of government complicity in the crime of the century.
Before long this "9/11 truth movement" would be responsible for dozens of books, promoting a wide variety of theories, some unlikely but plausible, but most nonsensical and lacking.
Having read many of those books, I can say that while few of them were convincing on any major point of contention, virtually all of them were better written and less reliant on absurdities and rampant speculation than Jerome R. Corsi's new book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. As one can tell from the title alone, Corsi doesn't much care for Sen. Barack Obama. He believes Obama's politics are "on the extreme left," that the he is "antimilitary," and perhaps worst of all, that he is an "elitist."
These declarative statements litter the text, which is also filled with some of the worst pop psychology one can imagine.
Little support is provided for any of this nonsense.
Most of the book's first chapter is picking apart minor inconsistencies and exaggerations in Obama's biography, a task performed already, in a far more interesting and readable fashion, by conservative columnist Steve Sailer.
Sadly, from a critical perspective, this is probably the most thoroughly researched part of the book.
Contradictions abound throughout The Obama Nation and Corsi hardly seems to notice — or care. At one point, he claims he doesn't himself believe that the Democratic nominee for President was a ever a Muslim. Immediately following this, the reader is treated to several dozen pages on Obama's background as a Muslim and his supposed sympathy for Islamic causes. Amazingly, Corsi admits a key piece of evidence linking Obama to a supposed friend of radical Islamists in Kenya is a document of questionable authenticity.
What does this all mean? Who the hell knows?
There are so many silly accusations in the book, at times I wondered if Corsi is engaged in Swiftian satire of epic proportions. For instance, Corsi claims Obama's use of the word "bamboozled" was "borrowed" from Spike Lee's film Malcolm X. Like nearly all of the "evidence" in this book, his source is "an Internet article." A little later, he accuses Obama of being a "radical" lefty, because he opposed Hillary Clinton's universal health care proposal in the Democratic primary season. That position is so curious, it must be intentionally comedic — and it's hardly the only one of its kind.
Like most conservative critics of Obama who worry about his ties to black nationalists, no effort is made to explore why this allegedly ambitious, allegedly racially obsessed, radical would run against Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther, in his first race for a federal office (a Democratic primary; he lost).
Furthermore, there is virtually no mention made of Obama's Senate race against Alan Keyes, which was highlighted by the allegedly "ultraconservative" Keyes running hard left of Obama on reparations for slavery. Perhaps not surprisingly the eccentric and bizarre Keyes shares a home with Corsi as a columnist at WorldNetDaily, a website of conservative commentary.
None of this should be surprising.
Corsi is a professional character assassin, who simply hates Democrats. In 2004, he was co-author the infamous Unfit For Command, which argued that John Kerry really wasn't the war hero he was cracked up to be.
I didn't support Kerry in 2004 and I don't support Obama in 2008, but the shameless throw-shit-against-the wall-and-hope-it-sticks methodology of the so-called Dr. Corsi tempts me to donate my next paycheck to the DNC.
As with a broken clock, Corsi is right twice. There is in fact a disturbing "cult of the personality" surrounding Obama and his "change" motif. Corsi also does a reasonably good job laying out some of the suspect financial behavior Obama may have been involved with while sitting in the Illinois legislature.
Scoring on these points, Corsi has inadvertently stumbled upon the truth about Obama — he's a typical American politician.
Barack Obama is not the second coming of Malcolm X. He's the second coming of Adlai Stevenson.
Reading books by the likes of David Ray Griffin and Michael Ruppert on 9/11 occasionally made me think about certain aspects of the World Trade Center attacks and the many things about them that didn't make sense.
Without agreeing with their conclusions, I could find a piece of information here or there that was worth examining.
Corsi's conspiratorial ramblings fail to meet even this standard.