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In a world where Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is hands-down the champion of wackiness, two new contenders are challenging her for the title: Judson Phillips, president of the for-profit Tea Party Nation, and veteran conservative Dinesh D'Souza, author and president of The King's College in New York City, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ.
In a recent e-mail to Tea Party Nation supporters, Phillips gets down and dirty, claiming that President Barack Obama may be a crack-smoking drug addict who had gay sex less than ten years before becoming president, while D'Souza, in a new documentary film titled 2016: Obama's America, whose tag line is "Love Him Hate Him You Don't Know Him," maintains that the President "is kind of a mysterious figure," and he adds, he's "not just referring to his personal mysteries."
In his book titled "Roots of Obama's Rage," D'Souza charged that "The most powerful country [the U.S.] in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s - a polygamist who abandoned his wives, drank himself into stupors, and bounced around on two iron legs (after his real legs had to be amputated because of a car crash caused by his drunk driving). 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 [President Obama]."
Phillips the Rhetorical Impaler
As Stephen C. Webster reported for The Raw Story, in his e-mail to supporters couched as an advisory to Team Romney, Judson "Phillips declared ... that if Mitt Romney is to release his tax returns, President Barack Obama should release medical records to prove he's not a drug addict who smoked crack and had gay sex with a lifelong con-man."
"There are a lot of records that Americans should want to see from Barack Obama," Phillips stated in an piece posted July 19th at the Tea Party Nation web site. "To start with, there are his records from Occidental College so that the allegation that Obama attended that school on a scholarship reserved for foreign students can be resolved. Another record that Americans should be demanding Obama release are his records from Columbia and Harvard.
"How does someone who is a self-admitted poor student, get into two of the most prestigious schools in America? Obama was admitted to Harvard law. Generally you need to have almost a perfect 4.0 to even have a shot at Harvard. Anyone want to bet Obama's GPA was nowhere near that?"
Philips also demanded that Obama release his medical records, and accused Obama of having "symptoms of addiction," to drugs and alcohol. "A man named Larry Sinclair claims that in 1999 he and Barack Obama had sex and then smoked crack cocaine," Phillips wrote. "This is 1999, nine years before Obama would run for President. Crack cocaine is very addictive. It is very destructive. Addiction specialist will tell you that a crack addiction is very tough to break."
"Every time Obama demands that Mitt Romney release more tax returns, the Romney campaign needs to turn around and ask when Obama is going to release his medical records, his college records and his attorney discipline records."
Going into dark places is not a new phenomenon for Phillips. After Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and others killed and wounded in a Tucson, Arizona shopping mall last year, Phillips sent out an e-mail to Tea Party Nation supporters titled "The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the left's attack on the Tea Party movement," in which he claimed that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner's was "a leftist lunatic," and that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was a "leftist sheriff" who "was one of the first to start in on the liberal attack."
As I reported for BuzzFlash in January 2011, according to Garance Franke-Ruta, a senior editor at The Atlantic who oversees politics coverage for TheAtlantic.com, Phillips' e-mail was a "warning" to supporters that "they would be called upon to fight leftists in the days ahead and defend their movement."
D'Souza's Obama Has No Love For America
In an interview with Focus on the Family's citizenlink.com, aimed at publicizing his new film, 2016: Obama's America - based on his book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" - Dinesh D'Souza is asked what point he is "trying to get across?"
Although D'Souza maintains that he isn't a birther and doesn't believe that Obama is a Muslim, he began the interview in a Phillips-like mode: "Obama is kind of a mysterious figure - and I'm not just referring to his personal mysteries," D'Souza stated. "There are a lot of personal mysteries, such as what was his SAT score for getting into college? Unknown. What were his grades at Columbia University? Unknown. Who were his friends at Columbia? Unknown. What was his GPA? Unknown. What was his LSAT score to get into law school? Unknown. Who were his girlfriends that he dated? Unknown, except for one."
D'Souza maintained, however, that the "film focuses on ... the ideological mystery of Obama. What's his inner compass? What's he like?" It's based on his "Roots" book, and a new book being published next month called "Obama's America." According to D'Souza, "The ‘Roots' book looks back, and the new book, ‘Obama's America,' looks forward. That's why the film is called 2016, because it's looking at what would America look like in 2016 if Obama were to be re-elected."
D'Souza argued that Obama "is shrinking American power abroad, and expanding the power of the state at home, and he's doing both things simultaneously. It's part of his sort of anti-colonial or third-world agenda - an agenda that was very powerfully held by his father, and one that Obama adopted at a young age."
To D'Souza, America is the "world's number one" country, whose "wealth has been generated by a kind of a free-market entrepreneurial culture," and which "has tried to be a force for spreading freedom in the world," [and] That America is hateful to Obama. He wants to transform America - in fact, his own phrase from his inaugural speech is ‘re-making America.' But of course, to re-make a country you have to unmake it."
On July 20, "a packed and enthusiastic audience," at the Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, greeted D'Souza's film, the examiner.com's Sharon Gilbert reported. "It received a similar reception days earlier in Texas," Gilbert pointed out, adding that the film, due to be more widely released on July 27, "will be controversial at best during this election season."