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D’Souza’s Next Film

Dinesh D'Souza's new film America is great, but he needs a follow-up.

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Tom Blumer

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July 18, 2014 - 12:02 am
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Sunday evening, I ventured to a local theater to see Dinesh D’Souza’s America: Imagine the World Without Her.

It is an outstanding effort by a man who clearly loves his country and is deeply concerned that everything unique about it is slipping away — to the detriment of the entire world.

D’Souza correctly calls out and identifies the pieces of an orchestrated, five-front attack by those who wish to remake these United States. To do so, they must first convince enough of us to disregard and denigrate this nation’s accomplishments and its exceptional and unprecedented contributions to human well-being and dignity. That campaign, much of it embodied in Howard Zinn’s execrable textbook, A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, a publication scandalously used in thousands of schools, is an attempt to shame each and every one of us into stifling our patriotic instincts, forgetting our national pride, and memory-holing any positive elements of this country’s founding. D’Souza correctly notes that liberty’s enemies cannot accomplish their desired transformation without tearing down what is already present.

The following, while no substitute for seeing the movie, summarizes the five themes of the left’s attack. The rebuttals which follow are largely D’Souza’s, but some are mine — so you’ll have to go to the movie to see which is which.

We stole much of our land from the Indians. As seen in the title of Zinn’s book, the revisionists’ narrative goes back to Christopher Columbus — which is pathetic, given that Christopher Columbus never landed in the U.S. More substantively, Indian tribes were continually remaking the U.S. map by conquering and either driving out or enslaving other tribes — but our doing so, which did not involve genocide or enslavement, was apparently the only malign enterprise.

What horse manure. D’Souza notes that the Sioux have turned down a $1 billion reparations offer because they will settle for nothing less than getting “their” areas of the Upper Midwest back. Somehow, we’re supposed to ignore the fact that they took that land from other tribes. The Indians, like virtually the entire rest of the world, subscribed to the “conquest ethic.” The U.S. was among the first, if not the first, nation on earth not to automatically impose colonialism, tyranny or worse on those it defeated in war.

We stole half of Mexico. Actually, we conquered Mexico, gave half of it back, and made American citizens of everyone living in the American Southwest — something the conquest ethic-driven Mexicans under Santa Ana would never have dreamed of doing had they somehow turned the tables.

Slavery stole the labor and lives of Africans. Slavery is indeed this country’s original sin. But our Founders, who knew that they could not have formed a full union at the time of the Constitution’s adoption unless they allowed the practice to continue, nevertheless sowed the seeds for its destruction in the nation’s founding documents. No less than Frederick Douglass declared that the Constitution was hostile to slavery.

The abolitionists, including Abraham Lincoln, capitalized on this disconnect when they sensed that the nation’s moral compass could be moved. It was, but not until a horrible, four-year war — a war D’Souza says is the “first time in history” a war was fought to end slavery — took the lives of over 300,000 Union and over 200,000 Confederate soldiers. My opinion: The impossible task of “reparations,” if ever undertaken, would have to include payments to those who whose relatives died to end slavery, or it would be objectively unjust.

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I saw the film with a neighbor,( who oddly enough works in the IT department of the IRS, and is inordinately concerned about the FEMA Fusion Centers).
The audience at the showing we attended did something I've never seen or heard a movie audience do at the conclusion of the film...they applauded.

Thank God for legal naturalized Americans like D'Souza and some of our peeps here at PJM, because in a way that us native-born likely could not do, they can say "been there-done that...and here are my scars from it."
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Nicely done, Tom.

The One World Socialists are anarchists at heart. The czars and czarinas planted in the government are there for one purpose. Overthrow.

People keep tsk-tsking "lawlessness". That word is a watered down version of reality. The country and its foundational underpinnings are being systematically dismantled. Overthrow.

Our place in the world is being shattered. We can no longer be counted on to keep the world safe. Or ourselves. Overthrow.

We have no borders. No Constitutional protections. No freedom from spying. No liberty for our religious beliefs. No protection from weaponized agencies of the government. Overthrow. Anarchy. Treason. Tyranny. Totalitarianism.

The words "liberal", "progressive", "mainstream" are wildly out of place. And damaging to the desperate need to wake up to the fact that this isn't soft social democracy. Overthrow. Enemy action. Anomie.

We need to stop mincing words. And stop, stop, stop using the words that camouflage and mask evil.

It is time to confront the beast and to stop petting and and trying to domesticate it.

Overthrow. OWS is not incompetent and slightly deranged hippies interested in peace, love, dove.

The next Dinesh movie is Nightmare on Main Street. Freddie Kreuger wears a Che tee shirt and works for the weaponized IRS.
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We need a good refutation of leftist Zinn-type lies and distortions. It sounds like D'Souza has done just that if Tom's review is accurate.

We also need a positive defense of our liberal order complete with a defense of property rights, freedoms of speech and conscience, free markets, and self-reliance. (Perhaps he did that to some degree when he defended capitalism.) Both refuting nonsense and defending our core greatness are important.
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My wife and I both loved the movie. That is not enough. Commentators have been preaching from the right about all this stuff for decades and it does not win against the promises of progressives with Santa.

http://SenatorMark4/Alinsky5.htm
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I enjoyed the film, and also agree that its title was something of a misnomer. It left most of the imagining to be done by the viewer, later on. It said little of how piss-poor collectivism works economically, and how murderous it always seems to behave, politically.

It amazes me how willfully blind the radical left can be. Read "Lenin's Tomb,' by David Remnick, about the fall of the Soviet Empire, and it will break your heart to learn of the small and big ways that its capricious brutality ruled Soviet life. Then realize the guy who wrote this book later was an unabashed Obama cheerleader, apparently unable to how perfectly socialism played its part in the USSR, to say nothing of the reeducation period in China, killing fields of Cambodia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, et. al.. For some reason, they always think it will work the next time it's tried, or that some human failed to behave properly, and if corrected, utopia will be the next result. Obama, where is the Venezuela toilet paper? Until you can answer that question, you have no business being the President of the United States.

CFBleachers, I like and agree with most of your post, I disagree with the contention that the left radicals are anarchists at heart. No, at heart they are totalitarians who see themselves as the natural ruling class. Their 'revolution,' in their own minds, leaves them in charge, sitting fully and permanently in the seats of political power, as by Divine Right. No longer will they have to curry political favor, no longer will they have to perform "office hours" or teach classes as mere tenured faculty members, nor go through the untoward grasping necessary to seek elective office.

But what these folks never realize is under totalitarian rule, party apparatchiks are the first targets, not the last. In the Soviet Union, because they were close to power, or seeking power, or ambitious in any way, this gave them a far higher likelihood of being sent to the Gulag even than regular working stiffs.

Dinesh, I hope there's a followup movie in 2016, to flush out the failure of collectivism at the nation-state level, and the death and destruction of it all. Perhaps you can tie that to the naivete of American Democrats and their new hard left commitments, including climate Scientology? I'd watch that.
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until messages like this get out into the main stream media and our universities, nothing will change. progressives have been calling america a terrible place for decades and there have been no counter-arguements to speak of. americans hear and are taught this and have no information or knowledge as to how and why it all started.
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You are so right. Cleaning out the beaurocracy is a primary necessity if the country is to ever function as a republic again. It would be a daunting and horrific job requiring the utmost determination and courage for any president -- that is, if they even really understand that is what must be done. I can only wonder if any Republican who is "electable" can see it.
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I enjoyed watching this film and found his arguments against Zinn history compelling. I came away thinking that the movie's title was overstated. I suppose I'm just left to imaging a world without America...
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I saw the film with a neighbor,( who oddly enough works in the IT department of the IRS, and is inordinately concerned about the FEMA Fusion Centers).
The audience at the showing we attended did something I've never seen or heard a movie audience do at the conclusion of the film...they applauded.

Thank God for legal naturalized Americans like D'Souza and some of our peeps here at PJM, because in a way that us native-born likely could not do, they can say "been there-done that...and here are my scars from it."
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When I saw "2016: Obama's America," the audience applauded, too. I plan to see "America" sometime this week.
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I have a dream. After the 45th president elect claims victory for the conservative/traditional cause these words will be heard from one end of this country to the other: IN A FEW DAYS WE BEGIN THE FUNDAMENTAL RESTORATION OF AMERICA.
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Nicely done, Tom.

The One World Socialists are anarchists at heart. The czars and czarinas planted in the government are there for one purpose. Overthrow.

People keep tsk-tsking "lawlessness". That word is a watered down version of reality. The country and its foundational underpinnings are being systematically dismantled. Overthrow.

Our place in the world is being shattered. We can no longer be counted on to keep the world safe. Or ourselves. Overthrow.

We have no borders. No Constitutional protections. No freedom from spying. No liberty for our religious beliefs. No protection from weaponized agencies of the government. Overthrow. Anarchy. Treason. Tyranny. Totalitarianism.

The words "liberal", "progressive", "mainstream" are wildly out of place. And damaging to the desperate need to wake up to the fact that this isn't soft social democracy. Overthrow. Enemy action. Anomie.

We need to stop mincing words. And stop, stop, stop using the words that camouflage and mask evil.

It is time to confront the beast and to stop petting and and trying to domesticate it.

Overthrow. OWS is not incompetent and slightly deranged hippies interested in peace, love, dove.

The next Dinesh movie is Nightmare on Main Street. Freddie Kreuger wears a Che tee shirt and works for the weaponized IRS.
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