Thursday, September 20, 2012

The top grossing doc you've never heard of

Sometimes you have to think that what conservatives say about the media is correct. This would certainly seem to be the case with the movie Obama’s America 2016. Have you heard it’s been playing in selected theatres around Detroit? Did you know it’s now screening in almost 2000 theatres across the United States? And did you know that it has made more than $30 million at the box office since opening in mid-July and is the second top grossing political documentary of all time after Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11?.....Yet compare these two movies in terms of press coverage. Fahrenheit 9/11 was front and centre in the media when it opened in 2004 and has resonated long since. Frankly, I don’t mind saying I think the mass media has blacklisted this film. After all, even if you don’t like the movie’s conservative slant why not give it the credit it’s due? Media people don’t like numerous other films for various reasons yet have no trouble publicizing them. Absolutely amazing!.....In any case, I caught the flick last weekend at the Uptown Birmingham 8. The film is made by conservative intellectual Dinesh D’Souza and basically follows the outline of his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.....The film’s central thesis is that Obama is a man from the American hard left despite a manufactured persona that makes him seem centrist and reasonable. Yet everything in his background suggests he’s of the Marxist left and has been able to cover this up through media collaboration and exploiting the tremendous goodwill of the American people who broke the colour barrier in 2008 by electing him America’s first black president.....In the film, D’Souza makes constant references to Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, which is about Obama’s Kenyan-born dad, a died in the wool Third World intellectual straight out of the Marxist anti-colonialist school. “Only from the dreams of the father can we understand” the beliefs of the son, the filmmaker, who stars in the movie and travels to Kenya, says. D’Souza also points to other major influences on the president such as former SDS Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, radical Palestinian writer Edward Said – who was his professor - and radical liberation theology ideologue Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his pastor of 20 years.....D’Souza’s theory is that you have to look at Obama’s actions in office through this prism. For example, everything from Obama’s returning the Oval Office bust of British “colonialist” Winston Churchill, to his speeches equating America with any other country “to reduce” America’s stature in the world, to running mammoth deficits and killing the Keystone pipeline. They’re all apiece of someone of the far left who wants to cripple America, the worst of all nations, D’Souza says.....D’Souza’s arguments about Obama’s influences make some sense although counter arguments can be made that people have all kinds of influences and grow up rather independently of them. After all, Obama hasn’t confiscated the major means of production or instituted wholesale collectivism, as tyrants like Lenin and Mao did. Obamacare as socialized medicine? That's laughable compared to Canada's medicare. And what if America was pushing its weight a little too much in the world? Shouldn’t that need a correction?.....Concludes D’Souza: if you thought Obama’s first term was over the top you haven’t seen anything if he’s re-elected this November. Hence, the movie's title.

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