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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2016: Obama's America

Chances are many of you have not heard of the movie I'm going to review today. Welcome to the United States in 2012, where debate and dialogue are discouraged.

I went to the movies last night. This is actually a big deal. The last movie I saw in a theater was The King's Speech in February 2011. I can't remember the movie I went to a theater to see before that one. I like movies, I just don't like the public all that much, because quite frankly, the public doesn't know how to behave in public. Young or old, male or female, people just can't sit down, shut up and watch a friggin' movie without talking or doing other annoying things like moving, eating, talking to the characters on the screen, or checking their phones for texts from their BFF's. Last night was no exception.

We went to a 6:30 showing of 2016: Obama's America and I was surprised to see that the theater was actually over half full. Not surprised because of the movie, but because it was a Monday at 6:30PM. Demographically speaking, it was a pretty fair cross-section of the general local population. And of course, there was talking and the mindless out-loud adding of comments at certain points in the movie. So Libs take heart, even mean Conservatives taking time out from pushing Grandma over a cliff to watch a movie that is anti-everything-you-stand-for still don't know how to properly behave in a theater -- just like everyone else.

But anyway.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Roger & Me by that total crackpot and intellectual opposite of me, Michael Moore. It was made back before Mike decided he was important, and when his humility died so did his relevance. But, in a society that used to encourage free thought, if Michael Moore did not exist we would have invented him anyway.

I bring Moore up to point out how much more open-minded (better) I am than those of you who will be sending me nasty messages in a few minutes. I've watched most of Moore's movies and I disagree with him typically 63-99% of the time. But I allow him to wander around in my head just so I can understand other points of view, even if I don't always agree with them. Sadly, the aforementioned nasty-message-writing people who are now preparing their written requests for my death don't do that when it comes to points of view that differ from theirs.

That being said, I went to the movie with significant skepticism, completely prepared to separate truth from propaganda. I am no fan of Obama, but until last night I pretty much just thought of him as an inept empty suit with very little skill and even less intellect. I am not an adherent to silly theories like birtherism and secret affiliations to Al Qeada. But with the amount of business the film is doing at the box office with no significant marketing campaign behind it I figured there had to be some substance to it.

Dinesh D'Souza's point-of-view is compelling and not something I had put a lot of thought into. He squashes birther non-sense in the first few minutes of the movie, as well as claims of Obama's secret attachment to Islam, effectively disarming the sum and substance of most of Obama's defenders.  No, D'Souza's theory is far more damning of the man and the party who elected him. No matter who you're going to vote for in November, you should at least have the intellectual integrity to view the movie and make up your own mind.

In Kenya, Dinesh D'Souza interviews Barack Obama's
half-brother George Obama, a man of differing political
opinions than Barack, and therefore relegated to
persona non grata status within the White House.
This is not the run-of-the-mill anti-Obama propaganda piece I had been told it was. It's far deeper than that. It strikes to the heart of every libertarian's fear that a man with enough talent and charisma can derail an entire political party or government because of people's desire to be a part of something -- without really understanding what they have become a part of.

That we have in the highest office of the land a man with a paternal ax to grind with the West, and Great Britain in particular, and a maternally inherited need to be a radical, is frightening. That most of Obama's mentors, heretofore hidden by the enabling monolithic American media, are to a man anti-American and pro-Communist, should be chilling to everyone who would rather live here than somewhere else. That the entire monolithic media and Democrat Party have chosen to look the other way without even the slightest bit of intellectual curiosity speaks volumes about the current inability of most Americans to understandi the world around them.

Obama's own words, used in context in the film, are damning enough without D'Souza's input, but if even 90% of what D'Souza offers in this movie is pure non-sense, Barack Obama deserves one term and a place in history as America's first racially-mixed President who was unfortunately a failure outside of the narrow-minded scope of his racial identity.

If 50% of what D'Souza offers is true, we're screwed.

If 75% of what D'Souza says is true, the Democrat Party and everyone who blindly supports Obama should be considered treasonous. This from a person who looks with a jaded eye at everything the extremes of either side spout. I'm that serious about what I am saying.

Stop writing that nasty message to me (seriously, they don't bother me anymore) and go put something else into your head other than what Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews want you to have up there. You will not die if you see the movie, but some of your naive, pre-conceived notions about the world you live in might, and that's not a bad thing. Those of you who think you are voting issues when in fact you are voting personality--or even worse your issues with your dad--are the cause of the problems in this country. Not Obama. He wouldn't be where is today without you. So yeah, own it.

To further prove the point that we are living in a dangerous period of idol worship and close-mindedness, 2016: Obama's America ranked number 7 over the weekend, grossing $6.509 million, ahead of Premium Rush, Hope Springs and Hit & Run, with virtually no publicity and no mass marketing. Not bad for a documentary that an entire political party in this country will refuse to watch.

Courtesy: Blaze.com

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