Posted the following just now on an old Hollywood Reporter piece, but as I probably won’t take the time to write a true essay on what I thought about the film (we went to it yesterday) this will have to suffice (I may add more thoughts below the quotes):
Does Dinesh D’Souza’s new film have flaws? Sure. But what “mainstream” Hollywood docu-drama doesn’t? What “America” does (and I wish it’s had done it more forcefully) is point out the many hypocrisies of the country’s leftists: lies in revered history book by Zinn; feigned or actual ignorance of Native American warfare on their own kind(s) as well as history of Columbus by an outspoken Native American activist; ludicrousness of N.A. “reparations” for now-developed land (Manhattan) vs. purchase of raw land; Mexicans pining for and illegally “resettling” former Mex-territory that was actually pad for by US; etc. Yes, the U.S.A.: broke treaties w/ and horribly mistreated/rounded-up N.A. (but NOT ME); condoned black African slavery (incl. 1000’s of BLACK slave owners!) & white-Irish slavery (but NOT ME); has 100’s of military (industrially-complex) set-ups around the globe (but NOT ME or not by my voluntary support). I will NOT make reparations for crimes I did not commit. I’m thankful for the film, America, if for no other reason than pointing out some of these things.
Oh, and the film’s point about Slaves-having-fruits-of-their-labor-STOLEN, so having no incentive to work hard or well? Excellent, BUT…it’s no longer an excuse for black-poverty today. D’Souza’s film segment on the pretty much forgotten (she got a stamp in 1998 (http://tinyurl.com/ojfup5k)) history of the FIRST $millionaire African-American WOMAN (Madam C.J. Walker) just after the turn of the 20th century? PRICELESS!
The film certainly comes across as Rah! Rah! A-‘mer-i-‘cah, but seriously, watch that trailer; see how D’Souza will give screen time to his ideological opponents (name-callers might say, “America-bashers”). Do leftist filmsters do the same? No. Even close? No, again.
And in the linked trailer, listen to Noam Chomsky @ 1:40 first claim how “destructive” so-called Capitalism is (in reality it’s politically-connected/coerced/beleaguered CRAP-italism). Chomp-ski follows it up by suggesting this business-model is even MORE destructive than “centralized Federal Power” (is he so stupid he doesn’t hear himself; that Fed-gov power is “what” always did, and continues to, wage those foreign wars of oppression!). Best of all he then suggests these evil CRAPitalists be “constrained in some way!” OMG. He did a flip-flop in about 5 seconds. Does he NOT GET that this means Fed-gov must aggress again, against civilians at home; must use GUNS or the threat of guns-plus-imprisonment to keep businesses in line.
[Just how stupid – or inconsistent – do you have to be to be REVERED by the political Left (sorry, rhetorical question)?]
My wishes for the film were numerous.
- I wish I had the soundtrack; it is 5-star.
- I wish the generic bashers and haters of Dinesh D’Souza would put their money/time/effort/talents (or don’t they have any?) to “better” use than he has; show him up, you cowards, if you feel “America” (the film and/or the country) is really so bad.
- I wish D’S had revealed more about his arrest and compared it to Leftist-Democrat campaign donators (or cabinet members)-who-done-(IRS)wrongs yet skated with handslaps or less.
- I wish he wasn’t so forgiving of the USA’s actions of late in Iraq & Afganistan;
- I wish that he’d not chosen a captured/tortured Vietnam vet who’d been a FIGHTER PILOT…to make the case that (I paraphrase) “we were over in South Vietnam to HELP them stand on their own.” An engineer or infantry officer might have been believable making THAT case.
- I wish, when discussing SLAVERY, he’d made it more atrocious that 3/4’s of a MILLION Americans (military draftees and civilians) had to perish for “slavery to end.” Supposedly. Why not political sanctions against trade-with-the-South? Oh, that’s right, most Fed-gov INCOME came from there.
- I wish instead of a generic face-behind-bars illustration, D’S had had the guts to show Slavery RIGHT NOW where it’s happening: in Muslim countries, in Chinese factories, etc.
There has always been Conquest; there has always been Slavery. America does not hide from it’s past, but around the world today there is no one whose “ancestors” haven’t done some sort of heinous wrong. If all are guilty, all are potential decendents-of-victims so where does that leave the Reparations People? In a globe-sized circle of people with their hands out.