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Dinesh D'Souza's America: The Vainglorious Huckster Trembles Before Another Left-Wing Conspiracy

Dinesh D'Souza's <i>America</i>: The Vainglorious Huckster Trembles Before Another Left-Wing Conspiracy

Here are some of the triumphant moments of recent history that make it into the climactic montage in America, the latest "America's perfect!"/"America's doomed!" pant load from felonious troll Dinesh D'Souza: Jackie Robinson rounding home. Elvis Presley swinging his hips. Ronald Reagan and the Berlin Wall. Boxed copies of Windows 95 bouncing down an assembly line. How did D'Souza resist including the first time Clippy the Office Assistant helped a patriot format a résumé?

It's easy to pick on the ill-considered details of D'Souza's latest, the follow-up to the quietly crazy docu-screed 2016: Obama's America. The what-if cosplay that opens the film shows us General George Washington being gunned down by a cowardly Brit on -- seriously -- September 11, 1777. The uncertain way D'Souza's shirt is tucked into his pants as he slumps thoughtfully in front of national monuments. The way D'Souza posits that it's a left-wing conspiracy that has kept the story of hair-product entrepreneur Sarah Breedlove out of history books -- as if it's representation-minded liberals who have long fought the recognition of pioneering African-American women. The way D'Souza's name appears six times in the opening credits, including "based on the book by" and "created and narrated by," which I bet he was awarded only after arbitration with the Creator and Narrator Guild.

All that's easy. The sad thing is that America's central thesis is risible, too. The argument is simple: Radical-minded professors like Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky have, through the techniques Saul Alinsky learned from Al Capone, succeeded in making millions of black Americans, Native Americans, poor Americans, and liberal Americans ashamed of the darkest parts of American history. D'Souza marvels that Zinn's A People's History of the United States is "required reading" in hundreds of colleges, and he tsks at a Good Will Hunting clip in which Matt Damon endorses the book. Zinn and company posit that slavery, the deaths of millions of Native Americans, income inequality, and the secret bombing of Cambodia are all bad things that should shade our understanding of American history. D'Souza, of course, considers that reactionary madness, and he gets ex-professor Ward Churchill to say on camera that, yeah, it might be morally justified to nuke this country today.

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For D'Souza, Churchill stands in for all liberals the same way that one old dude with a racist sign stood in for all Sarah Palin fans to Keith Olbermann. The implication, of course, is that Churchill is saying what the president secretly believes, a point D'Souza makes by putting together one of those who's-connected-to-whom photo collages that helps movie cops bust up crime rings. Trace it out, and Capone begets Obama -- and Hillary, too.

D'Souza insists that anyone who still worries over these injustices fails to recognize that America is at heart a force of good in this world -- that it's impossible to believe that Andrew Jackson killed too many Indians and that the ideals set down in the Declaration of Independence are worth striving toward.

Being a dope, D'Souza even attempts to prove that those injustices -- "the indictments of America," in his words -- really aren't any big deal at all. Here's the evidence he marshals in the film:

Slavery? D'Souza points out -- in a vile filmed reenactment -- that some black folks owned slaves, too, which means there's no reason for anyone today to feel raw about it. Twice he argues that the United States is the only country that ever fought a war to abolish slavery, so if anything, we should be proud of that and our slave-free years afterwards. That's kind of like arguing that nobody gives Jeffrey Dahmer credit for all the people he didn't eat after he was arrested.

American imperialism abroad? Chomsky tells D'Souza that there are a million dead Vietnamese who don't consider the United States a force for good. D'Souza counters with footage of American soldiers giving candy to Vietnamese kids. That's followed by a reenactment of a fighter pilot's torture in a Viet Cong prison camp.

Economic inequality? This one I didn't quite follow. Rather than address any specific complaint of the Occupy movement or the Obama administration, D'Souza mounts a defense of entrepreneurial capitalism itself. He insists that the hot dog vendors in Times Square are under target from anti-capitalists every bit as much as are the CEOs of NASDAQ companies. Then, in a baffling skit, D'Souza plays the proprietor of fast food joint called Delish Dinesh, chirping "Can I help you?" at customers in an Indian accent and then explaining to us that to make a hamburger at home would cost a consumer more than it would to buy a hamburger in a restaurant. Q.E.D., mic drop, #neverforget, honk your horn and shout "U.S.A.!"

That nonsense takes up most of the film. But after demonstrating that war, racism, poverty, and the Trail of Tears have failed even to dim America's greatness, D'Souza exposes the one historical crime this nation's founders could never live down: radical, Alinsky-ite Barack Obama's passing of the health care plan cooked up by Mitt Romney and the conservative Heritage Foundation. Hilariously, just minutes after reducing Occupy Wall Street to an assault on small hamburger shops, D'Souza attacks insurance companies and Wall Street executives as fellow travelers in Obamacare, this country's one unpardonable sin.

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someguy
someguy

Every single "official" critique of this movie by bedwetting leftist is exactly the same. Which is all the more reason why this movie had to be made. To expose the monoculture of self hatred of America on the left.

alexconstantine33
alexconstantine33

Pay no heed to the wingnut trolls. They send out alerts and come running whenever someone trounces one of their soulless icons of stupidity. 

com11
com11

The real dope is the reviewer.  He does not "get it".  He is stuck in "surrender" to the enemy mode.

e.sid10
e.sid10

The hipster doofus who wrote this review needs to be banned from critiquing another non-fiction ever again.  


In the only instance where he isn't tossing out baseless platitudes, he's completely mischaracterizes (through omission) the Heritage Foundation's reason for drafting up an Obamacare-like plan in the EARLY NINETIES.  It was a "compromise" to Hillarycare and was quickly pulled from the table and rebuked by the HF.  It still is today.


The Democrats once advocated for slavery in a very strong way.  Using this guy's absurd logic, they shall forever be known as the party of slavery.

leesackett
leesackett

Thank you for your view of this movie. I actually went to go see it today!  I don't think you saw the movie? Nothing you write is remotely true of this movie at all. You should be ashamed of yourself. I thought it was one of the most inspirational movies I've ever seen.

It was the very first movie I've been to where the entire audience stood and applauded when it finished! 

Dinesh sees America through the eyes of someone who has been in countries where such freedoms never have existed. He writes how they are being threatened here.


postmerrick
postmerrick

The surest sign of a weak position is attacking without substance, as Alan Scherstuhl does: "vile filmed reenactment," "dope." D'Souza systematically addressed 5 propositions by Marxist demagogue anti-Desi Jewish supremacist Howard Zinn. At least, D'Souza provided counterpoints. At best, D'Souza discredited Zinn's omission-plagued tripe. The Leftists' workers' paradise crumbled with the Berlin Wall.


Zinn advocated Marxist policies that brought countries like India and China to ruin. Upon abandoning those tyrannically centrally controlled models that The Voice ceaselessly endorses, those countries are booming with unprecedented growth.


The Constitution is not an experiment. It's the law upon which American officials swear an oath to abide. The Constitution proscribes tyranny, hence totalitarians' contempt for it.  Alan Scherstuhl  is no journalist, but the rulers' attack dog.


Alan Scherstuhl's bigotry saw Jewish Bolsheviks murder millions of Christians and ethnic-cleansing Zionists murder untold Palestinians. Alan Scherstuhl echoes this Jewish supremacism in an attempt to silence and Indian immigrant who dares question the rulers.

livfreeordi
livfreeordi

Unfortunately for Alan, I actually saw ths move before reading this review. 


If I hadn't , I might have been persuaded not to see it... but since I HAVE seen it.. I now know that what Alana says is mostly pure, out of context BS.


D'Souza spends almost a third of the film presenting the arguments of the kind of people Alan agrees with.. with little editorial comment... interviewing Noam Chomsky and  Ward Churchill among them.


He them spends the rest of the movie calmly and logically tearing those arguments to pieces PROVING that they are based on half truths and an attempt to concentrate on ONLY the negative in America's history and ignoring all that is good.


The arguments and facts presented in this movie are absolutely devastating to those emotionally and politically invested in the" America is evil" narrative. 

It's no wonder Alana obviously perceives this movie as a threat and wants to kill it in its cradle. 

Too late Alana. The genie is out of the bottle. people like me have SEEN it.. and the word will get out how great a movie i i s.

junkbondtrader41
junkbondtrader41

I bend over backwards to be fair when commenting on sites of opposing opinion, so I always read the whole article carefully. 

And that's PO's me the most, slogging through a prog's unnecessarily verbose sludge only to finally reach the end and see that, once again, the author essentially didn't say anything!

Was going to see the movie anyway, but thanks, this is added incentive!

joe_dee
joe_dee

Yes, America is a force for good...who in their right mind believes that anymore? We're a police state now complete with our very own STASI spying all American citizens, and doing that to crush all dissent, sow fear, and paranoia, and keep us in line. 

stevewinston3922
stevewinston3922

100 Tomatoes! This film is a wonderful history lesson that should be seen by everyone and especially children! Note the disparity in the film's tomato meter score between the lemming like unthinking socialist critics who post here and the Audience. The leftists don't want anything that criticizes the big lie socialist narrative which melts under the slightest scrutiny to have wide exposure with an audience. The feeble minded unthinking leftist critics who post here reveal that they're merely Obama butt boys doing their joband giving a negative review to anything critical of their hollow idol or any expose & critique of Obama's socialist and cultural Marxist values. If this were a gay themed movie they'd give it 100 Tomatoes before seeing it. This is an excellent thought provoking film by a deep thinking analyst of the contemporary state of socialism and how it's achieving it's ends in America. It's a very precise intelligent critique of the socialist driven narrative that has been perverting, polluting our society for the past 50 years. And in case you haven't noticed: the socialists are winning!

nicepapote
nicepapote

@livfreeordi Thank you! I was going to reply but I couldn't have said better than you

robmac
robmac

@junkbondtrader41 Well said - I'm going this weekend.  The only thing these "reviews" seem to reveal is just how totalitarian the reviewers are.

sapitorito
sapitorito

@stevewinston3922 You are funny man! I hope your joking, my boys hated this so called documentary, you want to know what they say about it? They will not pay to go see a paid advertisement for the republicans and the tea party.

refan011
refan011

@stevewinston3922 I think you need to say socialism a few more times to really get your point across

conservatives and their buzzwords

Binkconn
Binkconn

@stevewinston3922 Yes, Steve, while somehow the corporations are being ruled as living entities. Fancy that!

kurtjackson
kurtjackson

@joe_dee @stevewinston3922  Good job there jody, you were able to "Derp" on only your second attempt. You are definitely above average for the low information voter.

junkbondtrader41
junkbondtrader41

Well, what is it, nature or nurture?

Your kids feed on plenty of anti-American swill learned at mommy and daddy's knee, or did they just inherit your intelligence?

nicepapote
nicepapote

@Binkconn @stevewinston3922 Binkconn, well they're being tax as one and since you posted a  stupid liberal comment than let me explain the corporation comprises of million of hard working tax people like me. 

sapitorito
sapitorito

@junkbondtrader41 Actually my boys are pretty smart, one of them graduated with honors, right now is at Cal State pursuing his career, he teaches at a high school as well. My boys are proud Americans, but they are not blind. I have to admit that I am not the smartest guy out there, I only speak and write two languages and read in several other idioms as well. Yes, I did not go to high school, I had to work at a young age to help out Mom and Dad raise my brothers and sisters. One more thing, let me give you something so you can mock about it. My first language is not English, I learn it at my 20's, but, still I can tell you that there are too many lies, (half trues are lies), on this so called documentary, backed up by tea "partiers" and republicans, which makes it an instrument of propaganda and free advertisement.

 

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