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Editorial: Don’t be afraid to watch it: ‘2016: Obama’s America’
About politics and other thingsAugust 29, 2012 | 1,787 views | 3 comments
If you see the movie “2016: Obama’s America” expecting one giant conspiracy theory, you likely will come away disappointed.
This movie did not use dramatic “gotcha” effects to make its points. There’s no mention, for instance, of a birth certificate, passport, or college transcripts. Rather, Dinesh D’Souza states, matter-of-factly, that Obama was born in Hawaii, and moves on.
If you are an Obama supporter, you needn’t be fearful of what D’Souza has to say about Obama. In fact, much of this movie is in Obama’s own voice, using audio from his autobiography, Dreams From My Father, and from actual speeches he has given.
There’s no “hidden” agenda, because, after three and a half years, Americans can see what Obama’s vision for the country is. They either agree or disagree with that vision. What D’Souza does is provide explanations for why Obama believes as he does by showing how his background and upbringing affect who he is.
Viewers can decide whether or not they will support a man with his background and his motivation. While D’Souza presents Obama’s goals as something sinister, if you agree with those goals, you will not see them as sinister.
D’Souza effectively explains the phenomenon of the millions of Americans, whites especially, who came to be devoted to a man whose beliefs and values are so different from their own. His values are not those of an America filled with hope, determination, and a spirit of independence.
Obama agrees with the Third World ideology of his late father, that America has gotten rich by stealing wealth from the poor. Obama wants to change America.
The feeling among Obama’s detractors is that the movie will be merely “preaching to the choir,” but a Facebook friend disagreed. At the viewing he attended, at least a fourth of the audience were black and, in particular, he described one woman who took her “forever-Democrat” mother to see the movie. She did change her mind after seeing it.
Many liberals just make excuses. “I’d never waste my time watching something like that.” Or, as one reader posted to his Yahoo account: “Did not see it. It’s based on ... typical right wing assertions,” but he figures that if enough “wing-nuts” see it, that it could be successful. He also wrote that “birther morons and other idiots” may come away disappointed.
Another called it fiction without having seen it. Perhaps some Obama supporters secretly fear that if they were to watch it, their confidence in America’s first black president might be shaken, and they want to remain convinced that they could not possibly be wrong.
Others may fear a knock-you-up-beside-the-head drama, but that is not the technique used in this documentary. It is a well-produced movie based on two books by Dinesh D’Souza and, no, he is not affiliated with Fox News. Neither does he have a talk radio show, something inherently feared by liberals.
Perhaps if there is one message to take away from this movie, it would be to young people. Don’t be jaded. Not all politicians lie. Yes, politics does require that certain emphasis be placed on whatever is most favorable, but all politicians do not lie. Be willing to look at both sides of an issue.
There is hope, and part of that hope comes from our American right to vote. Please remember that in November.
For the brave, the movie “2016: Obama’s America” continues at select theaters in San Antonio. For movie schedules, go to www.2016themovie.com.
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