Monday, August 27, 2012

2016 Obama's America & the Questions of Socialism

It has all ready set records for the year. The question poised by conservative political philosopher Dinesh D'Souza in his documentary 2016: Obama's America is: if Obama wins a second presidential term, where will America be in 2016? 
It's not a pretty picture of the future. 
D'Souza, born in India and immigrated to America to fulfill his dreams, does the first thing he should do: he tries to anticipate the liberal media's number one play in today's field of political rhetoric and he demonstrates that he's not a racist: he shows how--unlike myself, for example--he has an identity very similar to Obama's, how they both lived in poor (very poor) countries, they both went to Ivy League colleges, they got into politics (D'Souza was courted by the Reagan Administration) and how America permitted both of them to fulfill the "American Dream." Why is this important?
D'Souza's constructing a well-articulated argument about how he and Obama have so much in common, and yet, have chosen such dramatically different ideologies to embrace, and why the communists Obama grew up with are the ones who have influenced him, and why the liberal media's intentional failure to "vet" or report on Obama's past made it so easy for a communist to get into the White House and is making it so easy to ruin America for the rest of us.
Because the liberal media has made the field that way. (Permit me to insert that, at the end of the film, the audience--very diverse in age and ethnicity--applauded loudly!). Because I am white and Roman Catholic, if I say anything about the president, I am a racist; it doesn't matter that I am female, and the Democrats are supposed to be the party for women (as they say) I can't criticize the president because of my religion and my skin color because the liberal media has gagged me with a sticker over my mouth that says "RACIST."  D'Souza, however, can say things I can't according to the First Amendment as interpreted by the media (who does more to censor Americans than the KGB ever did to Russians); yet D'Souza doesn't stop there; he even has Obama's own brother--still living in Kenya in a tiny hut--articulate why he disagrees with the socialist and anti-capitalist policies of his presidential brother and why he doesn't hold it against the resident in the White House for not helping him out more (this is an actual clip from the film):
George and Barak have the same father, but not the same ideological fathers, and that's the real expose which D'Souza accomplishes so well with his documentary. D'Souza speaks the names of those communists which Obama's grandfather sought out to link his grandson with so Obama would have "role models" in place of his absent father (who was quite the bigamist). There really wasn't any dirt thrown in this film (for example, D'Souza clearly states that Obama was born in Hawaii, not Kenya) but what he does do is a research project into who shaped the mind and beliefs of the young radical Obama and the environment in which he grew up (Hawaii's anti-American government occupation and resentment over what America did to make Hawaii a state).
D'Souza goes to both Indonesia and Kenya to explore Obama's relationship with his mother, step-father, and the environment in which he grew, commenting that it would have been very similar to his own fate had he not been able to leave India and come to America. D'Souza, interestingly, talks about his college days and joining a international students' group, and how white-American students would come and talk dreamily about going to India and who amazing India was, to which D'Souza would reply, "What's so amazing about it? The caste system? The arranged marriages? The dowry? What is it you like about India?" and they wouldn't have anything to say in reply, which is usually the case. D'Souza acknowledges that, had he stayed in India, his life would have been spent within a one mile radius of where he had been born, his marriage arranged and his profession chosen for him. This is a man grateful for the opportunity of the American Dream and that he was able to work for it and make it real for himself.
After a brief glimpse back at the 2008 election, and Obama's acceptance speech, D'Souza makes a big claim: "Even Republicans would have been applauding that speech," because it reminded us what we thought Obama was promising (no, I didn't vote for him) but D'Souza goes through, point by point, act by act of Obama's first term in office, demonstrating how the "hope" and "change" hasn't been for Americans--the upper or lower class--but for socialists and communists who have been actively working to undermine America and Obama was their man and that was their night, not ours.
D'Souza had secured an interview with one of the matriarchs of the Obama's tribe in Kenya, Granny Sarah, and her "speaking fee" was a goat; so D'Souza plays it safe and brings her three goats. They start out with an interpreter, a member of the extended family, who then gets nervous and calls for Obama's half-sister who promptly shows up and tells D'Souza he has to go. Guards/cops in the area (there to protect Obama's family) also tell them they have to go so there is no interview...
Why would critics at Rotten Tomatoes give the film only a 53% approval rating? One, because they have a tendency to be liberal themselves and supporters of socialism. One critic, however, made a note that the film failed to interview anyone who supports Obama; so? The question isn't about whether socialism is good for America, and we need to hear Nancy Pelosi tell us that downsizing and collectivizing is really best for our future, because a supporter of Obama would only be doing that; D'Souza wants to open our eyes--actually, validate what we think our eyes have been seeing, but just couldn't believe it--and make sure that we understand what Obama wants for America and for the world. Using the facts of Obama's actions and his spiraling the debt out of control intentionally to use as a weapon against the future of capitalism in the country, this is a film everyone needs to see.
Please contact your local theater and request the film come to your area; because there are still some capitalists in the world, the big reception it received this weekend may make your theater want to show it if they know they have local support! Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner