Movie Review- “2016: Obama’s America”


        Love him or hate him, you don’t know him…The movie’s promotional tagline gives an ominous hint to what you’ll see if you go to the theater this weekend to check out the film “2016: Obama’s America”. This documentary is the work of Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen (“Shindler’s List”) and New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza (The Roots of Obama’s Rage).  In fact, this film is  sort of a continuation of the ideas presented in the Rage book, which I wrote about last year in my post, “The Book Everyone Should Read Before 2012”

If you’ve read Rage, you know that it presents the premise that the reason why Obama has made decisions that seem contrary to the good of the nation to many of us, were made by him based on his being raised to believe that the West, and America in particular, needs to be brought down in order to “get even” for what he sees as the evil of our colonialism and exploitation of the Third World.  Why else would he shut down domestic oil drilling, but promote it in places like Brazil?  As the film explains in shocking detail, it’s all about re-distributing wealth—not just from one American to another, but from America to the Third World.  In other words, in Obama’s global vision, YOU, America, are the evil One Percent.

The film attempts to understand Obama’s mindset by travelling to the places that affected him as a child.  It goes to Indonesia, where he spent a good portion of his childhood and to Kenya, where his father (a man he hardly knew) came from and where he developed his anti-colonial/ anti-West views.  While in Kenya, D’Souza sits down to talk with a man we’ve all heard of but have rarely seen:  Barack Obama’s half-brother, George Obama.  This was one of the most interesting parts of the film.  Although living in extreme poverty in a tiny hut in Nairobi, George Obama holds no expectation that his wealthy and powerful older sibling should do anything for him.  Nor does this member of the Obama family hold the same anti-colonialist views as his father and half-brother in the White House.  In fact, he discusses the differences between other nations such as Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa that were once on a par economically with Kenya.  He says now those nations are practically developed, while Kenya still continues to struggle—so it was not, he believes, colonialism that has held Kenya back.

An odd twist to the George Obama story was an incident that happened outside the film, but it reveals quite a bit about the president.  According to an article written this week by Dinesh D’Souza, George called him asking him for $1,000 to pay a medical bill because his son was in the hospital.  After speaking with a nurse, D’Souza agreed to wire the money to George for his son, but not before he asked him, “Why are you coming to me?”  D’Souza writes in his account of the incident:  “He said, ‘I have no one else to ask.’ Then he said something that astounded me, ‘Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.’’

As you would assume in a film called “2016”, predictions are made for the future, based on what has already been.  It’s pretty frightening too.  The film reminds us of the candid conversation between President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, when Obama (caught on an open microphone), told him he needed “space” and “After my election I have more flexibility” to deal with things like missile defense.  The film tells us the sad truth:  when Obama entered office, we had 5,000 nuclear warheads.  Now we have 1500- his goal is to take it down to 300!  All the while, the other nations of the world (China and Russia) are kicking theirs into high gear- and Obama has done nothing to stop Iran from getting nuclear power.

Providing for the common defense is one of only a handful of things the Constitution says the federal government is supposed to do, yet in 2016, if Obama has his way, America will be a much weaker, more mediocre nation- just another nation among the nations of the earth.  But the film doesn’t leave us without some hope.  D’Souza leaves us with the knowledge that what happens in 2016 is not up to Barack Obama- it’s up to We the People.  Are you registered to vote?


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