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Movie Review- “America”

AMERICA_DesktopWidescreenThe creator of one of the highest-grossing documentaries in box-office history has paired once again with an Academy-Award-winning producer to bring another unsettling scenario to the big screen as we prepare to celebrate America’s 238th birthday.

Dinesh D’Souza (2016: Obama’s America) and Gerald Molen (Shindler’s List) present viewers with the question: What if the United States of America had never been? In fact, the movie’s subtitle invites us to “imagine the world without her.”

The film first faces the critics of America head-on by breaking down the arguments that the radical left has made against this country: it was founded on racism, genocide, oppression and theft. These beliefs are behind their desire to see the country get taken down a few pegs—to a point where we’re no longer a leader in the world. D’Souza interviews those who hold these beliefs (and have passed them onto younger generations), like Ward Churchill. He was a college professor best known for his disparaging remarks about the victims of 9/11 shortly after that event. Sitting through this portion of the film gave me some idea of what it must be like to be a conservative student on nearly any college campus today, where history, economics and pretty much any other subject are presented from the point of view of the left.

This was really a strong point of the movie. By setting up the fact there’s been an effort among many in our society who wish to undermine the American idea—and backing it up with interviews—D’Souza shows us that not everyone who lives here or who was born here loves it here. This is important to establish up front, as he then goes one by one, refuting each claim made against America. He does this quite well using news clips and more interviews that give the story of America the balance it deserves.

America isn’t just a series of news clips and sit-down interviews, however. Dramatic re-enactments are used effectively throughout the movie to bring moments in history, and those who made history, to life. We see General George Washington commanding his troops; President Abraham Lincoln giving his last speech before being gunned down by an assassin’s bullet; former slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and the experience of one Vietnam POW at the Hanoi Hilton.

D’Souza and co-director John Sullivan (2016: Obama’s America) are skilled storytellers, as they bring the audience into the past, all the while making connections to today. Anyone who may not be familiar with the teachings of Saul Alinsky will come away from this film with a better understanding of who he was and how his radical views have come full circle in the current occupant of the White House, as well as the woman who hopes to follow him (Hillary Clinton).

While watching America, you get a sense of how important it is to learn American history, and how much has already been lost due to revisionism. After all, you can’t really know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. D’Souza maintains that America is now at a crossroads. As other generations have had to step up to preserve and protect the nation at various points in time, it’s now up to us to restore America. As he says in the film, “We need another Washington or Lincoln or Reagan…but we don’t have them. We have us.”

America is a feast for history lovers, but it’s also got a great soundtrack. Stay through the end credits and enjoy an uplifting—and rocking—new version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by a group I’ve never heard of called Madison Rising. They call themselves “America’s most patriotic rock band” and it’s worth sticking around for a listen. You may even want to download it to accompany you on your Independence Day Weekend activities.

 

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Hidden History

          **CONTENT WARNING:  The picture below is very offensive, but is part of our history, though obviously not one of America’s finest moments.  There’s no doubt we’ve come a long way since then.

In the last post, I mentioned the little-known connection between the National Rifle Association and the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s, and how the NRA encouraged and helped to train Blacks in the safe use of firearms in defending themselves against the violence of the KKK.  As it turns out, a man named Clayton Cramer has been researching and writing about the Second Amendment for many years, and I came across an article that he wrote titled, “The Racist Roots of Gun Control”.  It’s a little on the long side, but interesting reading, especially in light of the constant attacks that the Second Amendment has been facing in recent months.  It’s never the people we’re so often told it is who are the real racists that want to take away rights and control the lives of others.

Which brings me to this topic as what’s usually known as Black History Month draws to a close.  I don’t really like that designation too much because I believe that history is history…it’s all of ours.  It’s just American history—the good, the bad and the ugly.

The media and political hacks of today would have us believe that one party is for Civil Rights and one is not; that one is for the “working class” and the other only wants to help the rich; that one is pro-immigrant while the other party is against all immigration; and that one party wants to make voting as easy as possible for everyone and the other party wants to disenfranchise Blacks, Hispanics, low income people and the elderly.

When you go digging around for long-forgotten truths from history, you’re sure to find something.  Sometimes it’s intentionally forgotten by the elitists in academia who currently write the history books.  Take a look at this campaign poster from the 1866 governor’s race in Pennsylvania:

Racist Democrat campaign poster from 1866

Racist Democrat campaign poster from 1866

 

This poster was one in a series of racist posters used by the Democrat candidate against his Republican opponent to slam the Republican Party for its support of Black voting rights.  Here’s another one that can be found in the Library of Congress:  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008661700/

You won’t see this information on the Democrat National Committee’s website under their “About Us” tab.  Despite their deeply racist roots and lack of support for Black voting rights that is their heritage, Democrats now get about 95 percent of the votes of Black Americans.  It may surprise some of these people that many of those whose lives they celebrate during this month in particular every year, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver were all Republicans.

The party of President Abraham Lincoln, The Great Emancipator, was started in the 1850’s as an anti-slavery party, particularly to promote the idea of no new slave states in the emerging territories in the West.  Freed slaves willingly joined the Republican Party, which continued to hold the Black vote until FDR came along with his New Deal policies in the 1930’s.  Not just Blacks, but working class Whites then voted in huge numbers, shifting the balance of power to Democrats for quite a long time after.  By the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, there were majorities of Democrats in both the House and Senate.  In spite of that fact, the Act would not have passed but for the votes of Republicans, as all of the Southern Democrats voted against it (including former VP Al Gore’s father Albert Gore, Sr. from Tennessee).  That’s just another little gem of truth that gets ignored by today’s revisionist media.

This power shift in the Black vote from Republican to Democrat in the 1930’s reminds me of a quote that’s often attributed to Benjamin Franklin:  “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

It seems the end has been coming for a very long time.  Let’s hope and pray for another change in course before it’s too late.