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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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Gun Shy

There was another school shooting this past week, this time at Price Middle School in Atlanta.  If you didn’t know about this newest school shooting, it’s probably because the alphabet soup networks of the mainstream media didn’t think it was newsworthy because it really doesn’t fit their “story” that they all want the American people to believe.  As they continue to tell us what they want us to know about the gun control issue, the most important thing to take away from Price Middle School is that it ended very different from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Price Middle School had something Sandy Hook lacked:  a good guy with a gun.

When the armed student entered a courtyard at the Atlanta school, he was quickly disarmed by an off-duty resource officer.  One student sustained an injury to his neck and has since been released.

Like clockwork, and before even beginning his second term, Barack Obama, using the slain children of Sandy Hook to fan the flames of emotion, continued his attack on the Second Amendment by signing 23 executive orders that will do nothing more than limit the rights of people who own guns and don’t break the laws.  Since criminals by definition don’t obey laws, they of course will be exempt.

When Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Association responded to Obama’s dictates by calling for more armed resource officers in the schools, liberal statists had a collective hissy fit and mocked him mercilessly for it.  Since then, school boards of education all over the country, including Newtown, Connecticut have been calling for just that.  After all, if armed guards can protect the very exclusive Sidwell Friends School, where the president’s own children attend, why not have the same for everyone else’s children?

The stupid comments of the Left over the past several weeks related to this issue are too numerous to mention here.  They’ve been blaming everyone and everything except the madman who pulled the trigger for the Newtown deaths.  One Democrat even claimed that the entire membership of the NRA has “blood on their hands.”  The Second Amendment itself and those who believe in it have even been called racist.  That shows a complete lack of understanding—or possibly an intentional revision—of history.

The NRA has been around since 1871 and was begun by two Union veterans to provide training in marksmanship.  It grew to become a leading Civil Rights organization.  I had never heard this before, and was surprised to learn of the depth of their involvement in working with one NAACP leader during the Civil Rights movement in the South in the 50’s and 60’s.  One incident in particular took place in 1960 in Monroe, North Carolina.  An article by John Bender explains the details of this event really well.  Monroe was a hotbed for violence against Blacks by the Ku Klux Klan (an organization begun by white Democrats in the South after the Civil War).  Membership in Monroe’s KKK was a who’s who of local government officials, judges and law enforcement officers.  As a result, it was easy for the KKK to assault defenseless Black individuals and families without consequence.  The local head of the NAACP, Robert Williams, joined with Dr. Albert Perry, a physician and leader in the Black community, to work toward equal rights for the Black population of Monroe.

As tensions grew, so did the level of violence by the KKK.  As a veteran, Williams knew they had to be able to defend themselves, so he applied and received a charter to start the Monroe NRA Rifle Club.**  He sought out other veterans and the NRA provided them with firearms training materials.  When they armed themselves and began training, this didn’t sit well with either the Klan, or with white liberals who had previously been supporters of Williams and Perry.  As Bender describes it:  “The liberals were no more interested in seeing Black men exercising their Second Amendment rights than the Klan was. The White liberals were only interested in the Black population attaining some rights, not in securing the full rights afforded all free men by their creator.”

The Klan planned an attack on the home of Dr. Perry, but the NRA group met them, fully armed and ready to defend themselves.  The Klan lost this one because they were no match for the Monroe NRA Rifle Club.  It would be the last time that the police would openly support an attack on a Black home there.

The progressives in this country have some Americans so paranoid of anything that looks like a gun (READ THIS) that common sense and the lessons of history have gotten scrapped.  Stories of this kind demonstrating the true purpose of the Second Amendment—to defend against tyranny— probably won’t be told to our nation’s children during Black History Month…but they should be.  They may hear a little bit about Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became an outspoken abolitionist, journalist and orator.  But I bet they won’t hear about Douglass’ strong support for freed slaves to be able to defend themselves.  He recognized that the Second Amendment was the one that secures all of the other rights for everyone.  In his memoir he wrote:  “The liberties of the American people were dependent upon the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the cartridge-box.   Without these no class of people could live and flourish in this country.”

**It should be noted that Robert Williams later stepped down from his leadership in the NAACP chapter due to his difference of opinion with the National NAACP on the use of force versus peaceful resistance.

Just talking about this gun can get you kicked out of kindergarten.

Just talking about this gun can get you kicked out of kindergarten.