Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza's "America"

We saw Dinesh D'Souza's movie "America"  this evening at the Rivoli Theatre here in Seward. It starts out with the Revolutionary War extolling the virtues of "liberty and justice for all". It then traces our history of injustice to Native people, slavery, Mexico, and our intervention in foreign problems and exploitation of other countries. He then goes on to justify our actions for the benefits they brought to this country as justification for our checkered past. The movie enters a 2nd chapter at this point when Saul Alinsky is brought in with his socialist influence on young people of the 60's which eventually includes Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. He makes a point of the amount of information being recorded on every American and suggest it is being used by the Federal Government against individuals who oppose them. Bob Woodward is shown telling of his being singled out during the Nixon Administration. The movie lacks cohesiveness as it moves from one "story" to another.  There is a bit of hyperbola in dress and killing in the Revolutionary War scenes. My comment to the usher who asked what I thought of it was: "There is a fine line between it being being a documentary or propaganda." In my opinion, it crosses the line. 

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