Previews for Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, America, emphasized the subtitle: “Imagine a World Without Her.” I did and thought that was what the movie would concentrate on – people in gulags, 1984 type living quarters, a world under the hand of a tyrant; that type of thing.
Happily, D’Souza doesn’t take us there. The only suggestion of a world without us is the early imagined death of George Washington, causing the colonists to retreat and the country to be stillborn. But instead of this imaginary world, D’Souza discusses how historians have been pushing a negative history of America and how this needs to be countered with the true story.
First, he talks to various liberals who support five “indictments” against America. The Theft of Land with the additional crime of genocide with Native Americans as the victims is the first charge. Second, he explores the Theft of Mexican territory with Mexico as the victim. Then he charges Theft of Labor with the further crimes of segregation and racism with African Americans as victims. D’Souza looks at the Theft of Resources, with the world as victim before finishing up with Theft of the American Dream with the American people as the victims.
He explains that this is the viewpoint put forth in our high schools and colleges via the book “A People’s History of the United States” written by Howard Zinn in 1980. In the course of exploring these ideas D’Souza talks to Professor Ward Churchill, Noam Chomsky, and others; quotes Michael Moore, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Matt Damon. He then goes back to reports by people of the time like Alexis de Tocqueville, Frederick Douglass, Lincoln and others where he finds challenges to them. D’Souza tears apart the propaganda disseminated by the Left in a convincing way.
Not to ruin his narrative, but D’Souza does it in a way that will give you ample ammunition when liberals rant on about slavery, the 99%, greedy capitalists, Vietnam, Iraq and immigration. D’Souza even mentions his own case and the charges brought against him after his first film, “2016: Obama’s America.” He ties that in with the loss of personal freedom and privacy with a particularly sad mention of Alan Swartz, a young internet prodigy pursued by the government on trumped up charges who killed himself at age 26 last year.
One of the most interesting parts concerns Saul Alinsky. D’Souza has clips of him discussing his “Rules for Radicals” in some footage that must have been hard to obtain. He even discusses Alinsky’s ties to Al Capone mobster Frank Nitti and how Alinsky used his methods to promote his form of social justice. Some will be surprised to find out the link between Alinsky and Hillary Clinton and how astutely she absorbed Alinsky’s lessons.
D’Souza jumps around in history, especially using Washington and Lincoln. He shows Washington returning to Mount Vernon, presumably after giving his famous farewell address. He recreates Lincoln’s train departure from Illinois to Washington after becoming president. That resonated with me as my great, great, etc. grandmother was at the station on that day to see her friend off. Her name was Hannah Armstrong and she told Abe that she would never see him again and that he would be killed. He smiled and said, “Hannah, if they kill me I shall never die another death.”
A lot of eyes will be opened with this movie. It is even better than his first. D’Souza’s calm manner and clear, logical thinking makes it hard to disagree with him. The audience on the day I saw it clapped when the credits rolled. It was a good house for an early afternoon showing.
His first documentary was the second biggest of all time. This one should make records, too. It is a must see.