I finally was able to watch Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, 2016: Obama’s America! I know, I know, I’m coming late to the party; but though I was late to see it, there are still Tea Partiers out there that have not seen the powerful documentary. So, a review of the film is in order…
I enjoyed the film immensely. However, I find that I am trying to resist the urge to go to every liberal I knew in 2006, when An Inconvenient Truth came out, and annoy the hell out of them with overstated descriptions of the film’s importance. As fair is fair, I should find each liberal I knew and say, “Okay, man, you have to see this film. It is the most important documentary of our lifetime and is the future of politics. If we don’t do something now, future generations are doomed.” As their eyes roll over with annoyance, I could say, “Now you know how annoying that is…”
First, don’t worry, I won’t ruin any endings for you or give anything crucial away. I simply wish to outline some of the positive attributes of this film to encourage you to see for yourself.
The film begins with a description of some failings of the Obama administration, and an explanation of D’Souza’s interest in Obama’s story. He discusses the fact that America really didn’t know too much about the history of Barack Hussein Obama Jr. As the documentary moves forward, we see an intellectual analysis of Obama’s executive theory and a hypothesis by D’Souza regarding Obama’s view of government’s role not only in America, but government’s role in helping the rest of the world.
The crux of the film rests in exploring the radical history of Barack Obama and his father’s anti-colonial activism. D’Souza hypothesizes that Obama’s view of the world is one where the more developed nations have unjustly stolen from the poorer nations of the world, and robbed them of their potential for advancement. When Obama’s actions as president are viewed through this lens, the picture becomes much more clear; Obama does not wish to make things better for America, he wants to make things better for the poorer classes around the globe.
Now, everyone has opinions. However, not all opinions are equal. Some put more thought into their opinions than others. While someone could disagree with D’Souza’s conclusions, what is indisputable is his willingness to approach questions of Obama’s leadership from a thoughtful, academic place. Absent from the film are any knee-jerk reactions or broad comments regarding policy. Everything the film provides is rational-based and D’Souza’s role in the film comes from a very calm, un-angry analysis.
While the film has an obvious agenda, it never claims to have anything but. It serves not so much as a call-to-arms, but a call-to-thoughtful-contemplation; it is no longer okay to simply view Obama as an ineffective leader. He has a different world view than that of the average American and, thus, does not adequately represent our interests.
The film wraps up where it began and explains Obama’s failed policies through the lens of the anti-colonial political theory. D’Souza anticipates objections and eloquently rebuts them while still maintaining an intellectual honesty. While everybody is free to disagree with the film’s contentions, in whole or in part, I would find it hard to fathom an objective viewer taking issue with the level of thought and evidence presented.
I am told that I am a tough critic. I find fault fairly easily. In this film, I have few complaints. It moved along at a measured stride that made it easy to follow while still provoking thought. The production value was top-notch and the narration was great.
I encourage everyone to see it and to gain some perspective. This film is not just for people whoa re anti-Obama. This film is for those that wish to hear an explanation for the radical policies by our chief executive over the past four years. It also explains where we are heading as a nation if Obama should be re-elected.
Go and see the movie. Encourage others to see the movie, too! And if you can, find a liberal that talked your ear off about the polar ice caps in 2006, get very serious and melodramatic, and have a “serious talk” about the importance of viewing this film. It will be fun.
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