“America”, the film

Dinesh D’Souza is an immigrant from India. He is an unapologetic believer in American exceptionalism. His first political film was “2016 Obama’s America” was a box office hit making 33 million.

The premise is whether the world is better off because of the United States. There were interviews with an Native American woman, an African American and a Latino American addressing their points of view concerning land acquisition, slavery, and Mexican American War of 1848 and land acquired by the US. D’Souza’s intent was to show both sides of this question.

Much of the film focuses on the radical academics on college campuses today either in person or through their writings. These include Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Saul Linsky and how they have influenced the progressives of today. This emphasis turns from the positive to negative history.

Mr. D’Souza’s also mentions, briefly. his “mistake” leading to him pleading guilty to misuse of campaign funds. He will be sentenced in the fall after pleading guilty to the charge in May of this year.

My opinion was that Mr. D’Souza had a strong premise that is very applicable in today’s world, but he got side tracked on other issues in his desire to include  these examples.

I think it would have been better if he had stuck with the simple question, “Is the world a better place because of the grand experiment of the United States?”

The film is not likely, in my opinion, to change minds but to substantiate the beliefs one already holds.

Have you seen “America” or will you ? Did you see “2016 Obama’s America?”

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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2 Responses to “America”, the film

  1. The US of A is definitely a game changer in the world. Given its shortcomings such as greed for resources and therefore the pursuit of resources at any cost, the grand experiment called ‘democracy’ has been played out in USA and that has definitely been a shining light to the many aspiring democracies during the post-colonial period, The spirit of independence, the insistence on individual liberty and to a great extent, civil rights ( forget Guantanamo Bay for a second), the open policy to attract the best talent, sort of , the pursuit of happiness at any cost, the spirit of inquiry into every belief and path ( minus the Republican conservatives ) and therefore the greatest achievements in world history – all these have been possible just because of the grand experiment called America.
    Sure. America has been a beacon light for the aspiring democracies while at the same time has been the harbinger of theocratic regimes in the middle east. But that justifies its first obsession – pursuit of happiness as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
    Despite its visible weaknesses, the USA has been a benign power. Its degree of benignity has however not been commensurate with its ideals found in the document signed in Philadelphia.
    The USA has also supplied the world with great comic relief as recently as 2008. They demonstrated that life was too short to be taken seriously when they had Sarah Palin as VP.I remember a slogan then ( I used to consult then in the US ) – ‘Sarah Palin for 2008. World is going to end any ways’.
    In short – a benign experiment that lends itself to marginal malignancy whenever its economy tumbles.

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    • annetbell says:

      I do so appreciate your thoughtful comment and the time you devoted to sharing it . Your knowledge of our history and politics shows how well informed you are.

      I try always to be humble in the blessing of being born an America with no choice or work of my own. It is most certainly not a perfect place. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and understanding.

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