Dinesh D'Souza has been called the Michael Moore of The Right - it's about time they had one.
Congressman Artur Davis said in an interview, concerning his switch from the Democratic Party, "When Occupy Wall Street was putting up those tents last year and they were demonizing every American in this country who was successful, I watched the Democratic Party either embrace this movement or refused to call out the intellectual vacancy in that movement - when I saw the president go on TV and say he thought that movement was 'inspirational,' that said something to me about where the Democratic party was." He also talked about the many emails he received from voters who said, "They were Democrats, but they don't recognize this Democratic Party."
After watching this film, I have a greater understanding of what he meant.
Dinesh D'Souza, author of Obama's America, and filmmaker Gerald R. Molen, teamed up to develop this film, timely in its release, showcasing the perspective of America as seen around the world, the implications and complications of Colonialism (past and present) and a hypothetical question, and prediction, of what America might be like if the current president wins a second term. As a movie lover and writer who studied behavioral sciences, with no current attachment to any political party, I was curious about what this film had to offer in terms of Barack Obama's past. It cannot be denied (argued, surely) that one's past plays a hand in the psychology of every human being. In a crowded noon showing on a Monday, I clearly wasn't the only one curious.
Shortly after Obama took office, I was struck by some of the things that first happened, like returning Winston Churchhill's bust and the call for trillions of stimulus money that America doesn't have. He has since been labeled many names that I personally don't agree with. I don't believe for a moment that the current president is evil. He's doing what he thinks is right. But what is that, exactly? What is the motivation behind the actions of his first term? They have since revealed his compass, leaving us to define him as we like: a champion, a socialist, a savior, what have you.
There's been some hoopla about Romney's past and affiliations in recent months, too, and while his prospective role as president has yet to sway this writer, yet, it can't be argued that his past in an American one. This cannot be said about President Barack Obama, completely, to which this film adequately shows the viewer how far his roots stem. I don't care if he was a natural born citizen or not. What's not moot is what influenced him. That has no birth certificate. His list of mentors is a stifling one.
It will come as no surprise that the national reviews of this film, so far, clearly show which side of the political spectrum the authors lean toward. Call it an Anti-Obama film if you want, more Republican propaganda if you must (it's not like there's any of that in the Liberal media ...), but I found it informative, objective, allowing me to make my own decisions about the facts as the credits rolled. My rating for this film would indicate that I'm a Fox New-watching right-wing nut, but this can't be more wrong. This was a well-executed, cleanly edited film. The scope of the narrative invites discussion and engages an emotional response - what a doc*mentary should do. Not perfect, but as good as political doc*mentaries go. I would give this film a glowing five stars if there was more said on the left side of the fence. I do give credit to D'Souza for presenting traceable information without telling me how to vote.
Dinesh D'Souza has been called the Michael Moore of The Right, and I say it's about time they had one. No one is truly open-minded if they refuse to listen to opposing views. No one is truly rich if they place all their stock in one market. No one is truly free if they choose a side and will not deviate from their ideology no matter what moral ethics might be at stake. I walked away from this film enlightened, a film that every voting American should have a chance to see.
Love it. Hate it. You don't know it ... until you see this film.
(By Movieweb's Diaigma- resemblance to other reviews is coincidental)