Movie Review by Barbara Castle
D’Souza has done a masterful work in shutting the mouth of the critic in exposing the agenda of “shame.”
America is an apologetic that will give you the right understanding that the U.S.A. is more than a nation or country – – at its core, America is an “idea.” Where did that idea come from? The movie doesn’t address it – but a quick study of worldview and history will prove out that it is the Judeo-Christian ideas that come from Scripture. Read: The Book that Made Your World (Vishal Mangalwadi).
Bono says it best at Georgetown –
“America has constantly been on the side of right”…. ‘this country was the first to claw it’s way out of darkness…”
D’Souza will address every “shame” accusation, including Columbus, genocide of the native Americans, slavery, theft of Mexican territory, theft of world resources (Vietnam, Arabic conflicts), and capitalism. He interviews academics and activist that truly believe that an atomic bomb dropped on America would be justified for our crimes against humanity (Ward Churchill).
See how all the narratives against America have coalesced under the doctrines of Saul Alinsky, the father of community activism. Follow the trail of disciples he forged culminating in the one perfect messianic figure of Obama who helped fund the Alinsky Academy (Woods Foundation). Hillary Clinton was transformed by Alinsky and even met with him twice, making her senior thesis at Wellesley on how to use his methods on campus. Was she the heir apparent, until a better came into view?
Learn how Chicago was/is the planned breeding ground of the Alinsky doctrine and how he rode with and followed the tactics of Chicago crime bosses in developing his strategy of government and civil intimidation. Alinsky’s new Marxism rejected the old system of revolution and instead opted for Gramsci’s “Let’s take a 100 year walk through the institutions,” riding them of the Western (read: Christian) ideology. True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within. Abraham Lincoln told us that we could not be defeated from any outside threat – only from within.
D’Souza exposes the true America through the eyes of Alexis de Tocqueville – that we are about individual freedom and responsibility (not the collective).
I leave you with a few thoughts from Alinsky in Rules for Radicals, to think about because we are dangerously on the precipice of seeing what a world would be like without America. Notice in the end how Michelle Obama explains her husband’s passion for seeing Alinsky’s dream realized in her Democratic National Convention address.
“Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.’ This means revolution.” p.3
“Radicals must be resilient, adaptable to shifting political circumstances, and sensitive enough to the process of action and reaction to avoid being trapped by their own tactics and forced to travel a road not of their choosing.” p.6
“A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.” p.10
“An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma to begin with, he does not have a fixed truth — truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing…. To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations….” pp.10-11
“The third rule of ethics of meansand ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….” p.29
“The seventh rule… is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics….” p.34
“The tenth rule… is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments…. It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time… Who, and how many will support the action?… If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly…” p.36
“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be….” pp.25-26
Michelle Obama – ‘Barack stood up that day,’ talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, ‘and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘The world as it is’ and ‘The world as it should be…’ And, ‘All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to, fight for the world as it should be.
Celebrate the 4th of July today knowing that there are those who are successfully working a strategy to destroy our liberty and the “idea” of America.