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Dinesh D’Souza’s Film 2016: Obama’s America

Conservative pundit and author Dinesh D’Souza’s film 2016: Obama’s America was launched this week in 400 theaters across America. Ultimately the film will be shown in more than 700 theaters across the country. The website touts the film as:

. . . tak[ing] audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”

The film, directed by D’Souza and produced by Gerald R. Molen (Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Minority Report), takes aim at President Obama heritage and incubation in third world anti-colonialism that morphed into an alleged agenda of transforming America through devolution of its economic power and international leadership. The film is based on D’Souza’s Obama’s America: The Unmaking of the American Dream and his New York Times best seller, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

D’Souza, born in Mumbai, India of Goan Catholic parents, immigrated to this country in the late 1970’s on a scholarship to attend college in America. He has since become a Christian Evangelical. D’Souza is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College where he gained a national reputation as a writer for the conservative Dartmouth Review. He put in a brief stint as a researcher for the late President Reagan. He is a former senior fellow at both the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and the Hoover Institution. He currently is the President of The King’s College in New York City. He has been a frequent panelist in conservative forums like the Conservative Political Action Forum. A Christian apologist, he has debated several noted liberals and atheists, among them the late Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman.

While recognizing the threat of radical Islam, he nevertheless, accused prominent counter-jihadist, Robert Spencer of being an “Islamophobe” during a debate on Islam in 2007 at CPAC. D’Souza’s book, The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, held the bizarre concept that Muslim resentment of the West is based on liberal immorality and may have led to 9/11. One illustration was:

The cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11 … the cultural left and its allies in Congress, the media, Hollywood, the non-profit sector and the universities are the primary cause of the volcano of anger toward America that is erupting from the Islamic world.

His ideas about Islam have been roundly criticized by Spencer, Bostom and others for being supremely ignorant of the history of Islamic jihad. His critics accused him of not recognizing the historical record of immense slaughter of fellow Indians under several waves of Jihad and the second class subjugation of Jews and Christians in Muslim lands under Islamic dhimmitude. Apparently D‘Souza has never delved into Islamic doctrine, let alone cracked open The Reliance of the Traveller, to obtain a basic appreciation of the totalitarian underpinnings of Shariah, Islamic law. Nor has he checked out Yusuf Qtub’s Milestones, the seminal guidebook for Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda Jihadists, promoting unceasing Jihad warfare to achieve a world caliphate ruled under Sharia, Islamic law. Dinesh might have sympathized with Qtub as an Egyptian exchange student in Greeley, Colorado, mortally offended by couples engaged in sybaritic square dancing.

The basic theme of the film 2016: Obama’s America is capsuled in his comment drawn from a Forbes Article:

[O]ur President is trapped in his father’s time machine. Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son makes it happen, but he candidly admits he is only living out his father’s dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is governed by a ghost.”

Atlanta-based blog Creative Loafing said this about the film:

Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.

Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.

The New American blog commented:

Based on his two books about Obama (The Roots of Obama’s Rage and Obama’s America), D’Souza’s documentary concentrates on Obama’s autobiography, Dreams From My Father, and begins with the thesis that because it is not entitled Dreams of My Father it provides an essential clue into that thinking: that Obama has internalized the anti-colonial ideology of a man he scarcely knew.

In an interview with The Christian Post D’Souza observed:

One of the themes in the movie is the anti-colonial goal of downsizing America in the name of global justice. So the core idea here is that America has become a rogue nation in the world and also that America enjoys a standard of living that is unconscionably high compared to the rest of the world. So anti-colonialism is a program of global reparations…. It’s reparations for global injustice. Obama’s goal is to shrink America.
[. . .]
As the movie ends, one is left with a feeling of anger and frustration that someone with goals and purposes and agendas so totally anti-American has been elevated to such a position of power and influence.

The New York Times reviewer noted the film’s core messages and its intended political objective:

Mr. D’Souza argues that the president has emasculated NASA refused to take“meaningful step” against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and is willing to let Argentina reclaim the Falkland Islands from the British. He paints in ominous terms the president’s conciliatory 2009 speech in Cairo and envisions a foreboding future in which the Middle East becomes a “United States of Islam.”

Echoing his views are Paul Vitz, a New York University psychology professor; Daniel Pipes, a founder of the Middle East Forum, who says that “the state of Israel is seen as a horrible entity” by the administration; the writer and academic Paul Kengor; and the former Comptroller General David Walker, who warns about the national debt.

Mr. D’Souza revives figures tied to Mr. Obama by conservative critics in the last election, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; the Chicago educator, activist and former radical Bill Ayers; and Edward Said, a Palestinian scholar and a professor of Mr. Obama’s at Columbia, who died in 2003. Mr. D’Souza stumbles when interviewing George Obama, the president’s half-brother, an activist who voluntarily lives amid squalor in Nairobi, Kenya. “Obama has not done anything to help you,” Mr. D’Souza says. “He’s taking care of me; I’m part of the world,” George Obama replies.

Eventually, we see blunt imagery like Benjamin Franklin’s face on a burning $100 bill and a shot of the Statue of Liberty. Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama’s political supporters, but this isn’t that kind of documentary. At a show on Saturday night, the film’s conclusion was met with claps and cries of “Romney!” “Ron Paul!,” “Reagan!” and “Another Reagan!”

It is ironic for a Christian apologist who once criticized the flesh pots of Hollywood that he turned to the film industry to promote his views in 2016: Obama’s America, hoping to spread his message through audience viewings at hundreds of multiplex theaters in America.

D’Souza appears to have come a long way from his benighted ill-informed position on Islam back in 2007.

Watch D’Souza in this recent interview with a truculent Piers Morgan of CNN, a contentious Obama supporter, disputing the thesis of 2016: Obama’s America.

Jerry Gordon

Jerry Gordon is Sr. Vice President of World Encounter Institute and Sr. Editor for the New English Review. He is a former Army Intelligence officer who served during the Vietnam era. Mr. Gordon has published widely in such outlets as: FrontPageMagazine, The American Thinker, WorldNetDaily, ChronWatch, New English Review and its blog The Iconoclast, Israpundit and others. He has been a frequent guest discussing Middle East issues on radio in both the U.S. and Canada. He is co-host of the Middle East Roundtable series on Northwest Florida talk radio 1330 - AM WEBY in Pensacola. He is a graduate of both Boston and Columbia Universities. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Finance. He ended his investment banking career in Manhattan as Vice President and Director BMO Capital – a US subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal, where he developed a cross border merger and acquisition and private financing practice involving clients in Canada, the US, UK and Israel. He is the author of a collection of interviews with notable personalities in the counter-jihad movements in Canada, the US, titled The West Speaks.

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