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America the Incredible – A review of America
Production Company: Lionsgate
Run Time: 103 minutes
Director: Dinesh D’Souza, John Sullivan
Stars: Dinesh D’Souza narrates and interviews others throughout the picture.
Summary: A documentary about American exceptionalism as told through the eyes of an immigrant who can honestly compare America with the rest of the world. Should be required viewing for every citizen.
Two years ago, Dinesh D’Souza released the documentary 2016, a scathing look at the president and his policies. The film offered a compelling expose into Barack Obama’s politics and was viewed by many as a coffin nail for his presidency.
Unfortunately, not enough of the people who needed to see the movie took the time to view it in theaters. Even D’Souza was highly scrutinized and indicted in a witch hunt by the IRS for Federal tax charges in the wake of the movie’s overwhelmingly positive reception by the American right.
Now, we get to see D’Souza’s follow-up and it could not have been timed better than to hit theaters on Independence Day weekend during the start of this year’s mid term election campaign season.
D’Souza opens the movie with a look at the criticisms of this great nation by the American political left. Instead of viewing this country as exceptional, the liberal elite want to brand our nation with indictments of our past political philosophies that involved territorial conquest and economic narcissism.
D’Souza capably breaks down each of these arguments and shows the truth behind each of them in nicely dramatized vignettes. Instead of demonizing the political right and expansionist policies, he’s able to prove that our nation was not only following an ordained path, but that we did it better than other nations.
And therein lies the criticism of the left. Since the US offers unprecedented opportunities and freedoms unlike any of those seen in other parts of the world, many on the left would like to bring this country and its inhabitants to their knees.
But is an end to American imperialism truly a good thing for the world? As a world power, we have assisted and defended other nations throughout the world. We have been a universal defender of freedom and a model of commerce for other nations to emulate.
It is D’Souza’s argument that, without America as she is today, this world would be a starkly different place and absolutely NOT a better one.
D’Souza shows us the potential architects of America’s downfall, including an in depth view of Saul Alinsky, the man who wrote the bible for the liberal elite, Rules for Radicals.
Alinsky, along with his two most prominent left-wing disciples, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, D’Souza contends will be the lynchpins for the downfall of America in the not-too-distant future. His evidence is quite compelling.
D’Souza shows the close ties these two political leaders have had with Alinsky and how they learned their traits from him. Electing Hillary as president in 2016, D’Souza contends, could take America to a place from which it will have a very difficult and drawn out time restoring this country to its rightful place in the world.
This is the type of movie that deserves to be viewed with an open mind. It doesn’t matter if you lean politically right, left or centrist, D’Souza shows this country in a light that can only be shone from an outsider looking in.
Many people in the US have no idea of what life is like in other parts of the world where freedoms are curtailed in ways we can’t even dream. There are those in this country who want to re-create us in that image. It’s up to patriotic minded Americans to stop it from happening.
America should be required viewing for everyone, not just those with political interest. Democracy is the form of government with the most freedom unless we allow those in power to strip it from us.
Unfortunately, those that need to see this movie the most will not take the time to view it and that is the saddest statement that can be made about this country’s inhabitant’s political apathy.
This movie is a perfect example of American exceptionalism at work. I give America the movie five out of five stars.