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2016: Obama's America- A Review
Messages from the movie 2016: Obama's America
What kind of change do you want for America? This is the question that the movie stirred up in me as I watched this movie. Now, some will say that this movie is simply negative politics. Others argue that it is truthful and we should really consider the motives of Obama. Although the movie is at times slow and gives inconclusive evidence it is definitely thought provoking. Most Americans do not know either Obama's background or his actions during his years as president. This movie drives at specific reasons as to why Obama is not a good president now and paints a very negative picture of what it will be like if he is re-elected.
What do you value as an American?
There are reasons we value being an American
- Strong Economy
- Rights and Freedoms
- Protection-Military and Nuclear Weapons, Allys
- Scientific Predominance
This documentary addresses these privileges and proposes that they are being threatened by the leadership of Obama.
What is Obama's Dream for America?
2016: Obama's America gives a history of Obama that is little known to most Americans. The assumptions of the film are that a person's history defines them. Our personality, our values, our dreams, our desires for the future are formed beginning in childhood and continue into adulthood. This film gives a telling history of Barack Obama. If our history shapes us into what we are now then the history of Obama shaped him to be someone different than he appears to be. The question is posed that we must decide ourselves by his actions if he is the person he appears to be or someone with an entirely different agenda.
The film refers to the autobiography of Barack Obama called "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance". Obama's father was Kenyan and came to Hawaii for schooling. He had very strong political views which the movie describes as anti-Colonial and ultimately anti-American. Although Obama was not raised by his father the ideas that he had were well known to Obama through his mother and sustained by other mentors in his life.
The dream that Obama is said to have for America is not really a dream but a nightmare. The movie alludes to many things that Obama is doing as president that would support the dream of Obama's father which was the demise of the nation.
Some of the most disturbing points that are made in the film have to do with:
- the safety of our country from nuclear threats,
- too much government involvement in the economy,
- beliefs on taxation of the rich to distribute to the poor,
- the moving of attempted oil drilling from America,
- and the sudden change of allys.
Obama Wants to Reduce Nuclear Weapons by 80%
Quotes showing both sides:
STUART VARNEY (Fox Business host): Why would we do this? Why would we retreat on the nuclear front so dramatically? What's the point? Is this for saving financially? Is that what it is? Because it is a retreat. If you don't have a forward posture that is one of strength then, I think, you're inviting -- not attack, that's too strong a word. But you're inviting someone to go against you. As you retreat somebody else will step forward. If that's what we're doing with nuclear weapons that is very dangerous. The Washington Post report on this calls it disarmament. That's a very strong word. [Fox News, Hannity, 2/15/12, via Media Matters] RUSH LIMBAUGH: There are some things happening today that are downright scary. The regime, led by Barack Hussein Obama, is weighing options for reducing our U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed warheads. 80 percent. Folks, this is staggering. Meanwhile, the Iranians are nuking up.
While 311 is a radical cut from current levels, it is not the same as zero, nor is it a steppingstone to abandoning our nuclear deterrent. The idea of a nuclear-weapon-free world is not an option for the foreseeable future. Nuclear weapons make leaders vigilant and risk-averse. That their use is to be avoided does not render them useless. Quite the opposite: nuclear weapons might be the most politically useful weapons a state can possess. They deter adversaries from threatening with weapons of mass destruction the American homeland, United States forces abroad and our allies and friends. They also remove the incentive for our allies to acquire nuclear weapons for their own protection.
We need a nuclear arsenal. But we certainly don't need one that is as big, expensive and unnecessarily threatening to much of the world as the one we have now. [The New York Times, 5/23/10]
Books to Consider
Obama Acts in Communist Ways
Quotes showing both sides:
Our founders tried to prevent this kind of Communist intervention into the free market with the Tenth Article of the Constitution, which limits the central government to designated duties and gives all other obligations to the states or the people. Is there any constitutional authority for the federal government to take over private industry? No. These bailouts are unconstitutional and therefore unlawful.
The vast majority of economists believe the bank bailout prevented further harm to the economy during the financial crisis and effectively prevented the unemployment rate from rising even higher, according to a new survey from the University of Chicago of 40 leading economists. Nearly 80 percent “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the U.S. unemployment rate by the end of 2010 was lower than it would have been without TARP and the subsequent commitments of government capital. But some who agreed that the bailout may have been helpful suggest that it may not have been the only option, arguing that it could have been harder on the banks and provided greater benefit to taxpayers.
Obama's Tax Beliefs
Quotes showing both sides:
What Obama means when he says he wants to keep the tax rate steady for the “middle class,” while raising it for the “wealthy,” he is stating that he’s following the philosophy of Karl Marx in his two books, The Communist Manifesto, and Das Kapital. In the work of Marx he divides up all of society into two classes—the proletariat and the bourgeois. In Obama’s world, the proletariat is the middle-class. His aim as a president and world leader is to pull up all the poor of the world into the middle class, and to beat down all the wealthy into the middle class by taking their wealth through redistribution. President Obama is all about creating one class of people and making sure they all stay in the middle. This is the essence of his entire life—it’s what he stands for most as a human being. He believes himself to be the great human equalizer.
"We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by," Obama said. "Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules." Barack Obama 2012 State of the Union
No doubt, the long-term trend toward income inequality is a major flaw of the capitalist system. From 1980 to 2005 more than 80 percent in the gain in Americans' incomes went to the top one percent. This staggering disparity between the haves and have-nots has created a permanent underclass of underemployed, undereducated and alienated people who often turn to crime for survival and social status. Aggregation of wealth into fewer hands has shrunk the size of the U.S. market for consumer goods, prolonging and deepening the depression.
How can we make the system fairer?
Liberals are calling for a more progressive income tax: i.e., raise taxes on the rich. Obama says he'd like to slap a minimum federal income tax of 30 percent on individuals earning more than $1 million a year.
Obama Stops Drilling Oil in U.S. and Gives Brazil Funding
Quotes showing facts and opinions:
If you look at it closely, it is almost as though President Barack Obama and his Interior Department don't want energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico to resume under any circumstances.
Whether they are waiting for the U.S. Senate to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty so we have to share the revenues with poorer countries or they plain just don't want America back in the energy production business, their lack of progress in getting oil and natural gas development back on line is costing the country jobs and economic growth.
Re-opening the Gulf would increase domestic oil production by more than 400,000 barrels per day, reduce U.S. spending on imported oil by $15 billion, and lower fuel and energy prices for consumers and small business, which sounds like a winning formula for economic growth. Why the Obama administration continues to let things lie, despite a national unemployment rate that is still north of 9 percent, is a mystery. What isn't is that America needs the jobs and needs the energy.
The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.(Jan 2012)“We want to work with you. We want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and, when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.” Pres. Obama
The Gulf of Mexico saw a ban on deep water oil drilling immediately following the BP oil spilllast year, not because environmentalists and the government suddenly decided to save dolphins. That oil spill was the worst in US history and the public demanded action. As a result, new regulations were created and are now being put in place. The moratorium was lifted in October, but as Lipow said on Cavuto (and to Forbes), the permitting process is slow and time is wasting.
Okay, but that is the reason why we are not drill-baby-drilling like mad in the Gulf right now. It is because the country just witnessed its worst oil disaster ever, not because of the government’s ill-focused lending and preference for Brazil. And as Lipow said, “maybe things will get better” in the Gulf going forward.