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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

America: Imagine the World Without Her: George Washington Died on September 11th, and It's All Obama's Fault

Posted by on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM


Shortly after the opening of America: Imagine the World Without Her, in which George Washington dies in sniper fire on September 11th, 1777, co-director/writer/producer Dinesh D'Souza makes reference to his last documentary film, 2016: Obama's America. D'Souza claims that every prediction he made in his last documentary has come true. That's bullshit, of course. 2016 claimed that if he won a second term, Obama would transform America into a socialist paradise that eagerly surrenders its power to foreign nations. We are neither a socialist nation nor do we seem to be in the process of handing over power to anyone else. But D'Souza just blithely lies and moves on to the rest of his movie, free from the consequences of his lies. This establishes a pattern that the rest of America meticulously follows: Make an outrageous statement, deliver a mostly made-up "fact," and then quickly move along. D'Souza works his sleight of hand for an hour and a half, and conservative audiences will undoubtedly bask in the obfuscation.

Unfortunately, it's not a very good movie. The aforementioned imaginary 9/11 Washington assassination seems to set up the film's hypothesis: What would the world be like without America? (Never mind that Washington wasn't the only thing holding Revolutionary War America together; this isn't a movie that bothers to linger on, you know, "facts.") The prospect of a conservative It's a Wonderful Life with America standing in for George Bailey is kind of interesting in a nightmarish sort of way, but that's not the movie D'Souza makes. Instead, he steps immediately away from his what-if scenario to investigate the "charges" that liberals like Howard Zinn and Matt Damon levy against America, among them the fact that America stole land from Mexico, the fact that Americans kept slaves, and the fact that the government mistreated Native Americans.

The majority of the movie consists of D'Souza's "evidence" against these charges. The evidence appears to be culled from comment threads throughout the internet. Why should we worry about stealing land from Mexico, D'Souza asks, when Mexican immigrants are trying to come to America all the time and Americans never try to illegally flee to Mexico? Why should we care about slavery when some black people owned slaves and some white people were indentured servants? Why should we care about taking land from Native Americans when Native Americans themselves have a long history of conquest? (You might think I'm exaggerating for comic effect here; you'd be wrong. This represents the quality of D'Souza's arguments.) He "settles" all these arguments and then moves on to a rousing conclusion about how America is the best and we'd better stick to conservative principles if we want to stay the best. Except the conclusion isn't that rousing. And it suffers from two major digressions into ludicrousness.

The first digression involves D'Souza addressing his campaign finance violations in the most disingenuous way imaginable: He tries to tie them in to the IRS scandal. "I made a mistake," D'Souza says, but then he tries to claim that if Obama wasn't targeting right-wingers, he would never have been caught. Or something? I think that's his argument. It doesn't make much sense.

And then D'Souza unveils the monster who's been pulling the strings of the socialist conspiracy behind the scenes all along. It's not Obama, who D'Souza claims is only a product of the conspiracy, not a perpetrator of it. No, the real socialist monster we all need to watch out for is....are you ready?...Hillary Clinton. (Dun-dun-DUUUUUUN!) D'Souza portrays Clinton as a puppet of Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky, making her a liberal more in the mold of Obama than Bill Clinton. (One of his most important pieces of evidence that Clinton is working for Saul Alinsky? She once turned down a job offer from Saul Alinsky. Compelling!) He says that Obama has made things terrible, but that Clinton would actually destroy America once and for all. I'm sure this warning, in grand Hollywood tradition, is setting viewers up for a sequel to America. It'll probably be released in the summer of 2016, and it'll probably be called 2020: Hillary's America or something like that. That is, if D'Souza isn't rotting in jail by then.


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Holy shit, you watched this?
Posted by longball on July 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
Actually, it's pretty likely George Washington almost was shot by a marksman on 9/11/1777. There've been lots of what-if's written about it. The shooter in question didn't want to kill a man in ambush but couldn't get his target's attention so let him go. He found out later it was very likely Washington.

Whatever D'Souza wrote about what the outcome would have been is his own imagination, but the shooting attempt likely is a true historical tidbit.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 3
@ 'almost was'..
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM · Report this
seatackled 4
The first rule about mentioning Dinesh D'Souza is that you must describe him as convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza and refer to his recent scandals--adultery, voter fraud, etc.

(Just like when Sarah Palin is mentioned, you should always describe her as "former half-term governor Palin.")
Posted by seatackled on July 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Tough choice, who do I dislike more, Dinish the criminal or Hillary the neocon?

•Would you really want to vote for a politician who:

•Voted for the Iraq War Resolution.
•Voted for the Patriot Act. Twice.
•Has very close connections to Wall Street, sat on the board of Wal-Mart as it opposed labor unions, and was involved in the Whitewater scandal.
•Opposed same-sex marriage up until 2013.
•Opposes decriminalization of marijuana.
•Supports faith-based initiatives.
•Supports the death penalty.
•Had no landmark successes as Secretary of State.
•Condemned WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, defended the NSA, and claimed that there are already plenty of protections for intelligence community whistleblowers.
•Supports continuation of the embargo against Cuba.
•Supports a law making flag desecration a crime.
Because that's Hillary Clinton.

Posted by sgt_doom on July 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM · Report this
auntie jim 6
There was no "Whitewater Scandal" #5, the whole thing was fake. BTW I'm on record opposing the nomination of Mrs. Clinton for president, but I can't stand all the phony baloney arguments against her. Fact is she would be far better than any of the stinking Republicans who might get nominated, and the president will either be a Democrat or a Republican.
Posted by auntie jim on July 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
fletc3her 7
George Washington was a chick?!
Posted by fletc3her on July 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
I think some of the film's themes have merit but to be fair it does exploit only the biggest boobs of the hysterical, outrage addicted left. My favorite was the goofy Indian slandering Mt Rushmore as a symbol of oppression. I'm guessing it's easier for her to deal with images of past presidents when she's cashing government handouts.
Posted by robot ghost on July 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 9
"Make an outrageous statement, deliver a mostly made-up "fact," and then quickly move along. D'Souza works his sleight of hand for an hour and a half, and conservative audiences will undoubtedly bask in the obfuscation."

Yeah... We learned how to do that from Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth and Michael Moore in Bowling for Columbine.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on July 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Catherwood 10
Oh, @8, you had me at biggest boobs.
Posted by Catherwood on July 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM · Report this
@6, anytime you wish to prove me wrong, other than sounding like a complete idiot by simply stating something is wrong (classic argument of a 5-year-old) feel free to provide counter data.

Otherwise, grow the fuck up and STFU!

Moronic simpletons who perpetuate the status quo of pure corruption!
Posted by sgt_doom on July 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Knat 12
@11: Good job defending the intellectual high ground.
Posted by Knat on July 15, 2014 at 8:05 PM · Report this
lauramae 13
Dear #8, may a pox beset your stupid little pin head.
Posted by lauramae on July 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 14
Very, very true. I hate D'Souza too, but Hillary is just as bad as George W. Obama.
I will never vote for anyone who supported the war in Iraq and the continuing war on the people of Pakistan.
Posted by collectivism_sucks on July 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM · Report this

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