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America: Imagine a World Without Her

By DAN LYBARGER Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published July 4, 2014 at 2:03 a.m.

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A Frederick Douglass impersonator orates in Dinesh D’ Souza’s speculative documentary America: Imagine a World Without Her.

America: Imagine a World Without Her

68 Cast: Dinesh D’Souza, Alan Dershowitz, Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and lots of re-enactors

Directors: Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan

Rating: PG-13 for violent images

Running time: 104 minutes

The most interesting aspect of Dinesh D'Souza's documentary America is its tag line, "Imagine a World Without Her." Unfortunately that would apparently require imagination and insight beyond D'Souza's skill and curiosity.

Instead of actually trying to examine how the globe might have prospered or suffered without Uncle Sam's wide and nearly omnipresent influence, the pundit seems determined to spend 104 minutes decrying those he accuses of trying to bring about America's suicide. The accused psychological assassins D'Souza names include historian Howard Zinn (A People's History of the United States) and community organizer Saul Alinsky. Both stand accused of shaming Americans.

Zinn's crime was exploring unsavory phenomena as slavery, the genocide of American Indian tribes, foreign policy mistakes and a system that seems to favor the wealthy over the rest of us. D'Souza engages him point by point but his refutation of Zinn's points isn't persuasive. He smugly dismisses others for omitting things like the existence of blacks who owned slaves in antebellum America while making his own sins of omission.

D'Souza has a gift for stating his opponent's position without actually addressing it. For example, he briefly features foreign policy detractor Noam Chomsky listing a few countries whose governments had been toppled by our own. Yes, America had a hand in providing the world alternatives to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, but D'Souza fails to mention U.S. support of dictators such as Indonesia's Suharto (who's responsible for the deaths of millions). Backing regimes who don't share our views on human rights has undermined our moral authority abroad.

America briefly lurches out from its tedium into unintentional hilarity when D'Souza strongly implies that former Secretary of State and Arkansas first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Manchurian Candidate. Yes, she did meet and research Alinsky while she was in college. Her career after earning her degree (serving on the board of Wal-Mart from 1986 to 1992 and working at the powerful Rose Law Firm) is hardly that of someone out to sink the capitalist establishment.

D'Souza is on somewhat firmer ground when he decries how out of hand surveillance has gotten, but he doesn't reveal much that a reasonably well-informed person wouldn't have known already.

He includes his own recent pleading guilty to campaign finance fraud in May. While D'Souza includes self-serving footage of Sean Hannity suggesting the filmmaker-author is the victim of government overreach, the paper trail for his contribution of $20,000 through straw donors is incriminating, as is a surreptitious recording. (No, it wasn't made by the National Security Agency.)

D'Souza apparently took a major risk for a relatively small amount of cash. He seems to have a marksman's gift for shooting himself in the foot.

MovieStyle on 07/04/2014

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Wood1919 says... July 18, 2014 at 9:39 p.m.

Mr. Lybarger,
I had hoped that media outside Washington, D.C. might present a less biased view of critiques of progressive political stands, than your review of Dinesh D'Souza's film, "America; Imagine a World Without Her," which you simply dismiss by saying that "would require imagination and insight beyond (his) skill."
All your review does is demonstrate that you have not read the book the movie is based on and that, like most so-called journalists and commentators today you have been brainwashed by academics who themselves were indoctrinated by authors and professors like Howard Zinn, Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers. The first two, by the way, said they would like to see this country overthrown. Ayers went even farther by actually bombing buildings and being involved in a bank robbery where a policeman was killed by one of his accomplices. These are the people the current head of the progressive movement, President Obama, holds in high esteem as mentors and guides for how he should conduct his presidency. Mr. Obama himself has said he wants to fundamentally change our country and has wisely written a book and produced a movie that he believes, and I agree, paints a more accurate picture of America's past than than Zinn, Ayers, Alinsky or Obama have. In doing this, D'Souza has asked us to imagine what the world might be like if the America we have known is taken away from us and replaced with the vision of the quartet above. He did not say he would do your thinking for you but if you cannot see the danger, you are blind. Maybe you should interview the widow and orphan of the policeman who was killed by Ayers' group of criminals to see how they feel about what direction a president schooled by him might take this country.

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FreeSpiritMan says... July 18, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

Wood1919 ............. about what direction a president schooled by him might take this country.
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Why don't you elaborate on this statement with facts that prove associations between the two which has caused Obama to take this country in a direction you deem is wrong. After all Bush and Cheney took this country to a war which caused thousands of deaths and injuries and blew a trillion dollars, FOR WHAT ! We built the most expensive embassy we have in the world, which will probably end up the home base of ISIS.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... July 18, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.

Wood1919, thank you for such a post.

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