Skip to comments.A Powerful Movie (Thomas Sowell on "2016")
Posted on 08/21/2012 12:08:47 PM PDT by jazusamo
Years, and sometimes decades, pass between my visits to movie theaters. But I drove 30 miles to see the movie "2016," based on Dinesh D'Souza's best-selling book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." Where I live is so politically correct that such a movie would not even be mentioned, much less shown.
Every seat in the theater was filled, even though there had been an earlier showing that day, and more showings were scheduled for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it.
The audience was riveted. You could barely hear a sound from them, or detect a movement, and certainly not smell popcorn. Yet the movie had no bombast, no violence, no sex and no spectacular visual effects.
The documentary itself was fascinating, as Dinesh D'Souza presented the story of Barack Obama's life and view of the world, in a very conversational sort of way, illustrating it with visits to people and places around the world that played a role in the way Obama's ideas and beliefs evolved.
It was refreshing to see how addressing adults as adults could be effective, in an age when so many parts of the media address the public as if they were children who need a constant whirlwind of sounds and movements to keep them interested.
Dinesh D'Souza's own perspective, as someone born in India who came to America and became an American, provided a special insight into the way people from the Third World often perceive or misperceive the United States and the Western world.
That Third World perspective is Obama's perspective, D'Souza demonstrates in this documentary, as in his book and it is a perspective that is very foreign to that of most Americans,..
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The unfortunate thing is, the people that NEED to see this movie will be the people that DON’T see this movie.
Are you saying this won’t be shown in every public school classroom? AlGore’s ... oh never mind.
For the most part I believe you’re right.
Thanks for your post and link!
So true. I don't think this will lead to any conversions. I am grateful it was made and will support their effort to tell this story.
It is supposed to start showing here on the 24th. My Mom and I are planning to go and hopefully bring the rest of the family. It should be worth the 50 mile drive.
The concept of the book was to turn his life into a narrative about race, so the "mother from Kansas, father from Kenya" and the "search for my father" stuff was played up and made into something more than it actually was in Obama's life.
Now Dinesh, who's got a real fixation on the British Empire picks up on that and makes Obama into an anti-colonialist, even arguing that he doesn't care about his brother because his brother doesn't share their father's anti-colonial views.
If there's one place where the "narcissism" diagnosis fits it's here: Obama doesn't care about his brother for psychological reasons, not political ones. It's not the way that family was -- if it even was a family.
The problem with Dinesh's thesis is that you can't prove it or disprove it. A lot of Black and White radicals were drawn to anti-colonial movements in the 1960s. It's natural that a half-Black half-White son of an African anti-colonialist would be interested in those movements. But how do you prove that this engagement was something deeper than a passing interest?
The other problem is that our assessments of empire and imperialism are bound to be more complicated than simply "for" and "against." Make the long-dead British Empire the centerpoint of contemporary American politics and people whose support you want won't follow you very far.
Obama himself proved that his anti-colonialism is bull$hit. He is a black man who has had a free ride since his freshman year of high school. A LIFE LONG FREE RIDE.
“............however inconsistent it is with the rhetoric that gained him the highest office in the land.”
I’d say that’s Dr. Sowell calling Obama a liar again. He’s right.
Thanks for the ping jaz. If the movie ever comes our way we’ll be going to see it. Prefer it would be available on DVD for home use though. We despise those little theaters of today.
Whatever its factual weaknesses, it is an emotionally powerful vision, to which many people have dedicated their lives, and for which some have even risked their lives.
Isnt it odd that where Leftist revolution against the colonizers has occurred the people of the subject country do not prosper other than the leaders of the revolution that is.
It generally is not until the Leftist are finally removed from power and free elections and capitalism is instituted that the people begin to prosper.
How is it that Leftist like Obama can not see the clear evidence of the tide of history is with capitalism. Capitalism brings the most prosperity to the most people.
I believe the latter part is probably the case. From what little I've read his grandfather Dunham was a good friend of Frank Davis, a communist that mentored Barack. I just felt there were few family ties between Barack and his fathers side of the family but don't know it for a fact.
Agreed, you nailed it in saying Barack has had a life long free ride.
I believe you’re dead on the mark about the liar thing. :-)
Obama hates America for giving him a life long free ride, and for allowing him to become a multi-millionaire. I can sure see why he hates us!
I think because in the church of their warped, Marxist minds, gospel is that everyone should be equal, not prosperous. Making all people poor is infinitely easier to achieve than granting affluence to the masses, which is not possible under any economic system.
Now, certain elites are exempt from this everyman status and are entitled to skim off the peasants. It's only fair, being superior and more enlightened to them and all.
Thanks for the ping. I just checked our Great Escape Movie theater schedule. It will be shown om August 24, I plan to go for the Matinee the following day
I ordered the DVD from Amazon.
You are welcome. I want to see this movie but it is not yet showing in San Diego.
I was talking to a sheeperal about the unsustainability of the spending and debt levels, and the resulting economic collapse that would ensue,
and the only comment she had was that it would be OK because then “we’d all be in the same boat”.
That really puzzled me for a bit, then I said “OH! yeah, I forgot! Liberals believe it’s better for all to be equally impoverished than for some to have more than others!”
Of course, the denial followed.
I’ve gotten denials when I pointed out the “liberal” mindset to this person before, usually followed by a “but” that confirms the exact thing I just said.
Opens of Friday in the Denver Metro area. I’m going!
Thanks for the information. I’ll look it up, and order it myself. Hate those crackerbox theaters they have nowadays.
Not finding it yet in my area ... very frustrating.
I long ago observed the the envious view from the bottom among SOME left-leaning subjects...if they cannot raise themselves up it’s better to even the score by dragging others down with them. Sad but true. I don’t think it practice it’s all that rewarding after the fact. I think it entails more competition for entitlement resources, right? Seems to me...
Thanks for the post. I just added this to my Netflix queue. It goes into the “saved” section waiting for release on DVD.
FWIW, this movie has 4.1 or 4.2 stars out of five on Netflix.
Thanks...I was going to mention it to the wife, we’ve only had Netflix for a short time and she takes care of it, we’ll do the same.
Third World view = anti-colonial view = progressive view = leftist world view = economy is a 'zero sum' game. The major fallacy being that there is only so much 'pie'. If I take a bigger slice than your slice, must of needs, be smaller. This is the fundamental mistake that underlies socialist, progressive, leftist economic thinking. Under capitalism the economic 'pie' grows larger as the enterprise operates, increasing his wealth as well as that of the employees who formerly had nothing. Why should the 'capitalist get the larger slice? Because the enterprise did not exist before the capitalist provided the seed money to purchase the land, acquire the capital equipment, and provide a place to work. It is also rare for the 'capitalist' to be an individual, more typical the 'capitalist' is an aggregation of many individuals all of whom buy shares in the enterprise thus sharing the risk of failure and the expectation of reward. Realistically, thousands of investors each earn a sliver of the 'pie' rather than an individual (Robber Barron) grabbing the largest slice.
I’m disappointed by Sowell in this article.
He’s not hard-hitting as he usually is.
And he misspoke here (”Most Americans?” even the polls aren’t saying so):
—”This D’Souza attributes to Barack Obama’s great talents in rhetoric, and his ability to project an image that resonates with most Americans”
If American only knew...
The best Obama exposure site on the net:
(by our own FReeper, Beckwith)
The Obama File
The United States Library of Congress has selected
TheObamaFile.com for inclusion in its historic collection
of Internet materials
Just a few of the pages:
“....it would be OK because then wed all be in the same boat.
It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?
They just don’t see it.
They don’t see that if they got their wish, they themselves would be in the rice fields right along with those rich people they hate. They somehow think that they would be exempted from that imposition of social and probably economic order in which those evil rich would be stuck working the rice fields. And in their vision, it would be BETTER THAN IT IS NOW for them to see those former rich people in the rice fields, EVEN IF IT MEANT that they themselves would be in those same rice fields. But see, they NEVER go that one neuron farther, they never think it through to ponder why it would be that THEY would be exempt from the slavery, the torment they would wish on others.
Why is that? It’s a peculiar form of willful blindness, or, perhaps, this is what the prototypical statists saw when they advocate and work for the dumbing down of the citizenry; that they are just waiting for that day when the median voter can no longer assemble sufficient neurons to look that one thought node farther, to a point where they might see themselves inside their own vision of the social order being sold to them. Intensely evil, insidious.
Very important to understand this.
If we were “all in the same boat”...who could possibly employ you, other than the government? And why would they give the slightest crap about you?
Whenever I see/hear the “tax the rich” BS I ask.
Ever got a job from a poor person?
You might find this interesting... and thanks for the ping.
From the link:
FP: You interview someone who knew Obama at Occidental and says that Obama was an actual communist at Occidental.
Kengor: Thats right. The person is Dr. John Drew, who Ive interviewed at length and remain in regular contact with today. Hes totally credible, no axe to grind, no story to sell. Drew contacted me because he knew I was researching Davis. Drew sees himself as the missing link between Obamas time with Frank Marshall Davis and with later radicals like Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Drew himself was a Marxist at the time, and Obama was introduced to him as a fellow Marxistas one of us. Drew told me about Obamas belief in what Drew described as the Frank Marshall Davis fantasy of revolution. Drew, who was a more realistic, chastened Marxist, WAS STUNNED AT OBAMAS UNWAVERING BELIEF IN THE IMMINENCE OF A MARXIST REVOLUTION IN THE UNITED STATES.
Another must-see: Dennis Michael Lynch's "They Come to America" where he points out that the biggest danger to us come from illegal aliens.
Drew is yet another first hand witness to Obama’s Marxist background that Obama has tried to cover up. It's also interesting that no one can come forward, or at least hasn't so far to distance Obama from these beliefs.
Unlike Dr. Sowell who's admitted his Marxist beliefs when younger and then denounced Marxism Obama has remained silent which in my view means he was a Marxist and still is.
Thanks, there’s no doubt illegals are a huge threat and I’ll note that film.
Sowell’s a good man. His early experience with Marxism has given him insights into dealing with that monster - and that’s a help to all of us. God bless him.
Does anyone have a schedule for this movie? Specifically is it coming to RI, MA or CT? Is it available online?
If you google “2016 the movie” it might give you a local schedule.
Also, a schedule/locator is on the official site here:
I think they really would be OK with working the rice field as long as “that rich guy” had to do it too.
I don't agree. I think the useful idiots would be dead of starvation or shot for counterrevolutionary activities the moment they showed their worthlessness.
...D'Souza calls for the American right to build a traditional values coalition with what he calls "traditional Muslims,"...
...[D'Souza] asserts that in order to cement the necessary alliance with these "traditional" Muslims, "the right must take three critical steps. First, stop attacking Islam....
Conservatives also must also "stop holding silly seminars on whether Islam is compatible with democracy. In reality, a majority of the world's Muslims today live under democratic governments -- in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Turkey, not to mention Muslims living in Western countries. There is nothing in the Koran or the Islamic tradition that forbids democracy.' And 'if they want Sharia, let them have it." Of course, even if most Muslims today do live under democracies, to assume that this means Islam is compatible with democracy is like saying that most Russians loved Stalin's reign of terror, since they lived under his regime for so long.
But that is just a small example from one of the most poorly reasoned books I have ever read....
“How is it that Leftist like Obama can not see the clear evidence of the tide of history is with capitalism. Capitalism brings the most prosperity to the most people.”
Simply because all The Massiah cares about is what HE can get. He doesn’t give a rat’s rectum about the rest of Holder’s People after they leave the voting booth. He doesn’t give a rat’s rectum about ANYTHING other than himself. Just look at all his adoring acolytes who pay $35K for a dinner with him - he makes an appearance of less than 10 minutes, then goes off to eat a quiet dinner alone with Valerie Jarret. Talk about a ship of fools.