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Someone once observed: "America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great." Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history--from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their "fair share," Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. America the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past.
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D’Souza presents the common attacks on America to shame its citizenry in order to achieve social change. Liberals accuse the US of stealing the land from the Native Americans and Mexico, oppressing slaves, and stealing resources around the world through wars and greedy capitalism. D’Souza spends too much time exploring the myopic and one-sided accusations and not enough time presenting additional perspectives and he leans too heavily on Alexis de Tocqueville. There are far more examples and evidence for the good that America has provided to the world such as: charitable organizations, giving and humanitarian assistance around the world compared to other nations, relative global security and stability compared to the wars and deaths prior to US hegemony, increased global prosperity and wealth creation. A simple question to ask is to give examples of other nations who have stood against tyranny, oppression, and atrocities in the world besides the United States. The truth is that if the US does not take leadership, no other nation stands up to do the right thing. Just look at Armenia, Germany, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, and ISIS. Certainly America has problems, but we should all make sure that we take a critical look at anyone trying to revise history.
I was impressed by Dinesh's cool during the interviews. There were a few times I would have been tempted to take a punch at the interviewee, but he maintained a respectful attitude and let everyone have his say.
If you are a devoted liberal, this may be a waste of time for you. If differs too greatly from the liberal narrative. If you are very conservative, this may not be conservative enough. But if you are interested in hearing a different voice and evaluating the message for yourself, you may find the time you spend on the film worthwhile. You may appreciate it particularly if you are part of a recently immigrated family or own your own business.
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