I was not going to watch it. I already knew I was not voting for Obama, so I did not see the need. Not to mention that I have enjoyed my two years of being free from Fox News and the right wing-left wing bashing. After reading comments from Amazon that there was no party bashing or mention of other candidates by comparison, and D’Souza being described as a soft spoken true journalist who, himself is an immigrant who has had suspicions as to WHY Obama seems to be doing things as if he were NOT the President of the United States, I decided to give it a go. This is the reason I am awake at 2:00 a.m. with a renewed sense of political urgency.
I will say that the film is based on the book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and at the end of that book, D’Souza made three predictions that he believed would come true by the end of the Obama presidency. They all came true. So he has also made a couple of new ones near the end of this film. For anyone trying to figure out the “whys” to some of Obama’s moves, this is a film to check out…preferably before the election. For the nay sayers, believe me, you will not find Anne Coulter or Bill O’Reilly or Glen Beck running their mouths off in this film. You wont hear enraging and already debunked urban legends in this film. You wont see any doctored images of Obama saluting the flag with the wrong hand.
This film goes through the life story of Obama, primarily from Obama’s own memoirs. D’Souza walks through statements from that book, even all the way to Hawaii and Kenya, where he talks to people who knew and worked with his father (remember “Dreams From My Father). He reveals Barrack Obama Sr.’s worldview and how people in India and Kenya both attest that world view of the senior Obama is the same as the one of his son. To be fair, the theory that D’Souza has come up with, has made supporters mad, and has finally caused the President to lash out at the author/journalist. We can lash out and call his statements lies, but we cannot (and as of yet no one has truly been able to) discount the facts that are laid out in this movie. From the upbringing of Obama, the influence of his mother, the brother in Kenya who did not take on those same ideological viewpoints, to the Harvard mentors and the associations that were swept under the carpet in the last elections. We can discredit allot of bogus remarks, and we can make far reaching comparisons, but we cannot once again pretend that these events, facts, and associations do not matter. They do matter. It seems like in the eyes of Americans, If these things were not related to a President, it would matter…and that is a scary thought. What is even more depressing to me is the fact that it does not seem to matter how many intelligent and well educated immigrants warn us of the doom we are marching ourselves into, we scoff and call them the “conservative media pawns” or “darlings”…(Dinesh D’Souza, Ayaan Hirsi Ali).
The film is out of theaters and on DVD now, as well as Amazon instant streaming video. No matter what your party affiliation or who you plan to vote for, at least go in with your eyes open. No doubt this will be available on netflix after the election. You know, when even if your mind is changed there will be nothing you can do about it.