July 2, 2014, - 3:59 pm
“America”: Dinesh D’Souza Ego Trip Gushes Over Al-Qaeda Lawyer, Rand Paul, Whitewashes Bono – Edward Snowden Costumed in Patriotism
Many on the right, including Rush Limbaugh (who clearly hasn’t seen it yet), are hyping Dinesh D’Souza’s latest ego trip movie, “America,” which opens in theaters today. Don’t believe the hype. It’s a vanity project all about Dinesh and his Edward Snowden-esque, Rand Paulistinian views costumed in patriotism and pretend conservatism. About 30 minutes of the movie are actually good and patriotic. The rest? Hype, junk, and the gushing and whitewashing of Al-Qaeda lawyers, anti-American rock stars, and Edward Snowden baloney attacking America’s necessary counter-terrorism intelligence gathering. Oh, and there’s also that attempt to whitewash a “mistake” D’Souza made when he deliberately broke campaign finance laws (and pleaded guilty to it)–more on that later.
I won’t go into the long wild goose chase I had to go through to review this movie after an unsolicited, teasing invite to a non-existent screening. But I finally saw it, and I kept an open mind, despite the fact that D’Souza is a well-known Islamopanderer (he wrote a whole book defending Muslim hate of America and implying we deserved 9/11), who is a darling of the HAMAS CAIR crowd. (He also ran Hitler quotes for the Yom Kippur edition of the Dartmouth Review.)
Maybe that’s why one of the “heroes” of this movie is Harvey Silverglate, a leftist ACLU lawyer who is a non-stop champion of Islamic Jihad founder and terrorist Sami Al-Arian and who represented (among others) Al-Qaeda terrorists from a defunct Islamic charity that was funding the jihad of Osama Bin Laden’s mentor/guru, Abdullah Azzam.
To give you an idea of who D’Souza’s hero, Silverglate, is, he and the organization he founded and runs named me one of the “Top Ten Enemies of Academic Freedom” on college campuses in America because I represented University of Michigan students who wanted to keep Islamic terrorist Al-Arian from speaking on campus after he’d already been banned by his own campus–the University of South Florida–as a security threat and had financed and orchestrated the bombing of a bus in Israel, killing many including American college student, Alisa Flatow. Al-Arian masterminded the bus bombing as a joint operation with HAMAS, with which he was merging his organization. Yup, that’s “free speech” on college campi according to Silverglate (and apparently D’Souza).
The first nine minutes of the movie is a lot of credits–“D’Souza Entertainment,” “Written and Directed by Dinesh D’Souza,” “Created by Dinesh D’Souza,” “Based on a Book by Dinesh D’Souza,” etc., etc. etc. ad nauseam–and then a lot of look at me, look at me, look at me! me-me-me-memememememe shots of D’Souza in an airplane looking at Mount Rushmore, D’Souza thoughtfully strolling (or trolling?) the Lincoln Memorial, and D’Souza buying and eating a hot dog (or maybe that was a little later–there are so many shots of D’Souza pensively walking, I lost track when I hit the count of 50). Then, the next twenty minutes give a lot of time to an uncritical presentation of leftist hate of America and various canards that America stole the land from the Indians, that we steal the resources of the world, and the other usual claptrap.
Then, there is about a half hour responding to the leftist accusations against America. None of it will be new to you (unless you didn’t know that free Blacks owned slaves in the American South or that Madam C.J.Walker a/k/a Sarah Breedlove became a Black millionairess hair care queen–I learned about both of these as a kid). That half hour is the good part of the movie. But even that part is filled with annoying shots of D’Souza trolling the streets of America and play-acting as a fast food restaurant worker and owner. It’s distracting.
D’Souza whitewashes far-left, anti-American rocker Bono of U2. As longtime readers know from this site, Bono has a history of attacking America–the most charitable nation on earth–as not giving enough charity to the poor. He pressured the Bush Administration (via his friend Laura Ingraham, D’Souza’s former fiancee) into forgiving billions of dollars in federal loans owed to America by terrorist-host states, including Sudan. Bono and Brad Pitt bullied the Bushies and Congress to give trillions more in foreign aid to these America-hating nations. But D’Souza doesn’t tell you any of that. Instead, he shows a short, unrepresentative snippet of Bono praising America and dissing Ireland in a Georgetown University speech. Hmmm . . . why didn’t he include the speech Bono gave just after 9/11 at a benefit concert raising money for 9/11 victims’ families and first responders, in which he lectured Americans for being “anti-Muslim” and told them that “Muslims go to church, too, you know.” They do? Have you seen any Muslims at your church lately (I mean other than for dry run and “scoping out” reasons)?
The rest of the movie is dedicated to disjointed segments on Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and how Dinesh D’Souza is the martyr for us all because he committed a few felonies (in disguising his own illegal campaign contributions as coming from other parties) and got prosecuted for it.
By this reasoning, I guess trial lawyer far-leftist Geoffrey Fieger is also a martyr for us all because he was prosecuted by the Bush Administration for the same thing as D’Souza was prosecuted for by Obama. But that isn’t mentioned because D’Souza doesn’t want to confuse his “I wuz done wrong” soliloquy with the facts. Instead, he says this is a sign that the Obama left prosecutes its critics to silence them but looks the other way with regard to its friends. Again, see Fieger and Bush. Same diff. In fact, D’Souza doesn’t even go into what he actually did wrong and why he was prosecuted. He just shows himself in handcuffs and plays FOX News clips of Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly saying he is being prosecuted for being a critic of Obama.
The priceless cherry on top of this portion of the movie is where D’Souza compares himself (and his crime to which he pled guilty) to Abraham Lincoln, saying that all the great American legends are just that–men of legends, whose imperfections and mistakes were never taught to us. Is that really what D’Souza wants–that American kids should be taught about how bad the Founding Fathers were, warts and all? Isn’t that what he pretends to rail against in the first half of the movie? I guess you can afford to be all over the map when you are “the martyr of the right” who pleaded guilty to federal crimes and need an excuse for it. Um, there are many men to whom I can compare Dinesh D’Souza, but Abraham Lincoln ain’t one of ’em. Not even close.
Then, we are told that the Obama Administration is using surveillance to read all of our emails and listen in on all of our phone calls and that these policies were created by Bush. Um, wrong–these were Bush policies that everyone on the right defended when Bush used them. And here’s a fact check: all of our e-mails and phone calls are not being read and listened to, respectively. That’s just not the case. The facts do not bear this out.
That’s where Silverglate and Rand Paul (and Alan Dershowitz) come in. They decry these national security measures (of using computer programs to match up e-mails and phone numbers of terrorists with the Americans who are communicating with and likely aiding and abetting them in trying to murder us). And, yes, we should definitely do as Al-Qaeda’s and Islamic Jihad/HAMAS’ lawyer instructs us when we set national security policy. Yup, that’s the ticket.
D’Souza never mentions Islamic terrorism or national security, and instead portrays this as Big Brother watching you to destroy your life–yup, the talking points of traitor Edward Snowden, proud new resident of the former Soviet Union by way of Communist China. Rand Paul tells us that some innocent Arab-American will be “emailing Lebanon” and because of it, the government invades and raids his home, takes his property and arrests him for having an unregistered gun, destroying his life.
Um, here’s the truth: there has never been an instance where the government read the e-mails of a Lebanese Arab (many of whom support Hezbollah), raided his home, and ruined his life for no reason. In fact, too often the opposite happens: Muslim Hezbollah supporters e-mail Lebanon and help in the jihad and the government lets ’em do their business. Don’t believe me? Check out Dearbornistan, where this happens thousands of times a day and gas stations openly raise money for Hezbollah charities. But I’m glad to know that Rand Paul wants Hezbollah-supporting Muslims to be planning the jihad untouched and own unregistered guns to boot. Not that these views of Rand Paul are news to me. And not that any of the many sucker conservatives who eagerly, blindly consume this movie and gush over it will get that. Nope, they’ll gladly embrace the Al-Qaeda HAMAS Harvey Silverglate-Rand Paul Axis of Asinine, as Dinesh D’Souza does in this movie. Because we need another 9/11 to happen, don’t we?
The Alinsky and Hillary Clinton stuff is important information (again, not news to anybody who’s been paying attention–in fact very old news by several years). But D’Souza just throws it in and doesn’t connect it to the America-haters. And that’s the problem with the movie. It’s very dry and disconnected. And non-stop music plays in the background, something I often criticize as the accoutrement of weak movies. I dislike Michael Moore almost as much as possible. But his lying “documentaries” are funny, cheeky, hip, and interesting in their presentation. D’Souza has no sense of humor or entertainment. The movie is slow and full of re-enactments and they aren’t exactly flattering to America in all cases or different from that you would find from America-hating leftists D’Souza purports to find anathema.
One of the worst set of re-enactments is a series of scenes of Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher, traveling America as research for his pro-American writing. The portrayal of Americans in some of the scenes reminds me of classic leftist Hollywood narrative. De Tocqueville is polished and classy, but the Americans are dirty, unwashed hicks. In one scene, they ravenously scarf down food, chewing with their mouths open, while de Tocqueville eats with dignity under a tree. In another scene, dirty, unwashed Americans sit at tables looking at de Tocqueville like a weirdo, as he removes his gloves and dons a napkin kerchief to eat. So to humor them, he sticks a fork right in the middle of a whole chicken and puts the whole thing on his plate, and suddenly they clap because he has displayed sufficient low-class bad manners to fit in. And this is different from Hollywood’s America hatred how?
The movie is being billed in paid talking points by several conservative radio hosts as a movie that shows us what would happen if America never existed. But the movie doesn’t do that at all. It asks the question once in D’Souza’s dialogue, and never answers it for even a minute.
“America,” the movie, isn’t really patriotism, though I’m sure that the plenty of lumpenconservatariats will eat it up the same as lefties ate up Michael Moore’s lie-filled “Fahrenheit 9/11” (read my review). But it isn’t patriotism. It’s just Dinesh D’Souza’s 1.75 hours-long infomercial promoting himself, how he “wuz done wrong,” and how we are being done wrong, too, when our government tries to protect us.
But anyone who thinks it’s patriotic to promote and gush over the sophistries of Al-Qaeda and HAMAS lawyers and display Americans as unwashed idiots–all while smiling and posing for the cameras in a nauseating number of scenes–isn’t a patriot . . . or a documentary filmmaker.
He’s just an uber-narcissist. Dinesh D’Souza and Michael Moore have a lot in common.
Watch the trailer . . .
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