America: Imagine the World Without Her (PG-13)

Documentary 103 July 2, 2014
By Alan Scherstuhl
Here are triumphant moments of recent history seen in the climactic montage of America, the latest "America's perfect!"/"America's doomed!" pant load from felonious troll Dinesh D'Souza: Jackie Robinson rounding home. Ronald Reagan and the Berlin Wall. Boxed copies of Windows 95 bouncing down an assembly line. How did D'Souza resist including the first time Clippy the Office Assistant helped a patriot format a résumé?

It's easy to pick on the ill-considered details. The sad thing is that America's central thesis is risible, too: Radical-minded professors like Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky have, through the techniques Saul Alinsky learned from Al Capone, succeeded in making millions of black Americans, Native Americans, poor Americans, and liberal Americans ashamed of the darkest parts of American history. D'Souza, of course, considers that reactionary madness, and he gets ex-professor Ward Churchill to say on camera that, yeah, it might be morally justified to nuke this country today. The implication, of course, is that Churchill is saying what the president secretly believes, a point D'Souza makes by putting together one of those who's-connected-to-whom photo collages that helps movie cops bust up crime rings. Trace it out, and Capone begets Obama -- and Hillary, too.

D'Souza insists that anyone who still worries over these injustices fails to recognize that America is at heart a force of good in this world -- that it's impossible to believe that Andrew Jackson killed too many Indians and that the ideals set down in the Declaration of Independence are worth striving toward.

Being a dope, D'Souza even attempts to prove that those injustices -- "the indictments of America," in his words -- aren't any big deal at all.
John Sullivan, Dinesh D'Souza Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan, Gerald R. Molen John Sullivan, Dinesh D'Souza Gerald Molen Lionsgate Films


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