I took myself to the movies today. I know that no one in my family would want to go with me to see the movie 2016 but I also knew I wanted to go, so off I went on a date with me.
Gee, for someone who suffers from being selfish and self-centered, this should be a dream date.
The movie has been touted as the Unmasking of Evil on the Right and the Manufacturing of Lies and a Smear Campaign by those on the Left. I have one friend who is afraid to see it because the predictions of what our country will be like if Mr. Obama is reelected will give her nightmares. I have another friend who will not go see it because she is convinced it is right wing propaganda and full of lies and deceit.
Well, you know me. Anything that stirs up this type of emotion is going to get my attention at the least and my $7.50 for a senior ticket at the most. So I went today and was pleasantly surprised.
The movie takes a position that Barak Obama is a product of a particular type of political ideology inherited from his father. That ideology is, essentially, Anti-Colonialism or the belief that the reason third world countries are in the mess they are in is because those countries were plundered by the Western/European Powers. The US is one of those powers. The belief held by both the senior Obama and the woman who became either his second or third wife (and our president's mother) was that the only way to right this wrong was to redistribute the wealth of those at the top through regulation and/or taxation. The other part of the plan would require the redistribution of power among the nations of the world. This would be achieved by restricting the actions of the nations that are currently the most powerful and building up the wealth of those nations that were their former colonies, i.e. South American Nations, African Nations and Middle Eastern Nations. As an example, the filmmaker uses the banning of oil drilling off our coast and the killing of the Keystone pipeline while simultaneously providing the funds to South American nations and Mexico to increase THEIR ability to drill for oil. If, as our president said, we restrict our off shore drilling because of the threat to the environment why would we not object to the off shore drilling done by Mexico? Would not the same threat exist?
There is a brief assertion that Mr. Obama, Jr. was also influenced by Liberation Theology. (For those who are not sure what that is, click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_theology). His longtime friendship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is used as proof of this, though I am not sure that is as strong an assertion as the Anti-Colonialism claim. Reverend Wright might be a ranter and a raver, but I would not put him in the same class as those who developed Liberation Theology. His is more The Theology of Division - us against them, black against white kind of thinking that is dealt with by the mainstream by politely ignoring it.
OK. So. What do I think of this film?
I think the filmmaker, Dinesh D'Souza, applied some pretty steady critical thinking skills to develop his assertion that Anti-Colonialism is the foundation of Mr. Obama's political actions as president. I think he makes a compelling case for why the president acts and thinks the way he does but I do not agree with all of his predictions for 2016.
I question whether there will ever be, as he states, a United Arab States run by fundamentalist Islamists. I question it because of the very nature of the culture in that part of the country. The people have a kind of mindset that makes it almost impossible to unite for too long with each other on a tribal basis let alone as states or federation of states. I also think, and I could be wrong, that the resources of oil and minerals makes that area prime targets for development and that means only certain people will be getting rich, thus you end up with a ruling class (like the Saudis) usually divided along tribal lines.
I do think we could have the kind of economic meltdown that he predicts, though I believe the US could survive that simply because of the type of person that ultimately populates this country. In fact, I think there is far more of a threat from porous borders than the deficit. I think there are people out there who want to hurt us for religious reasons. I think it is far more possible that we are in for another attack by Islamist Fundamentalists on our shores and that could hurt our economy and our morale.
I enjoyed the movie. It is making me think and I have not really figured out all of what I think about it yet. I would encourage people to go and see it. I would also hope that, as a nation and as a people, we will not simply dismiss the premise without listening to the arguments presented. I think, and I could be wrong, that the film is on to something.
What do you think?