To mark Independence Day, Dinesh D’Souza released the film version of his recent book America: Imagine a World Without Her. It’s a powerful, film which will keep your interest. The film addresses profound moral and historical. It is a film with a definite point of view: D’Souza, an immigrant from India and unabashed American patriot, sets out to defend America’s founding principles and her historical record of living up to them. He addresses a series of radical critiques lodged by “progressive” academics and activists – and widely disseminated through which liberal professors assign to students across the U.S. by the hundreds of thousands.
D’Souza interviews radical activists, ranging from a Native American who wants to take back the land that contains Mount Rushmore and a Chicano activist who hopes that Mexico can reclaim the U.S. southwest, to Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill – the professor who compared the victims of Sept. 11, 201 to Nazi officials who died in Allied bombingsIt examines with as much seriousness as a film this short can manage, the following indictments against the American regime:
1. It was founded on conquest and genocide aimed at the Indians.
2. It built its wealth on the backs of African slaves, and is essentially white supremacist.
3. It expanded by unjustly stealing land from its neighbor Mexico.
4. It is consistently imperialist and aggressive toward other countries.
5. It is dominated by an unjust and exploitative capitalist system that harms the poor.
Obviously, a two-hour film cannot dispose of such charges definitively, and D’Souza doesn’t pretend that it can. What he does try to do in the film is to highlight how dominant these five facile assertions have become among younger Americans, creating a comprehensive narrative of unique American evil: a demonic mirror image of the brash American triumphalism pushed by the neo-conservatives in their days of influence. My responses
1. LEFT It was founded on conquest and genocide aimed at the Indians.
a. The Indians that claim a particular piece of land is “their” land at the time Spanish, Mexicans and other settlers came, took it in conquest from weaker Native Americans, who took it from weaker N.A. etc. For example, the Sioux did not originally control the badlands.
b. EVERY nation is built on conquest. the Indo-Europeans were originally from the steppes north of the Black Sea, but now the Indo-Europeans are spread across Europe and other places, the Turks originated in a very small area, but now reside in a much larger area, thanks to warring Turkic groups like the Mongols. It has happened everywhere.
c.80% of the N.A. died not because of murder, but disease just as 1/3 Europe died in Middle ages from plague brought from Asia.
d. Many N.A. have the same opportunity or more rights (casinos) to achieve the dream of America or more see http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?86198-quot-We-quot-stole-the-Indian-s-land-Oh-really
What a ridiculous double standard the left has between US and the rest of the world.
2. LEFT: It built its wealth on the backs of African slaves, and is essentially white supremacist.
a. Slavery has always existed and is despicable. There were also Black slave owners and white slaves (indentures servants). The country's leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, records that in New Orleans over 3,000 free Negroes owned slaves, or 28 percent of the free Negroes in that city. Less than 1.4 percent of all American whites owned slaves
b. Slavery preexisted America throughout history and exists today. It is horrible, and it si wonderful that the US uniquely fought to end it here.
c. No other country on earth fought a war to end slavery, costing 300,000 northern soldier lives
USA should be celebrated for ending slavery.
d. We have Black prez, Black Att. Gen, Black SC justice, have had several Black sec states, Commander in chiefs, Black senators and congress, affirmative action etc.hardly controlled by white supremacists.
3. LEFT. It expanded by unjustly stealing land from its neighbor Mexico.
a. Mexico was taking by conquest by Spanish
b. Indigenous citizens rebelled vs Mexico and won.
c. US conquered all of Mexico and gave most of it back to Mexico., most Mexicans wish Us still controlled all. They try and come here.
4. LEFT: It is consistently imperialist and aggressive toward other countries.
Unlike all other nations, it never .stayed but tried to help democracy. It never took raw materials (spent a fortune in Iraq and took no oil). It has saved hundreds of millions from totalitarian dictatorships. (Korea, Germany/Europe) Fought huge wars to help people and then poured billions into help the beaten enemy (Japan, Germany,)
5. LEFT: It is dominated by an unjust and exploitative capitalist system that harms the poor.
Backwards. More government control leads to more poverty and less freedom. 6 Years under Obama=record poverty and record middle class losses. Capitalism has lifted 200,000,000 Indians and 500,000,000 out of poverty in last decade as example. Capitalism is greatest source of lifting people out of poverty ever. Opposite communism/socialism led to 100,000,000 murdered in 2oth century: Nazis, Chine under Mao, USSR under stalin. http://borgenproject.org/capitalism-is-helping-end-global-poverty/