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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
It’s unusual for political documentaries to become box-office hits, but that seems to be the case for the film “2016: Obama’s America.” Dinesh D’Souza, who is also the film’s narrator, wrote the book from which the Rocky Mountain Pictures’ offering gets its name.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Friday’s box-office rating put Sylvester Stallone’s “Expendables 2” at number one, “The Bourne Legacy” in second place and “2016” in third. “That’s stunning,” said the entertainment website, “because it’s playing in 1/3 less theaters across North America than the other wide-release actioners.”
The film explores President Obama’s early years; in particular, the people who influenced him and, more importantly, the absent father who’s anti-colonial, socialist dreams the younger Obama embraced and, according to the film, seeks to fulfill.
Unlike the heavy-handed, left-leaning documentaries of director Michael Moore, D’Souza takes a measured approach to his subject, and begins his narrative journey by describing the similarities between himself and the president. D’Souza grew up in a Third World nation (India) where tradition dictates the direction of one’s life – from career path down to the person you wed. And D’Souza grew up with a distain for imperial British rule to rival that of Barack Obama Sr.
Where D’Souza and the president’s world-views diverge is the most interesting aspect of “2016”: Obama adopted the malevolent and resentful anti-colonial leftism of his father – so prevalent in the Third World. D’Souza, on the other hand, embraced the anti-colonialism of America’s Founding Fathers that cherishes individual liberty and its powerful residual force – free-market prosperity.
It is D’Souza’s contention that to fulfill his father’s anti-colonial dreams, Obama believes he must bring about America’s economic decline by increasing our indebtedness to foreign lenders, increasing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy suppliers, increasing the tax burden on the nation’s citizens by adding a new dictatorial health-care entitlement program, and dramatically decreasing or eliminating our nation’s nuclear deterrent.
I attended a screening of “2016” where I live in swing-state Florida. When the house lights flickered back to life, I asked fellow film-goer Bob (he asked that his last name be withheld) for his impressions of the film. Originally, from Boston, Bob described himself as a diehard Massachusetts’ Democrat-turned-Republican and former Internal Revenue Service employee.
“If we don’t change our economic thinking and get this guy [Obama] out of the White House, we won’t have a country,” he said.
“There’s a man in the White House that hates America,” continued Bob, “The American dream is becoming the American nightmare and this guy is doing it on purpose.”
Daughter in-law Janet was equally adamant, “It’s a situation where there are a lot of people who are saying, ‘Is it that we’re in this mess because he [Obama] is so inept?’ This movie answers the question: No, there is an agenda and this man is pursuing his world-view, which is anti-American, it is anti-Israel, it is anti-freedom.”
“What we need to do,” said Janet, “is get everyone out to see this thing [“2016”] and, if they’ve missed the news clips, if they’ve missed what’s gone on the last four years, they need to understand there is a purpose behind it [Obama’s policies], there is an agenda that has driven this man … and it’s an agenda that is driving us into the ground.”
“I actually knew a lot of this,” Bob’s wife Doris chimes in, “but it [the movie] really brings it home, especially for people that had no clue and had voted for him.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film’s producers expanded “the anti-Obama documentary into 1,090 theaters this weekend (it will play in 49 out of 50 states) … and whether or not it continues to raise its venue average, it’s set to make a huge splash at the box office — perhaps about $6 million, which would easily launch it into the Top 10. It could be much bigger than that, too …”
The vetting of Obama has begun. “2016: Obama’s America” gets two enthusiastic, popcorn-covered, Mr. Curmudgeon thumbs up.