I love America. I chose this country like millions of immigrants. I’m blessed by my life in America.
Source: Dinesh D’Souza in the new documentary America: Imagine the World Without Her
Folks, allow me to introduce Dinesh D’Souza to you all.
Born in Mumbai (1961) into a Goan family and an American citizen since 1991, Dinesh wears many hats in life – He is a conservative writer and commentator, a lousy documentary maker, a nasty phony and a sickening crook.
If the Gods look kindly upon us, Dinesh will go to prison when he is sentenced on September 23, 2014 (he pleaded guilty on May 20 to campaign finance fraud and makes a slimy, veiled reference to his crime toward the end of this documentary).
America – Dinesh’s Junk
In my view, making an engrossing documentary is a lot harder than making a feature film. Reality bores people.
A political documentary is an even harder sell because the vast majority is indifferent to politics. More so if they’re Indian viewers for whom a political documentary is an alien notion (most Indians are classless scum who enjoy a film only if it involves an item number featuring heaving bosoms and 12 drooling men monkeying around a strumpet or has one of the mediocre Khans as hero).
America: Imagine the World Without Her, Dinesh’s latest documentary is based on his recent eponymous book.
Besides being the documentary’s “narrator and creator,” Dinesh is co-writer of the screen-play, co-producer and co-director.
My verdict after seeing America: Imagine the World Without Her is that Dinesh lacks what it takes to make a good political documentary.
Dinesh lacks both the aggressive narrative panache of a Michael Moore and the unbiased analytical skills required to put forth a balanced view of a subject.
He is so boring as a presenter that I will not fault anyone nodding off during the film.
Dinesh is also guilty of a bigger crime. He’s so blinded by his Right-wing convictions that he does not examine a subject from all sides.
But like most desis, Dinesh is a wily operator quick to spot an opportunity.
It’s no secret that a lot of White trash (particularly the 50+ crowd) hate Barack Obama. And Dinesh sees an opportunity in pandering to this large bunch of White racist troglodytes for whom Obama is Devil incarnate.
So there’s a market for Dinesh’s trashy books and documentaries among the geriatric White trash, more so when a film on America debuts around July 4.
Dinesh’s principal theme in the documentary is that there’s a large group of Americans (particularly the White middle class) who are now ashamed of their country because of the machinations of people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and their ‘radical’ mentors like Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky.
And Dinesh’s basic point is that there’s nothing for Americans to be ashamed of.
America – Based on Theft
In the documentary, Dinesh takes up four American ‘thefts’ that are supposedly frequently cited by the Left and critics to shame the country:
* Theft of Territory (from the native Indians and Mexico)
* Theft of Labor (via Black slavery)
* Theft of Resources (via attacks on other countries)
* Theft of the American Dream (via capitalist practices denying a fair share to workers)
Besides doing a lousy job of debunking the ‘theft’ arguments made by critics, Dinesh also fails to address major issues like huge jump in income inequalities in recent decades, wage stagnation, corporate influence on elections through campaign contributions etc.
For instance on slavery, Dinesh tries to deflect the injustice done to millions of slaves by arguing that there were Black slave owners as well, lots of White indentured laborers were shipped in from Ireland or White children were kidnapped off the streets of London and brought to America. Comparing the hideous suffering of Blacks during slavery to that of some Whites for brief periods is insanity, beyond the pale.
Capitalism, for Dinesh, works merely through the consent of the consumer. But there are so many other aspects to capitalism like providing a living wage to workers, offering healthcare to employees, addressing factory pollution etc. But Dinesh is blind to all of that. And he finds a doddering Indian economist (Jagdish Bhagwati) to tell him that capitalism is the most moral case since it’s lifted over 200 million from poverty in India in 15 years.
“If America did not exist, the conquest ethic would dominate the world,” according to Dinesh. That’s arguable and, in any case, with hypothetical statements you can literally say anything without fear of contradictions.
Just vague platitudes.
Dinesh argues that despite all the damage the Left/Democrats is supposedly doing to America, the country can still be salvaged.
“But we do have us,” Dinesh tells viewers and this “us” he says in an end note will wage the struggle for restoration of America.
Like any other country/group of people, America is a force for good on some occasions and a force for evil on others. Nothing unique about that.
But it’s impossible to deny that the last four decades have not been good ones for average Americans thanks to their betrayal from both the Right and the Left and the people’s descent into the bottomless pit of mindless consumerism.