August 31, 2012

M.D. Harmon: '2016' film worth seeing, even if you might disagree with it

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Indeed, as John Hinderaker noted in the conservative "Powerline" blog, you don't have to look only at Obama's father to find the sources of his worldview.

His long-term academic and social relationships, which reflected the hard left's view of the United States as the major force for oppression in the world, provide plenty of fodder for creating the most left-wing president the United States has ever had.

The film is reportedly doing extremely well at the box office, even in some very "blue" areas. The showing I attended, in Portsmouth, N.H., was perhaps two-thirds full, the viewers were mostly middle-aged and older, and the credits were greeted with some applause.

It has one unfortunate gap, in which D'Souza too briefly compares Obama's statist worldview to the free-market, individual-liberty-loving views of the Founding Fathers.

Considering the state of U.S. education today, he should have had a credentialed historian describe the government the Founders created and compare it to how Obama and other progressives have been transforming it in their image.

Making the individual-rights-versus-state-power contrast explicit would have strengthened the film's final moments.

Not that it pulls many punches along the way. See it, and decide for yourself.

M.D. Harmon, a retired journalist and military officer, is a freelance writer and speaker. He can be contacted at:


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