Educate Yourself: Go See '2016: Obama's America'
- Rebecca Hagelin ReligionToday.com Contributor
- 2012 19 Sep
It’s time to change that.
A new movie, 2016: Obama’s America, is doing just that, breaking box-office records in the process. Who would have thought a documentary, in the midst of a tight economy, would draw record crowds to America’s theatres?
But a documentary is a story, and this one has a compelling message, and it's been my honor to help promote it. Americans are flocking to the theatres to learn the truth about Barack Obama — the man — and at the influences that have shaped him and the worldview that now threatens our children’s futures. Rising to number three in box office receipts last week, 2016: Obama’s America also has leapt past all but one of liberal film-maker Michael Moore’s heavily-promoted liberal documentaries and now holds the number two slot on the all-time list of political documentaries.
What’s the film’s message? That Barack Obama’s ideology, his mindset, his dreams, and his perspective on America inevitably reflect the rabid anti-colonialism of his Kenyan father and radical mother. As a result, from his student years on into adulthood, Barack Obama has purposefully sought the counsel and mentorship of five men known for their Marxist perspectives, anti-American rants, and, in the case of Bill Ayers, their terrorist activities here in America.
These are the forces that have made Barack Obama into the man he is today.
Portrayed by the press back in 2008 as a thoughtful scholar and coalition-builder, the Barack Obama of 2012 stands on stage as a brazen, big-government liberal with a socialist bent, whose rallying cry now depends on class envy and government dependency. Worse, as 2016: Obama’s America shows, he welcomes America’s loss of power and prestige on the world stage. Similarly, he has overseen a precipitous drop in America’s military might, spinning it as a path to reduced international tensions.
What happened to the president who, in 2008, was going to usher in a new era of peace the world over, of friendly relations with rising Islamic theocracies, and non-partisan politics at home?
Those promises — little more than puffery and hot air — have literally gone up in smoke. American flags burn outside of embassies. The median U.S. income continues to walk backwards, dropping well below the median income of 10 years ago. And the “non-partisan” president has not succeeded in getting a budget passed, instead muscling his way towards ideological solutions through the power of executive orders.
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Take your children, particularly your middle- and high-school-age children, to see 2016: Obama’s America. They will not get this information in the classroom, thanks to the political heft of liberal teachers’ unions that contribute heavily to Barack Obama. (Even conservative teachers may soft-pedal negative facts about our sitting president to avoid liberal attacks that paint critics of the first black president as secret racists.)
A recent showing in Virginia — a battleground state — prompted typical reactions among theatregoers. One group of retirees left the theatre, shaking their heads, worrying that Obama would bequeath a “socialist” America to their grandkids. Their response? They’ll vote — and not for Obama, either.
A group of teens nearby, not yet old enough to vote, saw the movie as a call to action. The eldest, Jack, observed that Obama’s “mindset and the way he thinks,” combined with his administration’s troubling drawdown of American military capabilities, make the prospect of Obama’s re-election “scary.” Michael, Jack’s brother, commented that “Obama’s history” is a “bad history” that most people don’t know, but should. JP, his friend, agreed, saying, “People need to know that his mentors and friends were Communists and even a terrorist.” That’s part of the problem, Jack observed, “The media chooses to keep that quiet,” so voters may end up being “manipulated into re-electing Obama.” Their response? The boys resolved to spread the word.
And so should we. Educate yourself. Encourage others to do the same. Go the the theatre this weekend, without fail, so there is time for you to learn the truth and spread the word. Without access to facts about the real Obama — the one that nobody knew in 2008 — America may make a mistake from which we may never recover.
Our children deserve better.
c. 2012 Rebecca Hagelin
Publication date: September 19, 2012