In a headline that sounds like something from The Onion, Florida state Senator Alan Hays (R) announced that he’s working on a bill he’s going to introduce that would require all of Florida’s middle and high schools to show Dinesh D’Souza’s latest conservative propaganda film, America: Imagine the World Without Her.
Because nothing says “freedom” quite like introducing a bill that would require all Florida public schools to show a right-wing propaganda film.
To just drop a couple of nuggets I’ve ran across in the book version of this film, D’Souza argues that America should no longer really feel guilty about slavery because all the slaves are dead and their descendants are better off anyway. There’s also a part in the book where he essentially claims Native Americans don’t have a right to want their land back because they never figured out how to make it valuable. Whereas Americans found ways to add value to the land through mining for natural resources and development.
For a moment I thought about buying it so that I could read more, but the 20 or so pages I read through in a bookstore were more than I could take.
I’ve read one of Bill O’Reilly’s books and even read Decision Points by George W. Bush, and I can say without hesitation that the 20 or so pages I read of D’Souza’s book was by far the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read.
And just going by the reviews I’ve read of the movie, it seems every bit as ridiculous as the book.
But in Hays’ own words, “I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill.”
Of course he thought that – he’s a right-wing Republican. The exact demographic this film specifically targets. Conservative voters love being told or shown things that they want to be real. Especially if it’s a film that essentially says, “America did little wrong in it’s history and we should stop shaming our nation’s past. The world should thank us for being so flawless and awesome!”
Because from what I’ve read about this film, that’s essentially the plot.
Oh, and progressives are the cause of everything that’s wrong in this country. Especially President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
It’s just laughable that a Florida Republican would actually try to make right-wing propaganda mandatory to be shown in public schools.
Now to be fair, the bill he’s crafting would apparently include an option for parents to have their kids opt-out of watching it – but it shouldn’t even come to that. This isn’t a PG-13 Jim Carrey comedy flick or some documentary that’s educational but perhaps controversial, this is blatant right-wing revisionist history and propaganda that has no place in public schools.
And by the way, I’m still waiting for all the “horrors” to occur that D’Souza predicted would happen if Obama won a second term in his last propaganda film, 2016: Obama’s America.
Then again these films aren’t about being factual, accurate or predicting much of anything. They’re about pandering to the ignorance of the conservative voter. And in that regard, they accomplish their goal perfectly.