Florida Republican Wants Bill That Would Force Public Schools to Show Anti-Obama Propaganda Film

alan-haysIn 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Jesse Hendrix

    Show it in the “How to spot propaganda” Class.

  • worrierking

    I see nothing wrong with showing this film. After all, didn’t they show “Triumph of the Will” to German school children in the thirties?

    • John Hickman

      You are being sarcastic, right? I only say that because everyone may not get your point.

      • worrierking

        Yes, Yes, Yes!

        I see now that a lot of people might not be familiar with the history of propaganda in Germany prior to and during WWII.

      • real_world_truth

        Ah yes, Leni Riefenstahl was a great director and screen writer. Sadly, she was also a great tool in the hands of Hitler and Goebbels.

    • Janie Jones

      And we got hitler. Enough said

      • Snarky Daemon O’Mockery

        Hail Eris!

        No, that’s not an outrageously out-of-line comparison to Nazis. The GOP of today is pretty much where (and what) the Nazis were around 1930, and with any luck, they’ll stay there until all the current big names die. Since the GOP can no longer win elections without cheating, and need very close margins to make the cheats look like dumb luck going their way, there is some cause for hope.

        Because sex is not a time to chat. In fact, it’s one of the few instances in my overly articulated, exceedingly verbal life where it is perfectly appropriate — if not preferable — to shut up. And now suddenly I have to worry about being stumped for conversation? — no thank you.

    • Linda Gaines

      The film is a mess and not all truth. Oh right, we will lie if we need to.

  • Scott Newman

    I don’t remember a bill to show Michael Moore’s film.

  • TripleMoon

    Is it too late to put the crazy back in pandora’s box?

    • John Hickman

      Afraid so…… Now we have to deal with them.

  • mommadawn

    I agree with others here. Just show it along with Hitler’s propaganda films and other dictatorship’s campaigns, make it part of a whole lesson about about mass hysteria and propaganda.

    • Eg Kbbs

      I’m wondering if the owners of the film will charge their usual performance royalties for showing the film. Could be a great way to transfer Fla tax dollars to a conserviative “Think” tank. (It worked for the Fla Gov’s wife with welfare drug testing. And we all know the schools have too much money).

  • Pipercat

    What happened to life, liberty and the pursuit of fine cinema?

    • Charles Vincent

      This is why I buy the movies and watch them at home…

      • Pipercat

        Netflix, get with the times!!!

      • Charles Vincent

        uhh they dont even have M*A*S*H or Gilligans island but they do have plans to get them hehe

      • Pipercat

        Shit, the old lady does streaming and gets the disks via the mail. She is the TV Guruess!

      • Charles Vincent

        what that isnt fair lol

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  • Rep Jim Hankle

    I showed this film at my granddaughter’s baptism. Next to the Bible, it’s the second best work of non-fiction ever created

    • Emanuel Gambino

      You DO mean “fiction”, don’t you?

      • Rep Jim Hankle

        I know the definition of non-fiction and I used it correctly.

      • Nathan Frigerio

        Keep whistling in the graveyard.

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        non fiction? would that include how women must be killed for NOT being a virgin upon marriage? or how CAINS wife is NEVER mentioned in bible?
        ,,,,,,,,,,and ( silly me) how old did noah live; and where did he learn how to build such a HUGE BOAT and garner all creatures from areas of this planet which didn’t live near him or WOULD HAVE EATEN HIM??? ( silly me)

    • Brian

      Jeez, how many fake Jim Hankle accounts are there? Is this guy really so bad?

    • WILBUR

      He is a proud redneck, racist bigot. Even had his granddaughter dressed in the cutest little KKK robe. Fairy tales and propaganda at the Baptism.

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      hmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, BIBLE “NON fiction”?
      ok!! explain to me how NOAH got every animal ( including animals which did NOT live near him) onto a boat and kept them fed — and NOT eating each other– and THEN HE GOT THEM back to where they came from,,,,,like: the western hemisphere???
      ,,,,,,,,,,, and: that BOOK which is written BY men FOR MEN forgets to tell us that NOSAH and his scurvy family now HAVE TO BE the new ADAM AND EVE!!! ( remember: everyone else perished)
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    • Gary Menten

      Hey Jim, I just want to warn you that goose-stepping will give you flat feet.

  • Nemisis

    Wait….Bush WROTE a book? WROTE…Not colored?

    • real_world_truth

      Most likely someone ghost wrote it and they let Dubya pick the font and the colors for the cover art.

  • Shaun Kirkwood

    They may as well show “Birth of a Nation”. It’ll get he same results…

  • Sarah Stravinska

    Right wingers love to accuse Obama of “communist” behavior. But this sort of propoganda, foisted on children no less, is exactly why my grandparents fled Russia. Krushchev once banged his shoe screaming, “We will bury you!” Little did we know that we might be “buried” from within.

  • John Hickman

    This is an attempt to disrupt the government, and that is the textbook definition of sedition.

  • Sunnysmom

    Sure, as long as they’re also required to watch Sicko, Roger and Me, and Bowling for Columbine.

  • Janie Jones

    Republicans wasting tax payers money on more stupid shit. Our children are already educationally behind other countries. Why teach hate in our schools? There is enough hate in America. Give them tge tools to compete in the world.

  • David Bresett

    Republicans are nothing but dictators. This guy is one of the least of the bunch. There are others far worse.

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  • Kovah88

    Does anyone remember a few months after Obama’s first election one like fourth–grade or so class sang a little song about Obama and conservatives were crying “INDOCTRINATION!” all over the place?

  • Gary Menten

    Yeah, sure because a convicted criminal who thinks who claims that the American liberal sexual immodesty is to blame for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison is exactly the guy who’s bullshit propaganda films we should be showing to teenage children.

  • travincal

    Funny because I was forced to watch Michael Moores nut-job propaganda film “bowling for Columbine” in highschool and wasn’t even given the chance to opt out. I also didn’t complain about it because unlike liberals republicans are open minded and simply watching or listening to someone with opposing views doesn’t get my blood boiling or my panties in a wad. Republicans believe in people deciding for themselves after being exposed to both sides while liberals don’t trust people to make their own decisions and therefore don’t want opposing views to be shown out of fear. This can be seen clear as day with the liberal Hollywood propaganda machine that fully supports liberal biased movies while silencing, degrading and giving scathing reviews to anything even slightly patriotic or republican. Furthermore this whole article shows how close minded the author is (like all liberals) in that he’s writing a story on a movie he didn’t even see. I would never have the nerve to write about something I didn’t even watch or do research on. Typical angry liberal article pandering to other angry liberals. Also just reviewing some of the comments here shows how radical the thinking (or lack thereof) on the left is with the comparisons of Nazis to the GOP. As batshit crazy and brainwashed as the liberal youth in this country is now I would still never make such a comparison. Last I checked the GOP isn’t campaigning for the mass murder of any group of people nor are their politics even somewhat related to the politics of the Nazi party. By all means though please keep showing how immature and uninformed in the matters of history you liberals are it only helps to show the deep seeded hatred and bias leftists have towards anyone who dares to think differently than them. Open minded….Yea right I’ll be surprised if any of the liberals here are even able to read this whole comment without having a heart attack or replying with angry childish insults.