I cried through most of it. Listening to people who are supposed to be Americans trash their own country is hard to take. I'm overwhelmed by the knowledge that we are being brought down from within. I think back to Khrushchev saying that's what would happen. He said they (progressives, a.k.a. communists) would feed us socialism one little bite at a time.
One of the criticisms of the movie was that it trivializes slavery. I didn't see anything that trivialized slavery, but what I assume they are talking about is that the movie put slavery in perspective. The left hates that. Slavery, especially, must never be put in perspective. All must universally acknowledge that slavery was the most evil act since the beginning of time, and all white men are to blame for it. Where would the race-baiters be if white men stopped accepting the blame for slavery? Unfortunately for them, the reality is that America didn't invent slavery, and neither did white men. Slavery has existed since the beginning of time, and in every culture. The movie pointed out that there where more indentured servants than slaves, and those indentured servants were white. They may have eventually been freed, but they were slaves just the same during their indenture. Why don’t we hear from the decedents of indentured servants? The movie also pointed out that, before the Civil War, there were more black slave owners than white ones. I had not known that, & found it interesting.
The leftist talk of America being imperialistic is simply not supported by fact. What countries are colonies of ours? Which are governed by us? Yes, we have troops in various countries, but they are there to keep peace, not to govern... And look what happened when we didn't leave any troops behind in Iraq! As Colin Powell said, the only land America has ever asked other countries for is to bury our dead (who fought to protect them!) Americans are the kindest, least racist, most generous people on earth. Please tell me, lefties, who is more generous than America? Who is first on the scene of any disaster? What other countries leave war-torn countries in better shape than they found them? What country is less racist? I keep waiting for these people to tell me what country is better... And why it is they aren’t living there.
Every country in the world has been conquered by another at some point. We fought a war with Mexico, and won. We could have kept ALL of Mexico after that war, but we gave half of it back. We signed a treaty, and paid for the land we kept. That is more than other countries have done with conquered lands. The America haters never talk about what other countries do when they conquer lands.
This week, on Megyn Kelly’s show, Dinesh D’Souza debated Bill Ayers. Dinesh pointed out that most of the Indians weren’t killed by settlers, but died of diseases they had no immunity to. Just the same as thousands of Europeans, when Asians brought diseases into their lands. Dinesh said genocide is the intent to kill a people, and that most Indians died of disease, which is not genocide. Ayers countered that Americans did want to kill them, and steal their land. Dinesh's movie points out that, just as countries have been conquered by other counties around the world, Indian lands were taken over when stronger tribes conquered weaker ones. Apparently, man's desire for conquest has existed since time immemorial. As far as I can see, it isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
Dinesh clearly loves this country, as do I. We aren’t perfect, but who is? We’ve made mistakes, but who hasn’t? I may have issues with what our government has been doing, but the people of this country are the kindest, most generous, least racist people on earth.
Yes, Clarence, I loved "America"... Even as I wiped away tears.