Florida Bill Will Require Students To Watch Terrible Dinesh D’Souza Movie
A bill being proposed by legislators in Florida would require all high school students to watch convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza’s controversial “America: Imagine The World Without Her” at least twice during their school careers, once during 8th grade, and once during 11th. Republicans Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Neil Combee hope that the heavily patriotic film will counteract the well-known liberal bias of historical facts.
Why is the film so controversial? Because it is completely ridiculous. First of all, there is a lot of “It’s A Wonderful Life”-style imagineering of what would have happened if George Washington had died in battle and the United States had never even been born. Second, it focuses on four main parts of our history that Souza believes have been wrongly vilified by the left.
1. Slavery Was Bad
Slavery was not so bad, and like, other people had slavery too, so shut up about how we kept black people as slaves because seriously it’s no big. And we ended it didn’t we? So, you know, we’re pretty great.
2. The Ethnic Cleansing of Native American People Was Bad
NOPE. Not bad either, says Dinesh! Because it’s not like anyone brought over small pox blankets on purpose. It just happened, ok? And also the Native Americans conquered each other’s lands too! And let’s just not talk about that whole “Trail of Tears” thing.
3. Stealing Half Of Mexico Was Bad
WHATEVER, all those Mexicans are trying to come over here now anyway. They should be glad that we stole their land and made it into America, the greatest country in the world.
4. Colonialism, Also Bad!
But now the places we colonized are America and America is great, so there.
The film, you may like to know, has only an eight percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also spends a weird amount of time trying to paint Bill and Hillary Clinton as SECRET RADICALS who make sweet love to Saul Alinsky every night.
I actually do not understand the whole Saul Alinsky thing. Why is liking Saul Alinsky some kind of big deal? When did he become the boogie man? I mean, really, the only reason these people even know who Saul Alinsky even is now is because “Rules For Radicals” was actually passed out by Freedom Works and other Tea Party groups.
But! The thing is, it’s not facts that are important here, it’s not reality that’s important here. What is important to people like Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Neil Combee is that our young people are taught that America is super great and always right no matter what, to ensure that they will love their country–and, if necessary, be willing to die for it.
History is taught a certain way for a reason. There is a reason why schools in the South referred to the Civil War as “The War of Northern Aggression.” There is a reason why we teach children that Christopher Columbus was a hero rather than a genocidal maniac. There is a reason why we teach children that every war we ever fought, we fought for the right reason. It’s because doing so produces people who are more useful to those in charge, and who would like to retain their power. It produces people who are more likely to be willing to fight in wars, who are more willing to put up with social and economic injustice, who are unable to look at our country with a critical eye. Nationalism is extremely convenient.
There’s also another impulse at work. The belief that if we just ignore all the bad stuff about our country and pretend like everything is just fine and always has been just fine, that things will be great. Sort of like what I imagine a WASP Thanksgiving must be like.
I, however, trust people with the truth. I don’t think that you have to believe that your country is right all the time always, or has never done anything shitty in order to care about it and want it to be the best it can be, and to want the best for those living in it. However, if you teach kids a bunch of bullshit, they’re eventually going to find out that they’ve been lied to, and they’ll probably be a lot more pissed than if you had just told them the truth in the first place. [Washington Post]