To those who claim lawmakers arenít doing anything, that just isnít true. At least one conservative state lawmaker (Alan Hays R-FL) is spending his time in office trying to get Dinesh D'Souza's conservative propaganda movie shown to high school kids.
BTW, D'Souza pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud this past May.
Lawmaker Introduces Bill Forcing Schools To Show Conservative Filmmaker Dinesh DíSouzaís Anti-Liberal Movie
July 25, 2014
To those who claim lawmakers arenít doing anything, that just isnít true. At least one conservative lawmaker is spending his time in office trying to get conservative propaganda movies shown to high school kids.
Republican Alan Hays, a Florida state senator, was so taken with Dinesh DíSouzaís docudrama America: Imagine The World Without Her that he immediately went home and began drafting legislation that would require every public middle and high school in Florida to have mandatory showings of it unless students had a written note from their parents objecting.
The one glaring problem with this plan is that America is a shameless anti-liberal hit piece. Itís sole objective appears to be to denounce progressivism and criticize its supporters. Loosely stringing together a narrative of the (conservative-approved) history of the United States, the story dots the story with interviews with liberal scholars and thinkers, mockingly portraying their opinions as anti-American, dangerous, and stupid. As a conservative movie meant for conservative audiences eager to reaffirm their beliefs, itís appealing. For students who assume they are going to learn about United States history without political spin Ė itís absolutely reprehensible.
DíSouza has spent the Obama presidency making films like this. In 2012, just before the election, he released 2016: Obamaís America, a film which casually floated conspiracy theories and conservative talking points with the intent to persuade voters that Obama was destroying America. The New Yorkerís incredible review of the film begins thusly:
"The movie ď2016: Obamaís AmericaĒ is a work of propaganda that offers base innuendo in lieu of argument, but the parts of it that are authentically engaging and account for its slender cinematic appeal likely have as much to do with the filmís popularity as its anti-Obama message does. Theyíre also inseparable from the filmís most scurrilous insinuations. Itís the kind of personal production that calls into question the very virtue of sincerity: Iíd think better of its master-thinker and preŽminent presence, Dinesh DíSouza (who co-wrote and directed it with John Sullivan), if the movie gave cause to believe that he was merely mouthing a prepared campaign line rather than expressing his actual viewpoints. But his representation of ingenuous sincerityóthe perversion and distortion of the notion of a personal movieóis the filmís starting point and the governing concept of its structure."Needless to say, the reviews only got worse from there (the film currently has a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes).
His next big media blitz was the dual publishing of America in both book and movie form. The book was ravenously scooped up by conservatives eager for another anti-Obama fix, but went on to middling sales with the wider public who have grown tired of DíSouzaís wild-eyed conspiracies. Unfortunately, DíSouza didnít handle mediocrity with grace and has since been on a non-stop campaign to blame everyone he can think of Ė from Costco to independent book reviewers Ė for the bookís poor reception.
The movie hasnít fared much better (reviewer Elizabeth Bruenig claims she was the only person in the theater on a Friday night), so expect to see more accusations of liberal media bias at any moment.
In the meantime, Hays has nothing but praise for a movie that was designed specifically for conservatives like Hays.
ďI saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ĎWow, our students need to see this.í And itís my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before theyíre asked to vote on the bill,Ē Hays said.
ďIíve looked at history books and talked to history teachers and the message the students are getting is very different from what is in the movie,Ē Hays said. ďItís dishonest and insulting. The students need to see the truth without political favoritism.Ē [source]In Haysí mind, ďwithout political favoritismĒ means ďunapologetically pro-conservative, anti-liberal propaganda.Ē
Another problematic hitch to Haysí plan? DíSouza is a convicted felon that is likely going to prison later this year. In early 2014, he was indicted on federal charges related to violating campaign finance laws in support of conservative candidates he favored in national elections. He later plead guilty and now awaits his final sentencing. He is not exactly the model of above-the-table trustworthiness. Whether it is for elections or filmmaking, DíSouza doesnít mind playing a bit dirty to further his political agenda. Now, Florida wants to pay for a bunch of copies of his film so they can stick it to liberals. Good grief.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the craziest part about the proposed legislation is that it could actually pass. Florida has the perfect storm of Republican lawmakers and Republican governor so that if the bill makes it through the state legislature, it will likely be signed into law. If that happens, it will be up to parents to object against what amounts to indoctrination of their children.