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Fall in Love with D’Souza’s America

If you haven’t yet seen the incredible pro-America docudrama from Dinesh D’Souza, I encourage you to go as soon as possible — and take as many family members, friends, neighbors and acquaintances as you can. From my review of the film, posted at The American Journal:

In this noble effort, D’Souza expertly crafts a stunning visualization of a very different outcome for the American Revolution. Early on in the film, he takes viewers onto an 18th century battlefield, where a resolute General George Washington leads an army of ordinary men into devastating combat with theworld’s premier superpower. Instead of being a prelude to his eventual inauguration as the first American President in 1789, this battle ends Washington’s death — and destroys all hope of forging a free and prosperous nation.

Thanks in part to stunning cinematography and excellent acting, this scene is truly gut-wrenching. What if Washington had been killed? What would the world look like today?

Using that premise, D’Souza  ponders the question of why so many Americans hate their own country. As an immigrant who moved to the United States 30 years ago, he feels very differently about the nation the founders risked everything to create on July 4, 1776. So what is the driving force behind American self-loathing?

The answer: Left-wing radical Howard Zinn  and his book A People’s History of the United States - a scathing indictment of America that has infiltrated public schools, pop culture and academia. As the filmmaker explains, Zinn’s anti-American screed forms the foundation for the outright antipathy so many Americans feel for their homeland.

But is it accurate?

With logic and fact, D’Souza’s film brilliantly deconstructs Zinn’s indictments one by one – from Native American genocide, to “stealing” Mexican land, to “occupying” other nations with our military might in our insatiable quest for world domination. Every charge is examined through the lens of history, with some surprising revelations. For example, the fact that one of the most brutal slave-owners in the American south was himself a black American and former slave- a man who also engaged in the horrid practice of slave breeding — something even white slave owners refused to do. On a positive note, D’Souza also introduces us to some notable, overlooked Americans, like Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire the nation had ever seen — who also happened to be black.

I don’t know about you, but I never learned about Madame C.J. Walker, nor about black slave owners in the American south in all of my years of schooling. In the fifth grade I had a nun who was very passionate about the issue of slavery, which she clubbed her young students with every single day, instilling as much white guilt as possible. Funny, Sister Charlene never told us the whole story, including how Africans sold their own people into slavery. And she also left out the part about white people being slaves throughout history in various civilizations.

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My point is not that slavery is ok — it’s evil. Just that it’s not the exclusive domain of Caucasian men and women in terms of inflicting it upon people of color. But how many Americans are even aware that, as D’Souza points out, the United States is the only country that went to war to end it?

Lest you think it’s just a boring history lesson, D’Souza’s America is an inspiring, emotional, passionate, joyful and uplifting ride through the American psyche. While it masterfully and truthfully refutes the America-hating narrative of the Left it also evokes renewed appreciation and love for the greatest country in the history of the world.

If you’re not cheering in the aisles at the end, you may want to check your pulse.

 

 

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The Liberty Bell Versus The Guillotine

My dear friend and patriot Bernie Lutchman has posted a must-read essay on Bastille Day, July 14:

The French Revolution was modeled after the successful American Revolution which led to Independence in 1776 and the removal of the British monarch as well from this country, and the thirst for new birth of freedom and democracy. However, here is where the similarities basically stopped. Whereas the United States was and is founded on a set of principles, based on Judeo-Christian ethics and morality, the French were, well, the French!

Our freedom in the West was sown into the fabric of men’s souls by the Bible, Religious Liberty and the following, among many other giants: the Pilgrims; the Puritans; Jonathan Edwards; George Whitefield; Samuel Cooper and the great preachers of personal and literal freedom. British born atheist Tom Paine’s “COMMON SENSE” was a secular philosophical impetus for the America Revolution. However, once that was over, he left these shores and showed his true atheist colors in France!

While Paine was the great pamphelteer and encourager of the US effort, he quickly became the man who introduced secular humanism in Europe (through his book THE AGE OF REASON). Europe is the way it is today, because of Thomas Paine, primarily, and others like him. Here is part of what Paine wrote in this book “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. [Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason].

It was not just Paine, who not surprisingly fell from grace as a hero in the newly formed USA, after the French Revolution, but the famous French writer Voltaire. Voltaire’s entire purpose in life was to dismantle Christianity and do away with the bible. He once said “Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.

Within the past two weeks we will have celebrated both Revolutions – American and French. While the condition of America is approaching reprobate status and we are in need of national repentance and prayer, it is more likely to happen in US. This is because of the powerful Christian underpinnings of this country. The seeds of atheism took hold long ago in France, a country where less than 2% of that country are real believers in Jesus Christ.

As we face drought, hopelessness, desperation and depression here in the US, again caused by godless men and women, we are STILL clearly at an advantage on this French independence day. Whereas the bloody guillotine became identified with their French Revolution, we can take comfort in that our TWO EDGED SWORD -the powerful Word of God – the Bible!

Please visit Bernie’s site to read the entire piece, which serves as a sobering and important reminder of our Judeo-Christian foundation in the USA, which has resulted in the establishment of the freest nation the world has ever known. A nation that respects the individual and his or her right to worship as they please….or not worship at all.

There’s a reason why the symbol of the American Revolution is the Liberty Bell, not the guillotine.

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The War of 1812

(June 18, 1812 – December 24, 1814)

 The Second American Revolutionary War


After losing the 13 colonies to George Washington and American revolutionaries 25 years earlier, England still did not recognize the United States as a serious nation.  At war with France, Great Britain was desperate to find sailors for their fleet of over 1,000 ships.  Many seamen had deserted the British Navy to serve on U.S. vessels.  In the hopes of recovering some of the British deserters, Great Britain began to stop and search American merchant ships, and claimed the right to take back British seamen serving on them.  Frequently, they also took Americans.

Eventually the United States, through an Embargo Act, banned all American ships from foreign trade.  Due to the arrogance of the British Navy at sea, their backing of the Indians on America’s frontiers, and the desire of America to acquire the other half of the North American continent — Canada — which was still in the hands of the King of England, Americans were determined to make another attempt at eradicating the British presence in North America.  When Great Britain realized that war with America was a reality, it revoked the authorized seizures at sea, but it was too late. On June 18, 1812, the United States astonished the world by declaring war on Great Britain.

Once the first shot was fired, countless amounts of fierce battles were fought, including the Battle of Frenchtown (January 1813); the Battle of York (Canada- April, 1813); the Battle of Lake Erie (September, 1813); the Battle of Thames (Canada, September, 1813; the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (March, 1814), and the Battle of Baltimore (September, 1814).  Interestingly, it was the Battle of Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner.  Another one of the most important battles of the war was the Battle of Lake Champlain.  Here, an army of about 10,000 British advanced into the United States from Montreal.  A weakened American force was all that stood between them and New York City.  On September 11, 1814, Captain Thomas MacDonough led the charge that destroyed the British fleet, forcing them to retreat back into Canada.  Equally important was the Battle of New Orleans, (January, 1815), which ironically occurred after the war officially ended.  Under the command of General Andrew Jackson, New Orleans was saved, though 700 British were killed, with 1400 wounded and several hundred more captured.  By contrast, the American loss consisted of eight fallen, with 13 wounded.

On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 but resolved none of the issues that had incited it in the first place. In fact, the War of 1812 is, in itself, a little known war in American History.  Although its complex causes ultimately ended in a stalemate, the war helped establish a very young United States among other nations, and cultivated a strong sense of American national pride. Those patriotic feelings live on today, reflected and preserved in our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

– Pam Russo

About the Author: Tireless patriot, dedicated grassroots activist, devout Catholic and Liberty Tree proprietor Pam Russo is a virtual office assistant who resides in New York. Follow her on twitter @LibertyTreeShop and connect with her on Facebook.


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