With the presidential election coming down to the wire, and many right-leaning Democrats and Independents either undecided or suffering from “buyers remorse,” it’s no coincidence four conservative movies are all out in the same condensed time frame.
Stephen K. Bannon’s Citizens United documentary, "The Hope and the Change," follows 40 Democrats and Independents who voted for Obama in 2008 but will not vote for him again in 2012.
While the interview subjects are initially “euphoric” about electing the first black president and describe Obama with words like “savior,” “charismatic" and “wondrous,” they quickly question their vote.
They read about the auto bailout and the $787 billion “stimulus” bill and watch Obama presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for achieving nothing. They still give Obama the benefit of the doubt, but their hope is starting to fade.
These voters don’t ascribe any malevolent intentions to the failures of President Obama. Instead, they simply feel he was unprepared and is still in over his head. They blame themselves and the media for not properly vetting candidate Obama four years ago.
This film is available on Hulu.com and various cable outlets. It is a permission slip for every Democrat and Independent, letting them know they are not alone in their frustration and disappointment. More importantly, it tells them it’s okay not to vote for President Obama again. They’re not racist for simply realizing that he tried and failed, and it’s time to let him go.
Bannon’s other Citizens United documentary, "Occupy Unmasked," features the late Andrew Breitbart exposing what may be the most misunderstood political movement of our time, Occupy Wall Street.
Along with former radicals like David Horowitz, Brandon Darby and Lee Stranahan, Breitbart dissects the origins of the actual “Astroturf” movement (to borrow from former-Speaker Nancy Pelosi).
From the false rumor that the band Radiohead would be playing in New York City’s Zuccotti Park to the violence that plagued America’s cities around the Occupy encampments, everything was planned and community organized by radicals from the communist and anarchist movements in concert with the labor unions and many in the so-called “mainstream” media.
"Occupy Unmasked" is also available on Hulu.com and is a must see. If you thought you knew about the Occupy movement… You don’t. At least not until you see this film.
"2016: Obama’s America," based on Dinesh D’Souza’s book “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream,” examines the question, “What is Barack Obama’s American dream?”
By tracing Obama’s life from his birth, to his election, right up until today, D’Souza exposes that Obama’s dream is not what most of us would consider to be the “American Dream” but is instead – as the title indicates – the "Dreams" of his father, Barack Obama, Sr.
The elder Obama was an anti-colonial socialist who fought to drive the British out of Kenya. He hated the colonial powers, Israel and capitalism.
Barack, Jr. embraced his father’s ideology, in no small measure, because his mother (also a socialist) built the father he never really knew up into a heroic figure. She also made sure her son had a mentor in the person of Frank Marshall, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.
This documentary broke box office records and was just released on DVD. It's also available on Video on Demand.
Last but certainly not least is "Atlas Shrugged: Part II," the second of the three-part adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic book. This fictional, but eerily familiar, vision of a not too distant future has many elements of what is actually occurring in America right now. The federal government has enacted the “Fair Share” law, which requires companies to sell only equal amounts of their products to other companies and must sell the government what it says it needs for the “public good” without regard for profit.
There are government “czars” who speak of the Constitution being irrelevant and capitalism “not working.” Gasoline is more than $40 a gallon, meaning that only the very rich can drive cars and airlines are only flying cross-country once a week.
The only viable means of transportation are the railroads. Unemployment is out of control and the rich are vilified. As one of the business owners in the movie says, “The government takes what it wants and taxes what’s left.”
"Atlas Shrugged: Part II," in theaters now, is a chilling vision (written in 1957) of what our country could look like after four more years of an Obama presidency.
Anyone who sees at least two of these films will pause before they go to the ballot box to reelect President Obama.