NEW YORK – A petition on the White House website asks for 100,000 signatures by July 17 to reach the goal of petitioning the Obama administration to allow Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary “America” to be released on U.S. military bases around the world.
The petition reads: “The feature film ‘America’ from the Oscar-winning producer Gerald R. Molen and the creator of the film ’2016: Obama’s America,’ Dinesh D’Souza, is scheduled to release through Lionsgate Films on July 2nd, 2014, on 1,000 screens across the United States.
“At this time,” it continues, “there are no plans for the film to be released on U.S. military bases around the world. Since this is a patriotic film that celebrates America, we are asking the White House to allow this film to be seen by the men and women who have sacrificed for our country, at movie theaters around the world which happen to be located on U.S. military installations.”
On June 17, a person identified only by the initials “B.N.” in Burbank, California, placed the petition on the White House website.
So far, the petition has 317 signatures.
Petitions placed on the White House website are created by people who sign up for “We the People” at WhiteHouse.gov and are not presumed to be pre-approved by the Obama administration, or necessarily in support of current Obama administration plans and policies.
New York Times blackout
In addition to being shut out from screenings on U.S. military bases around the world, D’Souza’s book “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” written as a companion to the movie, is also being shut of from the New York Times bestseller list.
Last week, the Washington Examiner reported D’Souza’s book “America” is not scheduled to appear on the New York Times bestseller list for the next two weeks, even though sales as reported by various book industry sales totaling organizations would place D’Souza’s book among the top 25 titles nationwide.
On Sunday, June 22, Amazon.com had D’Souza’s book “America” listed at No. 29 in the ranking of the bestselling books on Amazon.com.
D’Souza told WND last week that he expects book sales once the movie is in theaters will reach levels the New York Times will find impossible to ignore.
As WND reported, D’Souza began his journey across America with a premiere screening before an overflow advance audience in New York City at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 theater complex in Union Square.
“I want this to be an inspiring film,” D’Souza explained to the audience in a Q&A session after the screening. “I wanted to bring to life key elements of American history.”
Parked outside the theater complex on Broadway, D’Souza’s tour bus offered rock star-like advertisement for the film, with a larger-than-life portrait of D’Souza painted against the landscape and historic monuments of the nation.
“This film is my attempt to defend America when the American left is attacking the idea of the nation in moral terms, portraying America as a land where wealth has been stolen,” D’Souza said. “In this film, I counter the leftist critique of America head on.”
The screening on both screens in the Union Square movie theater complex in New York City ended with a sustained standing ovation.
In developing the storyline of his new documentary, D’Souza draws on Howard Zinn’s socialist-inspired, bestselling college textbook “A People’s History of the United States: 1482 to Present” to articulate the leftist indictment of the United States.
Documented through a series of interviews from prominent leftist authors and activists ranging from Norm Chomsky to former professor Ward Churchill, D’Souza shows how America is portrayed as a racially-oppressive nation, where power has been accumulated through imperialist foreign wars and domestic class warfare that oppresses people of color, starting with the indigenous Indian tribes displaced form their lands and slaves brought in chains from Africa.
In the second act of the film, D’Souza articulates a compelling view of American exceptionalism in which, he argues, America should not be condemned for slavery, a crime common to many nations in the age of conquest, but should be praised for being a nation willing to fight a great civil war that ended slavery.
D’Souza’s previous documentary, “2016: Obama’s America,” became the second-highest box office grossing political documentary in movie history in an election year narrative that traced the source of Barack Obama’s rage against the United States to the anti-colonial attitudes of his socialist Kenyan father.
On May 20, WND reported D’Souza pleaded guilty in a U.S. Federal District Court in New York City of violating FEC laws in reimbursing two friends in cash for making contributions on his behalf to Wendy Long’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2012.
WND also reported Gerald Molen, the producer of both D’Souza’s feature film documentaries characterized D’Souza’s criminal indictment as a Soviet-style “political prosecution.”
“When Dinesh D’Souza can be prosecuted for making a movie, every American should ask themselves one question: ‘What will I do to preserve the First Amendment?’” Molen asked.