“Battle for America” (2010), directed by Stephen L. Bannon, and primarily narrated by Dick Morris (along with Lou Dobbs and Ann Coulter), is one of the three Bannon films offered by Citizens United in a three-DVD set that as of this time seems sold directly by CU (six weeks ago, I could not find it on Amazon but it’s there now). But the films could generate some interest now given the inauguration of Donald Trump and his elevation of Steve Bannon in the early days of his administration (maybe to author the failed travel bans). But this film was put out before the 2010 Congressional “mid term exam”. (Yup, a mid term and a final.)
It starts out by showing the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009 before going into a monotone rant centered around the Left’s plan to turn America into a European socialist state taking 40% of the economic GDP instead of 30% as in the US (as is claimed). It starts calling the 2009 Democratic Congress “imperial” (like Haydn’s 53rd Symphony, as in my old recording of it by Stokowski).
Right off the bat, it asks if providing health care is allowed as an enumerated power in the Constitution. Playing devil’s advocate, someone asks if building an Interstate highway system was (as during Eisenhower).
It calls Washington the “Village of the Damned” (then “Why We Fight”). The film also shows some old clips from Hollywood Biblical spectacles for illustration.
The narrative purports to support individual freedom and individualism (Ayn Rand style), but seems willing to allow churches and families to barge into the private lives of those who don’t conform to gender norms.
To its credit, the film does correctly characterize collusion between government and shadier aspects of Wall Street, leading to the 2008 financial crisis.
“To replace self-reliance with reliance on government”. Yes, a good buzzphrase, looking toward the nanny state regulating soft drinks. True, an aging population that doesn’t reproduce itself will have trouble supporting itself.
On health care, yes, the film argues the conservative case against government health care (not the least of which is waiting lists). But we have a choice, based on moral hazard: we cover everyone, we depend on private volunteerism to cover people who can’t pay for themselves, or we let people die (which contradicts conservative “right to life” goals). The film threatens to zero-fund health care (“Obmacare”) if it passes.
The film says “the greatest threat to national security is the national debt”. This was one year before the debt ceiling crisis in the summer of 2011, when the US credit rating went down.
The last section is called “How We Win”. Well, “The Tea Parties”, of course. Then, “Floodtide”.
“Reward people who carry the water rather than drink the water”. Like Ronald Reagan, the true Aquarian. The film has a shot from “Titanic” with the newspaper byline, “Women and children first.”
Newt Gingrich talks a lot, but he’s more effective when the talks about electromagnetic pulse, which doesn’t get mentioned here.
The film throws around the term “The Last Best Hope”, but that’s the name of a film by the Nuclear Threat Initiative!
Oh, there is no such thing as a conservative Democrat (like Sam Nunn).
Morris mentions Barney Frank, to run the banking system, as “involved in a gay prostitution scandal;” back in 1989.
At then end the film shows some building fires (like in “Backdraft”). But the film then says, “We don’t have to risk our lives” like conscripted soldiers.
|Name:||“Battle for America”|
|Director, writer:||Stephen K. Bannon|
|When and how viewed:||CU DVD purchased, 2017/4/18|
(Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:15 PM)