Alexis de Tocqueville

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was working as a counselor on media marketing matters and had reason to call on different sources researching my presentations. I was a fan of using Second Order Change as a source. The web defines second order change as “any change, which takes place at a higher logical level than the problem state. This allows the change to affect the system, thereby rendering the erstwhile problem harmless, irrelevant or useful.’ I also tried to use quotes attributable to Alexis de Tocqueville and germane to media marketing problems and opportunities we faced in the early decade of the 90’s. The fact was that while there were many “quotes” from Alexis it was more difficult to trace the sources he used and so I only used one alleged quote “America’s system of democracy will prevail until that moment when politicians realize they can bribe their constituents with their own money” because it represented some issues I felt we were dealing with in the process of changing our media world and working media tools.

This week I went to see the movie “America” produced by Dinesh D’Souza, the same man who gave us the movie “2016” a scathing review of President Obama’s history, ideology and plans as Dinesh and his sources viewed them. He must have made an impression with that movie because it is number two in theatre and disc sales only to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” the highest grossing documentary in U.S. film history. Two decidedly different views of what’s wrong with America. I mentioned that Dinesh must have gotten the President’s attention because he was singled out for prosecution by the federal government for illegal political contributions and has a jail term pending of approximately eighteen months.

“America” is a dramatically different film centering on the ill’s of this country generated as the left or liberal elements see it with our moral failings with the Native Americans, blacks, Mexico and natural resources stolen from our own country and of course from other countries, mostly middle eastern and African nations. Dinesh tries to make the point that the American spirit and moral compass has driven our success by innovation from that the historical process of conquest. There is some reference to President Obama and Hillary Clinton and the origins of their ideological approach to this country. The film hits heavily on the alleged beliefs of both Obama and Hillary that there must be a redistribution of wealth from the upper and middle classes to the poor represented by lower educational levels, joblessness and a general malaise that sees no hope for their collective future. The film concentrates on showing clips and quotes from Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers and other noted communist/socialist leaders in the United States. On the other hand Denish attributed many statements to Alexis de Tocqueville from his trip to the United States in 1831 and in subsequent articles and books he wrote on America making the point that With a religious base and in essences a lack of cynicism we could only fail If we defeat ourselves. This contention is why I appreciate Alexis’s statement that “America’s system of democracy will prevail until that moment when politicians realize they can bribe their constituents with their own money.”

Do I think the movie “America” is worth seeing, yes if you want a dose of pride in your country and a reaffirmation of smaller government and a clear path away from redistribution of wealth? I suspect that if any of my liberal friends actually see the movie the moment their hear the words religious convictions in the script their cynicism will kick in and they will sneer at the elements of worth that Dinish attributes to “Americans.”

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