Dinesh D’Sousa, author and filmmaker whose book and documentary film “America: Imagine the World without Her,” and Tom Palmer, lead plaintiff in the recent landmark (temporarily-stayed) decision ending Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, will be featured guests tonight on Salem Radio Network’s nationally-syndicated Armed American Radio program, an AAR press release announced Thursday.
“While we face historic attacks against our Second Amendment freedoms during this age of Obama, it is safe to say that these attacks are but one part of a much larger assault against all of our freedoms,” Walters noted. “No one has done a better job of exposing the president and his extremely dangerous progressive agenda than Mr. D’Souza. His books and films should be a wake-up call to all Americans who are concerned about their loss of liberties, regardless of political affiliation. I look forward to lending Armed American Radio’s microphone to Mr. D’Souza ... as he continues to expose the progressive lies.”
That last part is especially important. I went to see “America” yesterday and found it is nothing like the snotty and insulting put-downs on sites like U.S. News & World Report (“the paranoid style in conservative politics”) and Salon.com (“Dinesh D’Souza’s laughable embarrassment”). If anything, those attack pieces serve to bolster the thesis of the film, that there are two different visions of what America has been, is and should be about, with detractors relying heavily on one of the main subjects of the documentary, hard-left "community organizer" Saul Alinsky, particularly through their obvious and heavy-handed employment of his Rule Five “ridicule” tactic specified in “Rules for Radicals.”
I enjoyed the film, found much truth in it, albeit there were some areas I’d like to see explored in greater detail. But while anyone so motivated can find fault with the labors and contentions of another, my main critique of the film is that it was not as widely supported as it could have been. I saw it on the last day an area theater was screening it, and the Saturday matinee audience left a lot of unfilled seats. We were all middle-aged and older individuals, and none were in the age bracket or demographic that could benefit most from an alternative to the politically correct revisionist “history” they’ve been “taught” in public schools, or to the opinion-manipulating messages put out by the mainstream press.
The film struggled against discouraging efforts throughout its run, with “progressive” Google suppressing show times from search results and Obama-supporting Costco pulling the companion book off its shelves. While those had an effect on overall box office returns, I attribute much of Saturday's local attendance to the reason why so many good grassroots projects struggle, something I’ve seen time and again and call Profiles in Apathy. Add to that the reason people go to the movies in the first place: To escape and be entertained. The home market can be different, so let’s hope when the film becomes available for private viewing, we all do our part to get more to see it-- because it’s that important, as tonight's program should persuade you.
As a positive aside, I was pleased to see the film ended with Madison Rising performing its inspiring version of The Star Spangled Banner. Lead singer Dave Bray has been a frequent Armed American Radio guest, so it was great to listen to the song in a theater setting and see other enjoy it.
AAR's other guest, Tom Palmer, is someone many gun owners know nothing about aside from his name being attached to a legal case that’s been causing quite a bit of excitement in recent days. This column reported on the District Court decision striking D.C.’s total ban on carrying handguns, then on the Metropolitan Police Department giving its officers clarifying response options, and finally on the 90-day stay issued by the judge that put enforcement back into play while both sides plan their next moves. Mark Walters is an intuitive interviewer, and he’ll no doubt be able to elicit exclusive insights on both the case and on the man it’s named after.
Palmer will be the program’s first guest, appearing in Hour One, which broadcasts from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time (adjust for your time zone). D’Souza will come on in Hour Two. Hour Three will resume the program’s typical “round table” format for that segment, when I will join Walters and production engineer/sidekick Sean “Seanto” Young, and possibly, firearms trainer/blogger George “Mad Ogre” Hill and others not announced at this time.
UPDATE (from Mark Walters' program recap):
Tom Palmer, lead plaintiff in the case bearing his name, Palmer v. DC that overturned DC ban on carry and special guest: NY Times Best Selling Author, filmmaker, scholar, Dinesh D’Souza. Roundtable guests include regular contributors David Codrea and George Hill.
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