CON­SER­VA­TIVES STEP UP FOR ‘AMER­ICA’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JENNIFER HARPER

It re­cently de­buted in 1,000 na­tion­wide the­aters Wed­nes­day: That would be “Amer­ica: Imag­ine the World With­out Her,” the un­apolo­getic fea­ture film writ­ten and pro­duced by Di­nesh D’Souza that of­fers rare ap­plause for Amer­i­can ex­cep­tion­al­ism. But a rough ride could be in store for him. Though some crit­ics have praised the pro­duc­tion val­ues of “Amer­ica,” an un­friendly press has be­gun to ham­mer on the film, not to men­tion its mak­ers. There are al­lies, though. Os­car-win­ning ac­tor and “Ray Dono­van” star Jon Voight has stepped up to of­fer friendly sup­port, along with a coali­tion of 120,000 churches na­tion­wide. The Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive Union has emerged to lend a hand as well.

“‘Amer­ica’ has a real chance to help shape the fu­ture of our na­tion, but it needs your help to suc­ceed,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion told its mem­ber­ship. “The pro­gres­sive nar­ra­tive about our coun­try has dom­i­nated our dis­course for far too long, and it is time for people all over the coun­try to hear a dif­fer­ent story: the story of Amer­i­can jus­tice and free­dom. This na­tion stands at a cross­roads. Will we ac­cept the nar­ra­tive of Amer­i­can theft and ex­ploita­tion, doom­ing our coun­try to slip into de­cline and ob­scu­rity, or will we al­low Amer­ica to re­main great, with the strength and courage to meet new chal­lenges in the days ahead?” are shrink­ing. Our vote to­tals among 18–to–29-yearolds have risen sharply in the last two years, and our can­di­dates are ready to give vot­ers the real choice for cut­ting govern­ment and ad­vanc­ing lib­erty they crave.” sat­is­fied with their free­dom quo­tient. Aus­tralia, Cam­bo­dia and Swe­den fol­lowed, all ranked at 93 per­cent sat­is­fied with their free­dom to do what they pleased. Among Amer­i­cans, the num­ber now stands at 79 per­cent, down from 91 per­cent in 2006 when Gallup last mea­sured the trend.

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