By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
The filmmaker who exposed Barack Obama’s Marxist background, and debt to a pro-Soviet Communist Party operative, is trying once again to wake up America. This time, Joel Gilbert is using Michael Moore-style cinematic tactics to expose President Obama, the progressives, and their destructive Marxist schemes.
His new film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” is due in theaters this summer. The world premiere will be in Denver.
The theme is that socialism’s false promise is comparable to the fraudulent wizard behind the curtain in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Obama is portrayed as the new wizard, in the tradition of Lenin, Mao and Castro. A poster for the film shows Obama waving the American flag while holding a hammer and sickle behind his back.
Like Michael Moore, who revolutionized filmmaking by conducting personal investigations and confrontations, Gilbert highlights Obama’s “transformation” of America into a socialist state through personal visits to such cities as Chicago, Detroit and Denver, and interviews with the perpetrators and victims of Obama’s schemes.
Gilbert highlights modern-day progressive strategies, including welfare giveaways, illegal immigration, Muslim infiltration and even marijuana legalization.
This film has a much different tone and quality than his 2012 documentary, “Dreams from My Real Father,” which examined the hidden history of America’s first black president in a serious and matter-of-fact manner. In that film, Gilbert cited evidence that Obama’s mentor, Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis, was his biological father, and that the media conspired with Obama to conceal the truth.
For his efforts, Gilbert’s personal financial affairs were investigated by a George Soros-linked journalist.
Hillary Clinton once talked about the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” but Gilbert documents in an entertaining way in the new film how a socialist state is being built on the wreckage of the deliberate destruction of capitalism in the U.S. It’s a process that’s been underway for decades, with Obama presiding over the crowning achievement—a socialist state.
Indeed, a new book, Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, captures the mood of the political left these days. They believe their time has come.
One chapter of the book, believe it or not, is called “Teach Freedom,” and it is written by former communist terrorist Bill Ayers. A chapter on the news media promises “first class news” under socialism.
If Marxism has been discredited, as many conservatives would like to believe, then how do we explain the recent column, “Christianity Is Communism! Jesus Was a Communist!,” by Mike Rivage-Seul, a former “professor of peace and social justice” at Berea College in Kentucky.
“My wife, Peggy, and I are going to Cuba again,” he writes. “A week from tomorrow, we’ll be leading a group of Berea College students on a three-week study tour of the island. We’ll be especially interested in having students come to grips with its history, political economy, sustainable agricultural practices, and its form of democracy, its education and health care systems.”
Perhaps Gilbert’s film can make a dent in this decadent mentality.
On the other hand, former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazensky poses this question in the film: “Don’t these people know about our awful Soviet experience?”
Apparently not. As Russian leader and former Soviet KGB spy Vladimir Putin consolidates and expands his power, while openly acknowledging his debt to Soviet Russia, one has to wonder if the lessons of the past will be understood or even acknowledged.
This foreign policy challenge is something, unfortunately, that is not addressed in the Gilbert film.
It is worth noting, however, that the Ukrainian government is asking for anti-aircraft and anti-tank weaponry, in the face of the Russian invasion, and Obama is sending packaged meals-ready-to-eat, sleeping mats, water purification units, shelters, generators, fuel pumps and some medical supplies.
Ignoring the damage caused by their own policies, here and abroad, the progressives are holding a “New Populism” conference of their own on May 22nd in Washington, D.C.
Featured speakers include Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sessions are promised throughout the day that “will be sharpening the progressive principles that will unite and galvanize America’s new populist majority.” They think they have a majority of people on their side.
These progressives have no desire to confront Vladimir Putin over his aggression. Their enemies are the Republican Party, the Koch brothers, the Supreme Court and big corporations.
The irony, of course, is that billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros is a funder of the Campaign for America’s Future, the group sponsoring the conference. Soros also contributed to Senator Warren’s campaign for the Senate and co-hosted a fundraiser for her.
The title of Sen. Sanders’ prepared speech is “Fight Back Against the Oligarchs,” but you can assume he will not target Soros.
Perhaps Soros, not Obama, is the man behind the curtain.