Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Aaron Russo's 'America: Freedom to Fascism'

I would like to invite readers of JackeHammer to view the Aaron Russo film: America: Freedom to Fascism. Access here. Please leave your comments.

What do you think of the film? How does it effect you? What will be your reaction? Will you take any action? Will you join any groups which fight for constitutional rights of the American people?

All your thoughts and opinions are valued. Thanks!


Momma Twoop said...

Jacke, I watched the whole documentary on Google the other night. It is my opinion that it raises very valid points regarding our slide to a police state. Having said that, there were a couple of things here and there that gave me pause, that, IMO, cheapened and harmed the credibility of what seemed to be a very well-made documentary. The first was Mr. Russo's use of the unsupported allegation that President Bush said of the Constitution, "it's just a goddamned piece of paper." The ONLY "news" media in the country to report that alleged quote was Capitol Hill Blue, the online version of the National Enquirer for politics. Not one credible person or publication has ever made, or substantiated, this allegation, but that hasn't stopped CHB from reporting it as fact, just as CHB's 'journalists' report that the President is drinking, using drugs - cocaine to be exact - and is having marital problems with the First Lady all as 'facts.' Anway, my thought after seeing that was, if Mr. Russo was willing to use something as flimsy as this as though it was fact, how much of the rest of the documentary was based on similarly flimsy "facts?"

I can't remember off the top of my head the other parts which gave me pause. It was about 2 a.m. when I watched it after all. EEEK! I suppose I'll have to watch it again and take notes for a more detailed analysis of it.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts?

Jacke M. said...

Okay, Twoop, you mentioned Capitol Hill Blue already. I, too, had a problem with that for the same reasons that you did.

Another thing I noted was that anytime the documentary was trying to support a position which was troublesome, such as personal implants or National I.D. cards, it was Fox News Channel that was cited for support. Surely Fox News Channel is not the only mainstream media outlet which has reported on the many topics which seem to support the various conspiratorial ideas or theories of the film but, if I am not mistaken (and I don't think I am but I, like you, would probably want to view it a second time to absolutely verify that), it was ONLY Fox that was cited. I felt this was, in essence, suggestive that Fox News Channel is trying to sell the American people a bill of goods at the exclusion of any other main stream media outlet, as though they, alone, are leading the *sheep,* so to speak. The documentary would have had more credibility if it hadn't exclusively used Fox News Channel to support its theories. The left hates Fox News, as we know, could Russo have been trying to kill 2 birds, so to speak?

Next, there is the title of the documentary. Could Russo have named it more sensationally than to suggest that America is headed down a path to fascism? I fear many people would not watch it to begin with because the title of the documentary alone, is a turn off.

I think there was some value to the film. I think it was worth viewing, if for no other reason than the questions it raises about the IRS and whether there is a law making it mandatory for American citizens to file/pay income taxes and whether the average American citizen is required to file/pay taxes on income when much of the time it has been a barter or trade of skill, service, time and labor in an even exchange for a fee. This is legitimate and if Russo had stayed on that topic I would have felt it a more valuable contribution.

tom said...

I believe in order to become more mainstream that films such as this one need to get out of the sensationalism aspect and just prove their point. Now the problem as I see it, the mainstream sheeple herders(Rush, Hannidy, Beck, and a host of others)will debunk the message as being from the extreme without even looking at the message. If this film was produced by Mark Levin it would be getting rave reviews from all the talking pundits