In Alexandra Pelosi’s new documentary “Right America Feeling Wronged” she does to radical, right-wing, evangelical America what family and friends would do to an addict at an intervention; she holds a symbolic mirror up to their faces and asks them to take a good, hard look at themselves.
Like all interventions, if things go well, the addict will see the error of their ways, begin to take responsibility for their actions, and begin down the road of recovery, all with the support of those who intervened in the first place. If things don’t go well, the the addict will continue to lie, cheat, steal, and fool themselves into thinking they are OK and not doing anything wrong. Meanwhile, the addict spirals out of control once again.
Below is an exceprt from “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC where Rachel is interviewed filmaker Alexandra Pelosi and show some brief clips from the documentary. While these two liberals don’t always have the same views on “middle America”, the certainly agree about shedding some much needed light on some real problems.
I will admit right here, right now. I recorded this documentary on my DVR and when I sat down to watch it, I had to turn it off after about 5 minutes. Why? Because I was truly freightened. Some of this clips that I found freightening are those included in the very brief film trailer leading into the MSNBC interview.
As I switched channels and sat back for a bit watching something else, I just had to do it. I turned it back on. Once I again I wretched in disbelief and had to turn it off. To me it was like watching a grotesque surgical operation. You are curious and want to see it, but you sort of look through your fingers that are half-covering your face. And when the really bad parts come, you look away and say “OOOH, GEEEEEEZ!!!
As I watched “Right America Feeling Wronged” a few thoughts came to mind. First, it seemed to me that every person showcased in this movie had a glazed-over, blank-but-hate-filled look in their eyes. Or maybe it was blank with fear. Or both.
I encourage everyone who’s interested in what the Evangelical crowd is doing and thinking to see this documentary. This is not a narrated documentary where you might be led down a certain path of opinion based on what the filmaker dictates. This movie leaves the character development up to the characters themselves. They reveal a great deal about themselves on their own without prodding from anyone.
While I know that the hatred exposed in this film is real and still exists, I can’t help but think what would have happened if McCain got elected. What I saw in this film was what I have always seen in Republicans; they don’t tell you what they are “for” but hey will certainly tell you what they are “against”. In fact at one point a woman was asked what all McCain supporters have in common and she said “We don’t want Obama to win”. To this radical group the 2008 Presidential Election wasn’t about standing behind a candidate, it was about standing in front of an adversary. To them Barack Obama became the enemy; out of fear, ignorance, hate, misinformation, and and outright lies by the Right Wing conservatives of the party.
I hope you watch the interview above but hope even more that you watch the entire documentary. If you do watch to film and don’t see why Barack Obama should fear for his life, then you weren’t listening; play it again.