Agenda: Grinding America Down

Are the Commies out to get America? Or is this documentary full of it?

Original review (2/18/2011)

This unexpected winner of the “Best of Festival” Jubilee award at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival takes you on a fascinating and sobering journey through the Communist agenda for America and the world.

It is chock full of interviews with individuals who have studied the history and goals of Communism, and paints a frightening picture of how much the agenda to destroy the Judeo-Christian culture has succeeded.  A word of warning.  If you like President Obama, you will hate this film.  But don’t let that detract from the message that the godless ideologies of Communism have infiltrated practically every aspect of American society.  If you’re the political type, this film should get you pretty riled up no matter what side of the aisle you’re on!

I attended the 2010 SAICFF and was surprised to see this film win.  Mostly because I hadn’t even heard of it!  I’m not big on documentaries, so I was curious to see what it was about Agenda that would cause it to beat so many other fantastic narrative films.  For only being an hour and a half long, it sure felt a lot longer.  It seemed like they dwelt too much on each section, with several people reiterating the same point.

Additionally, I found it worrisome that only one person even remotely suggested a solution to the true root to this problem.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of people saying that Conservative Christians needed to get involved in politics and stand up for their beliefs.  And those are valid actions and I support those that do.  But I feel that the true root of this Agenda is the rejection of God by the lost.  The political aspects are but symptoms of the disease.  The cure is people coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, submitting to His lordship.

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14)

“’…Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matt. 28:19-20)

That being said, we do need to know what we’re up against.  Agenda: Grinding America Down does a good, if long-winded, job of presenting the tactics and plans of Communism, and how it is affecting our culture.

Available on DVD.

Agenda: Grinding America Down review - Indy Christian Review

  • think harder

    Zack Lawrence functions as a naive flack for Bowers’ misguided and inaccurate “mockumentary.”

    Amazingly, he takes on the face of it that the claims of Bowers that communism is currently undermining the US. If there is one country that has successfully suppressed a homegrown communist movement, it is the US. Americans never really took to it, and by the end of the 1950s the small Communist Party USA had begun to erode, declining to utter irrelevance within a decade.

    So where does Bowers get this notion? Well not from studying serious political, economic or history books. Bowers instead turns to dead extreme right wing writers like Cleon Skousen who were the favorites of the John Birch Society in the early 1960s. These folks imagined a vast, powerful conspiracy by communists that placed the US in imminent danger. But something happened in 1990 — the collapse of the Soviet Union. The paranoid conspiracy right wingers refused to believe what actually happened (their paranoid god had failed), and some of them persist to this day that the collapse of the USSR was actually staged so that communism could take over the US by stealth. To make their bogus theories relevant in the present the extreme right then began to claim that Democrats or Pres. Barack Obama are actually acting as agents of communism to fulfill its conspiratorial agenda.

    Much of the Agenda is little more than an attempt to pump life back into the paranoid conspiracy theories of 40 years ago, and insist they speak to the present. That Zack Lawrence gives this nonsense credibility puts a big “duh” in his Fund-DUH-mentalist Christianity.

  • Frank

    A typical communist tactic is to ridicule and smear those who threaten them. “Think Harder” demonstrates this nicely. He calls the author naïve and ridicules his choice to even review the film (an award winner, by the way) all in an attempt to divert attention from the power of the film’s evidence. If you want to be an independent and informed thinker, watch the entire film for yourself, and then make up your own mind. It is well-documented and compelling.

    The truth is, Soviet communist leaders publically promised to take over the United States from within. They are perilously close to doing just that. The USSR may have collapsed, but its evil offspring live on right here, led by the mainstream news media, publishers, Hollywood and our educational and political elite.

    The reds would never have been successful if they had not first muzzled the churches, driven prayer out of school and destroyed the moral behavior of our people. Sin really does cause blind thinking. We are just beginning to reap the painful consequences of our poor choices. Yet, God is merciful and will remember his promise if only we repent and keep His commandments:

    “If you live in accordance with my precepts are are careful to observe my commandments, I will give you rain in due season, so that the land will bear its crops, and the trees their fruit; your threshing will last till vintage time and your vintage till the time for sowing, and you will have food to eat in abundance, so that you may dwell securely in your land. Leviticus 26:3-5