LAS VEGAS, July 14, 2016—Dinesh D’Souza opened the first full day of FreedomFest 16 with a devastating expose on the Democratic Party. D’Souza was there previewing his new movie, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”
Speaking at a catered breakfast to a few hundred of the 2,000 FreedomFest attendees, D’Souza began by describing how hard it was for a filmmaker to make an interesting movie about someone who is basically uninteresting, someone who, unlike Obama, has been overexposed for so long that people are tired of her.
Comparing the two, D’Souza said that, while Obama is in some ways quite aloof, Hillary is placed at the center of the movement known as progressives. She describes herself as an “early modern progressive.”
So why a movie about Hillary and the history of the Democratic Party? Why now?
Of course, with Hillary running for president (again), the interest is there. But from an historian’s perspective, D’Souza noted, there’s a more important reason. We study history, he noted, not simply to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, but because the past is still with us.
Our problems of today are the echoes of the past, he said. Reading Amity Schlaes’ biography of President Coolidge and his times, we see the same thing.
To prove his point, D’Souza pointed to the plantation economy of the antebellum South. Slaves were repressed, obviously, their prospects, the nuclear family and their hope non-existent. But at least, he noted, their basic needs were met.
They were fed and housed—though poorly—and when they got sick, they were treated. After all, a slave was an asset to the slave owners.
The same conditions describe the inner cities today, he said. And these cities, like the slave plantations of yesterday, are run exclusively by Democrats. The only difference is that today the modern-day slaves of the inner cities vote for their Democratic masters.
D’Souza went on to describe how Democratic-leaning progressives have whitewashed history to cover up the crimes of the Democratic Party, mentioning the mutual admiration that FDR and Mussolini had for each other’s plans, how JFK actually visited pre-war Germany and came back admiring Hitler.
Last night, Lawrence Reed of FEE mentioned the fact that FDR invited the 1936 Olympic athletes to the White House: all, that is, except perhaps the greatest of them all, Jesse Owens.
Democrats and only Democrats supported segregation and voted en bloc to oppose the 14th and 15th Amendments and also opposed women’s suffrage, the 19th Amendment.
These are not facts one learns in today’s Common Core-approved curriculum.
There is much more. D’Souza based his movie in large part on the experiences he chronicles in his book “Stealing America.” Writing a book, he said, is an intellectual pursuit, but making a movie aims at the heart as well as the mind.
D’Souza showed the three-minute trailer for the movie. Even that is powerful. This must-see movie opens nationwide on July 22. Opening weekend is important for any movie: mark the data and learn the real history of Hillary and her merry band of thieves.