WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — It was late August of 2012. Many national polls gave Republican challenger Mitt Romney a fighting chance to unseat the incumbent Democrat in the White House. Worse for Democrats: A film then in theaters was getting lots of press and making bank, “putting it on track to become one of the year’s highest grossing box office docs,” according to Adam Benzine at RealScreen.
The documentary was “2016: Obama’s America,” based on the book by conservative columnist and author Dinesh D’Souza.
D’Souza later wrote:
“Shortly after my film ‘2016’ played in theaters, a vituperative attack on me appeared on the website barackobama.com. The article, unsigned, was strident and incoherent, in keeping with Obama’s distinctive style. My film, it said, was a ‘deliberate distortion’ produced by a guy with a ‘long history of attempting to add a veneer of intellectual respectability to fringe theories, conspiratorial fear-mongering and flat-out falsehoods.’ Anyone reading this fulmination would have little doubt I had upset the thin-skinned narcissist.”
The quote is from D’Souza’s latest book, “Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party.” The book forms the basis of a new D’Souza documentary, which will be released three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 28.
It will be called “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” In the trailer, D’Souza says his documentary aims to “discover the soul of the Democratic Party.”
That soul does come with a history.
The seventh U.S. president was Democrat Andrew Jackson, a slave-owner who ordered his Postmaster General to pay strict attention to the recipients of anti-slavery literature sent through the U.S. mail. He ordered that it “be delivered to none but who will demand them as subscribers; and in every instance the Postmaster ought to take the names down, and have them exposed thro the publik journals as subscribers to this wicked plan of exciting the negroes.”
In his book “What Hath God Wrought,” Jackson historian Daniel Walker Howe clearly cringes when he writes, “The Jacksonian movement in politics, although it took the name of the Democratic Party, fought so hard in favor of slavery and white supremacy, and opposed the inclusion of non-whites and women within the American civil polity so resolutely, that it makes the term ‘Jacksonian Democracy’ all the more inappropriate as a characterization of the years between 1815 and 1848.”
A decade later, Abraham Lincoln observed that a byproduct of the Democratic Party’s tyrannical elitism was an unquenchable desire for the goods and labor of others: “Whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”
Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant did not usher in an age of peace. Instead, it launched what historian James M. Smallwood calls “a second Civil War, one that white Southerners were determined to win”: Reconstruction.
In 1866, when black and white Republicans met in New Orleans to re-write the Louisiana Constitution and give newly-freed blacks the right to vote, a white mob assaulted the delegates as they marched toward the convention hall; 238 people were killed, 46 wounded.
President Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, refused to allow federal troops to intervene.
Abraham Lincoln had chosen Johnson as his running mate in a misguided nod to national reconciliation and bipartisanship, a foolish impulse that continues to plague Republicans to this day.
The “New Orleans Massacre” outraged Thaddeus Stevens, the leader of the Radical Republicans in Congress, the tea party of their day:
“We have turned lose 4 million slaves without a hut to shelter them or a cent in their pockets. If we do not furnish them with homesteads and hedge them about with protective laws, if we leave them to the legislation of their late masters, we had better to have left them in bondage.”
In response, congressional Republicans passed the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, which dissolved the governments in former confederate states, requiring that they hold new elections and give newly-freed blacks the right to vote. The Acts passed despite Johnson’s vetoes.
In response to the Acts, a small fraternity of ex-confederate soldiers called the “Pulaski Six” grew in numbers and spread throughout the Southern states. It would become the Ku Klux Klan.
James Smallwood notes in the History Channel documentary, “Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War,” “The Klan became sort of a paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party.”
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger met with a gathering of Klansmen in Silver Lake, New Jersey, in 1926 to discuss the finer points of a worldwide movement to “purify” the human race: eugenics.
“The greatest present menace to civilization,” Sanger wrote in the Birth Control Review, “can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes [the “fit” and “unfit”], the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.”
Eugenics laws, which required the forced sterilization of the “unfit,” saw their debut in the United States. When Carrie Buck was deemed “feebleminded” by medical authorities in Virginia and ordered sterilized against her will, she took her case all the way the United States Supreme Court.
In his majority opinion on Buck vs. Bell, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes parroted Sanger’s ideas when he wrote, “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind … Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
In early 1942, Nazi SS General Otto Hofmann attended a secret meeting held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee. There the plans for the “Final Solution” of the Jewish question were settled, launching the Holocaust.
When standing before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, charged with “crimes against humanity,” Hofmann cited Buck vs. Bell in his defense.
Forgotten to history is the argument made to the high priests of the Supreme Court by Carrie Bell’s attorney, Irving Whitehead:
“If this Act be a valid enactment … A reign of doctors will be inaugurated and in the name of science new classes will be added, even races may be brought within the scope of such regulation, and the worst forms of tyranny practiced. In the place of the constitutional government of the fathers we shall have set up Plato’s Republic.”
“All crime is about stealing,” says D’Souza in the trailer to his documentary. “The big criminals are still at large. The system doesn’t go after them because they run the system … What if the goal of the Democratic Party is to steal the most valuable thing the world has ever produced? What if their plan is to steal America?”
“Whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” is scheduled for general release in July.