I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s awkward anti-Hillary movie so you don’t have to

Dinesh D’Souza’s latest hate mail to the Democratic Party, the film “Hillary’s America” is a tedious, cheesy, self serving slog through the unsavory underside of American History. Dour D’Souza selectively culls, bends and ultimately breaks history in a desperate attempt to show how all evil flows from Democrats.

He also uses the film to argue that his great patriotism exonerates him from his conviction for felonious election fraud. D’Souza’s two earlier films “America: Imagine the World Without Her” (2014) and “2016: Obama’s America” (2012) were similar polemical skewers of history, wrapped in copious American flag images and amped up patriotic music.

But no amount of flag waving could save this felonious Fellini from conviction for knowingly making illegal contributions to the Senate Republican campaign fund using “straw donors.” D’Souza plea bargained his admitted guilt down to eight months in a half way house near his home . . . which he misrepresents in the film as being a dangerous facility stocked with killers and gang members.

In between attacking President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the entire Democratic Party for their immorality, D’Souza was terminated from his position as President of King’s College in New York, a Christian College home of the Campus Crusade for Christ. He was discovered conducting an adulterous affair with the already married Denise Odie Joseph while D’Souza himself was married to Dixie Brubaker, the mother of his child. D’Souza ended up with neither woman, as he later married Debbie Francher in a ceremony presided over by pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Texas Senator and Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz. Clearly this staunch Republican moralist has taken to Hollywood ways!

As he did in his earlier films, D’Souza starts his new work by disingenuously posing objective questions. He claims to want to know the history of the Democratic Party. But anyone viewing his earlier movies knows that D’Souza has already concluded how thoroughly terrible the Democrats are. He can hardly wait to reveal their dastardly deeds!

Unfortunately, his breathless revelations have a few problems. Certainly the early Democratic Party upheld slavery 150 years ago and impeded equal rights through the beginnings of the twentieth century. But D’Souza fails to explain how and why the overwhelming majority of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Jews and immigrants gravitated to the Democratic Party. His failed explanations suggest that these minorities merely could not make the decisions that D’Souza himself knows would be best for them. He obscures the reforms that Democrats won championing the rights of these groups and raising so many out of poverty. Nor does he explain why ultra right wing candidates like the Ku Klux Klan’s David Duke or even Donald Trump prefer to run for office under the mantel of the Republican Party.

Two thirds of the way through the film, D’Souza awkwardly shifts to attacking Hillary Clinton. He gives full rein to all allegations on Bill Clinton’s illicit affairs. But D’Souza, whom we have found is an experienced observer, exonerates Bill and shifts the blame to Hillary. Hillary Clinton is the master mind, using Bill’s addiction to promote her own lust for power and riches.

A far flung litany of accusations concludes that the reason that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not get help to Benghazi was that she couldn’t find a way to profit from it. D’Souza hardly feels bound by the 9 Congressional Hearings and 8000 pages of data that conclusively proved otherwise, even to the satisfaction of Congressional Republicans.

D’Souza finishes his film with the warning that if Hillary is elected President, the Democrats will take “everything from everyone.” “The Clintons have stolen from the United States . . . they are hateful, depraved crooks.” Still one cannot help but observe that it is the film maker who is the felon and he is once again attempting to steal, though this time it is only the price of admission.

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Michael Berkowitz
Michael Berkowitz

Michael Berkowitz, a veteran of the civil rights and anti-war movements, has been Land Use Planning Consultant to the government of China for many years. He taught Chinese and American History at the college level, worked with Eastern Kentucky Welfare Rights Org. with miners, and was an officer of SEIU.