All Americans should see Dinesh D’Souza movie “Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party”

By Michael Hernandez

I joined 80 other moviegoers at the Oxnard Collection Riverpark Century 16 theater on Sunday afternoon (one of five viewings) to see Dinesh D’Souza’s fourth movie:  “Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party” and my conclusion—everyone interested in America should see it.

The movie grossed $2.35 million in its debut weekend at 1,105 screens, and follows three other films produced by Dinesh D’Souza:   “2016: Obama’s America” (2012);  “America:  Imagine the World Without Her” (2014); “Hillary’s America:  The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) which together have grossed $60.8 million (and are three of the top 10 highest grossing political documentaries ever made) despite reviews by movie critics with critic Peter Sobczynski calling it “pure garbage from the first frame to last.”

“Death of a Nation”  shows President Donald Trump addressing Polish people in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square on July 6, 2017  where he said Western civilization is facing “dire threats to our security and to our way of life…We write symphonies  We pursue innovation…We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God  We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.   We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success.

“We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives…And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.  That is who we are.  Those are the priceless ties that bind us together.”

This speech was painted by the mainstream media and by Progressives as a 1935 Nazi propaganda film that is guided by President Trump’s religious and racial paranoia perpetuated by white Christian supporters who are bigoted.   Instead, filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza (author of 13 books including: “The Big Lie:  Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left” (2017); “Stealing America:  What My Experience with Criminal Gangs taught me about Obama, Hillary and the Democratic Party” (2015); “What’s so Great about America?” (2015); and “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” (2010)— described “bigotry” as a “unifying glue” for Progressives and the Democratic Party.”

D’Souza’s responds by comparing the attacks on President Trump to those upon President Abraham Lincoln. He goes on to debunk the progressive narrative.  According to D’Souza, Democrats “are killing America by turning it into a massive nanny state ultimately modeled on the southern plantation system.”  He states that the slaveholding elite devised the plantation as “a means of organizing both labor and political support” and to serve as a “mini-welfare state, a cradle-to-grave system that bred dependency and harshly punished any urge to independence.”

D’Souza’s movie claims that President Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren forged an alliance between northern and southern Democrats to “protect slavery” and then after slavery, it was southern Democrats who introduced the concept of white supremacy while terrorizing blacks with lynching and burnings carried out by domestic terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.   D’Souza also focuses on the roles of President Martin Van Buren, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson to advance a progressive agenda.

 D’Souza exposes three leftist myths:

  • The GOP is the party of white supremacy;
  • The two parties “switched sides” in the 1960s; and
  • The Democratic Party is the natural home of the white working class.

Historian Kenneth Stampp of the University of California Berkeley, identifies in the movie, five distinctive features of the old slave plantation:  dilapidated housing, broken families, slave rules that abolish the institution of marriage; a high degree of violence; and no opportunity for education or advancement.

D’Souza says that the features of the Democratic plantations “can also be found in today’s ghettos and barrios.”

D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” is his first movie since being pardoned by President Donald Trump in June, 2018 after pleading guilty in 2014 to making $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Wendy E. Long, a college friend running for Senate from New York as a Republican.  He was fined $30,000 and sentenced to five years probation, including eight months in a supervised “community confinement center.”  President Trump characterized the sentencing as a political persecution by the administration of President Barack Obama.

D’Souza called himself a victim of selective justice hounded by President Obama’s attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and the U.S. attorney in New York Preet Bharara. “What happened is these guys made an example of me and I think that the reason for that was Obama’s anger over my movie that I made about him.  And so this was a political hit that left a cloud over me.  I would be a lifelong felon.  I would never be able to vote and never have my full rights.”

Dinesh Joseph D’Souza, 57, is an Indian-born American conservative political commentator, author and filmmaker. Born in Bombay, D’Souza came to the United States as an exchange student and graduated from Dartmouth College. He became a naturalized citizen in 1991. From 2010 to 2012, he was president of The King’s College, a Christian school in New York City. Many of his works discuss Christian apologetics.  His wife, Debbie is featured singing in the movie.


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 24 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at ConstitutionMike@gmail.com

Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheres—as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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