Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party
a book by Dinesh D'Souza
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb asks Who is killing America? Is it really Donald Trump and a GOP filled with white supremacists? In a major new work of historical revisionism, Dinesh D’Souza makes the provocative case that Democrats are the ones killing America by turning it into a massive nanny state modeled on the Southern plantation system.
This sweeping alternative history of the Democratic Party goes back to its foundations in the antebellum South. The slaveholding elite devised the plantation as a means of organizing labor and political support. It was a mini welfare state, a cradle to grave system that bred dependency and punished any urge to independence. This model impressed northern Democrats, inspiring the political machines that traded government handouts for votes from ethnic immigrant blocs.
Today's Democrats have expanded to a multiracial plantation of ghettos for blacks, barrios for Latinos, and reservations for Native Americans. Whites are the only holdouts resisting full dependency, and so they are blamed for the bigotry and racial exploitation that is actually perpetrated by the left.
Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party's bracing alternative vision of American history explains the Democratic Party's dark past, reinterprets the roles of figures like Van Buren, FDR and LBJ, and exposes the hidden truth that racism comes not from Trump or the conservative right but rather from Democrats and progressives on the left.
We must respect Trump's authoritah. Why? Because he says so!
D'Souza says "A year and a half after the 2016 election, [fear and hatred of Trump] has not gone away and
in many places it has hardly abated. In fact, it goes beyond the progressive left and is shared by many independents, and even some Republicans and conservatives. Deep down, they are convinced that Trump
poses a fundamental danger to America’s survival as a diverse, open,
lawful democratic society.
"The whole manic resistance to Trump—from mainstream Democrats refusing to attend his inauguration to the violent disruptions of inaugural events; to the aggressive, if unsuccessful, attempt to get Trump’s electors to defect away from him and invalidate his electoral majority; to calls for his impeachment from virtually the day he assumed office; to the nonstop blasting of Trump across virtually all media platforms; to the continuing disruptions, blockades and protests against Trump in cities and on campuses; to a grim, continuing project to oust Trump by showing Russia collusion, or obstruction of justice, or sexual harassment, in other words, by any means necessary—would be inexplicable absent this enduring perception of the man and what he represents."
"The clear proof of Trump’s bigotry, as progressives see it, is those indelible images from Charlottesville of Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis carrying Trump signs and wearing hats that bear Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.” On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow highlighted white nationalists like Richard Spencer, David Duke and the organizers of Charlottesville and noted that Trump is the champion of this so-called Alt-Right. Trump is rebuilding 'something that was a longstanding force for political power and terror in this country for generations and he is now doing what he can to help them come back.'" During the campaign, Hillary made commercials seeking to link Trump to the most extreme figures on the so-called Alt-Right. Asked after his election whether Trump was racist, Hillary Clinton responded that she didn’t know what was in his heart but, as Trump’s 'acceptance' of David Duke’s endorsement and his behavior following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville indicated, 'I believe that he has given a lot of encouragement and rhetorical support to the Ku Klux Klan.' Calling up the ghosts of 'racists and Nazis and white supremacists of all stripes.'"
Hillary said she believes that Trump has given a lot of encouragement and rhetorical support to the Ku Klux Klan
The Left calls Trump not just racist but fascist as well.
Tanehisi Coates, a black progressive, says white supremacy represents not just the ruin of non-white peoples in this country—it also represents the death of all that is good and decent in America.
But what if it is all a lie? asks D'Souza, not one to mince words or avoid hyperbole. Can it be that what Americans know to be true about their history is not—can it be we have been conned and suckered? He goes on to say racism is real enough and the racist injustices and crimes of the past are real enough, but who perpetrated all this? D'Souza asserts "My contention is that the progressive narrative is faked—not fake news but fake history. . . . The slavery debate was between the pro-slavery Democratic Party and the anti-slavery Republican Party."
Dinesh presents the underlying truth behind the Democratic Party, their racist history, and the "urban plantations" (to harvest votes that they need to keep control of them) that they now run in cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
The 13th (1865-abolishing slavery), 14th (1868-extending equal rights under the law to all citizens), and 15th Amendments (1870-granting blacks the right to vote) were the first amendments made to the U.S. constitution in 60 years. Known collectively as the Civil War Amendments, they were designed to ensure the equality for recently emancipated slaves. Despite the 15th amendment, by the late 1870s discriminatory practices were used to prevent African Americans from exercising their right to vote, especially in the South. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that legal barriers were outlawed at the state and local levels if they denied blacks their right to vote under the 15th Amendment. After the passage of the Voting Rights Act, state and local enforcement of the law was weak and it often was ignored outright, mainly in the South and in areas where the proportion of blacks in the population was high and their vote threatened the political status quo. Still, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 gave African-American voters the legal means to challenge voting restrictions and vastly improved voter turnout.
Dinesh tells us that even in the aftermath of the Civil War, so strong was their attachment to the plantation that an overwhelming majority of Northern Democrats refused to vote to permanently end slavery; when the Thirteenth Amendment went to the states for ratification, only Republican states carried by Lincoln voted for it; Democratic states that had chosen McClellan all voted no. Not a single Democrat, either in the House or the Senate, voted for either the 14th or 15th amendment.
The Left is Antifa supporting, conservative speaker attacking, speech stifling, First Amendment violating, and behind the erasure of our Founders' true greatness, calling them and all whites oppressors, racists, victimizers, etc. The Left's anti-white racism is extreme
Dinesh exposes the Big Lie that the Left a.k.a. the Democratic Party is not the party of racism, fascism, Nazi tactics, or progressive socialism. The Democratic Party (which makes sure students get scammed by PC identity politics in schools which are mainly PC indoctrination centers) is the party of hate, violence, monument destruction, statue destruction, Antifa supporting, conservative speaker attacking, speech stifling, First Amendment violating, and it is behind the erasure of our Founders' true greatness, calling them and all whites oppressors, racists, victimizers, etc.
The Left's anti-white racism is extreme and the core of the ugly political correctness movement. It replaces the Left's anti-black racism of pre-1965 days, and may be a reaction to their own guilt for their ugly racist actions earlier in America's history. The political correctness movement has had the effect of starting a war on cops. See The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.
And the political correctness movement has had a chilling effect on science and scientists: "With the rise in awareness of 'fake media' and the internet speech cartel banning conservative viewpoints, more and more people are starting to question the clamp on 'truth' dominated by the left. Science – supposedly neutral and free from partisan bias – is no exception. If something is controversial, it’s squelched. If a scientific conclusion contradicts political correctness, it is stifled and the scientist harassed and persecuted." (Source: Science: The latest victim of social justice warriors, Patrice Lewis, WND)
Democrats are closet racists who want modern plantations where they can keep people poor so they can pretend to care and help, ensuring votes; to keep minorities fooled, they evolved PC victimizer-victim narratives; Democrats manifest a plantation mentality that subjugates minorities into dependency and sloth
Democrats have always been the party of deceipt, oppression, and most famously the KKK, segregation and Jim Crow*. Today they take other forms such as Antifa where masked cowards and thugs beat down free speech on our campuses. Our text books don't teach this history, where Leftist activists oppress the conservative speakers the same way southern Democrats used to oppress blacks.
*Jim Crow laws were a collection of state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation. Named after an insulting song lyric regarding African Americans, the laws—which existed for about 100 years, from the post-Civil War era until 1968—were meant to return Southern states to an antebellum class structure by marginalizing black Americans. Black communities and individuals that attempted to defy Jim Crow laws often met with violence and death. In 1948 President Harry Truman ordered integration in the military, and in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that educational segregation was unconstitutional. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which legally ended discrimination and segregation that had been institutionalized by Jim Crow laws.
D’Souza's over-the-top vilification of everything Democratic makes much of the reading experience akin to viewing the United States in a fun-house mirror
"Even Lyndon Johnson’s landmark civil rights legislation, he insists, was just a cynical ploy that created an 'urban plantation' system that traps black Americans in cultures of poverty, violence, and dependence on welfare handouts from government 'overseers' in exchange for Democratic votes. D’Souza makes cogent critiques of the Democratic Party’s history of sponsoring slavery and racism, the excesses of left-wing reactions to Trump, and the commonalities in logic between left-wing identity politics and the rhetoric of white nationalists such as Richard Spencer. . . . [D’Souza's] over-the-top vilification of everything Democratic . . . makes much of the reading experience akin to viewing the United States in a fun-house mirror." (Source: Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party, Publishers Weekly)
In an alternate reality remote from our own, Hitler was a liberal. Slavery was an outgrowth of socialist principles. And the Democrats have updated the cotton plantation for modern times. This is the warped, unrecognizable world presented in D’Souza's new documentary, 'Death of a Nation'
"In a version of reality remote from our own, Hitler was a liberal. Slavery was an outgrowth of socialist principles. And the Democrats have updated the cotton plantation for modern times. This is the warped, unrecognizable world presented in a new documentary, “Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?” But this is no fringe portrayal. It is a revisionist account of history and contemporary politics that boasts the endorsement of the president’s son. . . . The event was the latest illustration of how the president or his associates have breathed life into far-right theories with little or no basis in reality. . . . going to fire up Republicans for the midterms exploring how fascism so closely links to the platform of the progressive left today." (Source: Under Trump, a red carpet for Dinesh D’Souza, who claims Hitler was a liberal in new documentary, Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post)
The Antifa use fascist tactics against Nazi fascists, White Supremacy fascists, and KKK fascists
Support for the idea that fascism closely links to the platform of the progressive left today is easy: The Antifa use fascist tactics against Nazi fascists, White Supremacy fascists, and KKK fascists. The far Left activists use fascist tactics on conservative speakers, attacking, smearing, harrassing, trolling, interrupting, speech stifling, First Amendment violating, etc. The idea is to give liberals First Amendment and free speech protections but give conservatives none. Sieg Heil!
The far Left activists use fascist tactics on conservative speakers, attacking, smearing, harrassing, trolling, interrupting, speech stifling, First Amendment violating, smashing pie into their faces
"The director’s [D’Souza] ridicule of liberals while touting President Donald Trump as a Lincoln-like savior ties directly back to he and his wife’s unending 'thanks' offered to Trump after his May pardon. . . . Much of the film equates liberals to Nazis and supporters of slavery, with a smarmy documentary tone that D’Souza has perfected in past revisionist right-wing fantasies, including 2012’s 2016: Obama’s America and 2016’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" (Source: Donald Trump Jr. Attends Premiere of Dinesh D’Souza Film that Equates Democrats With Nazis, Benjamin Fearnow, Newsweek)
"According to D’Souza, the plantation system of the Democratic Party has gone through five phases, starting with the plantations that used black slaves, leading to today’s plantation system in which minorities are rendered dependent on Democrat policies, using wealth the party takes from American taxpayers. . . . D’Souza and others believe he was selectively prosecuted and that his sentence was politically motivated. The charges followed his 2013 film that was critical of former President Barack Obama, '2016: Obama’s America.'" (Source: D’Souza’s ‘Death of a Nation’ Shows Democrat ‘Plantation’ Still in Business: 'Plantation' system aims to reduce constituencies to dependency, Joshua Philipp, The Epoch Times)
Trump did right to pardon D’Souza, regardless of some of D’Souza’s overblown rhetoric and overstated hyperbole. The man should have received what other infringers of campaign finance donations laws got: a slap on the wrist or a fine. Incarceration among hardened criminals is unprecedented and unfair. He became a political prisoner of the corrupt Obama regime—one of many. This amounts to misuse of his office to get revenge because 2016: Obama’s America, D’Souza’s book, was critical of Obozo. This type of petty act-out doesn't belong in a real democracy. This isn't Russia! If Trump is the Orange Toddler, Obama is the Black Baby. See: Obama's Enemies List: How Barack Obama Intimidated America and Stole the Election and Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.
If Trump is the Orange Toddler, Obama is the Black Baby
"'When you look at the movie, you'll see that there is a very distinct and clear difference between what actually happened and what is being sold to our youth today,' Donald Trump Jr. said. 'You see the Nazi platform from the early 1930s ... and you look at it compared to the DNC platform of today, you're saying, 'Man, those things are awfully similar' to a point where it's actually scary. It's the exact opposite of what you've been told.'" (Source: At D'Souza film premiere, Donald Trump Jr. says Nazi platform in 1930s 'awfully similar' to Democrats, Sarah Polus, Chicago Tribune)
Reviewing D’Souza’s movie, Peter Sobczynski pans it like so: "Will it make money? Probably—he has a devoted following that will lap up anything that he has to offer that will make them feel better about their own prejudices. As a film, it is pure garbage from first frame to last, though as a document chronicling the devolution of conservatism from a movement of ideas and substance to little more than base trolling and fear mongering, it could well be of service to future historians struggling to make sense of our current madness." (Source: Death of a Nation, Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com)
Liberals goosestep in lockstep—it is demanded of them by the PC Police
All right, the liberals goosestep in lockstep, all finding the movie/book to be garbage, full of cherry-picked facts and hyperbole. Once they finish delivering their death verdicts, they all pat each other on the back and go have a beer, extolling the endless virtues of liberalism as they tip mugs and chortle. This is not just the verdict and response that is expected of them, it is demanded—although none will admit it and some don't even realize it.
A few politically incorrect reviews and—Poof!—liberal mainstream media columnists end up on the unemployment line
Let's take a deeper look at what reviewing a politically incorrect movie entails to liberal reviewers in liberal periodicals of the liberal mainstream media: It entails toeing the party line in order to keep one's job and it entails toeing the party line in order to not get the article rejected by liberal editors. A few politically incorrect reviews and—Poof!—you're on the unemployment line. But why should these reviewers risk any of this? They have bought into the politically correct ideology, hook, line, and sinker, and to regurgitate the ideas they've been programmed with is second nature. If they were more insightful, they might find a way to insert more realism into their reviews, since political correctness itself is a set of rules and expectations that are authoritarian, cruel, sometimes blind and naive, full of hidden racism, and hypocritical. See Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus and Outrage, Inc.: How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood.
Question the PC scriptures and the social justice warriors will start a terrorist campaign against you, with smears, trolling, doxing, attacks, internet harrassment, and personal harrassment, etc. Constitution be damned!
Having the courage to bite the hand that feeds you and the integrity to question the sacred PC rulebook—these are not in the character of liberal mainstream media columnists who last
But having the courage to bite the hand that feeds you and the integrity to question the sacred PC rulebook—these are not in the character of liberal mainstream media columnists who last. Those who don't last quit because they are often nauseated by the hypocrisy and naivete of toeing the party line in spite of its partial wrongness, but being unable to point this out or question authority. Even if you kept your job after questioning the PC scriptures, the social justice warriors would start a terrorist campaign against you, with smears, trolling, doxing, attacks, internet harrassment, and personal harrassment, etc. Constitution be damned!
Even if you kept your job after questioning the PC scriptures, the social justice warriors would start a terrorist campaign against you, with smears, trolling, doxing, internet and personal harrassment, etc.; But this type of censorship is not what you say you and fellow liberals stand for
Do you remember when liberals in the 1960s, throwing off the shackles of the stiffling, authoritarian 1950s, used to wave placards and display bumper stickers that read 'QUESTION AUTHORITY'?
Do you remember when liberals in the 1960s, throwing off the shackles of the stiffling, authoritarian 1950s, used to wave placards and display bumper stickers that read "QUESTION AUTHORITY"? Many writers, reviewers, and authors could and did do this back then. Must You Conform?, by Robert Lindner, captures the spirit (it even has a bare backside of a lady on the cover—nonconforming completely). This is the essence of what a liberated person was all about. Today, the essence of what a "liberated" person is all about is conformity. You either buy the liberal narrative complete with PC indoctrination, or you buy the conservative narrative complete with Fox News and/or G.O.P. and/or alt-right indoctrination. It is hard to take a thoughtful middle ground (which this website attempts to do) in today's society. Liberals conform from fear of the PC police. Conservatives conform from fear of the rightwing police. Orwellian Thought Police are not quite here yet but they report it is being developed. In the 21st century, Thought Police often refers to the actual or perceived enforcement of ideological orthodoxy in the political life of a society. The PC police fit this to a T.
Orwellian Thought Police are not quite here yet but they report it is being developed
Today, the essence of what a liberated person is all about is conformity. You either buy the liberal narrative complete with PC indoctrination, or you buy the conservative narrative complete with Fox News and/or G.O.P. and/or alt-right indoctrination
Social Justice Warriors like Antifa are inclined to act like thought-police, speech-police, and even race-police toward everyone around them and will try to marginalize, discredit, smear, and destroy anyone who fails to conform to their thought-policing with sufficient obedience and enthusiasm. Where is freedom and the First Amendment? Where did all this censorship come from? The Right has much better answers than the Left, who deny the reality entirely.
The thing that is hypocritical about a movie/book review that accuses a writer of cherry-picking facts is the reviewer and other liberals do the same thing all the time. They omit reference to the PC police that guide their thoughts and censor their words. Even if you kept your job after questioning the PC scriptures, the social justice warriors would start a terrorist campaign against you, with smears, trolling, doxing, attacks, internet harrassment, and personal harrassment. They point out flaws in books or movies but leave out the PC sword hanging over their head if they stray from the PC narrative. They don't let the readers know they are part of an extortion racket complete with blackmail and threats to self, family, privacy, and job. They cherry-pick so it looks like their views are simply their opinions, but that's only half true—the other half of "their views" are the scriptures according to the PC police.
Reviewers point out flaws in books or movies but leave out the PC swords hanging over their heads if they stray from the PC narrative—the sword of Damocles represents looming danger, so they stay PC and drench their writing in PC oil
The racist past of the U.S. mirrors the racist pasts of the other parts of the world. For the last 300 years, the world has done what an intelligent species can be expected to do. Social evolution. Slowly, racism got selected out of the societies, to use Darwinian jargon, and indicating that less racism is more pro-survival. The reason the apes didn't evolve into humans overnight is similar to the reason that racism didn't disappear overnight. Any kind of evolution takes time. On a shorter timescale, wannabe musicians begin with cacaphony and occasionally evolve into euphonious symphony, but more often into dog-howling discord. None sits down at a keyboard and is instant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On a longer scale, we can go over to the zoo and scream at the apes for taking so long to evolve into us, but you're likely to get—and deserve—flung feces in response. Apes didn't "turn into" humans—humans appeared as a new type of ape through the slow processes of evolution which took millions of years. Similarly, the evolution from racists to nonracists could no more be overnight than Trump could quit saying yuge instead of huge.
From black perspectives, it is fair to wish that social evolution was quick. But it wasn't—social evolution can never be quick. The Magna Carta of 1215 is one of the most important documents in history as it established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial. The document, however, did NOT make these things happen, but it was a step. Then there was Dark Ages and the Inquisition and justice and the right to a fair trial didn't fare so well, mostly because the Church held humanity back due to its own lust for power. By the Renaissance, humans developed astronomy, humanist philosophy, the printing press, vernacular language in writing, painting and sculpture technique, world exploration and, in the late Renaissance, Shakespeare's works. Then the Enlightenment inspired lots of science and philosophy, reason, individualism, and reexamination of values. The Founders were Enlightenment philosophers and they had political and governmental evolution foremost in mind due to the oppression from the Kings and the Church in Europe.
Our Founders were not interested in racial issues—they just wanted to nail down the political and governmental development. They were very bright fellows and they did a brilliant job of it. The Constitution is the result. The whole race thing was a non-issue. Blacks tended to talk funny and look funny and act funny FROM WHITE MALE PERSPECTIVES IN 1776, so everyone assumed they were simply less evolved humans so they afforded them less respect, rights, and freedom. They seemed like they were tailor-made to be workers for white folks. This is white supremacy, to be sure, but FROM WHITE MALE PERSPECTIVES IN 1776, it was self-evident white supremacy. They were not being mean to blacks. They were simply giving them a place in society. There was no hate. All the examination of morals in people like Lincoln came in the mid-1800s—decades later. He saw the obvious injustice of slavery. The world had slavery as an assumed need since thousands of years before Christ. Many people wondered about it. Slaves complained, which some felt proved they were lazy. From 2018 perspective, this was a lousy way to treat people and slavery is evil. Even Lincoln thought that in the mid-1800s. But it just wasn't an issue in 1776.
Going back in history with a time machine and screaming at the Founders for not being hip about your pet issue—racial victimization and PC—would have no effect but getting you tossed into a looney bin
So you going back in history with a time machine and screaming at the Founders for not being hip about your pet issue—racial victimization and PC—would have no effect but getting you tossed into a looney bin, and if they didn't have one they'd build it just for you. The Founders and other 1776 citizens were not ready to think about racial issues, having much more important things (in their minds) to think about. By the 1830s, many citizens were ready to look at slavery, and Abolitionism was created, utilizing this belief: "All people were equal in God's sight; the souls of black folks were as valuable as those of whites; for one of God's children to enslave another was a violation of the Higher Law, even if it was sanctioned by the Constitution." Many wanted freed slaves to get sent back to Africa (put them back where you found them). It would take a Civil War, decades later, for slavery to officially end, but serious racism persisted through the 1960s and 1970s.
As mentioned, it is fair to wish that social evolution was quick. But it isn't—social evolution can never be quick. So it took from prehistory to the late 20th century for slavery and racism to run its natural course. And now we have political correctness pushed into our faces so hysterically and obsessively that there's a backlash, and white supremacy and the KKK are on the rise—in addition to Trump's victory due to the understandable backlash against PC insanity wrecking history, science, monuments, statues, education and universities, the mainstream media, and politics.
At this moment, racism against whites by all liberals (PC) is stronger than any white racism against blacks, although you won't get any liberal admitting it—it is a politically incorrect thought! We suggest liberals come to terms with this reality—the one whose backlash put Trump in the White House—unless they want to see a long stream of Trump demagogues as Presidents far into the future. This failing to come to terms with social reality is what the Republicans hope the Democrats do, of course, and the Democrats are so self-righteous that they just might make G.O.P. dreams come true.
Human evolution has reached a stopping place and it has begun to run in reverse—before you know it we will be swinging from trees