8-5-16 – Movie Review: Hillary’s America

by Rob Roper

Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, hits Vermont theaters today. But, in order to better serve EAI readers, I travelled to Colorado last week to get a preview.

It’s okay.

The title should actually be reversed. The first half of the film is a history of the Democratic Party, and it is the most interesting part. It points out the facts that, not the Republican Party but the Democratic Party is the party of racism, slavery, Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, and the policies to exterminate the Native American population while confiscating their land.

D’Souza paints a picture of Andrew Jackson and the formation of the modern Democratic Party around this brutal slave owner and his Indian Removal policy that led to the Trail of Tears. The leaders of the Confederacy – all Democrats – get a hot spotlight in the film as well as proponents of slavery and white supremacy both before the war as politicians, and after the war as founders of the Ku Klux Klan.

The film unveils Woodrow Wilson, the first modern Progressive president, as a virulent racist and segregationist, along with Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, and her role in the eugenics movement.

LBJ’s Great Society doesn’t fare much better, as D’Souza makes a strong connection between antebellum slavery and the welfare slavery Johnson’s programs put in place. The old time plantations were replaced with modern day ghettos, the goal in each case to concentrate, control, and exploit the African American population.

The second half of the film deals with modern day politics and specifically with the life and career of Hilary Clinton. Safe to say, D’Souza does not like her. He draws connections with political radicals like Saul Alinsky, and highlights Hillary’s weird relationship with Bill and his womanizing.

Stylistically, in making Hillary’s America D’Souza relies on quite a bit of “dramatic recreations” of scenes with actors playing the various historical roles, as well as those surrounding his own incarceration. Personally, I found this hokey and diminishing of the credibility of the piece. It would have been stronger had he relied on actual photographs, film, etc.

Still, Hillary’s America is very much worth seeing, and I hope it sparks folks to do more research into the true history of the Democratic Party. It’s quite a tale, and not the one that’s being taught to kids today.

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