Liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, students, professors, idealistic and the realistic made up the audience Dinesh D’Souza spoke to at Trinity University in San Antonio last week. The bestselling author and documentary film maker came out strong representing Young Americas Foundation.
“The bad guys—the Democrats—put up a great fight but the Republicans won in the end. It was Republicans who made possible the Civil Rights laws that finally and belatedly secured equal rights for blacks and other minorities. Democrats are the ones who bitterly resisted the Civil Rights Movement, and had the Democrats been the only party in America at the time, none of these laws, from the Civil Rights Act to the Voting Rights Act to the Fair Housing Bill, would have passed.”
America didn’t do those things, the Democrats did.
After his speech about fascism, racism and Donald Trump, D’Souza field questions from the crowd. He blew some away with factual and intellectual responses.
“The Democrats were the party of slavery, and their slave-owner mentality continues to shape the policies of Democratic leaders today…a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
“Progressives today are quick to fault “America” for slavery and a host of other outrages. America did this, America did that. Well, America didn’t do those things, the Democrats did,” D’Souza said. “The Democrats cleverly foisted their sins on America, and then presented themselves as the messiahs offering redemption for those sins. It’s crazy, but it’s also ingenious.”
D’Souza revealed that the Democrats have never admitted their history and have pointed the finger at the right column to blame others for their wrong doings. An example was to portray the Civil War entirely in terms of the North versus the South. The North was supposedly the anti-slavery side and the South is the pro-slavery side. Wrong.”
Convenient division between the north and south ignores several important details.
Now it’s true the Civil War was fought between northern states and southern states. But this neat and convenient division ignores several important details.
- The defenders of the Confederate cause were, almost without exception, Democrats.
- Northern Democrats were also protectors of slavery. Stephen Douglas and other northern Democrats fought to protect slavery in the South and in the new territories.
- The real divide was between the Democratic Party as the upholder of slavery and the Republican Party as the adversary of slavery.
- All the figures who upheld and defended American slavery—Senators John C. Calhoun and Stephen Douglas, President James Buchanan, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, architect of the Dred Scott decision, and the main leaders of the Confederacy—were Democrats.
- All the heroes of black emancipation—from the black abolitionists Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, to the woman who organized the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, to the leader whose actions finally destroyed American slavery, Abraham Lincoln—were Republicans.
“It is of the utmost importance to progressive propagandists to conceal or at least ignore this essential historical truth.”