Bruce Burleson – August 6, 2018


I don’t often write movie reviews, but this one is a must-see!  Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary is currently in movie theaters—although not all of them.  I had to drive 20 miles to see it, but it was worth it!


The most important take-away from the film is D’Souza’s discussion of fascism—what it actually is versus how the left defines it.


The left defines fascism roughly as Donald Trump’s presidency. To them, Trump is a fascist, not to mention his “deplorable” supporters.  More broadly, today’s far-left groups such as Antifa define a “fascist” as basically any garden-variety conservative who opposes their collectivist, Marxian world view.


D’Souza traces the actual emergence of fascism in the early 20th century to Benito Mussolini.  Mussolini was originally a Communist, but later adapted his views to include nationalism.  Adolph Hitler, of course, took Mussolini’s doctrine to a whole new level.  The result was a breathtaking murderous assault on Jews, not to mention anyone who opposed the Nazis’ rise to power.


D’Souza points out that nationalism is not the same as fascism.  Democrats such as Andrew Jackson, famous for his “trail of tears” and Franklin Roosevelt, whose claim to fame was of course the New Deal, were nationalists whose ideology revolved around an enlarged state apparatus.  Hitler later borrowed heavily from Jackson and Roosevelt, not to mention others, as he developed his fascist ideology in the 1920s and 30s.


D’Souza also points out that Hitler’ fascism was inspired by the “trail of tears” as well as the KKK—both of which originated with the Democratic Party, not the Republicans.  D’Souza goes on to illustrate how there was never actually a “flip flop” between the two parties, as is often argued today.  The Republicans in the 1800s were the party of small government, and remain so today, whereas the Democrats have always been the party of state control.  In the 19th century, such control included slavery.  Today’s Democratic Party remains a plantation that oppresses minorities by controlling urban centers where they often live.


D’Souza also illustrates a very interesting comparison between Mussolini’s “blackshirts,” Hitler’s “brownshirts” and today’s Antifa movement in the United States.  Antifa, while calling themselves “anti-fascist” have in fact continued the tradition of Axis-era stormtroopers by aggressively—and continuously—assaulting those who disagree with them.  We’ve seen that happen over and over again during the past few years: Conservatives and patriots hold a rally—often something as innocuous as a large prayer gathering on Boston Common—only to be attacked by Antifa.  And by the way, Antifa members almost always wear black.  So it’s not unreasonable to refer to them as today’s blackshirts.


Finally, D’Souza draws a comparison between the assault of the Democratic Party in the 1860s on Abraham Lincoln and similar behavior on the part of the Democrats on Donald Trump today.  Lincoln was vilified in Democratic newspapers, and was of course finally assassinated for opposing the Democrat-led plantation mentality of his era.


It would be nice if young people would take the time to watch Death of a Nation before making the myopic decision to join Antifa and become crusaders against the First Amendment.  But let’s not hold our breath, as many Antifa members are young college students—or recent college grads—who have essentially been brainwashed by the far-left political climate found on today’s campuses.


In order to preserve our Republic, with the rights guaranteed to all Americans, patriots must continue to stand up to Antifa.  Failure to do so may well result in the actual death of our nation.