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Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party Hardcover – November 17, 2015
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WHY HILLARY, OBAMA, AND THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ARE NO BETTER THAN A GANG OF THIEVES
In the fall of 2014, outspoken author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza found himself hauled into federal court for improperly donating money to an old friend’s Senate campaign. D’Souza pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight months in a state-run confinement center. There he lived among hardened criminals—drug dealers, thieves, gangbangers, rapists, and murderers. Now the bestselling author explains how this experience not only changed his life, but fundamentally transformed his view of his adopted country.
Previously, D’Souza had seen America through the eyes of a grateful immigrant who became successful by applying and defending conservative principles. Again and again, D’Souza made the case that America is an exceptional nation, fundamentally fair and just. In book after book, he argued against liberalism as though it were a genuine movement of ideas capable of being engaged and refuted.
But his prolonged exposure to the criminal underclass provided an eye-opening education in American realities. In the view of hardened criminals, D’Souza learned, America is anything but fair and just. Instead, it is a jungle in which various armed gangs face off against one another, with the biggest and most powerful gangs inhabiting the federal government. As for American liberalism, it is not a movement of ideas at all but a series of scams and cons aimed at nothing less than stealing the entire wealth of the nation, built up over more than two centuries: the total value of the homes, the lifelong savings of the people, the assets of every industry, and all the funds allocated to health and education and every other service, both public and private. “The thieves I am speaking about want all of it.”
And who are the leading figures in this historically ambitious scam that has turned the federal government into a vast and unprecedented shakedown scheme? Why, none other than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – the current leaders of the Democratic Party. This pair of smooth-talking con artists, trained in the methods of radical activist Saul Alinsky, have taken his crude but effective political shakedown techniques to a level even he never dreamed of.
As the nation approaches a crucial election in 2016, Stealing America is an urgent wakeup call for all Americans who want to prevent this theft from being completed by eight more years of Democratic rule.
About the Author
Dinesh D’Souza is a number one New York Times bestselling author and the filmmaker behind the hit documentaries 2016: Obama’s America and America, which are respectively the second-highest- and the sixth highest-grossing political documentaries of all time. In his twenty-five-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual, D’Souza has been a policy analyst in the Reagan White House and a John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His bestselling books include America, Obama’s America, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, What’s So Great About Christianity, and Illiberal Education.
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His description of his federal trial (for giving straw political donations---the fault for which he fully accepts; he doesn't try to minimize it) and then his description of the San Diego confinement center are worth the price of the book. What a great window into the American criminal justice system!
Regardless of where you are on the conservative-liberal debate or what your feelings are about Dinesh trying to gain political mileage out of his recent incarceration, this book is worth reading simply for the compelling personal story it presents. I've known Dinesh for about five years now, our paths having crossed at various conferences. The Dinesh I find coming through these pages is at once chastened but also emboldened. At some level he's always realized that he was involved with more than a war of words. But here we see a more mature Dinesh who understands how the battles he has fought over the years really play out at the most elemental level of our culture. I'll be very interested to see what he does in coming months and years.
As for why you should read this book, let me suggest two reasons (there are more):
(1) To understand the perverse incentive structure in our prosecutorial system, especially at the federal level, in which if the government decides to go after you, innocence and motive mean nothing --- prosecutors get rewarded for putting your head on a pike and the system itself regards this as a success deserving promotion.
(2) The bureacratic stupidity and incompetence of the system charged with oversight of those who have been convicted of a crime. Dante's warning over the Gates of Hell ("Abandon All Hope") may be a little strong, but not by much. Dinesh's experience suggests a warning like "Put Hope Aside Till You're Out."
If you want to see where Dinesh is going with this politically, see this terrific lecture that he recently gave in Montana (Nov 2015):
youtube.com FORWARDSLASH watch?v=2WB5MioPSFA
ADDED 1/13/16: Today I read a review of STEALING AMERICA by Richard Kirk, which reminded me that I never really finished this review. I did finish this book some weeks back. I liked the earlier portions of this book more than the later. Part of this is that the earlier portions describe how the Feds shafted Dinesh, which makes for fascinating reading in and of itself, whereas the later portions recount his reaction to all that happened, the later being consistent with other things I've read by Dinesh on the corruption infesting American public life, though now more sharply defined in light of his recent ordeal. If you've seen 2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA, you'll appreciate many of the themes that animate Dinesh.
Rather than rehearse my points of agreement with him in this book, however, I'd like to highlight a crucial point of difference that I have with him. Dinesh paints Saul Alinsky as the Grey Eminence that is the fountainhead of all the political corruption we're experiencing, with community organizers using his techniques to gain political power and now finally occupying the White House.
My own reading of Alinsky suggests that Alinsky would be as dismayed with his supposed disciples who currently run the government as Dinesh. RULES FOR RADICALS is a great book and extremely insightful about human nature. Moreover, it becomes clear in that book that Alinsky will always be on the side of the have-nots, not the haves. In consequence, Alinsky's supposed disciples, who have now taken charge of the commanding heights of government, are no longer have-nots but haves. In short, if Alinsky were to stay true to his own principles, and much in RULES FOR RADICALS suggests that he would have, then he would oppose much of what people these days do in his name.
Dinesh D'Souza spends the next eight months in the company of drug dealers, gang members and murderers, learning about their life, who has money ("more than Bill Gates! If Microsoft goes down, he goes down.") and how they operate in their world. It was an astonishing re-education. Here was a world far from D'Souza's own, but its draconian rules and heights of drama gave him insight into the world of his own--the world of political machinations.
D'Souza makes the astonishing connection between the way gangs operate among themselves and the gangs of political powermongers. "Stealing America" has to do with stealing wealth from the wealth makers and giving it to the inner circle. This will anger so many people, who do not see their favorite politicians as members of cynical gangs, fleecing Americans of their savings, tossing out their insurance plans for ones that work to more political advantage, and endangering a fragile social security and medical old age plan by one scheme after another. This is going to make a lot of people cover their ears, avert their eyes and sing "la-la-la-I don't hear you" loudly and long because it's just such an awful prospect. One thing I've learned in holding political discussions with people of a different opinion to myself is that a lot of the favorable opinion that certain politicians are held in--is due to unreasonable hope, wishful thinking that this will make a better tomorrow. Any suggestion that things are not what they seem and going quite the opposite makes for fear and rejection.
But let's look at what D'Souza says in "Stealing America." The actions of certain political groups appears to work the way gangs work in grabbing power unto themselves. The power is for the inner circle, always to the sharp disadvantage of those on the outside and to the destruction of anyone who opposes them. Have we seen this kind of gang action before in history? We certainly have. Time and again and not so long ago. It's going on now. Perhaps it's going on here. It's worth a read to see if Mr. D'Souza is making a valid point, or if he's simply being a stupid teabagger or republitard or whatever epithet is your favorite. Read it with an open mind.
We need more people like Dinesh telling the truth about how Democrats are trying to steal America from those of us who work hard, and EARN our living instead of being lazy and having it handed to us by our corrupt government.