Dinesh D’Souza ended his speech Tuesday night at the U of M with some concerns.
“The gentleman’s politics of the 80s is gone,” he commented. “It’s a worrisome moment in American politics,” he said referring to the deep divide in the country. “Don’t be suckers for the Big Lie. Speak up for yourself,” he advised the young people in the audience.
He then took questions from the audience. The first man asked for advice. He said “my sister is a puppet for the Left. How do I deal with her?”
D’Souza recognized that family conflicts like that are hard. “Young people are idealistic and that’s not a bad thing.” He then advised him not to be abrasive with her, but to have his facts straight and present them. “Try using the Socratic method. Ask her questions. Send her to google checking on your facts. You have missionary work to do,” he said.
Someone asked about the removal of Confederate statues. D’Souza said “at the time they were monuments to those we cherished. I worry about them taking out books they don’t like next,” he said.
A student then came to the microphone and identified herself as a Progressive. She accused the organizers of trying to exclude people from the event. Before the speech we had seen some students by the door and obviously there was some disagreement. The young black woman said she had been told the speech began at 7:30 so they weren’t there in time to get in. In the end, they were allowed in and she got to ask her question.
She challenged D’Souza on fascism. She didn’t believe the Dems were fascists, because they have no power now in the House, Senate and Executive offices. Frankly, her question didn’t make sense and she kept interrupting D’Souza before he could reply. He told her that politics swing back and forth in history, but she was not deterred and did not acknowledge that other parts of our culture are controlled by the left.
The most interesting question of the evening came from another student. He asked about the disproportionality of minorities in jail and asked what D’Souza thought about the justice system.
“My own jail time changed my views,” D’Souza said. He used to believe about 95% of people in jail were there from their own guilt. Now he doesn’t.
“Prosecutors have so much power. You can find a crime in an accordion book of laws. The moment you file a charge, the reputation is gone.” He went on to explain by using a hypothetical Memphis doctor.
“Someone might not like him, so they go to a prosecutor, find a crime he might have been involved in – say writing a prescription for a pain medicine. His reputation is gone. They make it so that if you plead guilty, you might get a year or two in prison, but if you claim you’re innocent, you are dragged through court and could end up with your life over and a 50 year sentence. So many in prison have done that and are not guilty.”
In his own case, he donated $20,000 to Senate candidate and friend Wendy Long. It was over the $10,000 limit, so he was charged. As far as he knows, he’s the only person ever to be penalized and charged over this crime.
“The FBI got involved, as did the IRS and the DOJ. They can send swat teams to your house (as they did to Paul Manafort). It’s a frightening reality. It’s a travesty. I don’t have trust in the system anymore.”
Another student asked him why the Left so hates the 2nd amendment, especially since it is a protection for the others. D’Souza agreed. “Since I’m a felon now, I can’t carry a gun. But my wife can and she does,” D’Souza said.
It was quite an interesting evening. Kudos to the young people at U of M – Republicans and conservatives who are on campus. This can’t have been easy to do and I imagine they caught some flak from it.
It needs to be done. I hope they continue to make their presence felt and appreciated.