In Defence of Comrade D’Souza
David Frum does not have a favorable view of Dinesh D’Souza and his latest movie, “Death of a Nation.” He argues sthat D’Souza’s alleged history is fiction, and that D’Souza is governed almost entirely by resentment of all of the experts in all of the fields in which he dabbles, who note that he is dishonest, partisan, and unoriginal.
It is alarming that D’Souza has become prominent again and is praised by the President.
However, I do agree with D’Souza and disagree with Frum on one critical point. D’Souza claims to have remained loyal to the movement he had joined by the the time he went to college. Frum argues that D’Souza has changed ( I admit he ends with a question). Frum can’t claim that D’Souza changed because he decided to hitch his wagon to Trump or Trumpism — D’Souza is the guy who wrote that the left is responsible for 9-11 because we provoked Islamic terrorists with our liberalism (see the quote in Frum’s essay). He hasn’t declined since then, there is no place lower to go.
Frum argues that conservatism used to be about something other than D’Souza’s mixture of racism and resentment. He notes that the old debates are forgotten. He gives one (1) example
Many of the disputes of the 1980s that excited me as a young conservative have subsided into forgetfulness. Who recalls now that it was once controversial that telephone services should be competitive rather than a regulated monopoly?
I am old enough to remember the breakup of ATT and I do not remember any such debate. ATT argued against the career prosecutors at the Justice Department, but I never read anyone else who agreed with them. The decision was made by a judge applying the Sherman antitrust act. It was an example of strict regulation, a state intervention n the economy. There were people who argued that the Sherman Antitrust Act should be reinterpreted so that it was toothless. Tney won the argument. They were and are Republicans. Frum’s one example of good policy by Reagan was a decision to not interfere with an ongoing case, but rather to allow career prosecutors (bureacrats) to continue as if there weren’t a new President.
Frum is not ignorant. He knows that the ATT breakup is conflated with deregulation (even though it was regulation not deregulation) because if followed soon after the deregulation of airlines, interstate trucking and beer brewing. He knows he can’t ascribe that actual deregulation to conservatives, Republicans or Reagan because the bills were passed by congresses with huge Democratic majorities and signed into law by Jimmy Carter. Those werenì’t the “disputes of the 80s” because they were resolved by 1980 at the latest.
In contrast Republicans brought us “voluntary” import quotas on Japanese made cars and steel tariffs (not just Trump — Bush imposed them too). Somehow Frum managed not to notice that the pro-market party’s symbol was and is a donkey not an elephant.
Yes the ATT breakup was caused by the political struggle of a Republican politician — named John Sherman. Critiquing D’Souza, Kevin Kruse wrote that if one has to go back to the 1860s to argue that the GOP is the party of civil rights, one has a weak case. Similarly, if one goes back to 1890 to argue that the GOP is the pro-competition party, one has a weak case.
Aside from the fact that the alleged controversy with anti-capitalist supporters of ATT is not just forgotten, but was udetectable at the time, Frum does not mention foreign policy. There the key debate was about the alleged clear and present danger. Conservatives were sure that the CIA under-estimated the power of the USSR and the world communist movement. They (Kissinger, Kilpatrick not minor figures) argued that we had to work with right wing dictators to face the terrrible threat. Then the USSR collapsed. Frum doesn’t discuss the debate over the need to overlook human rights violations in El Salvador, because it was vitally necessary to keep the FMLN out of power (remind me which party nominated the current president of El Salvador ?). It is necessary to Frum that the military and foreign policy debates of the 1980s be forgotten, because he was totally wrong.
He also doesn’t mention voodoo economics.
I’d say D’Souza is at least consistent. He is a racist just as he was in 1981. He is consistent in his single minded hatred of liberals and Democrats. Frum, in constrast, has changed completely since he was fired by the AEI.
Frum is a dirtbag and and a rank opportunist with the blood of countless Iraqis partially on his hands. He represents the very worst of arrogant, inside-the-Beltway establishment thinking. I also despise D’Souza, but if his man crush were to utterly destroy the Washington establishment he will have done exactly one more positive for the country than Frum has ever done.
He isn’t even “white”. His racism is not what you think and you completely missed that point. D’Souza is a part of the globalist jihad run by de Rothschild via the bank of Russia. Sorry Karl, your point is irrelevant as well. There is no establishment to crush. Just global elitists you pick to rule.
The fact is Donald Trump is not “white” either. That point amazes me how “progressives” refuse too admit it as well. He will be on the dust bin of history by this time 5 years from now, no one will care and the world will move on. A nice little distraction before the next debt bust in Corporate America and rebuild in the 2020’s.
Bert, Bert, Bert . . .
You are going off the tracks. I knew someone who talked about the Rothchilds and the WTC all in one sentence. Yea, Trump is major distraction with the harm he is causing to suit his beliefs and to get even with a Black Man who would be the Pres before him. Whether he is Jewish or not, I do not give a shit. I am looking at other things. You just hijacked a thread with your comments here and below.
D’Souza and Frum both used to be part of the Dark Side. D’Souza still is while Frum is feeling the pain caused by trying to convert. It seems Omarosa finally decided to tell the truth for which the Trumpsters trash her while progressives still dismiss here.
Thanks for the post.
Sorry about the comments.
AT&T is a special case because AT&T didn’t contest it. They wanted to offer computer products and services, and under their prior consent decree, they couldn’t. They thought they would be much better off with their computer products than with the local telephone service. They kept the long distance services, which were far more profitable than the local services.
Recall that at this time IBM successfully fought gov’t attempts to break them up. AT&T almost certainly could have maintained the status quo, or something very like it.
Who knew I would be on a blog with people like this commenting?
“Alleged Southern California arsonist is a conspiracy theorist.
On Wednesday, police in Orange County, California arrested Forrest Clark, aged 51, on suspicion of arson in regards to a fire that has burned more than 6,000 acres in Southern California. Clark allegedly sent an email last week warning “this place will burn.”
Reporter J.J. MacNab, who is currently a fellow George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, has written a lengthy Twitter thread reporting that Clark’s Facebook page shows that he is a long-time conspiracy theorist “who believes in just about every kooky conspiracy out there, including QAnon, Pizzagate, Jade Helm 15, flat earth theories, NESARA, Jesuit [conspiracies], shape-shifting lizard overlords. You name it, he believes it.” Tied to these conspiracy theories is Clark’s apparent adherence to “sovereign citizen” ideology, an anti-government worldview that has sometimes motivated political violence.”
Of course. He is basically himself a nice creation of a conspiracy theory. He has no ideology, he is dead inside. Forrest has no personality, he is a internet created drone.
The internet is a great tool for mind control. Fact is, I reject conspiracy theories that the ‘elite’ make on the internet and only look at the ones that aren’t on there.
Pgl, she didn’t tell the truth, she was ordered to do that by Trump for his little reality show. Man, you aren’t getting it. She isn’t news worthy. Why even cover her? The media did Trump a favor.
In his biography The Art of the Deal, Trump lied about his grandfather’s country of origin, stating it was Sweden instead of Germany. So if you think these people wouldn’t lie about their ancestry, you need to explain that whopper.
Trump was brought up in Jamaica Estates, Queens, which has a large Jewish population. He went to Kew-Forest School, ditto. Its other notable alumni include Katherine Weber, Jewish, Gideon Yago, Jewish, and Hank Azaria, Jewish. Googling on “attended Kew-Forest” brings up mostly Jewish names. Trump’s father was on the Board of Trustees at Kew-Forest. By the way, it is very expensive.
His genealogy is a total mirage. I’ll show you where to look. First go to his mother at Geni.com
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She is Mary Anne MacLeod. So they want you to think she is Scots. Then click on her father, Malcolm MacLeod. Then click on his mother, Anne MacLeod. She is the wife of Alexander MacLeod, so that is her married name. What is her maiden name? Whoops, it is also MacLeod, because her father is also named Alexander MacLeod. So both her father and her husband have the same first and last names? Did she marry her own father? Also, her birthyear is given as 1833. Note the 33. [Geni also fails to mention what we have to learn from the DailyMail: the name Trump was originally Drumpf.]
That can’t be right, can it? So let’s check the other genealogies. The second listed on a Google search is at About.com
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.But it has nothing to say about this. It stops just short of the Anne MacLeod problem.
But it does tell us something interesting: both Trump’s parents died at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Wikitree matches Geni.
So let’s return to Friedrich Drumpf, Donald’s great-grandfather. Two of his sisters are listed as Elisabetha Freund and Syblia Schuster. Oi-vay! Those are both Jewish surnames. We just saw the name Schuster in my paper on Engels published two days ago. I reminded you there that Max Schuster, founder of Simon&Schuster, is now admitted to be Jewish. The Schuster in the Socialism project with Engels was also shown to be almost certainly Jewish. As for Freund, see Michael Freund, Moshe Aryeh Freund, Wilhelm Freund, Yoav Freund, Leopold Freund, and too many others to mention. So at least two of Trump’s great-aunts married Jewish men. This reminds us that his daughter Ivanka married a Jewish man, Jared Kushner. We are told this is an anomaly, but it isn’t. What is an anomaly is that Kushner admits he is Jewish.
Friedrich Drumpf’s mother is named Katarina Kober. Not only is that possibly Jewish, but it lead to another suspicious scrubbing of the genealogy. Her father is given as Johann, but he has no parents. He is the only one in that generation whose parents are unknown. Even his wife’s parents are known. I suggest the name isn’t Kober, but Kolber. We have seen the genealogies being whitewashed this way again and again. Changing one letter is often the best way to do it. It is the most subtle, so it draws the least attention. Kolber is very often Jewish.
With more study, we find that Trump’s aunt Elizabeth married William O. Walter. That name is also possibly Jewish. We find a William Walter as Director of Jewish Family Services in York, PA. Also a William Walter just buried at Jewish Memorial Chapel of Long Island. Also a William O. Walter marrying a Cora Neuhauser in Lebanon, PA, in 1924. That name is also probably Jewish. And most curiously, a William Walter, Esq. listed in the Jewish Missionary Intelligence of June, 1896. precursor of this Jewish Missionary Intelligence. At any rate, this may be our William Walter or his father, given that date. His father is scrubbed at Geni. The names Walter and Walters were chosen by Jews entering the US, as a new name, as we see from Barbara Walters. Her father Louis Walters was original Louis Abrahams.
Both Trump and his father ran with top Jews in New York, including Samuel Lindenbaum and his father Abraham (Bunny), and Roy Cohn. These guys weren’t just their attorneys, they were their enablers. As the NYT says in the 2012 obituary of Samuel Lindenbaum:
Mr. Lindenbaum cultivated a scholar’s knowledge of the Zoning Resolution, the arcane document that governs development in New York. As a result, he was able to bend the resolution to his clients’ will without breaking it. And because his clients were major builders and landowners — among them Harry B. Helmsley, Harry Macklowe, Larry A. Silverstein, Jerry I. Speyer, Leonard Litwin, Steven Roth and Donald J. Trump; the Fishers and Tisches and Rudins and Roses. . .
Notice anything about that list? Everyone on it “except” Trump is admitted to be Jewish. Curious, no?
Ivana is also Jewish. Geni.com lists her father’s name as both Knavs and Zelnícek. I’ll give you a hint: drop the second “e”. You get Zelnick. It is Yiddish for haberdasher. Clothier. It’s Jewish, too. See Robert Zelnick, Strauss Zelnick, Bob Zelnick, etc. Robert was a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. Strauss was President of 20th Century Fox. Bob was ABC News producer. Also Friedrich Zelnik, silent film producer. Also David O. Selznick, whose name was originally Zeleznick, or, alternately, Zelnick. He and his father were major Hollywood producers.
Comment by Kirwan:
So he married a jew, that makes his children jews and his adult children have married jews, his aunt’s married jews, his great aunt’s married jews, yada, yada, yada.
Why do you want to dirty up Jews like this; associating them with Trump?
Was down at Loyola today talking to the Dean and my Econ Prof as well as their people.
Let me see. Jewish attorney Luther Rosser defended Franks who got lynched in Atlanta a century or so ago. My sister married a Jew; I am married to a part Jew, my daughter married a Jew. My late father coauthored papers with several famous Jewish mathematicians, including Mark Kacs and Lowell Schoenfeld, and my mother played string quartets with that notorious Jew, Albert Einstein. I have attended sedres where my (once) curly hair, big nose, and fast wisecracking had attendant joking about “stupid goys” in from of me. And, like my late father, I have coauthored papers with numerous Jews.
Am I Jewish, Bert?
As for Trump, his mother was born on the island of Harris with her first language being Gaelic. Nobody born on the island of Harris with Gaelic as their mother tongue is Jewish, nobody. it may be that Drumpf had a few Jewish ancestors, but Donald Trump’s father was arrested for participating in a KKK rally in 1926, an organixation then both anti-Semitic as well as anti-Catholic, and anti-black, indeed, anti-pretty much anybody not of northwestern European Protestant descent. But maybe he was just trying to cover up his awful Jewishness, the sneaky guy.
Oh, Bert, I should probably tell you that there is a well-known James Rosser who served as president of Southern Illinois University. He happens to be African-American, although probably his ancestors were slaves of some of Jewish Luther Rosser’s relatives down there in Georgia. Yeah, you can figure out who is part of the Great Jewish Conspiracy for sure.
Thanks Barkley for the input. My wife and I ar both half-Italian and we associate and work with Jews, my wife for a long time for a Jewish newspaper. Somewhere in our history, there is a Jewish legacy even though on my father’s side we invaded England with William and were knighted. It is hard to escape being something of anything. Mutts we are all.
The moat exotic part of my ancestry is French gypsy, but that is pretty far back. I was never told about that, found it in a dcument in my parenta’ attic long after I was an adult and after my father had died, with the line supposedly going through him. My kids thought it was pretty cool when I told them. I suppose I should do one of those DNA tests to really fully check on my ancestry….
Oh, and Bert, you may note I have not said that I am not Jewish, alhough I have cerainly hinted I am not, even as many have thought that I was….
I have a problem of spitting in a cup and having it become a DNA record somewhere for the authorities to use. I would rather stay anonymous. Our history is pretty well documented by my aunts and the family bibles floating around.
@Barkley. I know the feeling. I am short, dark, & have a big nose and a Germanic name. Basically everyone assumes I am Jewish. My brother had a roomate in college (himself Jewish) who just couldn’t believe that he isn’t of Jewish religious heritage.
Also 1 week ago a semi partly Jewish guy just assumed when in the presense of my 2 half Jewish (father’s side so doesn’t count for the Orthodox) dear friends from elementary school (one of whom told me a year ago that he assumed that I too was half Jewish).
Let’s rename AngryBears “honorary Jews” (I do consider it a (very minor) honor and am always pleased).
My my. Well, I do not think we have met, but I have always simply assumed that you were Jewish given your name and general connections and views and smarts. Coauthoring with lots of Jews too, although de Long is notorious for his pride in his elite WASP background.
As for me, I was mistaken within the last two years by two Jewish guys, fathers of friends of my oldest grandson, who presumed I was Jewish and got into one of those “how dumb the goys are” discussions, which I just nodded my head at without making any comments (I mean, do I disagree???!). So, although I speak more slowly (a bit) and what is left of my hair has lost its curl, I still pass sometimes without trying to.
And indeed, for the record, I am not Jewish. Besides that old touch of French gypsy and some German on my mother’s side, I seem to be pretty much British Isles all the way back to great great grandparents, all of whose last names I know, with all but a few born in the American South. Rosser itself is originally a Welsh name, but I am almost certainly more English and Scottish (especially if one throws in Scotch-Irish) than Welsh..
On the Rosser line, my great great great great grandfather was a major in North Carolina in the American Revolutionary army. My great grandfather on that line, James Barkley Rosser was Adjutant of the Confederate Crescent Regiment. His third cousin, Lt. General Thomas Lafayette Rosser, was the last commander of the Confederate Laurel Brigade, which refused to surrender at Appommatox and sent the brigade home later without surrendering, although his West Point roommate, George Armostrong Custer, tracked him down to make him personally surrender. My old man raised me to believe in never surrendering, which came in handy when I fought with the Soviet government in the mid-80s to let my fiancée out, with almost nobody supporting me at points in that process. As for General Rosser, he is buried in Charlottesville and was the recipient of a letter in 1866 from Robert E. Lee in which Lee declared his opposition to having any statues of himself erected. Lee’s view was that the South needed to move on.
I hope you realize that while Schlitz is mostly a Gernan name, there are some Jews with that last name. So, Bert, are you one of those “self-hating Jews” I read about?
Both Freund and Schuster are common German names.
What is Germany like these days?