NEW YORK – Sunday morning, at 4:30 a.m. Pacific Time, filmmaker and bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza rolled up his bedding at the community confinement center in San Diego that had been his nightly home for eight months and placed it in a plastic bag for the last time.
At the first moment he was allowed to leave, he showed up at the detention office and declared, “Time to say goodbye.”
He went to the parking lot, got in his automobile and drove himself home, with no intention of ever returning.
On the drive home, D’Souza could easily reflect that he had defied what he and many of his allies see as an Obama administration effort to silence him.
In his eight months of nightly confinement, he found time to sign a contract with HarperCollins and begin writing a new book to follow his 2014 New York Times bestseller, “America.” He also started the process of financing his next feature film, scheduled for the 2016 presidential campaign. And he’s designed a sequel to his highly profitable 2014 feature film, “America: Imagine the World Without Her.”
D’Souza believes he even managed to convert the approximately 100 Hispanic immigrant students he taught English as part of his community service from socialist-leaning supporters of the Democratic Party to GOP voters.
As WND reported, after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, D’Souza was sentenced in September to eight months in a work-release center, five years of probation and a $30,000 fine. He also was required to set aside one day a week during his probation to teach English to non-English speakers. He pleaded guilty in May 2014 to arranging “straw donors” to contribute $10,000 to the failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a college friend.
A month after his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ordered him not to leave San Diego County.
D’Souza’s supporters contend the case was politically motivated payback for his two successful documentaries and companion bestselling books critical of Obama and what D’Souza regards as an anti-American ideology. He released “2016: Obama’s America” during the 2012 presidential campaign and “America: Imagine the World Without Her” in July 2014, ahead of the midterm elections.
D’Souza’s first television interview after his released from nighttime confinement is scheduled for Thursday night with Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel.
‘A lesson the left never intended’
“I experienced confinement in three stages,” D’Souza told WND in an interview. “I was obviously elated when the sentence came down that I had avoided prison, and all I had to do was go sleep at the confinement center.
“But then I found out that the confinement center is actually a place where you find hardened criminals, much more dangerous than the executives and criminals who tried to defraud the IRS that you would expect to find at a federal white-collar prison camp,” he explained.
“So when I first got to the confinement center, I was quite alarmed and very concerned for my own safety,” he said. “I had no idea how I was going to get through the next eight months with this type of crowd.
“But now that I’m finished with the eight months confinement, I feel I was put into an environment that I never would normally be in; in fact, an environment that very few conservatives have ever been in,” he said. “But it expanded my horizons, so now I am elated again, because I feel I have come out of it with a knowledge and with a new determination that I never had going in there.”
D’Souza said his confinement “expanded my horizons in ways the left never intended.”
“The left, by targeting me for selective prosecution, intended to teach me a lesson. But the lesson I’ve learned is, I’m sure, not the lesson the left wanted me to learn,” he said.
D’Souza told WND the title of his new book will be “Stealing America.”
“The theme is that we think of American politics as a clash of ideas in that we stand for ‘liberty’ while the left stands for ‘justice’; we stand for ‘freedom,’ they stand for ‘equality,’ and I have spent most of my career debating these ideas,” he explained.
“But one of the things I learned in confinement was the hardened criminals I met, even as they were preparing to be released back in society, continue to live at the most basic level.”
He said that instead of discussing issues theoretically, he learned the ideology of the criminal is, “How do I get more?”
“It doesn’t matter whether it is right for them to get more, but if they have to stage a song and dance to get more, their only question is, ‘What is the best song and dance routine I can come up with to get people to go along with my con job or my scam?’
“So, I began to sit back and look at progressives in the Democratic Party as con artists who aren’t really attempting to achieve a rival view of America, but are attempting to transfer wealth, power and resources away from the ‘haves’ in favor of themselves.”
He said he began to realize “there’s a deep struggle going on in America regarding who should control the massive resources and wealth of the country.”
“Is it the entrepreneurial class that creates the wealth,” he asked, “or is it a political class that would much rather control and spend those massive resources and wealth themselves?”
D’Souza told WND he had come to understand modern politics in the United States “much more transparently and clearly” by “avoiding the squid-like cloud of rhetoric put up by the Democrats” and “focusing instead on the redistribution of power and wealth the Democrats are really trying to effect.”
He explained the objective of the book is not simply to explain how Democrats such as the Clintons have used the façade of a charity to siphon off tens of millions of dollars for their personal benefit. His aim is to show how the leftist progressives that currently have control of the Democratic Party “are trying to redirect the accumulated wealth of America to their leftist control.”
“It’s about the accumulated wealth of the U.S. educational system, the accumulated wealth of the U.S. energy sector, all the wealth in the United States contained in natural resources and land, all the wealth in the banking and finance centers of the country,” D’Souza explained.
He asserted the “goal of the progressive left is not just to pirate the nation’s great wealth for people like the Clintons but to control the health system of the United States, the energy economy of the nation, you name it; but the goal is control.”
“I’ve come to understand from my confinement experience that the goal of the Democratic Party, like the hardened criminals I met in the detention center, is to steal the great wealth of America from the private enterprise sector to appropriate to their leftist purposes how that accumulated wealth is allocated, how it gets used and how it gets spent,” he said.
He said the progressive left wants not only redistribution of income but “redistribution of wealth and power away from the entrepreneurial class and toward itself.”
D’Souza said he intends in his book to show “the incredibly close analogy between the way criminal syndicates like mafia operations and criminal gangs work and the way progressives in the Democratic Party work.”
“I began to see progressivism as a sophisticated form of theft, and I began to appreciate that the Democratic Party is organized to effect the stealing of America,” D’Souza said.
D’Souza explained his 2016 feature film will not simply be an examination of the Democratic Party presidential candidate.
It will be, he said, “an attempt to lift under the rock and see the true sordid reality behind the lofty claim progressives make that they are responsible for freedom, civil rights and emancipation in America.”
D’Souza said he wants “to expose the sordid historical and political truth that underlies the entire progressive movement that sustains people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
He said he has begun drafting the movie outline, with production planned for this summer and post-production scheduled for March and April 2016.
An early July 2016 debut, he said, will enable it to be “fully on top” of developments in the Democratic Party regarding the final selection of a presidential candidate.
D’Souza said he has enjoyed teaching English to Hispanic immigrants one day a week, as required by the community service portion of his criminal sentence.
“I have become very attached to my students,” he said. “There are around 100 of them, in classes ranging from beginner to intermediate to advanced.”
He said many of them have now seen his film, “America,” which he gave to them as a Christmas present.
“They have gotten to know me and my situation,” he said. “And they are now huge fans. If you ran Obama against me with this group, I doubt he would get a single vote.”